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The mountains of Central Pennsylvania are home to many superb trails. The Appalachian Trail runs into the central part of the state and then turns east just north of Harrisburg, and the Mid-State Trail allows travelers to traverse the entire state from north to south or vice versa. Many Stat…

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From the beaches of the coastline, to historic towns like Edenton, to Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina offers a host of festivals and events to draw you to the Tar Heel State for a fall getaway.

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Be among the first to enjoy a new music festival on the banks of the Potomac River — and for a good cause, too. Jazz in the Country is coming to King George County, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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Now celebrating its 17th year, the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow returns to the skies above the beautiful free beaches and boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Visitors are in for a real treat with an electrifying, star-studded lineup that welcomes the return of headliners U.S. Air…

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Summer is in full swing in Gettysburg, perfect for a getaway trip to disconnect and get inspired. Whether you’re looking to blaze a foodie trail or walk in the footsteps of history, Gettysburg is a short drive to amazing experiences.

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Maryland’s eastern shore has always had the reputation of hospitality, beauty, nature and relaxation. As soon as you cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into Queen Anne’s County, a certain tranquility seems to wash over you saying “Welcome to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and countryside.” Just …

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Late summer in Chesapeake Bay country sees a crescendo of tidewater’s seasonal bounty. In Maryland’s Somerset County, summer’s finale brings appropriately maritime celebrations to the bayside villages and fishing towns.

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Earlier this summer, I found myself having to plan a bachelorette party near Lake Erie, and what better girls trip than wine tasting? We ended up at a quaint AirBnB in Westfield, N.Y., the home of Welch’s Grape Juice, which moved to the area in 1897 because of the area’s ideal climate for gr…

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Located on the Mississippi River in Southwest Tennessee, Memphis is an old city where the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll came to life, where the legendary B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others recorded songs at Sun Records, where the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., civil r…

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My mom used to tell this joke: A restaurant advertised that they could make any kind of sandwich. One day, a customer ordered an elephant on rye. The waiter noticeably hesitated, and the customer accused him of defaulting on his advertising.

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The Mid-Atlantic’s limestone provided an ideal vehicle for water to carve rooms, passageways, and amazing formations under the soil. Today, about 20 commercial show caves welcome visitors with an underground adventure, gift shops and a host of additional entertainment options. Temperatures i…

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The Federal News Network speaks with Recreation News Publisher Karl Teel about interesting things to do in and near the nation’s capital. This week:

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You’re enjoying your first cup of coffee as the rest of your party finishes packing up camp and prepares breakfast. Water vapor rises off the glossy river before you, and your boats, tied off to the roots of a massive sycamore, knock gentle in the wake of a bass boat heading out for the day.

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On July 20, 1969, I was at my summer job as the evening disc jockey on a Virginia radio station. I know where I was that night because it was the date American astronauts first landed on the moon. I shared the station’s airwaves with the legendary Walter Cronkite as he relayed details of the…

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This summer, treat yourself to a tour of the award-winning breweries on Central Pennsylvania’s only craft beer trail — the River Rat Brew Trail. Discover distinct and unique craft brews that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you are a lover of IPAs, blonde ales, rich and dark stouts, w…

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Recently recognized by Fodor’s Travel in a June 5 article titled “15 Amazing Lakeside Towns Where You Should Spend the Summer,” Mount Gretna — the crowned jewel of the Lebanon Valley — was named in the top 15 lakeside towns in the entire country.

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Just northwest of Pittsburgh, PA and running to the western edge of the state at the Ohio border lies a 444 square mile gem of an area known as Beaver County. Of course nature, beauty and outdoor activities abound with its location in the rural forests and mountains and along the Beaver Rive…

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Gather your girlfriends: Mountaineer Country is the perfect balance of relaxation, culinary exploration and (surprise!) shopping. This is also the mountain home to West Virginia University (WVU), so there’s a fair amount of nightlife as well! From its tranquil green lawns and historical bric…

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Axe throwing! It’s the latest craze and it’s pretty awesome fun. Basically, axe throwing is a sport in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bull’s eye as near as possible. Kind of like darts, but cooler. Most likely, it began, well, around the time of the fir…

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Experience history, nature, culture and endless adventure in West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park. Let River Expeditions be your host for a fun, memorable and affordable vacation this summer. River Expeditions (voted the area’s best outfitter) is family-owned and operated delivering…

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Nearly everyone has heard of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater, located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania. A tour of the iconic home, which seems to grow out of its natural surroundings and is positioned over a waterfall, is a memorable experience. Not man…

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Before this country had railroads and a reliable road network, commerce moved by water. The original Atlantic Coast population centers developed primarily on the numerous rivers and estuaries that dissect the coastal plain. As people began moving west, they needed to create waterways to carr…

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The trademark “The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World” says it all. For the past 30 years, music lovers in the Mid-Atlantic area have anxiously awaited for that great time in October as Grammy Award-winning artists converge in Southern Delaware. This year, Oct. 17 to 20 will have four days …

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With its sprawling James Madison University campus and other educational institutions, you might expect Harrisonburg, Va., to be full of chain fast food and hotel establishments. But the city is full of surprises with a downtown renaissance that earned it the distinction of Virginia’s first …

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Like most of Maryland, Howard County’s sentiments were divided during the Civil War. Unlike many areas, however, these Howard County sites connected with the war continue to serve modern day functions while standing as reminders of another era.

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Unique and memory-making experiences await all students of the Civil War over the weekend of June 22-23. To commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, the National Park Service is hosting an extraordinary living history weekend event on the actual Spotsylvani…

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The Federal News Network speaks with Recreation News Publisher Karl Teel about interesting things to do in and near the nation’s capital. This week:

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Yosemite National Park, established in 1864 during President Lincoln’s administration, welcomes around 5.2 million visitors each year, including rock climbers, hikers, anglers, campers, birdwatchers and photographers. Many travel from far-flung places to see what naturalist John Muir so aptl…

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Often called one of the seven natural wonders of the world, 20-story Natural Bridge has been attracting tourists since Thomas Jefferson built a cabin there for his guests. Now the grand old Natural Bridge Hotel accommodates visitors who want to hang out at the landmark rock bridge and its na…

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The Kutztown Folk Festival (June 29-July 7) is not only a Pennsylvania tradition, it’s been named “Best of the Best” by the American Bus Association and called “one of the most unique festivals on the East coast,” by the Washington Post. What can you expect? You’ll find insight into the trad…

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The sky is the limit when Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Music Festival summer outdoor concert series shines next month with iconic musical stars and 50th anniversary salutes to the first moon landing and the original Woodstock festival.

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Wytheville’s location in the Virginia mountains at the intersection of I-81 and I-77 makes it a convenient overnight stopping place, but there’s a lot more to enjoy in this town named for patriot George Wythe.

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A recent gastronomic road trip along Delaware’s Atlantic coast offered an opportunity to visit three culinary education “institutions.” While all three were thoroughly professional, knowledgeable, and engrossing, each was also absolutely different from the others.

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When the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival rolls around again in July, you can bet Annie Young of Waldorf, Md., will get there early to set up her chair near the stage for a close view of the musicians and, if the spirit moves her, get up and dance.

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June ushers in the official beginning of summer and is there anything better than counting down the days to a weekend away? If you need some ideas on what to plan for this summer, a plethora of count down-worthy events are being held in Calvert County. From family fun to couples’ retreats, h…

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Animal lovers can find a variety of activities in Frederick County that revolve around their admiration of all things furry and feathered. Check out a host of dog-friendly shops and restaurant patios in Downtown Frederick, as well as other animal experiences from feeding calves to wildlife t…