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With 70,000 acres of parklands, one of the tallest bridges in the country, and one of the oldest rivers in the world, it’s no secret why New River Gorge attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, especially in the summer.

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Inhabited by the Calusa and Tequesta people for 3,000 years before Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León happened upon the string of islands in 1513, the Florida Keys have intrigued and lured visitors for millennia.

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From the majestic heights of the Seneca Rocks to the biodiverse peat bogs of the Cranberry Glades, the Monongahela National Forest offers some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most breathtaking landscapes. With more than 115,000 acres of wilderness, it’s easy to forget you’re within a few hours’ drive …

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Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region is known for its abundant natural beauty. The lush forests, clear, cold waterways, and mountain vistas provide visitors spectacular scenic views. Here are 10 great overlooks in the region for taking in the view.

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Nestled in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia is the Jackson River Scenic Trail, a 14.4-mile rails-to-trails project. The trail, composed of smooth crushed gravel, is mostly flat with some light hills and is popular with cyclists and pedestrians alike. The Jackson River Scenic Trail offers …

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One has only to look at state parks (many free) to realize the abundance of beauty in the Mid-Atlantic region, not to mention the unlimited recreational opportunities it offers. There’s no better time than the present to explore the region’s parks and to take advantage of everything they hav…

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There’s a “spot” for everyone in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. And if you love watersports, you’ll have plenty of spots to choose from. Better yet, plan a weekend or week-long adventure in this county, which is located in the Greater Fredericksburg Region, so you can enjoy all the freshwate…

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While the last few years have been challenging, today, blue skies are starting to emerge. For many, it’s been far too long since they have had a real vacation. Fortunately, one of America’s most storied parks can help you make up for lost time.

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Imagine five interstate routes all converging on one spot. Gridlock, nightmare, disaster? And what would the local residents do?

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Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region is best known for its stands of giant old-growth timber and the Clarion Wild and Scenic River. However, each summer, history in a truly unique format takes center stage at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts, with a Livin…

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Stuck in rush-hour traffic on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Is there someplace to go to escape the highway horde? Looking to the right, it seems there is some kind of Eden: a quiet forest, a serene wildland, stretching into the distance. Can it be? Is it possible that one of the largest …

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Shenandoah National Park is a welcoming natural world. Whether you’re looking to wear out the soles of your hiking boots or to kick back your heels and unwind, you can do it here. People have been coming here for generations because there’s so much to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Overland Expo East will be back with a bang in Nelson Co, Va., this fall, kicking off the October 7-9 weekend with a mountain of off-road fun, classes, demos, and more than 150 exhibitors from around the world. Classes range from overland driving techniques, nature photography, and campfire …

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The Tides Inn, a 70-room waterfront resort located in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck region, has officially reopened for its 75th season. A part of the Enchantment Group portfolio, the iconic resort has become a home away from home for travelers for the last 75 years. New immersive pr…

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with lakeside views, offers an award-winning golf course, a variety of restaurants for all occasions, outdoor activities, a high-energy casino, and luxurious amenities, all set to the natural beauty of Roc…

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Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicked off in mid-March, continues into April with a plethora of signature events, art installations, hotel and restaurant specials, a parade, fireworks, and more. Most of the events are free and open to the public.

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Deep in the heart of the verdant, rolling Keystone State, just a three-hour drive from Washington D.C., stretches one of the East’s best places to enjoy the great outdoors. Pennsylvania’s Huntingdon County — distinguished by lush forests, which seem to unspool for as far the eye can see, and…

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It’s a history lover’s paradise chock full of small-town charm. No wonder Gettysburg is the perfect antidote for cabin fever, according to Carl Whitehill of Destination Gettysburg. At a time when crowds and airports might seem less than appealing, this south-central Pennsylvania town is an “…

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The second annual Forest County Bigfoot Festival is scheduled for June 10-12, 2022, in Marienville, Pa. By all accounts, the inaugural event for Forest County Bigfoot Festival held in June 2020, hosted by the Forest County Business alliance, was a “Big” success. The event featured guest spea…

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Springtime has come to the Allegheny National Forest. The wildflowers are blooming, the hills are resounding with birdsong, and the cold-water streams are brimming with beautiful brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

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After 618,222 deaths in nearly four years to the day, the American Civil War, which began with Confederates firing on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor, ended about 400 miles away in a modest farmhouse in Appomattox Court House, Va. Now, 157 years after Robert E. Lee’s surren…

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Large and small bodies of water in Harford County, Maryland, support an abundance of fish species like hickory shad, alewife herring, white and yellow perch, smallmouth bass, trout, rockfish, snakehead, and others. The northern snakehead has become popular among sport fisherman, and since it…

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Few things can help you forget your troubles and relax like spending a day on the water kayaking or fishing. There’s something peaceful and calming about being outdoors and near water.

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When thinking of Newport News’ famous native daughters, the names of two entertainers come readily to mind, and for good reason, as both Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey left their mark on the world. But there are countless generations of other women, many whose names have been lost over tim…

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Get your motor running and head out on the highway to Bath County, Virginia. Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or are more comfortable behind a steering wheel, the county, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, has miles of gorgeous scenic drives to wow even the most jaded road warrior.

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View endangered red wolves. Get up close to sharks and jellyfish. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live horseshoe crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage fr…

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Come visit Indiana County, Pennsylvania, located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just one hour east of Pittsburgh. It is home to an extensive Rails to Trails system, a variety of yearly festivals and a community of Old Order Amish families.

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f you find yourself stressed and need a break, consider spending some time reconnecting with nature in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region.

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with lakeside views, offers award-winning restaurants, exhilarating outdoor activities, luxurious amenities, an impressive golf course, and a thrilling casino, all set to the natural beauty of Rocky Gap St…

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Nestled between the Blue Ride and Massanutten Mountains in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Page County combines historic culture, natural beauty, and a friendly atmosphere of days gone by. With the perfect location and best service you could ask for, the area makes for a perfect wedding destination.

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The Pocono Mountains has been a trusted and beloved vacation destination for generations of families, so it’s no surprise that the region is a perfect setting for milestone occasions like weddings and family reunions.

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In the oldest house in one of West Virginia’s oldest towns, a major restoration has begun. Moorefield’s Robert Higgins House, completed in 1788 by a Revolutionary War officer, is being transformed into a museum that will interpret the regional history this house witnessed.

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Just under two hours from Washington, D.C., lies a winter wonderland with some of the most spectacular winter fun ― Tucker County in West Virginia. Being just west of the Eastern Continental Divide, the skiing begins earlier, lasts longer, and is far more reliable snow than any other driving…

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The Hardy County Tourism office tells you right off the bat: “Enjoy the natural beauty and genuine hospitality of ‘Almost Heaven’ West Virginia, the heart of Appalachia. Experience the Hardy Effect!

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Life in the mountains of Garrett County in Maryland brings beautiful highs for each season, and winter is no exception, with more than 100 inches of snow falling on the area annually.

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When Richard Smith penned the lyrics of the classic song “Winter Wonderland” in 1934, the glistening, snowy scenery he had in mind was his hometown of Honesdale, Pa., and the surrounding countryside of the Pocono Mountains. Just a 90-minute drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the Poco…