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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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You can just relax and enjoy the scenery of the majestic hills or discover excitement in a variety of different racing events such as bikes and all-terrain vehicles in Pocahontas County, W.Va., just a mere four hours away from the Washington and Baltimore areas. It’s a short trip to a differ…

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While John Denver’s “Country Roads” lyrics are known worldwide, one of West Virginia’s best kept secrets is the “country rides” in and around Mountaineer Country. Its winding byways, fresh air and scenic overlooks are perfectly suited for motorcycle enthusiasts.

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Wintergreen summers are full of cool breezes, sun-kissed smiles, stories and s’mores around the campfire, picnics at the lake, cannonballs in the pool, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets. You can hike to waterfalls and magnificent overlooks, spy on birds and squirrels, chipmunks and deer, …

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If you like festivals and fun for all ages, Howard County, Md., has plenty to entice you this summer. Live music, a film festival, a one-man circus, art created as you watch, plays performed in a stone “castle,” and a fairy-tale farm are among the rollicking options in this central Maryland …

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The Town of New Market, Va., returns to the spotlight during the weekend of May 18-19 for the longest continual reenactment in the United States. Hundreds of living historians from around the country will bring the epic event to life on the very ground where the actual battle occurred on May…

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The big news in Lancaster this summer is that the Cartoon Network is coming to town in the form of the world’s first Cartoon Network Hotel. The new lodging option, adjacent to Dutch Wonderland, “will be filled with ways to interact with the network’s shows and characters — not just on TV scr…

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My husband, Tom, and I — who grew up, respectively, along the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean — are like mythological merfolk (mermaids and mermen), who often need our “water-fix,” which includes oceanfront meditation and listening to the roar of the sea within the same city block.

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The road winds up the mountain for about seven miles from the highway west of Blacksburg, Va. When you enter the 2,600-acre nature preserve, you know that you’re heading someplace special. At the crest of a mountain ridge you turn to a scene familiar to generations of movie and television wa…

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Celebrate that someone special with a private escape to Mountaineer country. Brilliant mountain landscapes and farm-to-table dining will leave lovers at a loss for words during a three-day getaway to the university city of Morgantown, W.Va.

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Folks coming out to Moorefield, W.Va., for the admission-free South Branch Riverfest on May 25th can celebrate the river with activities along, on and under the waters of this Potomac tributary.

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There are a couple things that come to mind when you hear the term “tea party.” One of those things may be the Boston Tea Party, the protest that took place in Boston on December 16, 1773, when angered colonists took out their frustrations on Great Britain for what they deemed unfair taxatio…

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Memorial Day weekend kicks off Smith Island’s main season as well as the Smith Island Cultural Center’s Fourth Annual Smith Island Arts Festival. More than thirty regional and local artists will display their work during the festival on Saturday, May 25, starting at 11 a.m. From photography …

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The Mt. Lion Observatory — built just last year at Fort Roberdeau in Altoona — will be a prime place to look to the stars this summer. The new facility features an enclosed structure housing a high-powered telescope, as well as outdoor, leveled observation pads for those to bring and set up …

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Precision Rafting (PR) started in 1981 after we decided to try and make a living on one of our favorite kayak runs. Since the mid 1970’s the Upper Youghiogheny River was considered to be unraftable, too steep and technical and too wild of a place to make a go of it. The water release in the …

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Ace Adventure Resort resides adjacent to land designated by the National Park Service as the New River Gorge National River. The 1,500-acre base is home to onsite rock climbing, a zipline course that offers views of the stunning New River Gorge, hiking and biking trails, a paintball course, …

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It’s quiet in Pocahontas County, W.Va., but quiet can be a precious commodity for noise-jaded residents of the Mid-Atlantic. In Pocahontas County, home to the Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry Glades Wilderness, seven state parks and forests, and miles of highland trails, the sounds of …

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Get your senses ready for an exciting summer in Atlantic City — Can you smell that fresh ocean breeze and hear the waves lapping along the shoreline? Are you dreaming about digging your toes in the sand and thinking about a refreshing dip in the ocean? There is something soothing about heari…

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Home of The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is reportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin. The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in …

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The slogan is so iconic that it was named to the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009 along with the Budweiser Clydesdales and State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There” slogan. And, like these other iconic slogans, it has endured the test of time.

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As the snow melts away, the green grass begins to emerge, trees begin to bud and the robins come out to play. Yes, spring is in the air and at Deep Creek Lake that means it is time to dust off the hiking boots and head outside for some outdoor adventures.

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Despite its world-renowned trout fishing stream, easy access to hiking and biking trails and abundance of beautiful parks, Bellefonte, Pa., isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about outdoor adventure.

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Federal law gives it the name John H. Kerr Lake after the North Carolina congressman who secured funding for the dam project that created it. But a 1952 Virginia law decrees its name to be Buggs Island Lake, reflecting the legislature’s anger about the name imposed in Washington.