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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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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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The folks in the Colonial-era towns of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg celebrate fall in their own unique way.In Yorktown, October kicks off with the Yorktown Wine Festival, Oct. 6, noon–6 p.m., at Riverwalk Landing. Enjoy wine from throughout Virginia, live music, and food from local …

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The constant underground temperatures of the Mid-Atlantic’s commercial caverns stay in the mid-50s, cooling you on an Indian summer day or warming you a bit in chilly winter weather. Today’s commercial show caves offer educational tours and a host of additional entertainment options ranging …

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The autumn season ranks high among those who enjoy the great outdoors and everything that fall has to offer. From exhilarating walks in the crisp fall air and the bounty of the apple and pumpkin harvests to fun family festivals and leaves that put on a spectacular show, there is much to enjo…

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As temperatures get even cooler as we head into fall in the Mid-Atlantic, travelers and locals alike head to the region’s pumpkin festivals, fall celebrations, and, of course, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.“Sleuths are invited to wind their way through Virginia’s corn mazes, and scour pumpk…

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Tourism of the macabre is nothing new. Annually, more than 300,000 people visit the catacombs of Paris, the underground final resting place of 6 million human skeletal remains. Highgate Cemetery in London at- tracts visitors to the resting place of 170,000 souls, including Karl Marx and auth…

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If you like exploring the great outdoors and being active, Johnston County, N.C., has plenty to offer. Walk along the region’s greenways and hiking trails, get moving at one of the sports facilities, or work on your swing at one of many golf courses.Start your outdoor adventure on the 3-mile…

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Federal News Radio speaks with Recreation News Publisher Karl Teel about interesting things to do in and near the nation’s capital. 

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Pennsylvania has long been a destination for fall travel. One of the best ways to take in the colors of the season is by strolling through the charming streets of the state’s small towns that dot mountainsides and are brimming with history. Below are five spots you are sure to enjoy during autumn:

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September and October are great months for that day-outing in the country — especially wine country. Summer crowds are dwindling, the weather is slightly cooler, and, most importantly, it’s harvest time for wine grapes. What a great opportunity to see firsthand how the nectar of the grape is…

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With the arrival of September, we look forward to cooler days, going back to school, and celebrating autumn. We will attend festivals, visit markets and vineyards, go on walks, hikes, and bicycle treks, and take scenic drives into the mountains, through wide open spaces and along rivers and …

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Centrally located in the mountains of West Virginia, Summersville offers endless opportunities for fun-filled days enjoying beauty, adventure, history, and relaxation.The city is home to the state’s largest lake. Beautiful clear-water Summersville Lake has more than 60 miles of shoreline and…

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Want a fun outing to see the leaves this fall? One option is to take a scenic train ride in Grant County, W.Va. They call it the Fall Foliage Special, and it runs during three weekends in October. “It’s a very pretty train trip,” said Eileen Sindledecker, who promotes the county. “The leaves…

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It’s time to head to the mountains to enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the Deep Creek Lake area of Garrett County, Md.The Autumn Glory Festival, which runs Oct. 10–14, is now more than a half-century old.It has grown to include a kickoff dinner, fireman’s parade, concerts (including an…

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In Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, September days are pleasantly warm, but the evenings are deliciously cool. These are the golden days, when there’s a bit of summer to savor but fall is creeping in to paint the landscape with vibrant colors. Make the most of this magical time wit…

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Can you feel the morning chill in the air? Summer is winding down, and nature will soon show off its autumn colors in a flash that will be here before you know it and gone just as fast. There’s nothing like the beauty of a West Virginia state park in the fall.Here are a few parks where you c…

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The prices drop with the crowds when fall settles over North Carolina’s Outer Banks. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure, a piece of history, or just a relaxing walk on the beach, there are lots of great ways to enjoy the barrier islands…

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Looking for a way to fill the holidays with the sweet nostalgia of small-town celebrations? Head to some of nearby southern Pennsylvania’s picturesque Main Streets, where twinkling lights, roaming carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and decorated storefronts set seasonal scenes you won’t forget.

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With its incredible vistas and views, Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Va., can feel a world away from the hectic pace of city life, yet is only an hour from Washington, D.C. We took the scenic route and drove over Mount Weather, but it’s easily accessible from Interstate 66 and U.S. Route 50.

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If you are traveling Interstate 95 to southern beaches along the East Coast, you might want to veer off the highway when you see signs to Smithfield and other towns in Johnston County, N.C. The county is inviting visitors to check out its beautiful rural landscape, shop for homegrown product…

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Get away with the family for a fall weekend to Johnston County, N.C., (JoCo for those in the know) for fall fun and temperate autumn weather. The county is an easy drive down I-95 and offers welcoming towns, each with its own flavor and activity offerings.

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Float down Hardy County’s four rivers however you want: by canoe, kayak, tube, or maybe even on a homemade raft. You’ll be tempted to keep this West Virginia enclave — and its clean waterways, uncrowded paddling excursions, and lovely deep swimming holes — all to yourself. 

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The Deep Creek Lake area, including the small town of Oakland, has been voted one of the Top 15 Honeymoon Destinations in the United States by TripAdvisor. And the simple reason is that Deep Creek and its surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful. 

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Enjoy colorful mountain vistas, craft food and beverages, hiking, biking, competitive runs, games, workshops and — oh, yes — live music at a festival Oct. 5–8 in Virginia’s Nelson County. It’s The Festy Experience — one of four music festivals attracting thousands annually to the rural county.

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A nation on the brink. Two armies on the move. The media on its toes. A president on alert and a town on guard. Freedom for all is on the line. No one and nothing escaped Gettysburg–just three days–untouched.

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Even third-grade students in the Tuscarora School District can say and spell the Native American word Conococheague, but it’s a mystery to most of the rest of the world.

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As summer’s green gives way to honeyed autumn hues, bring a warm jacket and discover an entirely new side to the Allegheny National Forest, located in northwestern Pennsylvania. The striking colors and textures of fall make us all want to do just one thing — step back and look at the view. H…

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Combine three rivers, two lakes, dozens of easy access points, and unspoiled terrain with a location that’s easy to reach and you have the Southern Virginia Blueway. You can spend a day on a lake with the family or challenge the water on a three-day river trek.

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It’s easy to see why Edenton, North Carolina, has been dubbed one of the South’s prettiest towns. Its tree-lined streets, historic homes, walkable downtown, and location on Albemarle Sound invite visitors to enjoy its hospitality.