Weekend Getaways

48 Hours in The Everglades, Florida

by Terry Ward. Posted Mar 6th 2014 10:30 AM
Everglades, Florida, USA
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One of the great dualities of Florida is the presence of spectacular natural places and wildlife within easy striking distance of the most people-packed urban areas. And Everglades National Park - covering more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida - is as off-the-charts-wild as U.S. parks get. While the most remote areas of the park are largely inaccessible, there are plenty of spots within a stone's throw of Miami and Naples (around the small towns of Florida City and Everglades City) where you can get a real feel for the "River of Grass."

The Everglades was originally given protected status in 1947 in order to preserve its extreme biodiversity, and the vast sub-tropical wilderness here continues to flourish as a habitat for alligators, Florida panthers, manatees and crocodiles as well as hundreds of species of plants and birds. For one of the wildest Florida escapes, this is the place.
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Best Ski Vacations From Chicago

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Wilmot Mountain night ski
Courtesy of Wilmot Mountain
This burg, where the prairie meets the Great Lakes, could scarcely be flatter. Nonetheless, Chicago isn't too shabby a place to be a skier or snowboarder. O'Hare has flights to all the major ski resorts out West, and there are many chairlifts in Chicago's vacation paradise: Wisconsin. Glaciers carved some fairly nice ski mountains on the other side of the lake, too, in Michigan.
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Best Ski Vacations from Seattle

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Snoqualmie Ski
Jeff Cavan
As the home to Eddie Bauer, REI and dozens of other outdoor gear companies, Seattle is closely intertwined with the history of American Alpinism. In fact, the first American expedition to Mt. Everest was overloaded with Washingtonians. Seattle seems surrounded by peaks -- with the Cascade Mountains here and the Olympic Mountains there, not to mention the Coast Range up above. If you had Mt. Rainier hovering majestically over your city every day, you'd be inspired to get outside and accomplish alpine feats, too.
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Best Ski Vacations From San Francisco

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy of Squaw Valley
Only 3 hours from mountainous Lake Tahoe -- in a state that really, really likes to drive -- San Franciscans grow up making "burrito runs": grabbing a breakfast burrito at one's favorite Mexican joint, filling up an SUV with pals and the nation's priciest gas, bolting to California ski resorts, shredding all day and driving home. Some NorCal hills slide right down into Lake Tahoe itself; others arrive at wonderfully empty spaces we thought no longer existed in the Golden State.
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Best Ski Vacations From Boston

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Sugarbush Vermont skier
Courtesy of Sugarbush
New England's Appalachians host many of America's original ski areas, and as the unquestioned capital of New England, Boston has always claimed a thriving ski culture. Day-trippers, weekend warriors and second-home owners clear out of Boston every weekend and many weekdays as well. The only question is whether they head to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont's Green Mountains or the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.
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Best Ski Vacations from Denver

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Crested Butte Ski
Courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Winter sports culture would be even more world-renowned in the Mile High City had Denver actually hosted the 1976 Winter Olympics it was awarded. But Colorado voters opted to back out of financing the games with public funds, apparently wanting to keep various Rocky Mountain Highs to themselves. Today, Colorado enjoys far more skier visits than any other state. Colorado is literally the highest state, with a greater average elevation than any other chunk of man-made boundary in the United States. Olympics or no, things have worked out just fine for sliders of the Centennial State.
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Best Ski Vacations From Los Angeles

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Courtesy of Mountain High
As any close viewer of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade has noticed, Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains are often snowcapped -- even if preceded on the horizon by Pasadena's palm trees. Los Angeles certainly hosts more dedicated skiers and snowboarders than any other megalopolis of its latitude. SoCal sliders hit the San Gabriels or San Bernadino Mountains when pressed for time and roadtrip to the Sierras whenever possible.
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Best Ski Vacations From Washington, D.C.

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Philip Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain
Though the "Beltway" sounds somewhat like a chairlift, D.C. residents actually have to work to get their turns. Fortunately, the Appalachians aren't too far away from the swamplands and estuaries that characterize our nation's capital. Indeed, just past Virginia is something called the Mountaineer State: West Virginia. Once they attach skis or a snowboard to their feet, Beltway types can aspire to shred like famous predecessors Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle and Richard Holbrooke.
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Best Ski Vacations from New York

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 4th 2013 04:00 PM
Whiteface Mountain
Courtesy of ORDA
On the whole, New Yorkers are surprisingly good skiers. And not just because, as the networks always show during the city's blizzards, people cross-country ski in Central Park. Remember that New York is also the global capital of high finance, whose practitioners have long embraced skiing, perhaps the most upper-crust sport not played at a country club. As long as Goldman Sachs perseveres, so will Aspen, Deer Valley and St. Moritz. And so will the small hills in the Catskill Mountains and the larger ones in New York's Adirondacks.
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48 Hours in Oakland, California

by April Kilcrease. Posted Nov 14th 2013 10:47 AM
Fox Theater Oakland
Eric Rorer
Affectionately referred to as "the Town" by residents, Oakland has a surprisingly communal vibe despite being home to some 400,000 people. Diversity is one of the port city's strengths, as evidenced in its stellar international cuisine, eclectic local bands and vibrant arts scene.

Each month, thousands of folks celebrate this cultural creativity at First Friday, essentially an evening street fair with food trucks, artists' booths, a classic car show and seemingly impromptu performances by musicians, DJs and dancers.
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