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Rafting Tennessee’s Ocoee River erases memories of pandemic couch surfing
By Tom Adkinson
  Rolling beside the Arkansas River to the Big Dam Bridge
By Tom Adkinson


DUCKTOWN, Tennessee – The surge of adrenaline after emerging on the good side of a raging rapid named Broken Nose or Tablesaw makes memories of the slow and isolated months of the coronavirus pandemic disappear for anyone who challenges the Ocoee River this season.
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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The wind in your face, the sun on your shoulders and relative solitude – three joys of life we crave as we muddle through the coronavirus pandemic – are available on a bicycle ride, and the folks in central Arkansas have just the place for that joyful experience. Full story

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‘Shoot the Hooch’ for a summertime break in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains Strolling through Thomas Jefferson’s natural playground Add ‘PYO’ to popular travel terminology as pandemic continues Enjoying Nashville’s sculptures from a socially appropriate distance

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Walking around Tacoma to see glass artist Dale Chihuly’s handiwork Alabama’s ‘Little Zoo That Could’ becomes ‘Little Zoo That Moved' Bigger than Niagara Falls – at least by one measurement Walking across the Mississippi River in Memphis
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Pedal – or walk – through South Dakota’s Black Hills on the Mickelson Trail A place for quiet reading in
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Slam on the brakes for three weird attractions in the New Mexico desert ‘Eat ‘em to beat ‘em’ is watchword to cope with venomous, but tasty, lionfish
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Florida’s Space Coast:
Tranquil or very, very loud
Ferrying past an underwater park in Edmonds, Washington A room with quite a view, Chattanooga-style Walking through rich people’s back yards in Rhode Island
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Dead trees draw wedding parties, beachcombers to Jekyll Island Even after Mardi Gras, good times roll in New Orleans At Prohibition’s centennial, celebrate bourbon on Northern Kentucky’s B-Line Bring hippos into your home during coronavirus isolation
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Reflecting on the world’s beauty on 50th anniversary of Earth Day On the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail in New Mexico ‘Nighttime would find me at Rosa’s Cantina Poking around the Library of Congress, even when it’s closed
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Bending an elbow in
craft-brewed Portland
Soaking in the sun and sights on San Juan’s Condado Beach Sledding along at White Sands, America’s newest national park Dine like a local in Saint Lucia’s market food stalls
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Finding other Vulcans in Birmingham Put this Washington museum in your stamp collection 10 years ago, much of Nashville was underwater  

train ridesExperience a train ride into river gorges, through historic tunnels, and along some of the most beautiful landscapes in America
Journey through the Carolina Mountains and some of the most beautiful landscapes in America. Ride into river gorges, across valleys, and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains. If you have been waiting to ride a train behind a century-old steam locomotive, here is your chance. Ride along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858 and on the National Register of Historic Places.
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pickwick belleTennessee Riverboat Cruises: Romantic Cruises or Family Adventures
Tennessee offers a variety of leisure riverboat cruises on its waterways. Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis all have riverboats or steamboats to take you on Tennessee rivers to view beautiful scenery and wildlife, enjoy live entertainment and a great meal, or learn about the history of the Civil War in our great state. Archaeological evidence along the cruise routes tells the stories of the various Native American cultures who inhabited this river valley for over 10,000 years. Cruise in the wake of the early pioneers who had to overcome rapids, shoals, whirlpools and the formidable Chickamaugas. See the famous Body Farm. Pause and reflect in remembrance of the many that perished on the Trail of Tears.
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