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Up, up and away in a COVID-conscious aerial tramway
By Tom Adkinson
  Ristras: New Mexico’s most colorful and spicy souvenirs
By Tom Adkinson

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PALM SPRINGS, California – Going out for a spin takes on a totally new meaning when you ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Not only are you on a graceful 2.5-mile ascent up the side of a very steep mountain, your tramcar is spinning full circles as you go. It doesn’t spin all that fast, of course.
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HATCH, New Mexico – You’ve seen a ristra, even if you didn’t know that was what you were seeing. A ristra, other than being a great crossword puzzle or Scrabble word, is one of those Instagram-worthy strands of dried New Mexico chile peppers. Usually red or mostly red, they stand out artfully against an adobe building or a blue desert sky.
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Birthplace of the margarita in a Prohibition-era bar – two tales from Juarez Sandy solace, delightful diversion along Gulf coast beaches 66 fishing holes from the Gulf of Mexico to Washington, D.C Way down upon the
Ichetucknee River

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First gold, then wine – magnets pulling people to
Dahlonega, Georgia
Escape summer’s heat with an underground serenade in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley A sea of grass waits for
‘Tall in the Fall’ in the
Flint Hills of Kansas
Inside Cherokee National Forest: Same mountains, similar trails, fewer people
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Enjoying Nashville’s sculptures from a socially
appropriate distance
Hiking to the top of the world, Georgia style Strolling through Thomas Jefferson’s natural playground Rolling beside the Arkansas River to the Big Dam Bridge
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Walking across the Mississippi River in Memphis Florida’s Space Coast:
Tranquil or very, very loud
Bigger than Niagara Falls – at least by one measurement Add ‘PYO’ to popular travel terminology as pandemic continues
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Rafting Tennessee’s Ocoee River erases memories of
pandemic couch surfing
Pedal – or walk – through South Dakota’s Black Hills on the Mickelson Trail Walking through rich people’s back yards in Rhode Island ‘Shoot the Hooch’ for a summertime break in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
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A place for quiet reading in
noisy New York
‘Eat ‘em to beat ‘em’ is watchword to cope with venomous, but tasty, lionfish Slam on the brakes for
three weird attractions in the
New Mexico desert
Alabama’s ‘Little Zoo That Could’ becomes
‘Little Zoo That Moved'
Brown-Lanier House
Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument added to National Park System
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A room with quite a view, Chattanooga-style Even after Mardi Gras, good times roll in New Orleans On the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail in New Mexico ‘Nighttime would find me at Rosa’s Cantina
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Reflecting on the world’s beauty on 50th anniversary of Earth Day Ferrying past an underwater park in Edmonds, Washington Finding other Vulcans in Birmingham Bring hippos into your home during coronavirus isolation
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At Prohibition’s centennial, celebrate bourbon on Northern Kentucky’s B-Line Soaking in the sun and sights on San Juan’s Condado Beach Dead trees draw wedding parties, beachcombers to Jekyll Island Walking around Tacoma to see glass artist Dale Chihuly’s handiwork
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Bending an elbow in
craft-brewed Portland
Put this Washington museum in your stamp collection Sledding along at White Sands, America’s newest national park Poking around the Library of Congress, even when it’s closed
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Dine like a local in Saint Lucia’s market food stalls 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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