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Travel: Best Places to See Fall Foliage in North America

Autumn is all about color, clear blue skies, and the hint of cold weather. It’s time to start thinking of pumpkins, spiced cider, and, most of all, fall foliage. Veteran leaf watchers all have favorite secret spots where they know they’ll see every shade of green, orange, red, yellow, pink, and purple—sometimes without even having to turn their head. Here are some of their picks of places to go with the best leaf-peeping potential. 

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Travel: Mountain Biking in National Parks

With the exception of the occasional gorilla cyclist who scoffed at the laws that don’t allow mountain biking in the country’s national parks, taking a fat-tire bike to the miles of tempting, picture-perfect singletrack of the National Park System has largely been a Beach Boy-type affectation (“Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bike this? Then it wouldn’t really take so long…”). 

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Travel: New York City

You might have noticed—New Yorkers are about a lot more than funky glasses, skinny black jeans, and funny hats. In addition to great music, intriguing museums, and fantastic food, the city has a lot to offer for the outdoor athlete (without leaving the city). Whether you live in the Big Apple and want something different, or are visiting for work or pleasure and need some fresh air and exercise, here are our favorite human-powered sports in the city.

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Travel: Montreal

No offense to that litigious “happiest place on earth”, but Montrèal, the largest city in Quebec, Canada, may be the ultimate family-friendly destination. There’s something for everyone—from top-tier museums to street performances to the quiet serenity of Mt. Royal Park. Plus, there’s the undeniable glamour thanks to the fact that that everyone speaks French and city architecture looks more European than North American; think of it as a lot more convenient (and cheaper) than flying everybody to Paris.

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Travel: Via Ferrata, Climbing For The Rest Of Us

Italian for “Iron Road”, Via Ferrata are established paths that traverse and ascend rock faces. Because of this system of ladders and cables, most anyone can climb these with just a few minutes of training. All it takes is a special harness with bungee-cord leashes that clip in to anchor yourself to the rock. With over 100 Via Ferrata in Europe, Canada and the U.S., these are great ways to experience the thrills of vertical climbing without the risk, training and expense typically involved in rock climbing. 

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Travel: Portland

Fueled by the arts, food, beer, and music scenes, Portland has already received plenty of media attention. The challenge, however, is to rise above the buzz — or the self-parody Portlandia. Thankfully, Portland manages to exceed the traveler’s expectations. 

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Travel: Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls pretty much achieves the impossible. It almost trumps the Grand Canyon — at least in terms of sheer, gob-smacking beauty. Granted, not much can match the vast grandeur of that wide canyon carved by the Colorado River. But where the Grand exceeds in inspiring immeasurable awe, Havasu Falls feels almost personal. And while far from secret — its iconic waterfalls have populated countless full-page magazine spreads and downloadable screensavers — the region still feels like it belongs to you.

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Travel: Aspen

Unlike some Colorado resort towns that feel as if the city itself exists as an afterthought to the resorts that surround it (we’re looking at you, Vail), Aspen feels wholly endemic to the Rocky Mountain State.

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Travel: Unexplored Ireland

Far beyond the shamrock clichés, bustling urban centers, and rolling green hills that typify the Ireland of everyone’s mind, resides one of the country’s best-kept secrets. County Donegal, a remote region of Ireland in the northwest, is both sparsely populated and spectacularly beautiful.

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How To: Earn Your Guinness In Dublin

Truth is, most tourists to Dublin experience the city on foot or by bus. We say, break the mold, get your hands wet, and earn that pint of Guinness on the River Liffey.

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