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Travel: Warm Winter Hikes

While we all love the coming of the cold, and the activities that accompany it, occasionally we yearn for a bit of a respite from winter (especially if those Polar Vortex conspiracies come true). And that’s why we love these hikes. They trace through some of the country’s best national parks, ones that are prohibitively hot during the peak travel months of summer, but become a textbook destination when the rest of the country struggles to adjust to the deep freeze.

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Travel: Family Friendly Ski Resorts

The family that skis or rides together stays together. There are very few outdoor activities that are as family-friendly as skiing and snowboarding. These sports can be enjoyed by nearly anyone who can walk—from three or four years old to people in their 80’s and even 90’s. Our suggestion is to plan on a long weekend, or better yet, a week. Sign kids and adults up for lessons; non-skiers or riders can snowshoe, ice skate, or have fun at the tubing park. Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly ski resorts in the country.

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Travel: Sun Valley, Idaho

First things first: Ketchum, Idaho—the city adjacent to the famed Sun Valley Resort and your typical gateway to the region—can be hard to reach. The area (including the small town of Hailey) sits in a low valley, and when the weather comes in, the conditions can close the airport. It’s not uncommon to take off, fly right over Hailey, and then get rerouted due to fog or clouds, even after making a few attempts at landing on the runway.

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Travel: There’s More To Irish Food Than Guinness

Perhaps because of its geographic proximity and tangled history with England, a country whose culinary heights are typically associated with mushy peas, food in Ireland gets a bad rap. We’re here to change that perception.

First, there’s Guinness, that famed, amber-hued beer of the gods that’s robust enough to qualify as a meal (even if it’s technically lighter in calorie count and lower in alcohol than the our famed State-side IPAs). Yea, it’s a drink…not food—but you can also cook with it; your first taste of Guinness beef stew will make you appreciate this stout on a whole new level.

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Travel: Park City

It’s fair to say that if we didn’t love Park City so damn much, we’d have to hate it. This small town nestled into a crook in the Wasatch Range really does have it all—and by “all” we mean countless mountain biking, trail running, and hiking trails, three world-class ski resorts, a surprisingly burgeoning craft beer and liquor scene, and a snowglobe-perfect Main Street that intermingles haute cuisine and fur coats with shot-and-a-beer combos and torn blue jeans.

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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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