The views are just as spectacular on the Grand Canyon's North Rim.

  • Laura Randall
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In Washington state, rather than taking the ferry to one of the other San Juan islands, explore Fidalgo's scenic charms and its port city of Anacortes.

  • M.L. Lyke
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San Pedro offers an eclectic, affordable alternative to neighboring Long Beach.

  • Laura Randall
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Canmore offers the same scenery without the crowds or steep prices.

  • Siobhan Reid
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Zion National Park offers spectacular scenery and plenty of company, but there's room to roam in vast Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

This year-round oasis in Central California offers a different kind of scenic experience.

  • Laura Randall
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Mobile, settled before New Orleans, was the site of the country's first Mardi Gras.

  • Virginia Brown
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While Lancaster County is the better-known Pennsylvania Dutch destination, growth has reduced some of its charm. Take a tour through Berks County instead.

  • Christine H. O’Toole
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Fenwick's shingled cottages offer a refreshing contrast to Newport's over-the-top mansions.

  • Cathy Alter
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Lambertville, N.J., across the Delaware from New Hope, Pa., offers a less crowded but still quaint and historic riverside-town experience.

  • Cathy Alter
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Beaufort, S.C., offers beauty and history to rival Charleston — with fewer tourists.

  • Anna Mazurek
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The laid-back region offers a less-expensive, less-crowded tasting experience.

  • Karen Gardiner
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With more condos, reasonable restaurants and activities for the kids, families can have convenience without sacrificing quality on the slopes.

  • Bailey Berg
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Teton Valley in Idaho is more affordable and down-to-earth — and less crowded — than its Wyoming neighbor Jackson Hole.

  • Dina Mishev
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The compact, less-crowded capital city is closer to some of Alaska’s best adventures.

  • Bailey Berg
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Picturesque, accessible Keeneland has a fall racing season, plus burgoo.

  • Graham H. Cornwell
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The island has a World Heritage site with a longer history than Blarney Castle, seabirds and a ‘Star Wars’ connection.

  • Erika Mailman
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The building looks out of place, but the observation deck and roof terrace of the Tower Montparnasse offer unparalleled vistas.

  • James March
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Both destinations offer winter and summer activities.

  • Liza Weisstuch
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The university city has its own canals, cycling culture, charm and art.

  • Diane Daniel
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