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This mix of grilled meats is popular throughout South America

Parrillada meats generally include steak, lamb, pork, sausages, and sweetbreads among others.

Although the term refers to a cooking method instead of an actual food item, a parrillada is a very important part of many South American cuisines. Meaning "grill" or "barbecue," parrillada generally refers to a grilled mix of meats and poultry.

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The grilling tradition is especially popular in Argentina, Columbia, and Brazil. In fact, there are entire restaurants called parrillas that are inspired by the grill technique. The way it typically works is that diners choose their meal based on the grilled meats that are brought around the dining room on large skewers.

These are generally all-you-can-eat affairs that implement tokens to indicate when a diner is full; when a diner is full, they turn their token from "yes" to "no."

Planning your own parrillada? Try our recipe for parrillada de pescado, or a fish-themed parrillada, here!

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30 Holiday Recipes that Travel Well

The rules for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings may be different this year. You may need to be more socially distanced than usual, or the crowd will be smaller, or you&rsquoll need to stay outside. But one rule hasn&rsquot changed: If you show up empty-handed, your Great Aunt Betty will never forgive you! From easy breakfast recipes to make-ahead desserts, these dishes that travel well include something for just about every occasion, whether you&rsquore going to Grandma&rsquos house for Thanksgiving dinner, your sister-in-law&rsquos for Christmas or a neighborhood potluck.

We need human interaction more than ever right now. Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says we should limit indoor holiday gatherings to the people we have quarantined with, you may get the opportunity to join a small socially distanced outdoor gathering. And what would Great Aunt Betty say if you showed up empty handed?

These recipes that travel well are proven winners. Just remember in this pandemic year to serve in a safer way. Either have everyone use their own utensils to serve or appoint one person to dish up the goods to limit the possibility of spreading the coronavirus.

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Recipe: La Parrilla’s Fajitas

Marinate steak overnight in dressing. When ready to cook, drain meat and cut into strips. Cook meat with bacon on large griddle or in heavy skillet 4 minutes, sprinkling with small amount oil. Season with Worcestershire and some of garlic salt while cooking.

Cook poblano chiles and onion alongside meat on griddle or in separate skillet for same amount of time, sprinkling with oil and remaining garlic salt. Add tomatoes to vegetables and cook about 2 minutes.

Place yellow chiles on griddle or in skillet and cook until brown in spots. Dip green onions in oil, place on griddle or in skillet and char lightly.

Combine meat and vegetables except green onions on sizzling hot griddle or on heated platter. Arrange green onions over top. Squeeze lemon juice over before serving. Accompany with tortillas and salsa. Makes 4 servings.

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Native Indians lived in Argentina many years before the European explorers arrived. Members of an Indian tribe in the northern part of Argentina were farmers who grew squash, melons, and sweet potatoes. Spanish settlers came to Argentina in 1536. Between 1880 and 1890, nearly one million immigrants came from Europe to live in Argentina. Most were from Italy and Spain. The Italians introduced pizza, as well as all kinds of pasta dishes, including spaghetti and lasagna. British, German, Jewish, and other immigrants also settled in Argentina, all bringing their styles of cooking and favorite foods with them. The British brought tea, starting the tradition of teatime. All of these cultures influenced the dishes of Argentina.

Recipe Summary

  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine (Optional)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 cups trimmed arugula
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

Pound chicken breasts on a work surface using a meat tenderizer or heavy pan to 1/4-inch thick. Whisk wine, juice of 1 lemon, shallot, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and garlic together in a shallow bowl. Add chicken breasts marinate for 15 minutes.

Whisk juice of 1 lemon, vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and lemon zest together in a large bowl stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add arugula and tomatoes toss to combine.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate, or heat a skillet over high heat.

Remove chicken from marinade season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Cook chicken on preheated grill until golden brown and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Plate chicken with arugula salad on top.

4. Goat’s Cheese

With little rain and no pasture to speak of in Lanzarote, it’s hardly surprising that sheep and cattle find little graze on and the hardy goats are the livestock you’ll find here. There are several herds of the local Majorera breed around Lanzarote and local markets are a good place to taste the artisan conejero cheese that is made from their milk.

The fresh cheese made from raw goats milk is white and creamy, with a mild flavour that becomes more intense as the cheese matures and the texture hardens. A mature version of the goats cheese, rolled in a crust of spicy red paprika is also popular.

Goats cheese in the market at Teguise

In restaurants you’ll often see local goats cheese served as a tapas dish, drizzled with honey or served with fresh or dried figs and local fig jam. Fig trees are planted in sheltered dips in the volcanic soil among the vines, to give the birds something to feed on and distract them from the precious grape harvest.

Cheese platter at Cantina Teguise

13 Most Scenic Day Trips by Train Around the World

Enjoy breathtaking landscapes without having to worry about taking your eyes off the road.

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Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic

While the Alaska Railroad has multiple week-long train adventures, the railway also offers several scenic day trips. One popular option is the Coastal Classic route, which covers 114 miles from Anchorage to Seward, snaking through the Chugach Mountains, along Turnagain Arm and into the rugged backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula. A seven-hour stopover near Kenai Fjords National Park enables travelers to explore at their leisure, even take a park ranger narrated cruise and dine on a delicious prime rib buffet, before settling in for an evening return to Anchorage.

Inca Rail’s 360° Machu Picchu Train

The crown jewel of train travel in Latin America may be Inca Rail&rsquos luxurious 360 degrees Machu Picchu Train. Boasting six railcars, an outdoor viewing platform and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows across the train, Inca Rail gives travelers the opportunity to more fully experience the Andean landscape, including winding rivers and snow-capped mountains. A GPS-activated audio guide narrates the journey from Poroy Station in Cusco to Machu Picchu, giving passengers insights into their surroundings and the ancient Inca civilization.

Glacier Express

Sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace of this seven-hour train ride from Zermatt to St. Moritz as you absorb the delightful alpine views from your seat on board the Glacier Express in Switzerland. Book a day trip or include the Glacier Express as part of a multi-day adventure with a travel company, like Cox & Kings, which offers a nine-day Switzerland: Panoramic Train Journeys vacation package that takes travelers across snowy mountains and green pastures of Lucerne, Montreux, Zermatt, Andermatt and Zurich.

Grand Canyon Railway

Skip the lines at the entrance gate to the Grand Canyon&rsquos South Rim. Instead, get your tickets punched for the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona and board a restored streamliner-era train bound for Grand Canyon Village. The journey takes just over two hours one-way and the train disembarks in front of the historic El Tovar Hotel. On the return, plan on cowboys, shoot-outs, sing-alongs and, of course, all the majestic scenery, from wide-open prairies to ponderosa pine forests, you care to take in.

New Zealand’s TranzAlpine

Experience the striking New Zealand landscape on a rail journey between Christchurch and Greymouth, which takes just under five hours one-way to travel nearly 140 miles aboard the TranzAlpine. Ready your camera for picturesque views of Mount Binser before the train crosses the Waimakariri River to reach Arthur&rsquos Pass National Park. Keep your eyes open for the majestic Lake Brunner, one of the largest lakes in New Zealand&rsquos South Island, as it&rsquos tucked away in the Southern Alps.

The Presidential Train

Once used to transport royalty and heads of state, the Presidential Train is considered by many to be the star of the rail system in Portugal. Retired from service in 1970, then thoughtfully restored in 2010, the luxurious Presidential Train today takes travelers on a nine-hour round-trip rail journey between Porto and Vesuvio in Northern Portugal. Each ticket includes a four-course gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, a port wine tasting, live music and afternoon tea service on the return to Porto.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Travel the same tracks once used by miners in the 1880s on board the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado. As the train snakes along the Animas River, it climbs nearly 3,000 feet over 45 miles of unspoiled wilderness from Durango to Silverton. Book a first-class seat in the Presidential Class car, which delights thanks to a restored Victorian seating area and a large outdoor viewing platform. This historic railroad has been wowing guests continuously since its opening more than 135 years ago.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

This eight-hour train trip on India&rsquos Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train," takes travelers across lush valleys and tea plantations, through dense jungle and into fragrant forests on board a narrow-gauge steam train. The route runs 50 miles through the Himalayan foothills from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, making scenic stops along the way, including the famous Batasia Loop. Today, the railway is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even more exciting, the train has a brand-new air-conditioned compartment, a first in its 137-year history.

Norway's Flam Railway

Book your spot on a popular Norway in a Nutshell tour from Fjord Tours, which includes scenic train rides on the breathtakingly popular Flam and Bergen Railways. The Flam Railway, in particular, has been called the most beautiful train journey in the world, and it&rsquos easy to see why. Across 12 miles of Western Norway, expect to see cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, hilltop farms, and magnificent fjords. It&rsquos also one of the steepest train rides, taking guests nearly 3,000 feet above sea level in just one hour.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Dating back to the late-19th century when outlaws and gunslingers ruled the Old West, a rail journey along the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a bucket list-worthy adventure. Board a narrow-gauge steam train in Antonito, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico for a 64-mile day trip through mountain canyons, across high desert and along a 137-foot high trestle bridge before climbing to the top of Cumbres Pass at 10,105 feet.

Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo Train

Spend the day at the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes since the early 1900s, on this train trip from The Roman Guy. Pope Francis no longer uses the residence or grounds that sit atop the ancient Roman ruins, so he&rsquos opened them to the public. The day trip includes a scenic ride through the Castelli Romani hills from Vatican City on the pope&rsquos train, a tour of the Barberini Gardens and a locally-sourced Italian lunch. Delicious.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Be awed by the scenic wonders that make up Colorado&rsquos Rocky Mountains as you chug along the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City, which sits an hour southwest of Colorado Springs. Book a seat in the Vista Dome car for breathtaking views and stay for delicious onboard meals, like grass-fed buffalo burgers and basil chicken panini. Make it a day by pairing a two-hour train ride with a rafting adventure along the Arkansas River with Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

Jacobite Steam Train

Harry Potter fans make note, book a ticket on board the Jacobite Steam Train with West Coast Railways. This 84-mile round-trip rail journey takes travelers from Fort William, the largest town in the Scottish Highlands, which sits at the base of Britain&rsquos tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, to Mallaig, a bustling fishing village. As you cross the famed Glenfinnan Viaduct, the train will pause for photos of the tremendously scenic views. Once you arrive in Mallaig, you&rsquoll have 90 minutes to explore and do lunch before chugging back to Fort William.

Joy of Mex: Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Generations of shoppers and tipplers have helped make Nuevo Laredo an unexpectedly good dining venue.


Belden at Ocampo, 011-52-87-12-00-15.
The point of visiting the former, original Cadillac Bar is not to eat, though you can certainly do that here. The point is, and always has been, to have an ethereal Ramos Gin Fizz, laugh and carry on, see somebody you haven’t seen in ten years, and be well tended by infinitely patient waiters in white jackets. Worth having: crabmeat enchiladas with pico de gallo.
Guacamole: 3 (plain avocado with a bit of salt). Chips: 2.5 (thick). Salsa: 3.


Avenida Guerrero 2134, 011-52-87-15-46-66 or 14-80-18.
One of the city’s signature restaurants, this place is dark and welcoming in cool weather or warm, with marvelous hand-hewn tree trunks carved with grapevines making a kind of interior arbor. Even though the atmosphere’s spiffy, no one dresses up. The thing to have is meat—vast quantities come as part of the parrillada (mixed grill), delivered on an odd little brazier. The chicken enchiladas in homemade mole are fine too. On weekends you can count on mariachi music and folkloric dancers.
Guacamole: 3. Chips: 1. Roasted- chile salsa: 5. Pico de gallo: 3 (muy picante).

El Rincón del Viejo

Doctor Mier 4835 at González, 011-52-87-12-25-23.
If you’re going to have cabrito, have it here, where it’s tender and not as greasy as it can be. Grilled sweetbreads are perfect rolled up in a warm, homemade corn tortilla with some pico de gallo. As long as you’re indulging, share an order of gorditas, dense and indescribably delicious masa cakes (they’re loaded with lard, but one won’t kill you). Even though the decor has been modernized, the heavy carved sideboards remain, and the light is filtered through abundant foliage growing around the lovely shaded patio. Eat outside if the weather is nice. This is one of Nuevo Laredo’s don’t-miss places.
Guacamole: 4 (plain fresh avocado ask for pico de gallo and mix it in). Chips: 4. Salsa: 5 (devilishly dark and hot).

Victoria 3020

Calle Victoria 3020, 011-52-87-13-30-20.
If Victoria 3020 didn’t look so great—with tropical plantings, tall plate-glass windows, and broad expanses of aqua and lavender stucco—I would be tempted to say the food is just average to good. But the setting is so agreeable that the shrimp seem bigger and crisper, and who cares if the salad is iceberg lettuce? Best dish tried: Mexico’s unique sábana—a huge, thin-pounded steak with grilled onions. Oh, and the limonadas are perfection.
Guacamole: 3 (avocado only). Chips: 3. Red salsa: 3.5. Green salsa: 1.

50 States of Bucket List Adventures

What’s the one thing you must do in every state? From Florida to Alaska, here are our picks for once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the country.

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Alabama: Space Camp

Is constructing and launching your own rocket on your bucket list? Fulfill your childhood dreams of being an astronaut by taking part in Adult Space Academy, a two-night experience that allows trainees to take part in hands-on interactive space missions at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

Alaska: Northern Lights

Catch a glimpse of nature's most spectacular light show&mdashthe aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights&mdashin Fairbanks, one of the most reliable spots to view the natural wonder.

Arizona: Grand Canyon

Experience the Grand Canyon from the water&mdashfloat through the geological wonder on the Colorado River with an adrenaline-pumping whiter water adventure, or take in the breathtaking views slowly on a smooth water rafting trip.

Arkansas: Anthony Chapel

  1. Marvel at the awe-inspiring design of Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens, an architectural wonder nestled in the deep woods of Hot Springs, that soars 57 feet high with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and massive pine columns and beams.

California: Joshua Tree National Park

Don&rsquot just take photos of the otherworldly rock formations at Joshua Tree National Park, climb them! With more than 400 climbing formations and 8,000 climbing routes, this high-desert world-class rock climbing mecca has climbs for every level, and beginners can learn the robes with lessons from Cliffhangers Guides.

Colorado: Royal Gorge Cloudscraper

There are zip lines and then there is the Cloudscraper. Soar across the Royal Gorge 1,200 feet above the roaring Arkansas River on this heart-racing ride, the highest zip line in North America.

Connecticut: Winvian Farm Treehouse

Take your childhood fantasy and turn it up a notch with an unforgettable night in a treehouse 35 feet above the New England forest floor at Winvian Farm, in Litchfield. You&rsquoll be far from roughing it this grown-up treehouse haven complete with two fireplaces and a Jacuzzi.

Delaware: Parasailing

Liven up your summer beach getaway by parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean to get a seagulls-eye-view of Dewey Beach. And you don&rsquot have to do it alone&mdashup to three people can soar hundreds of feet above the ocean together with Dewey Beach Parasailing.

Florida: Overseas Highway

You&rsquoll feel like you&rsquore floating on water driving from Miami to Key West on one of the country&rsquos most beautiful roads, Overseas Highway, a 113-mile stretch with 42 overseas bridges, best driven in a convertible.

Georgia: Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Get a glimpse of Georgia&rsquos "tree graveyard" by paddling, biking or walking along Jekyll Island&rsquos Driftwood Beach.

Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano

A bucket list experience in Hawaii? Watch lava flow from Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, on the Big Island. You can view the volcano from Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile stretch that follows the edge of the Kilauea Caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Idaho: Hot Springs

Soak in one of Idaho&rsquos numerous natural hot springs, while you take in surrounding snowscapes. These geothermally heated pools can be enjoyed any time of year.

Illinois: The Skydeck Chicago

Go out on the ledge for soaring views of Chicago on The Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Indiana: Indy 500

Catch the greatest racing event in the country, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Iowa: American Gothic House

Head to Eldon to visit and take a photo in front of the real house that inspired Grant Wood to paint one of the most recognizable works of art, American Gothic. Tour the adjacent American Gothic House Center which showcases Grant Wood&rsquos life and the history of the house.

Kansas: Herd Longhorn Cattle

Take on the experience of being a cowboy/cowgirl for the day driving a herd of longhorn cattle across the open prairie at Flying W Ranch, a working cattle ranch in Flint Hills.

Kentucky: Corvette Museum

Tour the Corvette Museum and Corvette plant in Bowling Green, the only place in the world where the classic American sports cars are made. Drive a Corvette (with a pro) around the Motorspeed performance driving track. Speeds of 120 MPH not guaranteed.

Louisiana: Myrtles Plantation

Stay overnight at the most haunted plantation home in America. Rumored to be built on top of an ancient Tunica Native American burial ground, Myrtles Plantation is a bed and breakfast that supposedly is home to at least 12 ghosts.

Maine: Sail Historic Windjammer

Sail along the coast of Maine for a few days aboard a historic windjammer, where you&rsquoll get hands-on sailing experience and iconic views of New England lighthouses, fishing villages and uninhabited islands, where you can enjoy all of Maine&rsquos coastal highlights in one experience.

Maryland: Assateague Island Wild Ponies

Since 1925, hundreds of wild ponies are herded by "saltwater cowboys" across Assateague Channel in July for the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim. But you can spot the wild ponies any time of year grazing on salt marshes and beaches on Assateague Island.

Massachusetts: Fenway Park

Red Sox fans or not, you have to catch at least one baseball game at Boston&rsquos Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes

Climb Sleeping Bear National Seashore&rsquos massive sand dunes, sculpted entirely by winds and waters. With 450-foot bluffs and sweeping views over Lake Michigan, this freshwater beach is one you have to see this lifetime.

Minnesota: Fat Biking on the Snow

During Minnesota winters, snow is no excuse to put your bike away. Take a spin on the snow here on a fat bike, a winter-ready bike with oversized, low-pressure tires allowing you to cycle over snow-packed trails.

Mississippi: Swamp Tour

Is coming face-to-face with an alligator on your bucket list? Take an airboat tour with Gulf Coast Gator Ranch on the swamplands of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to spot a gator in their natural habitat.

Missouri: Bonne Terre Mine

Take an unforgettable dive into the man-made caverns at Bonne Terre Mine, one of the earliest deep-earth lead mines and the world's largest freshwater dive venue.

Montana: Glacier National Park

Seeing glaciers on your bucket list? There&rsquos no view that could be more rewarding than taking in the majestic Grinnell Glacier on Garden Wall in Glacier National Park.

Nebraska: Sandhill Crane Migration

Catch the sandhill crane migration, one of the greatest animal migrations, that happens every spring when 80 percent of the world&rsquos cranes converge on the Platte River valley in Nebraska.

Nevada: Extraterrestrial Highway

Lookout for unidentified flying objects on Extraterrestrial Highway, a 92-mile stretch of State Route 375 in Nevada near Area 51, the notorious U.S. military installation known for reported UFO sightings.

New Hampshire: Fall Foliage

Catch Mother Nature&rsquos stunning autumn show in New Hampshire, one of New England&rsquos prime spots for fall foliage.

New Jersey: Ocean City Boardwalk

New Mexico: White Sands National Dunes

Dune sledding on your life list? It will be after seeing White Sands National Dunes, over 275 square miles of glistening white gypsum desert sands.

New York: Take On the Marathon

North Carolina: Wright Experience

You could go to the beach on the Outer Banks or you could fly over it on a reproduction of the Wright Brothers&rsquo 1902 Glider! One of the only of its kind available for the public to fly, 1902 Wright Glider replica was built by the Wright Experience. Fly this glider just as the Wright Brothers did over 100 years ago&mdasheven over the same dunes they flew over.

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Marvel at otherworldly sandstone formations on one of 100 miles of hiking trails at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Ohio: Cedar Point

Think you can handle the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster? Then take a ride on Valravn, Cedar Point amusement park&rsquos thrill ride that goes 223 feet high, 75 mph and has two 90-degree drops.

Oklahoma: Route 66 Museum

Drive through the longest stretch of Route 66 in Oklahoma and visit the museum dedicated to the Mother Road in the town of Clinton.

Oregon: Cannon Beach

Walk along Cannon Beach to take in one of Oregon&rsquos most beautiful landmarks, the towering Haystack Rock standing 235 feet above the edge of the shoreline.

Pennsylvania: Fallingwater

After seeing the masterpiece that is Fallingwater, stay overnight in another Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort, one of only a handful of Wright-designed homes in the world offering overnight stays.

Rhode Island: Newport’s Cliff Walk

Ogle at Newport's gilded mansions on the famed Cliff Walk and if your budget allows it, stay overnight in one. Spend a night at Vanderbilt Grace, built in 1909 as a summer residence for Alfred Vanderbilt, and now a boutique hotel.

South Carolina: Bulls Island

See the day break on South Carolina&rsquos Bulls Island, an unspoiled barrier island that boasts more wildlife than beach-goers.

South Dakota: Badlands National Park

Drive along Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway, a 31-mile stretch of jagged cliffs and striking rock formations. Keep an eye out for the wildlife here, from bison to Harley riders.

Tennessee: Nashville Live Music

With over 150 live music venues, Nashville is called Music City for a reason. Bluebird Café is one of the most iconic listening rooms in the city, with its decades-long history of being a haven for aspiring and established country music songwriters.

Texas: Caddo Lake

Paddle your way through the mysterious maze of Spanish moss-covered Cypress trees on Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas.

Utah: Arches National Park

Go stargazing in Utah, a state that boasts one of the darkest skies in the U.S., if not the world. Camp under the stars at Arches National Park and glimpse the Milky Way span the night sky.

Vermont: Kingdom Trails

Best way to take in Vermont&rsquos breathtaking scenery? Ride through the grassy meadows and mountains on Kingdom Trails, one of the best networks of biking trails in the U.S.

Virginia: Mount Vernon

Four out of America&rsquos first five presidents were Virginians, and, though Woodrow Wilson was the most recent from the state to serve as commander in chief, it's still full of presidential history. Go back to the beginning and tour George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Washington: Orca Whale Watching

See if you can spot orcas off the coast of Washington on the San Juan Islands, one of the best places in the world to spot the killer whales. If you&rsquore lucky, you&rsquoll see the area&rsquos other amazing wildlife, too&mdashsea lions, harbor seals, porpoise and bald eagles.

West Virginia: Raft Gauley River

For an unforgettable ride, raft the world-famous Gauley River, one of the top-ranked white water rivers in the world with over 100 rapids for every skill level.

Wisconsin: Apostle Islands

Forget a boring cheese tour, up the ante in Wisconsin and explore the ice caves at Apostle Islands, home to some of the most stunning sea caves found in the Great Lakes. Always check with the National Park Service to make sure the conditions are safe first.

Wyoming: Dude Ranch

Wrangle up some cowboy/cowgirl experience at Eaton&rsquos Family Ranch, the nation&rsquos first dude ranch, in Wolf, Wyoming. From horseback riding to trap shooting, you&rsquoll be able to be the star in your own Western.

Washington, DC: Monument Night Tour

Escape the crowds and take in Washington, DC&rsquos monuments on a twilight tour. Beautiful during the day, the memorials and monuments become magical when floodlit at dusk.

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