Luray Caverns, Virginia (Photo: Daniel Yost, iStockPhoto.com)

Luray Caverns, the largest in the Eastern U.S., cover more than three acres. Tours feature "rooms" with ceilings as high as 10 stories and the one-of-a-kind "Stalacpipe" Organ. ... read more»

Northampton farmers' market (Photo: Paul Schnaittacher, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce)

Northampton, a lively hamlet about an hour from Hartford and two from Boston, is a treasure trove of unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and performance spaces. ... read more»

Rafting on West Virginia's New River (Photo: West Virginia Division of Tourism)

Beckley, just 70 miles south of Charleston, is the ideal place for weekend adventure. Head outdoors and experience easy float trips or whitewater rafting on raging rapids. ... read more»

Downtown Pine Mountain, Georgia (Photo: Callaway Gardens)

Only an hour from Atlanta sits Pine Mountain, a summer-vacation wonderland packed with activities for the whole family. ... read more»

Lobster with butter and lemon (Photo: Olga Lyubkina/iStockPhoto.com)

Yes, Maine's coastline is besieged by scenery-seeking tourists all summer long. That doesn't mean you can't visit out-of-the-way Vinalhaven. Grab your lobster bib and dig in! ... read more»

Hot-air balloon floating over Sedona, Arizona (Photo: S. Greg Panosian/iStockPhoto)

Sedona manages to be both a top golf destination and one of the biggest spiritual centers in the country. No matter what your interests, you can't help but be charmed by the area. ... read more»

Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas (Photo: Al Rendon)

Fredericksburg, Texas effortlessly appeals to all sorts because the town offers so much more than just quilts and collectibles. ... read more»

Some visitors like the idea of staying in the historic hotel and lodges of the national parks. While many of these turn-of-the century properties are stunning on the outside and have lovely lobbies, often the plumbing, room furnishings, and other amenities desperately need to be brought into the new millennium. 

With that in mind, if <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac/" target="_blank">Glacier National Park</a> is your destination, skip staying at the ambient but overpriced and outdated <a href="http://www.glacierparkinc.com/lodging.htm" target="_blank">Glacier Park Lodge</a> and instead stay in the <a href="http://www.kalispellgrand.com/" target="_blank">Kalispell Grand Hotel</a> in Kalispell, Montana, near the park's western boundary. Both hotels were founded in the early 1900s, but the Kalispell Grand has done a better job of keeping its historic feel and keeping up with the times. Its average prices are also less than half what Glacier Park Lodge charges. Summer rates start at $140 per night.

(Photo: Index Open)

Horseback riding, hiking, boating, and fishing await you in Glacier, though you might have a hard time doing anything other than staring in wonder at the beauty around you. ... read more»

Sunset at Lake Martin near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana (Photo: iStockphoto.com/Paul Wolf)

If you really want to experience Cajun culture, get out of New Orleans and head into the bayous of St. Martin Parish. ... read more»

Waipio Valley Overlook, Hawaii (Photo: Hawaii's Big Island Visitor Bureau)

Known locally as the Valley of the Kings, the Big Island's tropical version of the Grand Canyon has amazing views, outdoor adventure, and fun diversions without high temperatures. ... read more»

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