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By Everett Potter Let’s face it: it’s not easy coming up with adventure trips that will satisfy the most ambitious travelers. These are people who’ve “been there, done that” and are asking, “What’s next?” Coming up with fresh and intriguing ways to see a new part of the world or

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By Everett Potter Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, has just announced Women’s Adventures, a new collection of trips just for women. These new departures feature 26 of Backroads’ most popular walking & hiking itineraries, from Yosemite and Yellowstone to England, Peru, and Bhutan. Founded in 1979 by Tom Hale, these

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By Brian E. Clark I’ve hiked, biked and cross-country skied in Door County, the forested, fingerlike peninsula that juts into the northwest corner of Lake Michigan. But for an entirely different experience, I recently spent several days sailing in sometimes high winds in the Bay of Green Bay off Door


By Everett Potter Would you pay someone to plan a trip for you and only learn where you’re going when you arrive at the airport? That’s the premise of Destination Unknown, a trip-planning company that’s part of Seattle’s Explorer X. Michael Bennett is a co-founder of both and finds himself

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By Everett Potter Walking tours, don’t you know, may just be the best way to see the world. The pace is slow, the better to take in all the new sights and sounds around you. You can savor the landscape, the architecture, and the people you encounter, just as you

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    By Sandy MacDonald To be a landlubber on this storied isle is to miss out on 71 percent of its glory: its watery surround. Alas, the skills drilled into me at Point O’Woods decades ago have dissolved amid the mists of time, so I won’t be skippering any time


By Everett Potter Backroads has long been a leader and an innovator in the world of adventure travel. They’ve also been at the forefront of change, keeping tabs on fluctuating demographics and traveler demands. Back in 2020, during the heart of the pandemic, they first offered softer adventure trips called

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By Brian E. Clark In winter, the legendary Wyoming ski resort of Jackson Hole is an alpine playground of couloirs, steeps, cliffs and bowls, – even some blue and green runs for non-experts. It also offers plenty of breathtaking scenery spread out over 2,500 acres of inbound terrain, 133 trails

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By Brian E. Clark When I lived in San Francisco, I drove past Redding on Interstate 5 numerous times on my way to kayak whitewater rivers north and south of the Oregon border, cycle around Crater Lake, attend plays at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and ski at the Whistler/Blackcomb

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By Brian E. Clark Thom Burns grew up in Dewitt, Iowa, a small town far from any ocean. In fact, the Pacific was about 2,000 miles to the west and the Atlantic was 1,000 miles east of his home. He’d never sailed until he joined the Navy directly out of