• Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama

    Alabama has so many beautiful hiking destinations. One of my new favorites is the Sipsey Wilderness in Bankhead National Forest just southwest of Huntsville. We visited the “land of a thousand waterfalls” (as it’s affectionately known) at the end of October and hiked along Borden Creek. We barely scratched the surface of the 25,000-acre forest,

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  • Mount LeConte, Tennessee

    The most fun thing I’ve ever done? Hike to the top of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s one of those rare places with no roads leading to it, only hiking trails, the shortest of which is five-and-a-half miles one-way. If you’re in really good shape, you can hike up and down

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  • Hilton Head, South Carolina

    The most beautiful view in Hilton Head? Dining on the deck of the Old Oyster Factory, where all of these photos were taken. Truly, I’ve never seen anything like it. Multi-level outdoor seating surrounded on all sides by nothing but marsh. We found ourselves whispering unconsciously during dinner as if our breaths had literally been

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  • Savannah, Georgia

    I don’t think there is a dull street in Savannah. Historic houses, cobblestone walkways, wrought-iron railings, oaks covered in moss. While there, I think we spent nearly half our time strolling the streets of Savannah. (Fun fact: Savannah’s cobblestone streets, especially those nearest the river, are believed to have been made from stones brought over as ballast on

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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Nothing beats Colorado in October. We flew to Denver on Thursday, visited friends in Boulder, and flew back South on Sunday. The weather was perfect—a comfortable 60 degrees in the afternoon, a crisp 40 in the morning, and sunny most of the weekend. While in Colorado, we admired the Rockies from a distance, and we

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  • Mount Cheaha, Alabama

    “Are you ready?” My dad obviously didn’t think so. But in all fairness, I couldn’t blame him. We hadn’t hiked in over a year, and we were about to tackle one of the most difficult trails in the southernmost Appalachians. One that dropped more than a thousand feet in the first half a mile. My

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