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Dipping in Vermont's natural pools

For swimming in nature, New England's best waterfalls, rivers and the oldest marble quarry are all in the Green Mountain state.


The secret swimming holes of Vermont

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Beating a regional heat wave with two of nature’s gifts to the Green Mountain state: natural pools and ice cream.
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Daily deal: One-night Seattle retreat

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Two can escape to nature in style and luxury with a one-night stay ($166 or $255) at Snoqualmie Falls outside of Seattle. Hike, bike and fish, or take it easy at the links and the spa.
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Europe’s timeless railways

Years on from the golden age of European rail travel, the transcontinental Orient Express, the Scottish West Highland line and the Bergensbanen in Norway still retain their allure.


Castle hunting in Austria

These fairytale fortresses offer trick fountains, curious art collections, dizzying architecture and centuries of history.
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Full steam ahead

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Across the Scottish Highlands and around Italy’s lakes, these rail journeys make tracks through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes.
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