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Alabama State Parks Deliver Affordable Vacations

If you thought you couldn't afford a vacation this summer, consider four affordable options from the Alabama State Park system. These four-day getaways deliver diverse activities -- from beachside fun to mountain hiking and golf. Accommodations include rustic cabins (one at Lake Guntersville State Park is shown at right) or woodside lodges. So check out these potential short getaways at parks throughout the state...
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Snowshoe, WV: Summer Paradise, Winter Playground

Snowshoe, WV, is both an outdoor summer playground and a winter ski paradise. In summer, travelers will relish the lush natural vegetation, wildflowers, cool streams and mountain views.

What's to do? How about mountain biking, hiking, clay shooting or golf? And, of course, in winter, visitors enjoy skiing, snowboarding and apres ski activities. Let's join West Virginia resident and professional travel writer Dale Leatherman in exploring Snowshoe.
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Discovering "Old Florida" In Everglades City

Traversing FL between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, Interstate 75 (simply called "Alligator Alley" by the locals) delivers scenic views of seas of grass, wetlands and forests. Teeming with birds, gators and other wildlife, the region is home to Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. Join Editor Susan J. Young on a day trip south from I-75 to Everglades City. You'll discover Old Florida, drop-dead scenery and tales from the edge of civilization.
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Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee

If you believe Alan Jackson's song, there's nothing like the remote Chattahoochee River for coming of age. Today, though, everyone is enjoying a 48-mile stretch of the Georgia river that was designated a national recreation area back in 1978. It's now a popular outdoor adventure attraction.

Canoeing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, rafting and wildlife/bird watching are among the activities visitors might plan for a day-long getaway to this area of the Chattahoochee, just a short distance from Atlanta.

Freelance writer Vivian Holley details what's available along this pristine river and how to secure maps and hiking information.
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New NC Center Delivers Whitewater Thrills

The South has exciting whitewater action on many wild rivers. But rafters don't have to go to the mountains for whitewater runs. They might head for the new $38 million U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte, NC, which offers raft trips in its challenging rapids. Outdoor writer and author Jack Horan gives readers an "up close" look at this exhilarating course. Let's run the wild waters and get wet with Jack.
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On the Water: Kentucky Boating and Canoeing

Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of streams, is home to two of the largest man-made lakes in the country and is bordered by three major rivers. Freelance travel writer Craig Lancto took a three-day trip to wilderness Kentucky to explore some of these waterways. He went houseboating on Green River Lake, canoeing on the Green River and exploring at Shaker Village. Let's go "along the waterfront" in Kentucky!
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Stalking the Trophy Trout Down South

Freelance travel writer Gregory McCluney reveals his favorite fishing spots in Georgia, North Carolina and East Tennessee.

McCluney believes the quality of the fishing experience in the southeastern U.S. rivals anything travelers might find elsewhere. So come along with Gregory as we explore the Chattahoochee River and other productive fishing spots for anglers.
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Fall Angling: Arkansas, Mississippi & Tennessee

As autumn unfolds, many anglers head to southern waterways in search of trout, crappie, sauger and small mouth bass. The weather is milder, the scenery picturesque, the fishing great.

Freelance writer Holli Haynie, a Memphis resident and lifelong angler, reveals her family's favorite watering holes in Arkansas, Mississippi and West Tennessee. They're biting so come along!
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