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The Beanstalk Journey zip line near Morganton, N.C. offers a kid-friendly line connecting a series of tree houses.

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Reader Favorites: The Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List

No, not all of us are going to jump off a bridge, or even leap off a zip-line stand. And hiking 1,000 miles or running 20 miles of whitewater isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. more »

Jan 1, 2012 12:00 AM Great Escapes

Classics & Secrets: 2012 Travel Guide

Writer and travel author Joe Tennis sets out to find a classic must-visit and a tucked-away secret of a destination in each of our nine coverage states. more »

Nov 1, 2011 12:00 AM Great Escapes

Travel Back in Time

Here’s a chance to combine great travel destinations with equally compelling events in our region’s history, including the Civil War, natural areas, coal history, the arts and more. more »

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM Great Escapes

Kayaking the New River

I knew I shouldn’t do it. It was a tight target, just about a kayak wide. A little to the right and I was going over a ledge into a hole if I didn’t get hung up on the rocks first... more »

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM Great Escapes

Hoarfrost is part of the early morning at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Says Roger Canada of the shot: “The light illuminating this grass initially caught my eye. Upon closer view I positioned my camera to emphasize the blue of the morning sky to contrast with the brilliant white rime ice.”

Roger Canada

Two Parks in Winter

Often in winter, the Blue Ridge Parkway, linking Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and Tennessee/North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is closed by snow... more »

Nov 1, 2010 12:00 AM Great Escapes

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