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America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish shore. But too many of the towns along our coastlines have become charmless and generic. They feel like shopping malls with sand. Then there are those that shine. Here are seven of the best.

Streetcars are sometimes typecast as old-fashioned conveyances, but they’re making encore appearances in cities around the world.

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Ghost-Dodging in Portland

“Some people swear they’ve seen her,” Ben the bartender said.

“One guy described her in detail, down to the bows on her shoes. He said he saw her sitting right there, in that chair next to you,” he added pointing to my right. “Sometimes, if I feel an eerie presence around, I’ll leave that chair down when I put the others up for the night. Just in case.”

Hoppy Times at Chatoe Rogue

Smoke. Dirtoir. OREgasmic.

That’s just a smidgeon of what you’ll encounter at Chatoe Rogue, Oregon’s best-known brewing company’s tasting room and working hop farm in Independence, Oregon.

Tipi-cal Life in Oregon

“This is what we call the chicken tunnel,” Susanne said, pointing at a few plucky hens as they scuttled from their outdoor pen to their coop. “Two paths converged — the people one and the chicken one,” she said. “So we figured we could have them go over or under.” I laughed as I pictured a chicken bridge. She was giving me a tour of the grounds where she and her partner Ken run the Tipi Village Retreat in the verdant Marcola, Oregon, just a half hour northeast of Eugene.

Wherefore Art Thou, Ashland?

A Comic-Con for Shakespeare freaks. People out in the street dressed up as their favorite characters — Hamlet, Othello, Juliet, Puck — verbally jousting with lines from their respective plays. That’s what I expected to find when I arrived at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. I quickly learned that I had underestimated the operation.

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Hidden Beach Gems

Rainer Jenss recently traveled around the world with his wife and two sons and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel.  We’re proud to announce that Rainer’s Jenss Family Travels was selected as one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs by Babble.com.  This is Part 1 of his report on some of the world’s best…

He’s Just Walkin’

Over 80 days ago in Rockaway Beach, New York, Matt Green, a 30-year-old Virginia native, put one foot in front of the other, and he hasn’t stopped since. Now in North Dakota, he’s on his second pair of boots and still going strong on his way to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. He says he isn’t doing…

Portland: A Top Bike-Friendly City

Traveler Contributing Editor James Conaway cruised Portland by bike in our November/December issue and experienced first-hand how bike friendly the “City that Works” is. Portland is the first U.S. city to earn a Platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists (in 2003), and it boasts a staggering 164 miles of bike lanes, 66 miles…

I Heart My City: Susan’s Portland

To mark the release of our March issue (now on newsstands), we’re celebrating cities over the next few weeks, and we’ve asked our readers to share what they love most about their towns. We’ve been overwhelmed by your responses, and don’t worry, we’re going to try to get to them all! Still haven’t submitted? Here’s…

Some good news from our colleagues at the Center for Sustainable Destinations came out this week – they’ve announced a partnership with organizations in Oregon and Washington to create a geotourism project for the Central Cascades region in the Northwest. If you’re not familiar with our geotourism projects, here’s a quick recap: The CSD works…

Rainer Jenss and his family are in the seventh week of their year-long around-the-world trip, and they’re blogging about their journey here at Intelligent Travel. You can follow all of their posts by bookmarking the link here. I actually found myself quite sentimental handing over the keys to the car that had just taken us…

    The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing may be over a month away, but there’s still time to catch some Olympic action stateside at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field, held June 27 through July 6 in Eugene, Oregon. My hometown of Eugene, lovingly known as Track Town USA, is a…

By Alexandra Burguieres It’s not every day you have to struggle to keep a story about doughnuts PG-13. But Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon–-fresh off opening a second store in the city called Voodoo Doughnut Too!–-thrives on providing people with new experiences. Why should writing about their new store be any different? When I visited…

Every year since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has added 12 places to its list of “distinctive destinations” in the U.S. These destinations “offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes, and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.” This year’s destinations include: Aiken, South…

IT Travels with Mary Beth LaRue

During a quick weekend trip this spring to Portland, Oregon, Traveler‘s assistant online editor Mary Beth LaRue had some of her best meals not in four-star restaurants (although those weren’t too shabby either) but in neighborhood Victorians with vintage charm. She reports: Several of this innovative city’s most popular restaurants have taken a low-key approach,…