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Alaska
Halibut Cove in Alaska was once a fishing settlement, then a ghost town and now an artists colony and summer retreat. (Janet McNary / The Saltry Restaurant)
Oregon coast
At an oceanfront condo near Oregon’s Nye Beach, the frontyard is a wide expanse of sandy beach that stretches a mile or so north and maybe 6 miles south. (Alison DaRosa)
Fiji
Castaway Island is a private escape embodying the heart and soul of the South Pacific. The island’s 174 acres are covered in tropical rain forest, surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and azure waters. (Castaway Island Fiji)
Fiji
Guests enjoy the beach outside their thatched-roof bura, or guest house, on Fiji’s Castaway Island. It’s rustic looking outside but quite comfortable inside. (Robbi Newman / Castaway Resort)
New Zealand
Lake Tekapo on the South Island sits up against the frosted peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. (Jane Woolridge)
New Zealand
One popular way to see the ice fields near Mt. Cook in New Zealand’s Southern Alps is by snow plane; another is by heliskiing. (Jane Woolridge)
Galena, Illinois
Lovers relate in Grant Park in Galena, Ill. Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was a resident of Galena and the 18th president of the United States. (Catherine Watson)
Galena, Illinois
Bike riders enjoy the scenery along the Galena River as a Civil War cannon overlooks the park. Galena was the residence of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals. (Catherine Watson)
Channel Islands
A chartered Catalina 28 sailboat in Lady’s anchorage at Santa Cruz Island. (Laura Bly)
Mt. Tamalpais
The view is spectacular from the top of Mt. Tamalpais, known affectionately in the Bay Area as Mt. Tam. (Tom Politeo )
Mt. Tamalpais
The top of Mt. Tamalpais offers breathtaking vistas of the countryside and San Francisco Bay.  (Tom Politeo)
Mt. Tamalpais
Clouds cover the view from Mt. Tamalpais. (California State Parks)
Mt. Tamalpais
Mt. Tamalpais at sunset. (Brent Peters)
Simon’s Town penguins
African penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, South Africa. The penguins live in a colony in False Bay that is part of Table Mountain National Park. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)
Simon’s Town penguins
African penguins nuzzle outside Simon’s Town in Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town, South Africa.  (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)
Highlands, N.C.
The scenery is spectacular and ever-changing between Highlands and Franklin, N.C. (Millie Ball)
Highlands, N.C.
A swimming hole near Highlands, N.C.  (Millie Ball)
Oahu
Kailua Beach on the windward side of Oahu is the antithesis of Waikiki: quiet, uncrowded, decidedly unglamorous. That makes it just about perfect for a day at the beach or a lifetime of remembrance. (James Dannenberg)
Oahu
Quiet Kailua Beach on Oahu. (James Dannenberg )
Dallas
Dallas’ White Rock Lake offers a calm, peaceful contrast to the go-go city. (Visitdallas.com)
Dallas
Dallas has the look of the Emerald City in a sunset view from White Rock Lake. (Visitdallas.com)
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