Daniel Lefferts

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America's 10 Most Relaxing Cities

It used to be that people went to cities for excitement. The noise, the action, and the risk was attractive. Raised in drab suburbs and sleepy small towns, nest-fleers found the prospect of long days,...
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The 10 Best Places For Wine Lovers

Is wine the most adult drink? Like art or sex, best appreciated once a requisite number of years have passed? Should Trader Joe's be allowed to sell bottles of wine for three dollars? Isn't drinking w...
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The 10 Best Places To Go Apple Picking

No item of produce is nearer and dearer to Americans’ hearts than the apple. Sometimes red, occasionally yellow, at best green (Granny Smith fan here), apples bring to mind American folklore (Mr. Appl...
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The Best Spots to See the Leaves Change

Fall is Earth’s way of apologizing for taking summer away. As it redistributes sunshine to other parts of the globe, it appeases us with apple cider and flab-flattering sweater weather. In the long ru...
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The 10 Best Last-Minute Labor Day Destinations

Your habit of waiting until the last minute has caught up with you once again. Labor Day weekend — summer’s unofficial goodbye party and
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The 10 Best Mini Golf Courses in America

Now that summer’s winding down, many of us are scrambling to check off the remaining items on our bucket lists: Did you not bake a peach pie? Hurry up! Have you not gone camping like your promised? Fa...
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The 10 Best Towns for Vacationing on a Lake

Of all the things people are frequently divided over— coffee v. tea, Mac v. PC, nighthawk v. early riser — lake v. ocean may be one of the more telling. Though each body of water offers roughly simila...
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The 10 Best Places to Stargaze

It’s a great time to be a UFO enthusiast. Every week, it seems, a new article or report fans the flames of the idea — increasingly popular, even among scientists — that life exists som
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The Best Boardwalks in America

Few things call to mind summer like boardwalks. Caramel corn, cotton candy, ferris wheels, roller coasters, all of it set against the backdrop of the sea: It’s like instant nostalgia therapy. Of cours...
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The 10 Best Beaches In America

What image pops into your head when you hear the word “beach” probably says a lot about you. If you’re under 25 (either actually or at heart), you probably think of scenes from Spring Breakers (the go...
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The Most Extreme Water Rides in the Country

The brains behind Verruckt — a new water ride at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas that’s taller than Niagara falls and faster than most roller coasters — has been stirring conversation on the Inte...
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The Best Ice Cream in America

Rest in peace, Mister Softee. Au revoir, Good Humor. Big Dipper cones, Oreo sandwiches, Jolly Rancher snow cones: You were good to us. How sad it is to admit that the ice creams you obsessed over as a...
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The Best New Roller Coasters to Ride This Summer

We recently rounded up the ten best roller coasters in the U.S., from Six Flags Great Adventure’s record-holding Kingda Ka, to Cedar Point’s now-classic Giga Coaster Millennium Force. With inclines re...
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And The Nerdiest City In America Is...

Nerds just ain’t what they used to be. Once pimply punching bags and protagonists of 1980s revenge comedies, the computer geeks and gaming hounds among us have stepped out, suited up, and started comp...
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The 10 Best State Fairs in the Country

Every summer and fall, states bring out their best in fried food, portable attractions, and crowd-pleasing farm animals for
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The 10 Best Roller Coasters In America

In the last 10 to 15 years, a slate of new roller coasters has pushed at, pulled at, and sometimes entirely changed our conception of what a thrill ride can and should do. We’ve seen the erection of r...
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10 Cities That Win Summer

The requirements for a city to win summer are nearly identical to the requirements for a planet to sustain life: It must be warm but not too warm, abundant in water, and in the direct path of sunlight...
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The 10 Best Cities in the U.S. for Bike-Lovers

Remember that scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when the salesman shows a crowd of spectators a black bicycle and tells them that it’s the machine (I paraphrase) of the future? He may have...
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The 10 Best Amusement Parks in the U.S.

The loud chain on the roller coaster pulls you higher and higher, as the ferris wheel on the left and the parking lot on the right recede into the distance. There’s a quiet moment or two at the top, p...
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The Most Futuristic Cities In The World

Does the future thrill or terrify you? How do you feel about high-speed trains, man-made islands, mile-high buildings, transparent government data, apps that scrutinize your use of cabs? Screw it:
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