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Vineyards at Sunset

Napa Valley, California

All trips to Napa seem to start at a wine tasting room, but no one is complaining. Can’t decide who should drive? Take the 36-mile-long winery tour aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train which stops at many of the region’s famed vineyards. Afterwards, stop by the Napa Valley Farmer's Market for food pairings for your recently garnered vintages. Finish the day with an iconic mud bath in Calistoga, or make a reservation to dine at one of the area’s 7 Michelin-rated restaurants.


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East Hampton, NY
East Hampton, NY

East Hampton, NY

It’s easy to see why the picturesque town of East Hampton is a beloved vacation destination for New Yorkers. A-listers settle into sprawling mansions along Lily Pond Lane, but anyone seeking out white sands and scrumptious lobster rolls will find them on Main Beach (just beyond Main Street). Find out more about our recommendations for East Coast beaches to visit. 960 1280

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Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ

Cape May, the crown jewel and southernmost point of the Jersey Shore, is dotted with gingerbread Victorian houses and colorful bed and breakfasts. Founded in 1620, this town -- the nation’s oldest seashore resort -- is one of few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water. 960 1280

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Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket’s community of weathered grey-shingled houses, surrounded by wild roses, is postcard perfect. Thirty miles south of Cape Cod, the former whaling community grew rich in the 19th century and still attracts well-heeled vacationers from New York and Boston. 960 1280

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Duck, NC

Duck, NC

Stretching for 130 miles along the Atlantic coast, North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a skinny strip of barrier islands whose hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf on one side and gentle sound on the other. Visitors looking for an old-school family vacation should check out Duck, an upscale residential rental community along the northern reaches of the Outer Banks. This town has no high-rise hotels, but it has rental homes. 960 1280

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

As the largest resort town along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has silky white sands that draw vacationers from up and down the East Coast. Its plethora of restaurants, live entertainment, amusement parks and water parks — plus more than 90 golf courses — make it a beacon for spring breakers, families and retirees alike. 960 1280

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Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

Located on the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is known for being the first landing place of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the New World. Since then it has become a distinguished art colony with a gay-friendly vibe and miles of galleries, shops and old mansions. 960 1280

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Southampton, NY

Southampton, NY

A charming village center, exclusive shops and exquisite dining have made Southhampton a perfect blend of sprawling beaches, private estates and just enough places to “be seen” to satisfy the upper crust. Visitors looking to escape to the Atlantic are drawn to its 7-plus miles of unspoiled shoreline, windswept dunes and waving grasses. 960 1280

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

Crowds swarm Martha's Vineyard during the summer months, but respite can be found in the Vineyard's far eastern reaches "up-island," as it's known locally, at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is accessible by a 10-minute walking trail, making it an isolated paradise (and unofficial clothing-optional destination). 960 1280

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Hyannis, MA

Hyannis in Cape Cod is best known as home to the famous Kennedy family compound -- and more recently Taylor Swift. However, less-famous visitors are also drawn to Hyannis’ laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and Kalmus Beach’s superior windsurfing. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island, SC

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Goal Zero Charger
Goal Zero Charger

Goal Zero Charger

There’s nothing worse than your phone dying at the end of a ride while sitting on the side of the road with a flat tire. Bike bummers like this no longer exist with these portable solar chargers. Simply aim the panel at the sun and all your gadgets will stay fully charged. 960 1280

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The Atom

The Atom

Bicycle generators have been around for ages in Europe but they’re a bit clunky. The Atom, however, is a highly efficient device that easily mounts on most bicycles and will charge anything with a USB connection. As opposed to solar chargers, it doesn’t have to be sunny for this baby to work its magic. 960 1280

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Cruiser Cooler Handlebar Bag

A lovely bike ride complete with a picnic is about as romantic as it gets, and this handy little bag is your most loyal wingman. It’s made of recycled bike tubes, connects easily to handlebars and is insulated to keep beverages warm or cool. 960 1280

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KEEN's Commuter Sandals

It’s no fun to wear stinky bike shoes during the sweaty summer months -- that’s where these sandals save the day. They’re rigid like a bike shoe (clipless pedal compatible) and vented to keep your feet cool. Bonus: By the end of the summer, you’ll have the coolest tiger-striped tan lines in town! 960 1280

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Pitbull STD U-Lock

Pitbull STD U-Lock

Many riders love their bikes as much as their firstborn children -- and they’ll do anything to protect their babies. Locks can cost a pretty penny but they’re totally worth the investment. This intimidating U-Lock will keep all bad guys away, rawrr! 960 1280

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Boombotix Portable Speakers

Boombotix Portable Speakers

This stylish little party pack keeps you grooving as you hammer out the miles. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, easily connects to your handlebars or backpack, and is loud enough to entertain everyone on the block. 960 1280

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Monkey Lights

Monkey Lights

Bike lights are a must for nighttime visibility and while the typical handlebar light will do, Monkey Lights take illumination to the next level. These lights attach to your spokes and create digital light art that instantly turns your bike into a rolling party. 960 1280

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Schwalbe Marathon Tires

Schwalbe Marathon Tires

Let’s face it, flat tires are the worst part of cycling; there’s no bigger headache. These extra-tough road warriors are about the closest thing you can get to tank treads. They cost more than regular tires, but you’ll rarely get a flat and you’ll ride confidently into the sunset, over and over again. 960 1280

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Ergon BioKork Grips

Ergon BioKork Grips

These super comfy grips prevent achy palm syndrome caused by hours of riding. As an added bonus, they’re made of cork from sustainable forests in Portugal. 960 1280

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BOB Trailer

BOB Trailer

This 1-wheeled carriage is a must for hauling groceries (careful with eggs!), bringing Rover to the park or touring thousands of miles across country. It’s super simple to connect and instantly turns your bike into a soccer mom SUV. 960 1280

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Tent

Tent

Plan on spending a night or 2 under the stars? Picking a tent is important. Consider durability, size, space and proper ventilation when purchasing a tent because close quarters can easily become a claustrophobic nightmare. Choose wisely. 960 1280

  

GPS

GPS

A compass or GPS device is your best guide around unfamiliar territory. It's a must-have on any campers list of things to pack. 960 1280

  

Flashlight

Flashlight

Pack a sturdy flashlight and fresh batteries. You never know when you may need it for an emergency or to help spot things that go bump at night, right outside your tent. 960 1280

  

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

Make sure you have a down sleeping bag when planning your next outdoor adventure. A sleeping mat or pad underneath your sleeping bag will help make your night underneath the stars more comfortable. 960 1280

  

Rain Gear

Rain Gear

Good rain gear, including a rain coat, is important to keep campers dry during stormy weather. 960 1280

  

Backpack

Backpack

A backpack is a hiker's best friend. Pack it with snacks, water and all your hiking essentials, and hit the trails. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes and some are made specifically to handle all forms of extreme weather. 960 1280

  

Insect Repellant

Insect Repellant

It's a must-have item to pack for your next trip outdoors. Insect repellant is a camper's first line of defense against bugs, including those pesky mosquitos. 960 1280

  

Fire Starter Kit

Fire Starter Kit

Yes, you can start fires the old-fashioned way, but we suggest you come prepared with lighter fluid, paper, wood, matches or a lighter to help start your campfire. Of course, make sure you follow the campground's fire safety guidelines. 960 1280

  

Gas Stove

Gas Stove

A small gas stove is helpful to make elaborate, but quick meals while you're camping. Wake up to a pot of coffee in the morning or make a meal out of whatever you bring to eat or catch in the woods. 960 1280

  

Sunblock

Sunblock

Don't forget to pack sunblock, especially if you're camping in the heat of the hot sun during the summer. This is especially important for hikers who enjoy long, arduous treks along clearly marked trails in the wilderness. 960 1280

  

S'mores

S'mores

A good camping experience must include non-perishable food, including s'mores. You can't resist the chocolaty goodness melting over a couple marshmallows and carefully wedged between 2 graham crackers. 960 1280

  

Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife

A Swiss army knife is a camper's ultimate multi-tool. It comes equipped with a magnifying glass, cork screw and small knife to get you out of a bind. 960 1280

  

Sandwich Maker

Sandwich Maker

You don't really need to be elaborate when cooking meals over a campfire, but something like this sandwich maker is perfect for making grilled cheese sandwiches when you're tired of the regular camp food faire like hot dogs or hamburgers. 960 1280

  

Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Find a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes or boots that have good tread -- necessary on hiking trails that are sometimes dangerously close to a steep drop-off. 960 1280

  

Cooler

Cooler

A cooler keeps your food safe when you're not eating. Store it in the car when you're done munching on a snack, lunch or light dinner to keep away unexpected visitors. Odorless garbage bags are an alternate option if you don't want to drag a cooler to the campgrounds. 960 1280

  

Lantern

Lantern

A lantern always comes in handy for late-night reading in the tent or if you're just looking for a better way to brighten things up without relying on the light from fireflies at night. 960 1280

  

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