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Fishing by Kayak

Fishing by Kayak

Dawn comes with a quiet tranquility as the fiery Florida sunrise provides a stunning backdrop for fishing. Reds, tarpon, trout, cobia and kings. They’re all here. All the time. In creeks, lakes, rivers and breakers along 42 miles of Atlantic shore. 960 1280

George Kamper  

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach

The “Golf Capital of the World” is a well-known – and well-deserved – name for Ponte Vedra Beach, which is home to dozens of world-class courses. Here, amateur players and accomplished professionals alike will find a golf course for every skill level. 960 1280

Chris Condon  

Anastasia State Park Beach

Anastasia State Park Beach

With sea foam and room to roam, Anastasia State Park Beach isn’t like Florida’s other beaches. It’s wider -- with sand packed perfectly for bike cruising. The waves are always up for a good ride -- while 4 miles of pristine beachfront beckon you to hike, swim, bird-watch and beachcomb. 960 1280

  

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Castillo de San Marcos represents the very fabric of historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. Fashioned entirely of coquina rock, construction of the fort started in 1672 – more than a century after Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city in 1565. 960 1280

  

Hotel Ponce De León

Hotel Ponce De León

What’s now Flagler College was originally the Hotel Ponce De León, a lavish and sprawling resort built under the direction of Henry Flagler in 1888. An industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer, Flagler played a vastly important role in the development of Florida’s east coast. 960 1280

Zach Thomas Photography  

High Dunes

High Dunes

Here, enchanting tales of triumph surround each and every landmark. But surrounding the beaches is nothing but more beaches. You won’t find any towering buildings, hotels or condominiums blocking the sun while you're biking along the shore -- but you will find 42 miles of wide coastline. 960 1280

  

Seaside Escape

Seaside Escape

Romantic resorts and spas stretch along the seaside. Quaint B&Bs nestle in old-world charm. And historic landmarks give you a glimpse into Florida’s past. 960 1280

George Kamper  

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

The area’s legendary armada of attractions is a favorite among families -- from discovering Juan Ponce de León’s famous Fountain of Youth to exploring the battle-tested Castillo de San Marcos and witnessing a cannon-firing from its gun decks. 960 1280

  

Historic Ships

Historic Ships

In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles -- founder of St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra -- leaned along the worn, wooden rails of a Spanish galleon and peered through a brass eyepiece. As if by magic, he spotted rolling dunes and coastline. Even now, 450 years later, the town he established has never stopped progressing, preserving and mystifying. 960 1280

  

Classic Romance

Classic Romance

Does your love story start aboard a schooner sailing the Matanzas? Or does the passion begin with a couple’s massage in Ponte Vedra Beach? With old-world style at every turn, live out your own romantic tale on Florida’s Historic Coast. 960 1280

George Kamper  

Historic District

Historic District

The historic district -- where everything comes together. Here, the bars and restaurants that line St. George and its sister streets combine 5 centuries of culinary tradition with hand-crafted cocktails to create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Florida.  960 1280

George Kamper  

Flagler College

Flagler College

The twin spires of Flagler College were once water storage tanks which contained 8,000 gallons each and provided running water for guests of the former Hotel Ponce De León. Later, during World War II, one of the towers served as a temporary jail when the hotel was occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard. 960 1280

  

Hollister Hills SVRA (Hollister, California)

Hollister Hills SVRA (Hollister, California)

Hollister Hills SVRA (State Vehicular Recreation Area) has 24 miles of trails, including a man-made obstacle course that features a mud bog, which attracts big crowds on the weekends. Located in the mountains dividing the city of Hollister from the Salinas Valley, many of the routes at this off-road course are impassable when wet -- and always a challenge. 960 1280

Peter Kemmer, flickr  

Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah

Moab in Southeastern Utah, is an iconic off-roading destination in the US. The terrain has been a battleground for off-roaders, mountain bikers, hikers and rafters -- so much so that some trails have been fully or partially closed to off-road vehicles. However, there’s plenty of space for 4x4 trucks and other modified off-road rigs. Guided trail tours and Jeep rentals are available in the area. State resident or non-resident Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) permits are required. 960 1280

Cavan Images  

The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park (Marseilles, Illinois)

The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park (Marseilles, Illinois)

Looking for muddy fun? Head to Marseilles, IL, where off-road enthusiasts converge on The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park. This heavily wooded park features large fields, creeks and 1 treacherous mud hole -- you’ll have to ask park personnel where it is. Just a few words of wisdom: Watch out for deep holes disguised as easy mud puddles. 960 1280

Cheryl Lindo Jones  

Whipsaw Trail (South-Central British Columbia)

Whipsaw Trail (South-Central British Columbia)

Close to Coalmont, Princeton, in British Columbia, the Whipsaw Trail should be on your list to visit between July and August, when the rainfall is lowest. Winner of the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails award, this trail is an active mining and logging road, so watch out for traffic! Some areas of the trail are challenging and may require a winch and tow strap if your 4x4 or rig gets stuck. 960 1280

Travelcedric@flickr  

Redneck Yacht Club (Punta Gorda, Florida)

Redneck Yacht Club (Punta Gorda, Florida)

Welcome to the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, FL. This is the ultimate destination for mudding and off-roading enthusiasts. The 800-acre park has 3 mud holes, a mud track, drive-thru buggy/ATV wash, camping, food vendors and much more. The Redneck Yacht Club has 4 mud holes to choose from depending on your riding preferences, including Hog Waller and Gator Slough. 960 1280

  

Shiloh Ridge (Alto, Texas)

Shiloh Ridge (Alto, Texas)

It’s known as the first and original off-road park in Texas. Shiloh Ridge is home to the Texas Redneck Games, a 4-day event that includes mudding, camping, live entertainment, wet T-shirt contests and more! Located north of Alto, TX, this park -- open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- welcomes owners of ORV (off-road vehicles), ATVs and motorcycles. 960 1280

Charley  

Azusa Canyon (Azusa, California)

Azusa Canyon (Azusa, California)

This is the only state-owned-and-operated mud mecca in Southern California. Fed by the San Gabriel River, the bogs here are deep with silt from the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains, making it a perfect spot for mudding. In order to get in, your rig should be legal to drive on the street. 960 1280

Rodney Wills, flickr  

The Mounds ORV Area (Mt. Morris, Michigan)

The Mounds ORV Area (Mt. Morris, Michigan)

Located in Mt. Morris, MI (near Flint, MI), The Mounds is a large complex with soft, sandy soil and small- to medium-sized ponds scattered throughout the park. High horsepower isn’t recommended; rig with 33-inch mud tires and waterproofed electronics will suffice. 960 1280

Daniel May  

Truck Night at Yankee Lake (Brookfield, Ohio)

Truck Night at Yankee Lake (Brookfield, Ohio)

Prepare to go off-roading in some of the most challenging bogs in the US. In Brookfield, OH, Truck Night at Yankee Lake attracts huge crowds who want to watch high-horsepower trucks compete in gritty mud pits with fun activities like the rock crawl, log climb, car crush and tug o' war. Truck Night is on Friday nights from May through September. We recommend off-roading fans check out the season opener event, Trucks Gone Wild. 960 1280

John Hinley of Truck Night  

Crater Lake Lodge reclines along the edge of the caldera in Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. 960 1280

  

A coat of snow surrounds the almost 4,000-foot-deep Crater Lake. 960 1280

Crater Lake Lodge  

The Furnace Creek Inn offers a refuge from the extremes of Death Valley National Park. 960 1280

Furnace Creek Inn  

The harsh but beautiful landscape of Furnace Creek. 960 1280

Furnace Creek Inn  

The view from the lobby of the Furnace Creek Inn. 960 1280

Furnace Creek Inn  

The spacious lobby of the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. 960 1280

NPS Photo by Jim Peaco  

Guests at the Old Faithful Inn take in the view from the roof. 960 1280

NPS Photo by Jim Peaco  

Old Faithful herself puts on a show every 80 minutes. 960 1280

  

The Ahwahnee Hotel makes a good home base for visitors of Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Delaware North Companies  

The inviting lounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel. 960 1280

Delaware North Companies  

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