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Quick look ➤ TRAVEL Embrace the Outdoors Still trying to figure out where to go this summer? Here are half a dozen select summer escapes where you will find yourselves surrounded by intensely beautiful scenery. Iceland: Epic Road Trip ➊ Photo: Keaton Brandt Spend one week in Iceland and you will see more dramatically different landscapes than most people see in a lifetime— volcanoes, glaciers, bubbling mud fields, geysers, waterfalls… the list goes on. Most people spend their time in the southern part of the country, within easy reach of Reykjavik. But consider driving the country's Ring Road— a distance of 838 miles— staying in Icelandic country inns along the way. En route, you'll see some of the country's most well known attractions such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Glamping Experiences ➋ Photo: The Ranch at Rock Creek The US and Canada are home to some outstanding guest ranches and wilderness resorts with luxury tent accommodations. At all, you'll find plenty of horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and enough activities and adventures to keep you and yours happily busy. Among our favorites are The Ranch at Rock Creek and Paws Up in Montana and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia– all three offer five star comforts and cuisines to match. Hiking and E-biking in the Alps ➌ Photo: Susan Farewell One of the best ways to experience Switzerland and Austria is to get out and hike or bike. We love hiking in the Lake Geneva Region, especially in Villars, which is a popular family ski destination in winter. It has all the elements you'd want in a memorable hike: whoa-this- can't-be-real views, challenging though not intimidating paths, alpine flowers everywhere you look and a special reward along the way: a mountain restaurant serving delectable Swiss and French specialties. In both Austria and Switzerland, you can also rent e-bikes. While they look and feel like regular bikes, these marvels– with their electronically powered boosters– give you a little edge, when it comes to ascending both countries' mountain slopes. Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica ➍ Photo: Pacuare Lodge Summertime and the living is easy in the jungles of Costa Rica. At Pacuare Lodge, which is among National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, you stay in beautiful thatched-roofed bungalows with no electricity (candles are lit at turndown). Comfort is not compromised, however. Quite the opposite— with fabulous canopy beds, huge private outdoor showers and porches. Guests arrive and depart Pacuare via white-water rafts, with skilled river guides negotiating Class III and IV rapids through intensely beautiful canyons. Note: This is not appropriate for families with young kids. The State of Maine ➎ Photo: Migis Lodge "The Vacation State" got its nickname for good reason. An easy road trip from Connecticut (less than 5 hours from Greenwich to Portland) really delivers when it comes to summer vacations. Spend a week at a dreamy lake lodge, set sail on a historic Maine windjammer or consider hiking hut to hut, enjoying the Maine Huts & Lodges network of eco-lodges. Susan Farewell is the owner of Farewell Travels LLC, a Westport- based travel design firm. Contact her at 203-222-7238 or write info@ farewelltravels.com. By Susan Farewell [ ] 014

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