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With summer fast approaching, it’s time to plan your next adventure. Why not go big and commit to one of these seven trips that are probably already on your bucket list? Because one person’s epic adventure might be another person’s day hike, we’ve sorted these trips by duration. Whether you have a weekend, a week,…

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Although a driver traveling from Washington, D.C., to Lubec, Maine, could make the journey in about 800 miles, the full expanse of coastline measures nearly 11,000 miles. For kayakers, all of those coves, harbors, and rivers hold opportunities for adventure. We asked Michael Daugherty, author of AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England, and Michaela…

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Crickets are shrilling on a sultry summer evening in Delaware as my daughter and I push our kayak into White Creek. The channel bends left, then right, then left again, widening as we paddle downstream toward Indian River Bay. Fish are jumping in the twilight. Snowy egrets emerge from marshes at the water’s edge, picking…

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We awoke to a mist hanging over the water, creeping up the mountain on the opposite shore. It was a crisp fall morning, a little late in the season for most paddlers, and only a few hardy souls were out on Middle Saranac Lake, in New York State’s Adirondack Park. Even so, my 11-year-old nephew,…

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Paddling to an island offers the best of two worlds: the waterborne access of a canoe or kayak and the unfettered freedom of a hike. Islands can provide a remote picnic spot, a chance to stretch your legs or nap in the sun, and a temporary escape from the bustle of the mainland. Lucky for…

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At a mere 2,061 feet, Third Mountain hardly commands attention as one of Maine’s lofty massifs. In fact, it ranks 352nd among the state’s notable peaks. And that’s just fine with me. What Third Mountain lacks in altitude, it more than makes up for in quietude. From Monument Cliff, an inviting granite perch on its…

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We asked Mike Lynch, a lifelong paddler and the author of Canoe Camping with Kids: An Overnight Adventure on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, for the key guidelines every first-time canoe camper should follow—especially parents heading out on the water with kids. For more tips on introducing your children to canoeing and kayaking, check out…

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Here’s a geography challenge: Starting in Midtown Manhattan, how can you get to deep forest by public transit in less than 90 minutes? The answer: by catching a commuter train or bus to Sterling Forest State Park, which straddles the New York-New Jersey border west of the Hudson. This 22,000-acre swath of nearly pristine woodland…

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While strapping our skis to the thwarts of our adventure-worn 16-foot canoe, we notice a raft of small ice chunks floating downstream—remnants of a recent thaw. The ice catches a gentle eddy in the river and gathers into a broad swirl that fills the entire river channel. The call of chickadees, the rustle of beech…

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For more on open-ocean paddling with kids, see Sea Kayaking Down East, Michael Daugherty’s feature from the March/April 2015 issue of AMC Outdoors. 1: Learn. To be a leader on the water, you first need to develop some personal paddling skills. Too many people acquire these skills through trial and error, unwittingly relying on luck. You…

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