From the tip of Maine to the Florida Keys, America's Eastern region is a diverse area filled with just about every type of terrain an active traveler could want: mountains, marshes, lakes, cliffs, forests and so much more.
Home to about 8 million folks -- and tons of our readers -- the Big Apple is a behemoth destination to explore itself. But should you be longing to escape the crowded streets, know you're in similar company: New York's residents seemingly flock out town every Friday.
I couldn't wait to return to the Adirondacks this summer and see another, greener side of the High Peaks region. After Hurricane Irene, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found business as wonderfully usual over Labor Day weekend.
Rather than mourn the loss of bonfires on the beach and days spent wearing swimsuits, we're celebrating shoulder season, that in-between time that's perfect for a visit to coastal Maine, Rhode Island or New York.