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The best small mountain towns in the US

Who doesn't love mountain towns? They're often well-regarded for their winter activities – skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and indulging in apres-ski cocktails, to name a few. But they're actually wonderful year-round. In the summer, there are beautiful hiking trails, rivers to raft down and lakes to kayak. Not to mention, mountain towns also have thriving villages that offer top-notch dining, shopping and entertainment. So there truly are activities for people of all ages, whether you're seeking the outdoors or cultural affairs. Sometimes, though, it's hard to fit all of these activities in because the major resort towns can be overrun with tourists. We've rounded up seven small mountain towns for vacationers who want to avoid the crowds in Vail, Breckenridge or Lake Tahoe.

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What to make, and drink, on your summer cabin vacation

If you're vacationing at a cabin, there's (probably) not a corner store at the ready for you to grab the ingredients you forgot. That's why it's best to keep recipes simple, such as this faux stir-fry below, made in a skillet instead of a wok, and without the usual spices. Just don't forget the most important part of a stay in the woods: the wine. Sommelier Nate Redner, of Chicago's Lincoln Park restaurant Oyster Bah, recommends a few bottles to pair; grab them before you leave civilization.

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Bus sojourn takes in sights of the American West

Old Faithful isn't as faithful as it is supposed to be, at least according to an impatient gentleman standing right behind me at Yellowstone National Park. The posted prediction time for its eruption on that sunny yet cool summer afternoon is 2:25, but the geyser seems in no hurry except for a few preliminary wisps of steam.

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A soaring demand for cross-border air travel

The cushy business-class seats that Rosario Marin books on her regular flights between Los Angeles and Mexico are a far cry from those on the two-day bus journeys she took as a teenager to visit relatives in Mexico City.

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The best time to book your travel plans

Some travel costs are inescapable; after all, you're probably not going to get a free hotel room or discount tickets to Disney World. However, you can cut costs on your next trip – you just have to know the right time to book your journey.

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