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 Travel Trails By Martin B. Deutsch for 1963

martin December 1: WINDING UP THE YEAR AT STOWE
Mention Stowe to most people, and they immediately think of skiing, cold-crisp weather and lovely snow-clad mountains. This nearly automatic response is hardly surprising, since Stowe is unquestionably one of the most popular long-time winter sports centers in the East, or anywhere else in North America, for that matter. Aside from its strategic central location near such cities as New York (334 miles), Boston (216), Albany (185), Montreal (139) and Washington, D.C. (559), Stowe is strikingly situated amid scenic splendor and superbly endowed with ski facilities.

November 1: THE FAMOUS PHOENIX CLOVERLEAF
While the Phoenix area ranks as a major resort in its own right, the city is also aware of the travel treasures that lie in profusion for hundreds of miles in each direction. In order to organize these myriad vacation attractions, the city fathers have bestowed their approval on at least four auto tours that take in magnificent desert and mountain scenery, ghost towns and frontiers battle sites, Indian reservations and dude ranches, gold and copper mines, colorful desert gardens and museums rich in relics of the Old West, lakes for fishing, swimming and boating and camp or picnic sites to suit your convenience.

October 1: TOP VACATION BARGAIN: LAS VEGAS
The development of the "Fun and Entertainment Capital of the World," as Las Vegas now bills itself, was slow and deceptive. As recently as 1844, Captain John C. Fremont referred to a "camping ground called Las Vegas." But the place did not acquire its far-flung fame until after World War II. Since then, however, there's been no stopping it.

September 1: HAWAII: AMERICA'S FAVORITE DREAM VACATION
When a Gallup poll recently asked Americans where in the world they would like to spend their "dream vacation," they responded overwhelmingly in favor of Hawaii. The fiftieth state attracted almost twice as many votes as the second choice, California. Hawaii's victory comes as no surprise. Even before the mid-Pacific island community acquired statehood, Hawaii has held a special place in the hearts of American travelers as an exotic, unspoiled, unique vacation paradise, at once easily accessible and yet remote and different.

July 1: NEW YORK STATE AND POINTS SOUTH
we often tend to overlook the great wealth of vacation opportunities right here at home. And New York State must rank as one of the most happily endowed of all visitor destinations. Add a fine beach and boardwalk, and you've come up with an unbeatable one-two combination for the family two- or three-week summer outing. Equipped with four wheels and a carefree attitude, as well as a road map, you'll find you've picked a winner.

June 1: CANADA: BIG PLAYGROUND TO THE NORTH
You can sample the best of Europe and North America this summer by pointing your family buggy north and joining the giant adventure that is Canada. Even the best of neighbors are entitled to an occasional squabble. So it's not surprising that despite the flow of unflattering words between Washington and Ottawa, millions of vacation-bound Americans plan to penetrate Canada's paper-thin border in record numbers this summer and fall. This flow of visitors, much more meaningful than any flow of political phrases, emphasizes the close relationship between North America's giants. It also points up Canada's enviable position as the number one playground for tourists from the fifty states.

May 1: NEW YORK CITY, A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT
Fourteen million people can't be wrong! That's approximately the number of visitors that pour into New York City every year, making it the largest single tourist attraction in the world. And there's not a close challenger on the horizon. Furthermore, the World's Fair, which promises to be the most ambitious and dazzling ever, threatens to triple this flood within the next two years. The City Fathers predict that 70,000,000 travelers from all of the fifty states and the four corners of the globe will converge on the city in 1964 and 1965.

April 1: TRAVEL SOUTHERN HIGHWAYS
One of the finest, most versatile vacation opportunities lies in a four-state-plus area smack in the middle of the East Coast. The four states are Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware. The plus is in the District of Columbia. This neat little package of Americana, easily accessible by highway, is ideal for a one-week, two-week or summer-long trip. Or you can go as early as Easter-time, or wait for the autumn foliage. This so-called Central Atlantic grouping is a wellspring of American history, early Colonial, Revolutionary War and Civil War. It is also rich in magnificent scenery, beaches and mountain resorts.

March 1: YANKEE, COME HOME
The three states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts from the northeastern rim of these United States--a triple tier of proud forests, rolling hills and sculptured ridges, crisp rivers, lazy streams and handsome lakes, green valleys and long stretches of fine beach. The waters of the Atlantic that wash up on each of these states hold a wealth of fish and some of the world's sweetest-eating lobster.

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