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Greg Brownell offers up six of his favorite fall drives, mixing fall foliage with local history and geography.

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Why not use this creative tome as the centerpiece of a wild and wonderful weekend with the kids? Read Maurice Sendak’s colorful book, then visit your local park, or walk through a nearby forest and discuss the adventures of young Max, the main character. Top off the weekend by streaming the Spike Jonze movie of the same name on Netflix. The whole family will enjoy the mix of real actors, computer animation and live puppeteering, the combination of which brings the story to life. Let the wild rumpus begin.

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If mountain gorillas are at the top of your must-see-wildlife list, the forests in Uganda and Rwanda provide a stunning setting to see the impressive animals. An endangered species, there are reportedly just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in the wild today, due to habitat loss, disease and poaching. These majestic mammals live at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet, stand 4 to 5-and-a-half feet when standing and weigh up to 440 pounds.

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You don’t need to leave the United States to have an amazing bucket-list trip after you’ve retired. In fact, the U.S. is blessed with its own share of amazing cities and beautiful landscapes. For an easy-to-plan and easy-to-execute journey, hop in a car and drive (nearly) the entire coast of California.

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