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7 Amazing One-Tank Trips

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    New York City to Catskill Park

    120 miles (one-way): Catskill Park encompasses old Borscht Belt resorts and the concert-famous town of Woodstock. The Dai Bosatsu Buddhist monastery in Livingston Manor offers by-appointment tours of the lakeside Japanese architecture and introductions to Zen Buddhism. See also: New York City travel guide

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    Philadelphia to Bucks County

    52 miles: Scenery that inspired writers from Pearl S. Buck to James Michener is just the beginning. In New Hope, Pa., the Bucks County Playhouse is a testing ground for Broadway shows. Other activities include visiting Fonthill Castle (left), antiques hunting, gallery hopping and river tubing. See also: Philadelphia travel guide

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    Washington, D.C. to Alexandria

    8 miles: This Virginia city's brick-and-cobblestone Old Town is home to Gadsby's Tavern, where George Washington reviewed his troops; the house where Robert E. Lee grew up; and Christ Church, where both men worshipped. The area is prized for its boutiques, galleries and restaurants. See also: Washington, D.C. travel guide

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    Chicago to Madison

    150 miles: En route to Wisconsin's capital, stop in the Swiss enclave of Monroe, with its many cheese producers. In Madison, take in the State Street Walking Tour, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace community center and the Dane County Farmers' Market.

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    Boston to Great Barrington

    136 miles: Hole up in a romantic inn, and explore this Southern Berkshire, Massachusetts town's specialty shops and restaurants. Follow the Housatonic River Walk and stroll through the W.E.B. DuBois River Garden, named for the civil rights leader and Great Barrington native son. See also: Great Barrington travel guide

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    Houston to Lake Conroe

    54 miles: Browse antiques in the old railroad town of Spring, tour the waterways of Woodlands and sample the vintages along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. At the lake you'll find water sports, golf and hiking along the Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston State National Forest. See also: Houston travel guide

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    San Francisco to Occidental

    70 miles: California's Sonoma County is endowed with vineyards, a lightly traveled coastline, a farm trail and specialty nurseries. Base yourself in Occidental, famous for its family-style Italian dinners, shops and remote Grove of Old Trees, a protected stand of primeval, old-growth redwoods. 

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