Couch potatoes, rejoice. You, too, can now walk the entire length of the 2,193-mile Appalachian Trail without ever leaving your living room or picking up a pair of trekking poles. Head to NPS.gov, where you’ll find three ways to explore the storied route: via an interactive map, a 3-D explorer and an app that turns your daily steps into mileage on the AT. The virtual tours are sponsored by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Suspend Disbelief at Zero Gs
If you’ve ever wanted to experience space flight, now’s your chance. You’ll just need to fork over $5,400. The Zero Gravity Corporation has a specially modified Boeing 727 that simulates weightlessness by flying in parabolic arcs that render passengers weightless for 20 to 30 seconds at a time. You can even rent out the plane for a weightless wedding. You can find more information at gozerog.com.
Bourdain Time and Again
If you miss Renaissance man Anthony Bourdain as much as we do – which is a lot – you’ll be happy to know that a book of his travel essays will hit shelves in October. “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide,” co-authored by his longtime assistant Laurie Woolever, will touch on some of Bourdain’s favorite places, along with tips on what to see, where to eat (of course!), where to stay and what to skip.
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