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Getting the flavor of ... Maui’s mountain life, and more

From the sun-soaked Pacific beaches, Highway 37 steadily climbs the green slopes of Haleakala into a string of “lost-in-time towns.”

Maui’s mountain lifeYou won’t find Maui’s Upcountry on the map, said William Ecenbarger in The Philadelphia Inquirer. According to the people who live amid the island’s “mist-shrouded” mountains, the term “is not so much a matter of geography as a state of mind.” From the sun-soaked Pacific beaches, Hawaii’s Highway 37 steadily climbs the green slopes of Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano, into a string of “lost-in-time towns.” Visitors who make the trip inland, away from the beaches and glitzy resorts, find a “different world.” This Maui is a place of “gray-green eucalyptus trees, sprawling cattle ranches, and lush flower gardens.” The hotel buffet is replaced by roadside stands brimming with fresh bananas, avocados, and papayas. The “reek of sunscreen is replaced by the heady aromas of wild lavender and orange blossom.” And your wake-up call is the boisterous crow of wild roosters. Contact: Visitmaui.com

The Hudson River illuminatedFrom the 1830s through the 1960s, the Hudson River was a major shipping thoroughfare, said David Allan in The New York Times. Guiding the way from New York to Albany were 14 lighthouses. Today eight remain, allowing a journey that “recalls a time when freight and ferry schedules were a way of life.” Start by taking in the panoramic views from the Statue of Liberty, which briefly served as a lighthouse. Just to the north, under the George Washington Bridge, is its “modest neighbor,” the 40-foot-tall Little Red Lighthouse. Travel farther to see Sleepy Hollow’s 1883 Lighthouse and Stony Point Lighthouse, the oldest on the river. In Kingston, a docent-guided boat takes visitors out to Rondout Lighthouse, while the Saugerties Lighthouse, now a bed-and-breakfast, makes for a “cozy time capsule.” Finally, the “stately brick-and-granite” Hudson-Athens is this tour’s “most northern light.”Contact: Hudsonlights.com

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