"To know a place well, you have to walk the ground, talk to the locals, soak up the history and lore that give a destination its distinction."
In April of this year, we introduced a three-part series called "Walk into America" with these words, and in our upcoming October issue, writer James Conaway will complete his third and final installment. Conaway has completed nine walks in all (in Maine, Florida, Tennessee, Kansas, Wyoming, New Mexico, California, Montana, and Washington), and a local guide has accompanied him on each, explaining the natural resources and history of the region.
But we know there are far more than nine walks in America that offer unique insights into this country's cultural and natural riches. What are your favorite walks and why? When did you walk them, and how have they changed over time? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo: Alexandra and Garrett Conover of North Woods Ways snowshoe across Sebec Lake in Willimantic, Maine. North Woods Ways is run by registered Maine guides Alexandra and Garrett Conover who are on their 27th season guiding clients on canoe and snowshoe and tobogan trips through the Maine North Woods. By David McLain.