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The nation's capital is a feast for the tourist, and the best way to gorge on more of what it has to offer without wearing yourself out is to travel by bicycle. Rental bicycle, that is.

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Turkey tracks. Courthouse steps. Barn raising. Streak of lightning. Drunkard’s path. Ask Carolyn Ducey to name a few quilt patterns, and she rattles them off an exhaustive list, barely pausing for breath. Request that she show you one of her favorites, and she’s likely to let you peek at an exquisitely vibrant silk Mughal floor quilt dating to the early 1700s.

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Following one of America’s “scenic byways” offers boundless flexibility for choosing one’s getaway plan. They’re the miniature versions, if you will, of the ambitious nationwide “auto tour routes” like those that follow the Oregon Trail or Route 66. Every one of the 50 states has designated scenic byways within its borders, offering trip lengths, themes and features for virtually any vacationer.

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