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Henry Wood Elliott was a dedicated conservationist and explorer who, in 1871, helped create the first bathymetric map of Yellowstone Lake. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, he declined to leave his name on any feature in Yellowstone. Geologists now honor Elliott’s legacy by referring to a very large explosion crater beneath Yellowstone Lake as Elliott’s Crater.

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The Bacalar of today resembles Tulum the way it once was, but getting here requires some grit: It’s a four-hour drive from Cancun on a good day.

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Mexico’s Baja region feels a world away from the rest of Mexico, and that couldn’t be truer than in La Paz, the capital and largest city in Baja California Sur.

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Coastal Oaxaca beach towns draw an entirely different crowd than you’ll find in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Puerto Escondido anchors this region, and you’ll pay far less here than in the more popular Mexico beach destinations.

For watersports in south-central Montana, it’s hard to beat Tongue River Reservoir. Located about two hours south of Billings near the Montana-Wyoming border, the 12-mile long, manmade lake offers fishing, boating, swimming, camping and beach-sitting opportunities.

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