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"There's actually more coast line on Lake Powell than there is on the entire West Coast of the United States because it's so long and narrow and has all these fingers and canyons stretching off of it," said Kevin Schneider, a park ranger with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The surrounding canyons help make Lake Powell so special.

"The finger canyons of Lake Powell are often called slot canyons," Schneider said. "They're wonderful places to explore because they're incredibly intimate experiences. You get into these narrow red rock canyons, and you really have a sense of closeness with the park and resources here."

"It's got everything," Ward said of the lake. "It's got the narrow canyon where your boat barely fits through the crack. It's got the high walls where you may be in the canyon that may be 20 feet wide, but the walls are 500 feet high. It's a quiet that most people have never heard before."

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June 18, 2006

This Sunday, "Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited Newport, R.I. One of America's oldest cities, founded in 1639, Newport offers a diverse community of fisherman, yachtsman and summer visitors. Among Newport's greatest attractions are the old American mansions, where turn-of-the-century New Yorkers would spend their summers. Architecturally exquisite, these mansions are referred to as America's castles. One notable mansion, "The Breakers," built between 1892 and 1895, once was occupied by the Vanderbilt family, and is now open for public viewing. The old and the new live in harmony in Newport, with many restaurants, stores and attractions to also visit.

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June 11, 2006

For a whale of a trip, nature enthusiasts must add the San Juan Islands, a group of small islands off the coast of the Washington state, to their must-vacation list.

You don't even have to leave dry land to see whales. At Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, from May and through September, the whales come so close to the shore that even landlubbers can enjoy a great view.

"We've determined over the years that about one-third of the time these killer whales will pass by within five feet of the kelp, which means right next to the rocks," said Dr. Robert Otis, a professor of psychology at Ripon College in Wisconsin who studies orcas in the summertime.

But most visitors want to get even closer to the whales by taking a whale-watching tour.

"If you're coming out here for the first time, one of the commercial whale-watch boats is the experience of a lifetime," said Capt. Brian Calvert, former port commissioner of Friday Harbor, the main gateway for travel in the San Juan Islands.

"All of a sudden, whales will pop up out of nowhere," he added. "It's just a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

And there are lots of whales to see in the San Juan Islands, according to Capt. Dan Wilk of Orcas Island Eclipse Charters, which gives whale-watching tours that leave from Orcas Island.

"There are 89 whales total in all, 3 pods, that live in our area here," Wilk said.

The San Juan Islands are about more than just whales. They're about porpoises, too.

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