4 Vancouver, British Columbia There are lots of reasons to visit Canada. The waterlogged puzzlement that is modern Vancouver -- which offers little (good or bad) that you cannot find elsewhere -- is not one of them. Instead, try In the Northwest, your top choice right now is definitely Portland. It is friendly, manageable, affordable; the food is really good, there's enough culture and nature and all that good stuff, without the traffic and grit and expense and hassle of Seattle.
#9 Asheville, North Carolina Packed with urban escapees chasing the past -- driving up prices any higher than they've a right to go, out here in the middle of nowhere -- this traffic-choked mountain town has degenerated into the worst kind of tourist trap: One that won't admit it. Instead, try You probably came for the mountains. So go to them. Start with magnificent Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, running an impressive 6,684 feet above sea level.
#5 Colorado Give the 38th State some credit -- years of pricey (and effective) public relations campaigning has many people thinking that it is, perhaps, the only place in the West with incredible skiing and scenery. Don't believe the hype. Instead, try Nearly everything Colorado does, Utah does as well or better, without the kerfuffle, the crowds or the cost. Skiing? Ride a Salt Lake City bus to some of the hemisphere's best powder at Alta and Snowbird.