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In 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard piloted Freedom 7 to become the first American in space. The space capsule can now be seen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Clamped atop a rocket nearly seven stories high, Freedom 7 was blasted into a 302-mile suborbital flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla., before splashing down in the Atlantic, a journey lasting 15 minutes and 28 seconds. On loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum through 2015, the installation marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s speech at Rice University, where he championed the nation’s manned space efforts. Adults $12, age 62 and up and students (with valid ID) $10, 13-17 $9, children 12 and under free.  Columbia Point, 617-514-1600,


Hit the trails and pop a wheelie at the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, N.H., where a ski lift takes you and your bike from the base lodge to the mountaintop. Trails for intermediate, advanced, and expert riders keep adventure levels high for a variety of skill levels. Ride over natural and manmade paths dotted with ramps and drops sure to send you skyward. A new 9,100-square-foot indoor training center includes a massive foam pit with a trick lip and drop, resi ramp and resi drop, and other features where you can practice before heading out to tackle the mountain ($14). Open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17, day pass $38, ages 10 and under $15.  75 Ski Hill Drive, 603-286-7677,



The recently opened Conrad New York, a 463-room all-suite luxury hotel, is the first New York address from Conrad Hotels & Resorts, the global brand of Hilton Worldwide. Located in the vibrant Battery Park City neighborhood, it is a comfortable and convenient place to perch while exploring the sights around Manhattan, including the nearby 9/11 Memorial. The modern interior features a soaring 15-story atrium with an eye-catching blue and purple Sol LeWitt painting rising 13 floors above the registration desk. The seasonal rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, is a lively spot for drinks (boozy popsicles in prosecco, anyone?) with 180-degree views of the Statue of
Liberty, Ellis Island, New York Harbor, and the Hudson River.
Deluxe rooms from $299 (weekends) and $449 (weekdays).
102 North End Ave., 212-945-0100,


The fall art scene kicks off with a trilogy of shows at the Javits Center, Oct. 19, 20, and 21, when 250 artists and artisans exhibit their work at the 2012 Contemporary Art Fair NYC, American Craft Show NYC, and Art Off the Main. Comfortable shoes are recommended for touring 70,000 square feet showcasing established and emerging painters, photographers, sculptors, and artists working in mixed media, fashion, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, and textiles. New this year: Art Off the Main features artists of Caribbean,
African, and Latin American ancestry. One ticket allows entry
to all three juried events. Adults $14, seniors $13, students $8, children under age 10 free.  11th Avenue and 39th Street, Javits Center Hall 1A, 845-355-2400,


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Run by Harvard University students since 1960, Let’s Go Publications is revitalizing its digital presence by launching a website and line of
mobile apps designed for travelers on a student budget. The new website includes student reviews of listings and destinations, student-
written blogs from the road, student-produced videos, and photos. Let’s Go Explore apps for iPhone and Android cover 25 cities, with Nook apps coming soon. Each free app features five city walking tours handpicked by student travelers. These apps are teasers for the upcoming

Let’s Go app, a full digital travel guide with thousands of

listings and content from all of the Let’s Go guidebooks.,



Even the smallest audio speakers add weight to a travel bag. Now you can amplify your favorite tunes with the light-as-a-feather eco-amp 2.0. A passive amplifier that slides onto the end of your iPhone 4 or 4S, it increases sound volume and clarity without any external power. Made in the USA and constructed out of a renewable 100 percent post-consumer fiber paper, the eco-friendly amp uses locking tabs for assembly instead of adhesives. Choose from 24 patterns printed with soy-based ink. Each flat package contains two eco-amps that can be assembled and disassembled for reuse and travel. $10.


World Rainbow Hotels, a gay and lesbian travel organization, has launched a new website where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender consumers can search and book reservations at genuinely gay-welcoming hotels worldwide. Using rigorous screening criteria, the online reservation portal selected more than 850 three- to five-star properties in 129 global destinations. Accommodations range from luxury to budget-chic



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