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EVENT CELEBRATES WILD AND SCENIC VERMONT RIVERS . . .

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers have become the first Vermont waterways added to the prestigious National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, a network established in 1968 to help preserve rivers with exceptional natural, cultural, and recreational value. Join community members and local and national officials June 6 at The Abbey in Enosburg, northeast of Burlington, to celebrate this recent designation. The event, which coincides with National Trails Day and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 15th anniversary, includes free live music, food, and drinks from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a dedication ceremony at 12:30 p.m., and more than 25 displays by nonprofits that highlight the natural resources and the cultural, scenic, and recreational attributes of these rivers. Then go on a guided 7-mile paddle on the Upper Missisquoi from Richford’s Davis Park to the confluence of the Trout River in East Berkshire from 2:30 to 4 p.m. 802-496-2285, www.celebratethemissisquoi.com

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VERMONT’S BIKE SEASON

Vermont’s cycling season offers more than 35 bike events from now through the fall, with everything from challenging stage races to guided foliage tours to a family bike festival. Go for leisurely loops around scenic countrysides, tackle lift-served mountain bike trails, or attempt one of the country’s steepest paved miles: a 24-percent graded climb up the Lincoln Gap from Warren. Watch race season kick off May 23-25 with the Killington Stage Race, when more than 600 competitive cyclists tackle one of New England’s most challenging courses. Then hop on your bike June 7 in Brattleboro for the Tour de Heifer, a fun event that offers 30- and 60-mile rides on mostly dirt roads with a healthy dose of hill climbing. Check out the dozens of bike events online. 800-837-6668, www.vermontvacation.com

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TRAVEL PASS FOR VIENNA SAVES TIME AND MONEY

The new Vienna PASS admits you to more than 60 top attractions in Austria’s capital and offers travel benefits. Purchase a two-, three-, or six-day pass and gain entry into Schönbrunn Palace, the imperial family’s former summer residence; a world-famous riding school for Lipizzan horses, which celebrates its 450th anniversary this year; 12th- century St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, home to Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Johannes Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” and the world’s largest collection of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s works. Two- to six-day passes, $75-$107.50 adults, $37.50-
$54 ages 6-19, include unlimited journeys on the city’s hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses, fast-track entry at certain attractions, free guidebook, and a smartphone app. Purchase the Vienna PASS with a travel card and get unlimited trips on the city’s underground, tram, bus, and urban railway services. www.viennapass.com

TAKE A GUIDED WOLF AND BEAR EXPEDITION

Go on a safari-style adventure to see wolves, bears, bison (maybe even this one), and elk in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on a new trip run by Amangani, an Aman Resorts property in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Spend four nights at Amangani, on the edge of East Gros Ventre Butte, and explore the surrounding countryside: Go trout fishing, mountain biking, or hiking within eyeshot of the Grand Tetons. Spend the other two nights of this six-night expedition in Cooke City, Mont., using this as a base for guided safaris into the Lamar Valley led by a biologist from the renowned Teton Science Schools. Trips run through June 9 and from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13. Rates: $3,600-$7,800 single occupancy, $4,900-$8,600 double occupancy, includes accommodations, airport transfers, three-day guided wildlife expedition with all meals, and park entrance fees; does not include Jackson Hole activities or lunches and dinners at Amangani. 877-734-7333, www.amangani.com

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FEATHERWEIGHT KEYBOARD FOR YOUR DEVICES

Logitech’s new Keys-to-Go ultra-portable keyboard weighs less than 6.35 ounces, measures about 9.5 inches by 5.4 inches, and is just slightly thicker than the tip of a standard USB plug. It has springy and responsive keys that are nice and quiet, and Logitech’s spill-resistant FabricSkin material that’s easy to wipe down and keep clean. The keyboard comes in two versions, one for Apple devices and another for Android and Windows devices, and pairs quickly with a push of the Bluetooth key. It also has shortcut keys for the home screen, volume control, battery life, screenshots, controlling media playback, and more. A big bonus: The device’s battery lasts up to three months, so you don’t have to fuss with charging it all the time. $69.99. 800-231-7717, www.logitech.com

A TRAVEL CASE THAT
PROTECTS YOUR NICEST BIKE

The new Thule RoundTrip Traveler bike case (pictured above) fits most road, triathlon, mountain, and cyclocross bikes with a wheelbase of up to 46 inches. It has integrated straps and a mounting system that lets you secure the forks so your bike doesn’t shift around while traveling. Two very handy external wheel pockets hold and protect wheels up to 29 inches, and four internal pockets let you store skewers, tools, and other bike parts in transit. The bag has a ripstop nylon exterior and a tarpaulin interior, making it super durable and lightweight — just 17.4 pounds. It measures about 51.5 inches by 14.75 inches by 32 inches when fully assembled, but packs down to one-third its expanded size so it’s easier to stash in a car, hotel room, or at home when not in use. $479.95. 800-238-2388, www.thule.com

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