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Top Ten Places to Unplug by Blake

Blake gives you her picks for the best places to get “off the grid.” No e-mail, and limited (if any) cell service!

1. Vršič Pass, Julian Alps, Slovenia: The route from Kransjka Gora over the Vršič Pass to Primorska is one of the most dramatic mountain passes, and certainly the highest in Slovenia. The route sweeps up in a flurry of winding turns and ascents. Hundreds of Russian POW’s died to forge this road. Each turn is numbered with a marker, which is great for cyclists.

2. Boiling River, Yellowstone National Park, Montana: Whether it’s winter or summer, relax in the soothing waters of the Boiling River, which is naturally heated by geothermal activity, and feel your cares slip away as the water flows around you.

3. The Inca Trail, Peru: You’re at the end of the Inca Trail. You have one hill to go, but you’re taking a moment to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu, before reaching the destination yourself. At this point, you don’t even know what a cell phone or an e-mail is.

4. Masai Mara, Kenya: Watch as wildebeest and zebra brave crocodile-infested waters as they cross the Mara River, and keep an eye out for big game animals as you safari on the Masai Mara.

5. Reschen Pass, South-Tyrol, Italy: At the north end of Reschen Lake (Lago de Resia), below the source of the Adige, stands Resia (1525 m), with a splendid view down the valley of the Ortles mountain group. Since 1918, this is has been the border between Austria and Italy. The Inn River and the Adige River almost meet here, but the first flows into the Danube on its way to the Black Sea, whereas the latter eventually flows into the Adriatic Sea, making this a continental divide. The combination of meadows, the lake, Alpine villages and the snow-covered mountain tops make this place magical.

6. Fox Island, Alaska: This secluded island is the perfect spot to relax. You can take a leisurely hike, curl up with a book and a warm cup of tea, or, if you’re feeling particularly daring, do a “polar bear swim.”

7. Arenal, Costa Rica: It’s hard to talk on a cell phone when you’re cruising down a zip line at 50 miles per hour!

8. Sossusvlei, Namibia: Get lost staring into the stunning Namibian night skies in Sossusvlei. Or, hike up the red sand dunes, a place where the only reason you’ll want a cell phone is to take a photo.

9. Havasu Base Camp, Grand Canyon, Arizona: Situated near an 100-foot waterfall, Havasu Basecamp is the perfect place to unwind after a day of hiking. Experience rustic luxury as you relax under the stars, sipping a glass of wine, listening to the soothing sounds of rushing water, feeling totally happy that you can’t get work e-mails or a call from the boss.

10. Lago Torre, Argentina: Lago Torre offers unbelievable views of the peaks which make Patagonia famous. After a picturesque three hour hike to the lake, take a minute on the shore to digest your stunning surroundings. If you’re still thinking about e-mails or phone calls, it’s time to take a good hard look at your priorities.

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