Cruising Maine's coast in search of the greatest lobster rolls on Earth

A lobster claw the size of an iPhone 5 sits perched atop my lunch, completely obliterating any chance I have to see the quarter-pound of chopped lobster meat, lightly dressed with mayo and tucked into a split-top hot dog bun that's been ever-so-gently griddled with butter on either side. The lobster roll at Quoddy Bay Lobster, an industrial-looking blue aluminum shack on the eastern lip of the United States, isn't my first - you can find them now in seafood restaurants all over the country - but it's certainly the freshest, most delicious version I've ever had.


Best of San Diego's Balboa Park

There are few places more sublime than sunny San Diego, with its intoxicating mix of surf-frothed beaches, trendy cafes and, of course, Balboa Park. That 1,200-acre swath includes 16 museums, more than a dozen gardens, multiple theaters and the San Diego Zoo. And this year, the park is celebrating its 100th birthday.

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Best-Kept Secrets: Down by the rivers of northeast NC

The News & Observer is bringing back its Best-Kept Secrets summer series, which will highlight things to do, see and eat in one very packed day. We begin where North Carolina got its start, around Albemarle Sound, where restless Virginians began to wander south into the region in the 17th century.

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