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Walla Walla

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Open year-round daily. Visitor center at 3029 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle; t 360-274-0962; www.parks.wa.gov/stewardship/mountsthelens; open May–mid-Sept daily 9am–5pm, rest of the year 4pm; closed major holidays. t 360-449-7800. www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. $5.

One of the world’s most famous volcanoes, Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 with the intensity of 500 atomic bombs, destroying its northern flank and blasting away more than 1,300ft of elevation. In 1982 the US Congress declared Mount St. Helens a National Volcanic Monument. Today the eviscerated mountain, surrounded by a 172sq-mi preserve, is a leading visitor attraction.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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When to Go

July is the best time to see flower-filled alpine meadows at Mt. Rainier, but any summer day through September offers the best opportunity for clear weather and great views at both Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Summertime frequently brings fog to the Washington coast, so the best times to visit are the shoulder seasons or winter-storm season.

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AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

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Melrosea

Melrose Abbey and Eildon Hills

Grouped round its beautiful abbey ruins, in the middle reaches of the Tweed, Melrose is overshadowed by the triple peaks of the Eildons. This attractive town bustles with visitors in the summer and makes an ideal touring centre for exploring the surrounding countryside. The town’s Summer Festival and the day of the Melrose Sevens (7-a-side rugby football tournament) are lively occasions.

= Population: 2,143.

T Michelin Map: Local map, see Tweed Valley

i Info: Abbey House; t08706 080 404; www.scot-borders.co.uk.

Ñ Location: Melrose is in the heart of the Scottish Borders, 43mi/69km south of Edinburgh via the A68.

w Don’t Miss: Melrose Abbey decorative sculptures; the panoramas from Eildon Hill North.

> Timing: One hour for the abbey, an hour for the town.

MELROSE ABBEYaa

Scottish Borders. >Open daily year-round 9.30am–5.30pm. Oct–Mar 4.30pm. Last admission 30min before closing. >Closed 25–26 Dec, 1–2 Jan. |£5.20. t01896 822 562. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk.

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Koblenz

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The West

 Cologne

 Aachen

 Ruhr Region

 Düsseldorf

 Sauerland

 Bonn

 Eifel

 Trier

 Moselle Valley

 Koblenz

 Rhine Valley

 Frankfurt am Main

 Wiesbaden

 Mainz

 Mannheim

 Heidelberg

 Pfalz

 Speyer

 Saar­brücken

The West

Germany’s western regions deliver a cornucopia of diverse and awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities. Soak up cosmopolitan flair and stunning art and architecture in cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt or escape to historic villages in the hilly Sauerland or the gentle Eifel. Follow the mighty Rhine or the meandering Moselle rivers past a fairytale setting of medieval castles, steep vineyards and little towns that are veritable symphonies in half-timber. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Trier, check out Charlemagne’s legacy in Aachen and see for yourself the beauty of Heidelberg, which has inspired so many great poets and artists.

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Northern France and Paris

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NORTHERN FRANCE AND PARIS

Paris is located at the centre of Île-de-France, the wealthiest of the regions of France, and from which the French state has grown due to its location defined by the rivers Seine, Aisne, Oise and Marne. Where its limestone plateaux have been cut into by the rivers, lush valleys have been formed, contrasting with the vast arable tracts of the Beauce, Vexin and Brie. A girdle of greenery surrounds the capital, made up of great forests such as those of Fontainebleau and Rambouillet, into which merge the landscapes of leisure and pleasure. Further north, landscapes are open and high-yielding arable land is broken by a number of valleys, such as that of the Somme.

Highlights

1 Rodin’s bronze figures: Monument des Bourgeois de Calais

2 Grand’Place and Place des Héros at Arras: Les Places

3 French Classicism at its best: Château de Versailles

4 Railway carriage at Compiègne: Clairière de l’Armistice

5 Europe’s only Disney resort: Disneyland Paris

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Cannon Beach

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The Willamette’s loamy soil gives rise to a feast of foods that enrich the plates of the finest restaurants in Portland. The climate and soil are ideal for vineyards, and more than 500 wineries, mostly west of Interstate 5, draw visitors from around the world to wine-country tasting rooms. Charming small towns, bucolic countryside and farm stands provide additional reasons to stop and savor Oregon’s wine country.

A string of cities, including the state capital of Salem and the free-spirited town of Eugene, are situated along I-5, which runs north to south through the center of the valley. To the west, the forested Coast Range cradles the valley, and 30mi to the east, waterfalls plummet down mossy Cascade Range hillsides alongside wooded hiking trails whose vine maple trees turn crimson and orange in the fall.

SALEMa

The capital of Oregon is the state’s third-largest city (pop. 156,000). Salem traces its founding to 1840, when Jason Lee moved the headquarters of his Methodist mission to this mid-Willamette Valley location. Lee’s house and other early buildings still stand at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Millaa (1313 Mill St.; t 503-585-7012; www.willametteheritage.org; open year-round Mon–Sat 10am–5pm ;$6), a five-acre historical park that includes the 1889 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. A millstream courses beneath the main mill building, and inside, massive looms operate with water-powered turbines. Four buildings, filled with period furnishings, were moved to this site, and are considered the oldest in the Northwest, dating to the 1840s.

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