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Seattle

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Woodland Park Zoo aaa

Phinney Ave. N. t 206-684-4800. www.zoo.org. Open May–Sept daily 9:30am–6pm. Rest of the year daily 9:30am–4pm. $17.75, $11.75 children.

Covering 92 acres, this world-class zoo is highly acclaimed for its conservation ethic (the zoo is home to 35 endangered species) and naturalistic habitats. It offers dynamic glimpses of 1,100 animals engaged in natural behavior: grizzly bears fish for trout in a stream on the Northern Trail, orangutans shimmy up trees in Trail of Vines, zebras dash about in African Savanna, and jaguars peer warily from behind a kapok tree in Jaguar Cove.

Pacific Science Centeraa

200 Second Ave. N. t 206-443-2001. www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Open year-round Mon–Fri 9:45am–5pm (til 6pm Sat–Sun). Closed Tue Sept–May. $16, $11 children (ages 6-15).

Pacific Science Center
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Grizzly bear, Woodland Park Zoo
©Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

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Skyscrapers

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Chrysler Buildingaaa

405 Lexington Ave. at E. 42nd St. 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central Terminal. See map opposite.

When you have money, you can do anything; or so Walter P. Chrysler must have thought when he commissioned architect William Van Alen to design the world’s tallest building. One of the first large buildings to use metal extensively on its exterior, the 77-story Art Deco landmark pays sparkling homage to the car. It was briefly the world’s tallest building in 1930, after its architect secretly ordered a 185-foot spire attached to its crown, edging out the Bank of Manhattan, which was two feet taller. Alas, the distinction lasted only a few months; the Empire State Building blew both buildings away when it opened in 1931.

Stylistically the Chrysler Building has stood the test of time: the

six semi-circular arches of its stainless-steel pinnacle, patterned after a 1930 Chrysler radiator cap, glimmer majestically during the day and are dramatically lit at night.

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Ashland

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For more than 11,000 years, well before the creation of Crater Lake in its caldera, Klamath and Modoc Indians fought each other here. In 1869 they were forced to share a reservation before being banished four years later to Oklahoma. In the mid-19C, gold seekers from California headed north to Jacksonville's strike. Disappointed that the strike was short-lived, most prospectors returned south. Those who stayed in the area found the valleys suitable for farms, orchards and vineyards, and the mountains rich in timber. Today what attracts visitors to this corner of Oregon is one of the country's finest Shakespeare festivals, staged in the town of Ashland. Jacksonville's allure is its gold-rush era buildings and a popular summer festival. Outdoor recreation is a magnet on its own.

Water-Power Flour

The water-powered Butte Creek Mill and General Store (t 541-826-3531; www.buttecreekmill.com), in Eagle Point, 12mi north of Medford en route to Crater Lake, offer a fascinating glimpse of yesteryear. Creaking belts, rotating gears and archaic mechanisms groan, whirr and rumble as they turn grain into flour at this rare working grist mill. The adjoining antiques shop is stocked with the mill’s flour and local culinary goods, amid hurricane lanterns, tin plates and other vestiges of the past.

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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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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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Practical Information

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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Atlantic Coast

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ATLANTIC COAST

The Atlantic Coast region of France stretches from the estuary of the Loire in the north to the mighty natural frontier of the Pyrénées to the south. It is bounded on the west by the apparently endless Atlantic coastline and to the east by the lush countryside of the Limousin, the Périgord and Gascony. It encompasses some of the modern region of the Pays de Loire, the whole of Poitou-Charentes and the western half of the Aquitaine.

Highlights

1 Église Monolithe, a church hollowed out of rock at St Émilion

2 Medieval towers of the Vieux Port at La Rochelle

3 1C Roman arena at Saintes

4 Science-based leisure park near Poitiers: Futuroscope

5 History theme park based round a castle, Le Puy de Fou

Geography – With the exception of the Pyrénées in the south, the region consists for the most part of a flat coastal plain, rising gently to the more undulating countryside in the east. In the north there are great marshy tracts like the Marais Poitevin and dunes bordering sandy beaches. To the south is the Gironde, the name given to the broad estuary of the Garonne, and the Atlantic coast south of here runs in a straight line almost to Spain, interrupted only by the Bay of Arcachon. Behind the vast sandy beaches rise the highest sand dunes in Europe while inland is the Landes, an immense wooded area planted with with pine trees.

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