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7. EXPLORING MIAMI

David Paul Appell FrommerMedia ePub

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EXPLORING MIAMI

If there’s one thing Miami doesn’t have, it’s an identity crisis—multiple personalities, maybe, but hardly a crisis. In fact, it’s the city’s vibrant, multifaceted personality that attracts millions each year from all over the world. South Beach may be on the top of many Miami to-do lists, but the rest of the city—a fascinating assemblage of multicultural neighborhoods, some on the verge of a popularity explosion—should not be overlooked. The 21st-century “Magic City” now attracts an eclectic mix of old and young, celebs and plebes, American and international, and geek and chic with an equally varied roster of activities.

For starters, Miami boasts some of the world’s most natural beauty, with dazzling blue waters, fine sandy beaches, and lush tropical parks. The city’s man-made brilliance, in the form of crayon-colored architecture, never seems to fade in Miami’s unique Art Deco district. For cultural variation, you can experience the tastes, sounds, and rhythms of Cuba in Little Havana.

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17 DAY TRIPS FROM QUÉBEC CITY

Matthew Barber FrommerMedia ePub

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Day Trips from Québec City

Forests, mountains, waterfalls, and other natural treasures surround Québec City and can be reached in less than a few hours’ drive—it’s easy to spend a whole day, or weekend, if you wish. Bucolic Île d’Orléans, over a bridge just outside the city, is an unspoiled mini-oasis with farms, orchards, maple groves, and 18th- and 19th-century houses. The waterfalls of Montmorency make for dazzling fun, especially in the spring, when winter thaws make them thunder. Le Massif is a top destination for downhill sports enthusiasts, especially after a fresh snowfall.

You can easily combine the second Day Trip, to Montmorency Falls, with the first or third Day Trips to Île d’Orléans or Le Massif. The waterfalls are along the highway just across from Île d’Orléans and on the way north to Le Massif.

Touring Québec’s Breadbasket: Île d’Orléans

16km (10 miles) NE of Québec City

Isolated from the mainland until 1935, the only way to get to the scenic, rolling hills of this little island in eyesight from the city used to by boat (in summer) or over the ice in sleighs (in winter). The highway bridge built that year has allowed the island’s fertile fields to become Québec City’s primary market garden. During harvest periods, fruits and vegetables are picked fresh on the farms and trucked in daily. The island produces artisanal cheeses, ciders (both alcoholic and non), wines, and microbrews, and proudly promotes agritourism for visitors. In warmer months, visitors go for the day or for extended sojourns.

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5 MAUI, THE VALLEY ISLE

Jeanette Foster FrommerMedia ePub

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Maui, the Valley Isle

Although it’s only 75 miles from bustling Oahu, Maui is a very different island—a collection of mostly small towns, plus natural wonders like Haleakala National Park, that introduce visitors to a slower way of life. It’s famous for its extensive beaches, tumbling waterfalls, romantic sunsets, and variety of adventures, from golf to snorkeling to scuba diving. Its climate varies greatly from region to region: The island’s as lush as an equatorial rainforest in Hana, as hot and dry as Mexico in Lahaina, and as cool and misty as Oregon in Kula.

Beaches    Hedonists looking for a day of lying on the soft sand head to D. T. Fleming Beach Park. More avid sorts, namely Jacques Cousteau types, can don a mask and fins and snorkel through rainbows of tropical fish at Wailea Beach or on the islet of Molokini, one of Hawaii’s most popular dive spots. When the big waves are up, surfers and surfer-wannabes make their way to Hookipa Beach Park.

Things to Do    For an awe-inspiring experience, drive to the highest point on Maui, the 10,000-foot volcano Haleakala, just before dawn, and watch the sunrise. Or take an entire day to drive along the Hana Highway, a barely two-lane road with the tropical jungle on one side and the churning ocean on the other. Get close to marine life at the Maui Ocean Center, a 5-acre facility housing sharks, reefs, and touch pools.

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3 Seattle, Portland & The Oregon Coast in Context

Olson, Donald FrommerMedia ePub

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Seattle, Portland & The Oregon Coast in Context

Here’s the question I am most frequently asked by people who haven’t been to the Pacific Northwest: “I’ve heard it’s wonderful out there, and that the people are so nice, but what’s it really like?” The simple answer, of course, is that it’s pretty wonderful and that the people are, in fact, so nice that strangers will smile and say hello to you on the street. That’s more likely to happen in Portland than Seattle, I must point out. The pace in both cities is fairly relaxed—again, more relaxed in Portland than Seattle. What it all boils down to is that most of the people who live in Seattle and Portland want to live there. More and more of them have moved there from somewhere else, and despite the urban travails that plague all of us, they tend to remain. It’s called “livability,” a nebulous but seductive word if there ever was one. Nature plays a big role, and mobility (Seattle traffic notwithstanding), good schools, safe neighborhoods, an arts and culture scene, good food, good beer, and good wine all play a part.

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Michelin Michelin ePub

80mi northeast of Medford on Rte. 62. Open daily year-round. $10/vehicle. t 541-594-3000. www.nps.gov/crla. Steel Visitor Center open late Apr–early Nov daily 9am–5pm; rest of the year daily 10am–4pm; closed Dec 25. Rim Visitor Center open late May–late Sept 9:30am–5pm.

Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake (elevation 1,932ft) is the world's deepest volcanic lake. The sapphire-blue lake rests in the basin of a collapsed volcano, surrounded by steep-walled cliffs. Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone, rises at its west end.

Ringed by mountains tinged with snow much of the year, the 6mi diameter lake attracts hikers and sightseers from around the world. The lake—so renowned for its clarity that its water has set new standards for water purity—was formed when the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago created a bowl-shaped caldera that filled with snowmelt.

One of the most scenic drives in the world, 33mi loop Crater Rim Driveaaa has more than 20 overlooks, but there are ample other attractions here as well, including hikes through mid-elevation pine forests, and the famed boat touraa to Wizard Island.

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