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Savannah and the Georgia Coast

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Tourist information: 877-728-2662 or www.savannahvisit.com. For practical information.

With its stately mansions, landscaped squares, Spanish-moss-draped live oaks and friendly residents, Savannah, Georgia, is a quintessentially Southern city.

The city was born in 1733 when English army officer and philanthropist James Oglethorpe and a group of more than 100 settlers landed at Yamacraw Bluff above the Savannah River.

One of 21 trustees to whom King George II had granted the tract of land between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers, Oglethorpe envisioned the colony of Georgia as a place where the British working poor and “societal misfits” could carve out a living cultivating agricultural products desired by the Crown. In its early years, the region’s economy, based on rice and tobacco and later, cotton, fueled Savannah’s growth as a port and a center for commodities trading. By 1817 Savannah’s City Exchange was setting the market price for the world’s cotton.

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Berlin and Brandenburg

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Berlin and Brandenburg

 Berlin

 Potsdam

 Schloss Branitz

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin

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Berlin and Brandenburg

Dynamic, intriguing, individualistic, forward-looking – Berlin is Germany’s most visited city and the third-most popular in Europe after London and Paris. And for good reason: the wealth and quality of its cultural life is peerless, with world-class museums, opera, theatre, music and a spirited art and gallery scene. Architectural gems also abound, some of them centuries old, others created only during the post-reunification construction maelstrom. By contrast, Brandenburg, the state surrounding it, is imbued with a soothing tranquillity and great natural splendour. This is a region shaped by water – rivers, lakes and canals – wending through a flat, windswept landscape, much of which is protected as a nature preserve. Culturally, Brandenburg’s jewel is Potsdam, which packs more palaces and parks into its compact frame than many a small nation.

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Mannheim

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Germany’s financial and commercial capital, Frankfurt is characterised by a forest of skyscrapers in its centre, filled with international companies, government organisations and banks. Some of the world’s biggest trade shows, including the famous Frankfurt Book Fair, take place in high-tech halls near the airport, the largest and busiest on the continent. But Frankfurt isn’t all business. Join the locals in the traditional cider taverns, visit Goethe’s birth house or take in the stellar exhibits in the string of museums hugging the south bank of the Main River.

=     Population: 643 000

i      Info: Lobby of Hauptbahnhof (main train station). t(069) 21 23 88 00. www.frankfurt.de.

Ñ   Location: Two major autobahns join near Frankfurt: The A3 (Köln–Nuremburg) and the A5 (Karlsruhe). The city is 2hrs from Köln and 2hrs 30min from Nuremburg.

õ   Parking: Garages are located throughout the city. Visit www.frankfurt.de for specific locations and fees.

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Historical Site

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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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Heidelberg

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Frankfurt am Mainaa

Germany’s financial and commercial capital, Frankfurt is characterised by a forest of skyscrapers in its centre, filled with international companies, government organisations and banks. Some of the world’s biggest trade shows, including the famous Frankfurt Book Fair, take place in high-tech halls near the airport, the largest and busiest on the continent. But Frankfurt isn’t all business. Join the locals in the traditional cider taverns, visit Goethe’s birth house or take in the stellar exhibits in the string of museums hugging the south bank of the Main River.

=     Population: 643 000

i      Info: Lobby of Hauptbahnhof (main train station). t(069) 21 23 88 00. www.frankfurt.de.

Ñ   Location: Two major autobahns join near Frankfurt: The A3 (Köln–Nuremburg) and the A5 (Karlsruhe). The city is 2hrs from Köln and 2hrs 30min from Nuremburg.

õ   Parking: Garages are located throughout the city. Visit www.frankfurt.de for specific locations and fees.

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