Best Vantage on Vintage FranceWith vineyards first planted by ancient Romans, the Cote d'Or—the most revered winemaking area in Burgundy (Bourgogne)—draws wine pilgrims from around the globe. Blue or Not, It Blows Our MindsFlowing almost 1,800 miles from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube River has been the main thoroughfare through central and eastern Europe for millennia. Next Great AdventureThe last remaining Himalayan Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan is distant by most standards. To the Manor BornWith a sculptor's discerning eye, the 18th-century landscape designer Lancelot Brown transformed Britain's grand country estates forever.
Amped Up With the ArtsIf Edinburgh is the blue-blooded aunt at Scotland's tea party, then Glasgow, just 45 miles to the west, is the T-shirt-clad cousin kicking over the kettle on the way out.A wealthy shipbuilding and trade hub on the River Clyde since the 15th century, Scotland's largest city fell into dereliction, earning a rough-and-tumble reputation that stuck to soot-covered buildings well into the 1980s. Northern ExposureThe Inuit of Greenland call it sila, the immense natural world experienced with all five senses.
Absolute PowderThose in the know choose the isle of Hokkaido for a ski experience found nowhere else.
Want to snorkel in a Bahamian blue hole, ring in the Ethiopian New Year, or taste maple leaf tempura in Japan? Salzburg, AustriaThroughout 2015, fans of the 1965 classic movie The Sound of Music have been flocking to Salzburg to mark the world-famous film’s 50th anniversary. Kangaroo Island, AustraliaOnly a 30-minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, called KI by locals, is one of Australia’s most authentic and untouched places. Mexico City, MexicoOctober 31-November 2 Fast and furious Formula One (F1) motorcar racing returns to Mexico City for the first time since 1992 with the Mexican Grand Prix on November 1, the Day of the Dead. Andros, BahamasAndros is only 30 miles (a 15-minute flight) west of Nassau, yet for now this pristine island paradise remains a bit of a Bahamas secret. San Antonio, TexasBuilt in the 18th century by Spanish Franciscan priests, the five San Antonio Missions—Concepcion, Espada, San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), San Jose, and San Juan—were designated on July 5 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 11 In Ethiopia, this September 11 is Enkutatash (“gift of jewels”), otherwise known as New Year’s Day 2008.
The Perfect BeachThailand's sun-drenched jewel in the South Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe has recently risen to the top of intrepid beach lovers’ A-list of island paradises. Lost No LongerTayrona National Park's gorgeous beaches are a highlight of northern Colombia, home also to the famed Ciudad Perdida. Africa's Green and Fiery HeartPerhaps nowhere on Earth is the dual creative and destructive nature of volcanoes more evident than in central Africa’s Virunga Volcanoes Massif. The Creative Coast of SpainThe boats painted in yellow, crimson, and white that bob in the water could belong to any scraggy Mediterranean coast.
American as Apple Pie“I’ve been to Napa and Sonoma,” you hear people say, as if they were one and the same. Quintessential Cottage CountryJust two hours by car—but a world away—from powerhouse Toronto beats the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka.
Perfumed OasisWhile neighboring oil-rich countries on the Arabian Peninsula are building skyscrapers and convention centers, Oman is erecting an opera house and planting desert gardens amid capital city Muscat’s white stone buildings. Faster, Higher, StrongerIn Olympic-ready London, a new landmark (City Hall) meets old (Tower Bridge) along the Thames. Modern Maya WorldEvery year countless travelers visit the ruins of once great Maya cities: Chichen Itza (Mexico), Tikal (Guatemala), Caracol (Belize), and Copan (Honduras). Ancient BeautyPatrick Leigh Fermor, the dashing philhellene who died last June, knew that to get under Greece’s skin you must stray from the instant gratifications of its seaside resorts. Cyclists' BlissA violent struggle created this world, according to Maori mythology: Indigenous New Zealanders say Sky Father and Earth Mother were ripped from each other’s arms to make room for mountains, forests, and oceans.
Eco-WonderlandAs a bridge between continents, Panama, 51 miles sea-to-sea at its midpoint, only looks slight. The Next Foodie FrontierThere are plenty of reasons to visit Peru: to explore ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, spot some of the world’s rarest birds, or trek some of Earth’s deepest canyons. With the changing of the seasons comes a change in where we as travelers set our sights on going.
Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon event in the world.
Jasper, Arkansas, located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, is known as a rock-climbing mecca. The ADVENTURE Road Trip PlannerAn online-only guide to the road with fuel-smart, adventure-packed road trip itineraries. Superchef Alton Brown's Pit StopsThe Food Network's Iron Chef America host Alton Brown took his expertise to the interstate for his new show, Feasting on Asphalt. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing. Natives here insist there's no place in France with wine traditions more deeply rooted, more consciously cherished. Flying in requires a plane nimble enough to navigate around mountain peaks and land in Paro Valley, the main tourist hub, where the number of hotels has tripled over the past decade as the once isolated country opens to more visitors. Brown reshaped formal gardens into rolling green parklands across the length and breadth of the country.
Now scrubbed up and gleaming, Glasgow flexes cultural muscle, artfully burnishing its industrial cityscape.Scotland's self-proclaimed Year of Innovation, Architecture, and Design kicks off in January, with Glaswegians proudly puffing their chests.
Said to dwell in Kilauea, one of two volcanoes here that are among the world's most active, Pele has been a busy lady.
Japan's northernmost island—surrounded by misty seas and chilled by nearby Siberia—is blessed in winter with almost daily snowfalls, accumulating on some mountains to an extraordinary 63 feet. Whether you’re ready for an island, wilderness, or urban getaway, our editors’ list of ten Best Fall Trips—plus one reader’s choice—is sure to inspire your next autumn adventure. Join the party by attending Sound of Music-themed events, including the Sound of Music Gala 2015 (October 17) at the historic Felsenreitschule and the Sound of Music musical at the Salzburg Landestheater. Over half of the 1,705-square-mile island (about three times the size of Oahu) is covered in native, old-growth vegetation. The “island” consists of a 104-mile-long archipelago of small islets and mangrove-covered cays.
The must-see fall festival is Danjiri Matsuri (“float-pulling”), a 300-year-old competition pitting neighborhoods across Japan. The East African nation follows its own calendar, known as the Ge’ez, which is based on the ancient Coptic calendar. Whatever your mood, Traveler magazine has a recommendation for you—from the romantic hills of Croatia to the perfect beach in Thailand.
A final relic from the world’s last ice age, this North Atlantic island nation is a world of knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords, monumental cliffs, black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and silent white glaciers.
Considered an alternative to the overexploited Koh Phi Phi (which gained fame as the setting for the film The Beach), Koh Lipe is accessible only by boat, with departure ports that include Krabi and the nearby Malaysian island of Langkawi.Crystal waters and pristine reefs surround the island.
The landmark Frauenkirche (“church of our lady”), a baroque masterpiece designed by George Bahr, was rebuilt from rubble in 2005 (above). The shady, rolling hills of Istria—Croatia’s northernmost peninsula—are becoming widely known for their truffles, Malvazija white wines, olive oil stancijas (estates), and crumbling hill towns. The cleared mountaintop terraces of the "lost city" shine like a green grassy beacon declaring the country’s rebirth as a travel destination at the crossroads of the Caribbean and South America.See more photos of North Colombia in our featured destination gallery.
Straddling the borders between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eight-volcano chain is one of Earth’s most active volcanic regions and a veritable salad bowl for mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, and other wildlife. The polar bear that guards them, however, means only one thing: Salvador Dali’s home in Costa Brava. Sure, Sonoma’s 300-plus wineries, like those of vine-centric Napa, offer peak wine tasting, from Ravenswood’s deep Zinfandels to Gloria Ferrer’s sophisticated sparklers.
Sultan Qaboos sparked the country’s modern renaissance with his rise to power in 1970—adding scores of new schools and hospitals and increasing the miles of paved road from six to over 3,700.Many of Oman’s delights cater to the elite luxury traveler.
The last time London hosted the Olympics, in 1948, locals subsisted on rations, there was no budget for new sports venues, and many competitors slept in military huts in Richmond Park.
The pyramids and stelae are well worth seeing, especially at jungle-shrouded Tikal (above), but here’s the thing: Maya civilization isn’t long gone. Damp and bracingly cool, this place doesn’t fit your image of Sri Lanka, the lush island nation—formerly known as Ceylon—that hangs like a teardrop off the tip of southern India.Nuwara Eliya (pronounced nyur-RAIL-ya) is a colonial-era resort town in Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. Traveling on foot across the gorges of Roumeli and mountains of Mani, Leigh Fermor discovered a land of fierce beauty where traditions run deep. Around Rotorua, a Maori heartland and home of the mineral-rimmed Champagne Pool (above), it’s easy to believe the struggle continues, as the eerie landscape bubbles and churns like some primordial stew. The Panama Canal, which capitalized on the Central American country’s slim waistline to become a literal nexus of global trade, will expand with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side of the canal and one on the Atlantic, designed for massive, 13,000-container cargo ships, due to be completed in 2014. Yet, once you’re on the ground and hungry, you may find those experiences mere appetizers to the main event: food.
Hovsgol is the northernmost of Mongolia’s 21 provinces, shadowing Russia’s border and sharing the great Siberian taiga (subarctic coniferous forest). Inspired by our latest list of best fall trips, Nat Geo Travel staffers shared their own favorite autumn escapes. Situated among the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, this beautiful region has everything you need to celebrate autumn. Gas prices and global warming are changing the way we drive, but not our desire to explore. How to be a Good Co-PilotThe first mistake most people make when they settle into the passenger seat during a road trip is assuming it's nap time. They have something else to be proud of: In July 2015, UNESCO inscribed the region on its World Heritage List.
The state capital, Natal, three hours by air north of Rio de Janeiro, reigns over a coastline that racks up some 233 days of sunshine a year. Winding through ten countries, it's like a medieval version of Route 66, except your stops will be at 13th-century Gothic churches rather than diners, and you'll be treated to views of Transylvania instead of tumbleweeds.Imagine the spires of the palace-bedecked capitals of Vienna and Budapest slowly rising above the trees as your boat glides around a bend.
His habit of telling patrons that their grounds had great "capabilities" is said to have earned him the nickname Capability Brown.The tercentenary, in 2016, of Brown's birth (in 1716) offers a compelling reason to visit his landscapes now.
The Turner Prize, Britain's most esteemed contemporary art exhibition and award, is in Scotland for the first time, culminating on January 17 at Tramway, Glasgow's former streetcar terminus.But it is music that really pumps Glasgow's cultural heart. Aquamarine rivers squiggle across its white void, feeding a thousand thundering waterfalls that flow into enormous fjords.
Since 1986, hundreds of acres of new land have been created by molten rock welling up from deep inside Earth and spilling, hissing and steaming, into the Pacific Ocean."Lots of visitors come for the lava," says Clarence "Aku" Hauanio, the third of four generations of his family to have worked at the 520-square-mile Big Island park, which celebrates its centennial in 2016. The yuki (snow) comes down very dry and light, creating a powder Valhalla for skiers and snowboarders.Niseko, on the southwest corner of Hokkaido, may be the most popular of the resorts, but Kiroro, a two-hour drive from Sapporo's Chitose Airport, is the real find.
Many of the resident creatures, including kangaroos, koalas, and possums, are nocturnal, so after dark is the best time to experience KI’s wild side.
Before or after the racing (October 31 to November 2), experience authentic Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions in San Andres Mixquic, a village located in the far southeastern reaches of Mexico City. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean’s largest unexplored wilderness, Andros is best known for its silvery bonefish and the world’s largest known concentration of blue holes (submerged caves).
September 13-14, watch as teams of 500 to 1,000 men use ropes to pull and steer intricately carved, wooden danjiri (traditional floats) through the narrow streets. Survivor stories from the Nantucket-based ship, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific, inspired Herman Melville’s epic tale Moby-Dick. A different interpretation of when the birth of Jesus was announced accounts for the more-than-seven-year gap between the Ge’ez and the Gregorian calendar. Recent volcanic eruptions remind us that Iceland is still a country in the making, with changed landscapes that even Icelanders continue to discover.Three years of financial recovery have made Iceland more affordable, with consumer prices now largely pegged to the euro. Up to 25 percent of the world’s tropical fish species swim in the protected waters around Koh Lipe (the island is in Tarutao National Marine Park).
Today it towers above a carefully reconstructed historic center that is home to half a dozen world-class museums—from the Albertinum and the Old Masters Picture Gallery, with its Vermeers and Titians, to the oddly named but unforgettable German Hygiene Museum.See more photos of Dresden in our featured destination gallery. Cyclists can spin their spokes over some 2,000 miles of extensively maintained bike trails. Landscapes in all three countries conjure visions of both Eden and hell.In Congo, the swirling plume of the active Nyiragongo Volcano (above) beckons. Dali, one of art’s greatest eccentrics, came from this part of Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.


But if you’ve visited only the county’s wineries, come back to sample the astounding diversity that makes Sonoma one of America’s travel treasures.Spend some time floating in an inner tube down the Russian River and walking amid ancient giants—one over 1,400 years old—at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The 2,500-square-mile area includes 8,699 miles of shoreline, 17 historic towns and villages, and innumerable waterfalls and lakes (like Kahshe Lake, above) framed by the peaks of Algonquin Provincial Park to the east and the isles of Georgian Bay Islands National Park to the west.There’s plenty to do here but nothing you’d put on an agenda. Britain may be entering another age of austerity, but nearly $15 billion has been spent on sprucing up the capital for the 2012 Olympics.Many sporting events have already sold out, but there will be hundreds of free cultural events to enjoy throughout the summer. Its apogee may have passed, but millions of Maya people and their culture remain alive and well, most vibrantly in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.The most alluring place in Maya Guatemala is Chichicastenango, a walkable town about three hours by road from Guatemala City where more than 95 percent of the people are indigenous.
This mountainous, mist-draped realm has long been popular with backpackers and other adventurers for its tea plantations (above) and rain forest preserves, known as the Central Highlands, which recently were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.See more photos of Sri Lanka in our featured destination gallery.
Eventually, he settled in Kardamili, a sleepy hamlet in the southern Peloponnese, which he hoped was “too inaccessible, with too little to do, for it ever to be seriously endangered by tourism.”Happily, he was right.
World traders occupy gleaming new hotels that modernize the colonial capital.In Panama, nature and indigenous culture are abundant.
From the rain forests of the northeast to the arid high plateau that runs like a spine through the south, Peru is blessed with incredible biodiversity—a bounty that is clearly reflected on its plates.Peruvians have long been vocally (and justifiably) proud of their homeland’s cooking, but suddenly, the rest of the world seems to be taking note, too. On all counts, the Steel City’s transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary.
Lichens in bright greens and oranges color 10,000-foot passes, while sacred rivers, rumored to never freeze, feed lakes framed by snow-tipped mountains.Hovsgol is just now opening its arms to travelers who come to catch and release taimen, giant salmonid “river wolves” that stalk Hovsgol’s waterways. There is nothing better than some rest and relaxation in the mountains with a cup of coffee (but no frigid air and piles of snow) than in Crested Butte.
Here are great routes and resources to get you started on your own epic—because the real action begins where the asphalt ends. Plans for a new wine center, the Cite des Vins de Bourgogne, will further celebrate this hallowed terroir.A far cry from Bordeaux's flat landscape, historically dominated by aristocratic families, the fabled chalk slopes of the Cote d'Or form a snaking ribbon of land in some places no more than a third of a mile wide.
Recently, the state's arid interior region, the historically poor sertao, has been seeing unprecedented love and investment from both the public and private sectors. From the bagpiper busking top-20 tunes along Buchanan Street to the crooner wooing crowds at storied clubs like King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow's sound track is unrivaled."To describe a typical Glasgow musician is quite difficult to do," says Stirling Gorman, who performs with his brother, Cha, in their band, King of Birds. The qajaq (kayak) allows close sightings of spouting whales—and, if you're lucky enough to be on a small ship that can access remote habitats, Greenland may be the best place in the world to see polar bears in the wild.Circumpolar athletes will gather in the capital, Nuuk, for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games, the largest international event ever hosted in the country. Here, youngsters play and learn in the Annie Kids Ski Academy, while ambitious free-riding skiers make endless fresh tracks on Nagamine and Asari peaks. The celebration includes Day of the Dead altar competitions and displays, as well as a bustling marketplace stocked with foods, crafts, and festival items such as sugar skulls and pan de muertos (bread of the dead). A large number of the underwater caves can be found in Blue Holes National Park, one of five national parks on Andros.
And since Enkutatash traditionally coincides with the end of the rainy season on the Horn of Africa, as well as the Feast of John the Baptist, there are three reasons to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.The party is particularly spirited in and around the capital city, Addis Ababa, where residents light bundles of sticks called chibo to make neighborhood bonfires. The country’s return to a humbler attitude stems from a thousand-year-old tradition of self-reliance—a tradition that has preserved one of the world’s oldest living languages and harnessed some of the cleanest energy on Earth. Pattaya Beach may be the island’s most developed tourist spot, but head to quieter Sunrise Beach, where a now settled community of “sea gypsies,” the Chao Lei, live and fish. Along the coast, sunny ocean views and impromptu opportunities for swimming and snorkeling abound.The romantic town of Rovinj (above), a former Venetian vassal state, rises from the Adriatic like an estranged island of Venice. Check on the security situation in the troubled country before going, but those who make the steep five-hour hike up Nyiragongo are rewarded with heady vistas of the world’s largest lava lake. His giant eggs, swan fountains, and melting clocks drew inspiration from this sunshine-laced wilderness.The medieval city of Girona also overflows with creativity during its annual spring flower festival, the Temps de Flors. Poke around the old Russian stockade at Fort Ross, which turns 200 in 2012, or the Spanish adobe mission, San Francisco Solano, in Sonoma town. Lounge with friends, barbecue everything, watch the night sky from the dock in the pitch black, play board games while listening to the rain.
Pleasure yachts anchor off the coast; it can be easy to forget the sea is Arabian, not Mediterranean. The London 2012 Festival will turn the whole country into a living stage, from a multilingual bonanza of Shakespeare productions at Stratford-upon-Avon to a soccer-inspired art installation deep in a Scottish forest.
Each Thursday and Sunday, Maya vendors carry their goods on their backs at dawn to Chichi’s market, selling brilliantly hued textiles, fearsome wooden masks, golden and purple maize, necklaces, and produce arranged in Escher-like patterns. While some islands have been scarred by unregulated development—and as the country grapples with the worst financial crisis in its modern history—Greece’s rugged mainland retains its unadulterated allure. The centennial of her maiden voyage—April 10, 2012—gives Barney the chance to share Belfast’s pride in the “floating palace” and show off a capital that is redefining itself in the eyes of the world.Sections of the city have undergone regeneration since Belfast emerged from the Troubles, the three decades of violence that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
The canal-bordering tropical lowlands of Soberania National Park ring with the cries of howler monkeys and the chatter of toucans. In 2008, the country’s leading chef, Gaston Acurio, founded Mistura, a Lima-based food festival that has since become the leading annual culinary event in South America. Others come to ride Mongolian ponies in search of the Tsaatan, small bands of nomadic reindeer herders (above) who live in encampments and follow shamanistic beliefs. This labyrinthine wine terrain about three hours' drive southeast of Paris is owned by hundreds of farmers, many of them descendants of peasant families and some with just three rows of vines in a field the size of a bowling alley.Rent a bicycle to taste your way along the Route des Grands Crus, which includes oenophile-magnet vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet.
The sertao is rich in local culture (clay figurines, woven palm mats) and cuisine (sun-dried beef, cassava fries). But the arduous two-day journey there by 4x4 delivers many rewards.“You are the first foreigner we have seen in 22 years,” exclaims a surprised monk welcoming an American trekker to his mist-shrouded outpost near Mongar. You can glimpse Brown's developing talent in its undulating Grecian Valley."Capability Brown accentuates the positives of topography," says historic landscapes consultant Kate Felus. Along with skiing and ice hockey, participants will compete in ancient games such as the finger pull and kneel jump."We understand that we are only borrowing this land," says Petersen.
The 90-minute tours begin at sunset and include brief overviews of the island and the sanctuary, a former sheep farm that has been restored to close to its natural setting. In general, pousadas offer a more authentic, local experience than hotels, and typically include breakfast. The Mission Reach section of the famous San Antonio River Walk includes an eight-mile hiking and biking trail that runs from just south of downtown to Mission Espada. Spend the night on the rim to fully experience the crater’s fiery light and sound spectacle. Surprising floral creations spill down cathedral steps and bloom-inspired art installations fill city squares and stone-walled courtyards.
Hunt for antiques along Petaluma’s downtown Victorian row, and dine on seasonal sake-steamed, aged abalone at Michelin-starred Cyrus in Healdsburg. Muscat's Park Inn, pictured here, has a roof terrace view to rival any.See more photos of Oman in our featured destination gallery. David Hockney, Leona Lewis, and Philip Glass are among the heavyweights headlining in London. Smoke from grills perfumes the narrow aisles, and so many women briskly pat stone-ground tortillas into shape that it sounds like a standing ovation.
Foraging for mushrooms in Epirus, watching pink pelicans take flight over Prespa Lake, listening to ethereal chanting in Meteora’s monasteries (such as the Roussanou Monastery, above)—there remain pockets of Greece where time stands still. The cool, flower-filled highland town of Boquete sits in the shadow of the country’s tallest volcano. Sustainable design has transformed Victorian landmarks like the glass-domed Phipps Conservatory and created contemporary ones like the swooping waterfront convention center (above). At neighborhood haunt La Grilladine, in the medieval town of Beaune, pair the beef bourguignonne with one of the local vieilles vignes (wine from old vines). It also is the cradle of forro, a rambunctious musical blend of accordion, triangle, and zabumba drums that sends couples twirling much as it did during World War II, when the area housed U.S. Founded in 1923, the resort has four private pink-sand beaches and 87 luxurious rooms and suites in its classic pink cottages (including a restored 17th-century sea captain's home).
In Lhuntse village, women display their vibrantly hued silk wares to Bhutanese traders, who travel here from the capital city of Thimphu in search of precious kushutara textiles. Designated portals connect the trail to the four southernmost missions: Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada.
Evenings are capped off with Champagne cocktails at the Valentino Bar, a breezy boite perched directly on the water and illuminated in vivid cerulean by underwater lights—not a bad spot to nurture your own inner Casanova. The fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell (above) charms with seaside restaurants and homes.See more photos of Costa Brava in our featured destination gallery.
And don’t miss a flaky, fruit-packed slice of Gravenstein pie from Mom’s Apple Pie, a roadside stop outside Sebastopol. A $152.1-million attraction opens in April with audiovisual exhibits, underwater footage of the wreck, and a ride that re-creates a trip through the shipyards of 1911 to tell?the passenger liner’s story.
Lower Danube cruises commonly sail east from Budapest to the Black Sea, passing through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Family homestays fill in for hotels, offering travelers a place to sleep and dine on traditional dishes, including ema datshi, spicy chilies and cheese, often served with red rice. Or take a train from the Japan Rail airport station to Niseko (or to Otaru for Kiroro resorts). Set designers used the palace’s Venetian Room as the model for the much larger ballroom in the von Trapp villa, and long shots of the estate’s former lakeside gazebo appear in the film.
Travel in and around the city by subway, waterbus, and the Japan Rail (JR) Osaka Loop Line.
A screen in front projects quotes from some of the survivors’ accounts, and the surrounding walls look like water. Since the New Year’s celebrations do not have as much of a religious aspect to it, this is one of the best times of year to get out and enjoy the festivities with everyone else.
At the offshore Coiba National Park, where a maximum of only 40 overnight visitors are allowed, divers share the pristine waters with scientific researchers and whale sharks. Third-generation family owner Jean-Claude Bernard sets the tone, worldly yet down-to-earth. In season, try the clawless (the meat is in the tail) spiny lobster either stuffed or served in creamy tomato sauce at Wahoo's Bistro and Patio in St. Malmaison, housed in a converted Greek Orthodox church (with a modern wing attached), is home to Scottish superchef Martin Wishart's new brasserie, The Honours. Where to Stay: Sleep in the park at the 33-room Volcano House, built in 1941 (and completely renovated in 2012-13) at the rim of Kilauea Caldera. There are 12 suites in the historic palace and 55 rooms in the adjacent Meierhof building, renovated in 2014.
From Adelaide, drive about an hour and a half southwest to Cape Jervis to board the Kangaroo Island SeaLink for the 45-minute ferry ride to Penneshaw. The 35 rooms and suites are styled with handcrafted rugs, original artwork by Mexican artists, and leather-paneled walls. The Alamo is located north of the other missions, along the downtown section of the River Walk.
Close to the lifts at the Kiroro Resort, the former Mountain Hotel is now the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort. From the hotel, follow the park’s main hiking trail along the Minoo River to see brilliant fall foliage, Ryuanji Temple, and Mino Waterfall. Expand the view by choosing a suite with a French balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Tours include all transportation within Bhutan and a licensed guide who accompanies you throughout the trip.
Hartwell House and Spa, a National Trust property near Aylesbury, has 30 rooms and suites in the main house and 16 in the adjacent Hartwell Court.
And the former Piano Hotel, located a shuttle bus ride from the lifts, is now the Kiroro, part of the upscale Starwoods Tribute Portfolio collection.
Austrian dishes such as fiakergulasch (meat and sausage goulash) and Salzburger nockerl (an egg souffle dessert) are served in the multiple dining rooms, bars, and beer gardens. Opened in 1960, the comfortable, family-run lodge is all-inclusive (meals, drinks, and activities) and designed for total relaxation.
Scheduled to open October 1, the 146-room luxury hotel is conveniently located next to the River Walk in Midtown.
From Dijon, you can take a walk lasting several days (depending on the amount of wine consumed) or rent a car to follow the 37-mile Route des Grands Crus south to Santenay.


Browse the collections of edgy textiles (such as iguana fabric, surreal Chic Blotch wallpaper, and Union Jackass lampshades).
The resulting Basque-Mexican cuisine (what the chefs call cocina gachupa) is featured on two menus: traditional and modern.
Known for their prowess in tug-of-war, the Bororo have several distinct rituals, including wearing macaw feather headdresses and adorning their faces with drawings made of clay, coal dust, sap, and red-orange urucum (a coloring agent made from the seeds of an annatto tree). The lack of in-room television or Internet access leaves more time to bike, kayak, windsurf, or nap in a hammock.
Sample the region’s fresh bounty (vegetables, beef, and seafood) at a kappo (a Japanese mash-up of “cook” and “cut”) restaurant. The couple purchased the downtown inn (and the two whaleboat oars and harpoons inside) as their home more than 30 years ago. In Beaune, the better option is renting a bike (March through November) to pedal the Voie des Vignes (Vineyard Way) velo (bike) route to Santenay. To ride along the northern beaches and over the dunes, hire a registered bugueiro—buggy driver—through your hotel. The side-paddle-wheel steamer was built in England and smuggled guns and other supplies into Wilmington, North Carolina. Opened in 2008, the Wangchuk Hotel Mongar regularly hosts tour groups visiting eastern Bhutan. Meals aren't included, but the cafe does serve local fare such as reindeer and Arctic char. Geological Survey volcanologist Richard Hazlett, includes expert tips on what to look for when visiting Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The treats aren't widely available outside of Hokkaido, and a new ice cream version (Marusei ice sand) is sold only at the Rokkatei Sapporo Honten near the Sapporo train station. Or indulge in the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, located minutes from the sanctuary. Osaka is the birthplace of kappo, a casual and conversational culinary style where patrons sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare their meals. The fine-dining brewpub is named for the predominantly southerly winds on the Texas coast and is housed in the historic Pearl Brewery, marking the first time since 2001 that beer is produced on-site. Where to Stay: After touring the vineyards, relax by the heated outdoor pool or in the sauna at Le Clos de la Challangette in Beaune. Where to Stay: The oceanfront Serhs Natal Grand Hotel at Ponta Negra Beach is designed for families.
Menus regularly feature Danube River specialties such as Viennese gabelbissen (potato salad topped with egg or pickled herring), Hungarian goulash (meat and vegetable stew seasoned with paprika), and German Wiener schnitzel. What to Buy: Hand-carved wooden bears, bamboo mukkuri (mouth harps), and other traditional crafts of the Ainu, Japan's indigenous people and the first to inhabit Hokkaido, are typically sold in a few shops near the Shiraoi Ainu Museum (at Shiraoi station, about one hour and 15 minutes south of Sapporo on the Hokuto Line).
Moored in the tidal waters, the private houseboat has three bedrooms and a wraparound deck. Mains (such as pan-seared grilled snapper, seafood boils, and smothered Parker Creek Ranch fried chicken with red-eye gravy) are served family style.
Guests can view “their” ship’s actual log at the Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library and Whitney Gallery. The sprawling resort has 396 rooms and suites, multiple pools, and organized sports and kids' activities.
Today, divers who visit the site can see the steamer's two paddle wheels: one standing upright and the other lying on the ocean floor.
Experience Viennese kaffeehaus culture in the Old World salon of the Demel, an elegant 18th-century confectionery bakery and coffeehouse.
Whether red, green, fresh, dried, crushed, powdered, or turned to paste, the fiery pepper is an essential ingredient in most recipes. Pick up the book at the Stowe gardens gift shop, which also stocks bottles of New Inn Restoration Ale. The city has 90 gardens and parks, including Victoria Park, where you can see remnants of an ancient swamp forest.
Designed as a replica Ainu village, the complex includes a museum building, five thatched houses (some fringed with hanging salmon), and a pen housing snowy white Hokkaido, or Ainu, hunting dogs. The brothers’ prowess in Formula One racing helped build the sport’s fervent local fan base.
One of the first confectioneries, Toyoshita, has been producing its signature vegetable- and fruit-flavored sweets since 1872. What to Eat or Drink: Sample a wide variety of local Ethiopian food, such as spongy injera (an unleavened pancake) made with teff flour, a grain native to Ethiopia, on an AddisEats food tour. There's far less hubbub at Kana Pousada de Charme, an eight-room bed-and-breakfast that welcomes guests ages 14 and up. The site, called Fossil Grove, protects 11 fossilized tree stumps estimated to be about 330 million years old. Other local staples include seaweed, musk ox, Greenland halibut, and Greenlandic herbs (like sheep sorrel and knotted pearlwort).
What to Read Before You Go: A photo of a sheep in Hokkaido sets in motion the surreal journey at the center of Haruki Murakami's best-selling A Wild Sheep Chase (Vintage, 2002), in which the hero is led to the snowy mountains of northern Japan. But that didn’t stop movie fans from trespassing on the grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron to see the glass gazebo used for exterior shots.
The bulk of the harvest is shipped off-island, but the farm does run a weekday lunch shack across the street from its processing sheds. Buy the Bahamian batik fabric by the yard or as clothing, pillows, drawstring backpacks, tablecloths, and more at the factory outlet store.
Each candy is shaped like its fruit or vegetable flavor, including melon, carrot, radish, and pumpkin.
Breakfast (try the Bacodo, a bacon, avocado, and cheese omelet) or lunch (including a Nantucket Fishcake sandwich with side) will run you $20 or less. The washed-rind soft cheese originated in Burgundy in the 16th century and is available to sample and buy in the dairy's shop. Shop instead in the village-like Spittelberg, the revitalized Biedermeier district pedestrian zone with cobblestone streets and secluded courtyards.
The complex silk-on-silk art form is passed down from mother to daughter (only women weave in Bhutan) in Khoma, where weaving is the primary source of income. Try freshly shucked or smoked oysters (harvested from the bay across the road), plus other local sustainable seafood (such as crayfish, abalone, whiting, and marron). For a visitor, there is so much culture and history, beautiful green space, and cool neighborhoods. And while the national brew—fresh-roasted Ethiopian green-bean coffee—is prepared and served quickly at small jeubeuna bunna (coffee stands) and coffeehouses, make time for at least one Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Other Gaugry cheeses are sold in the shop, along with regional products such as Dijon mustard and gingerbread. Beach bars up and down the coast serve plates of fried manjuba and fresh camaroes (shrimp). Textile Tour itineraries offered by Access Bhutan Tours and Treks and other operators include visiting the village to watch the weavers and shop for brightly colored scarves, kiras (traditional Bhutanese ankle-length dresses), and other handwoven items. Before choosing one to take home, learn more about these Greenlandic talismans at the Nuuk Art Museum. The posts are set up at intervals along the side of the highway, and the arrows point down to mark the edge of the road.
Head just beyond the old city walls, however, and you come upon parks, lakes, and local?ly popular??? ?attractions. Back then, senior staff would show tourists around the gardens when the family was away, expecting a tip for their efforts. The reflective red stripes serve as beacons for motorists in a blinding snowstorm but regularly baffle first-time visitors. There are several different kinds of these underwater caves, collectively known as blue holes due to the deep-blue hue often produced when the sky reflects on their surface water. The biggest, the Merkato (New Market), is one of Africa’s largest open-air marketplaces: a mini-city jam-packed with vendors, shoppers, and a dizzying blend of odors, sights, and sounds. What to Read Before You Go: Translated from Portuguese, the Machado de Assis Prize-winning novel Nowhere People (And Other Stories, 2014) by Paulo Scott shines a rare literary spotlight on Brazil's indigenous Guarani people. Cultural Tip: Always ask your guide before taking any photos or video inside any dzong (fortress), monastery, temple, or other religious institution. The Italian bees were introduced to the island in 1884 and have been protected by law since 1885.
Some blue holes may appear muddy or dark on the surface, yet the water below is typically very clear. What to Watch Before You Go: The award-winning documentary A Year in Burgundy (Kino Lorber films, 2013) is a season-by-season look at the lives of seven Burgundian winemaking families. Take a tour, then drink in the surrounding scenery over a glass of award-winning Austrian wine and servings of fresh asparagus, ?knodel? dumplings, and Wiener schnitzel at the elegant terrace restaurant—a setting that? ?one ?can ?imagine inspir?ing??? ??a composition by ?Salzburg-born ?composer ?Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?. For dinner, I dream of Rosetta, which serves perfect Italian dishes in a restored mansion in Roma. Tours are limited to 20 people, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students). A genetic mutation causes the tree's low-hanging branches to take root and sprout new life when they touch the ground. Except for during weddings and special events, visitors dressed in proper church attire are welcome to respectfully attend weekend Mass. Exterior colors signaled what took place inside, such as yellow for hospitals, black for police stations, and blue for fish-processing houses. They serve an affogato with a generous amount of their honey and walnut liqueur (made from freshly roasted walnuts and Kangaroo Island’s famous Ligurian honey). Louis Joseph Chevrolet, the race-car driver who designed the first Chevrolet for General Motors, moved to Beaune as a child. Leave time for Xochimilco's Museo Dolores Olmedo in the old hacienda of Diego’s patron, where Mexican hairless dogs roam the grounds, then float in colorful gondola-like boats called trajineras down World Heritage canals for a glimpse of the area’s pre-Hispanic past, which inspired their artwork.
While lost at sea for 96 days, Lawrence added little pieces of hair and fibers to the twine. During his teen years in Burgundy, he worked as a wine-cellar guide, and built, sold, repaired, and raced bicycles.
The owners of the brewery also run the Nantucket Vineyard and Triple Eight Distillery, if wine or spirits are more to your liking.
The family-friendly brewery provides a convivial outdoor scene with picnic tables, live music, and food trucks selling lobster rolls and tacos. The Rockpool Cafe at Stokes Bay on the island’s north coast is only open during summer (and if the fishing is good you might find the Gone Fishing sign on the door), but the cones of fish, chips, and seafood are consistently satisfying. There is plenty of seating both inside and out, but the best bet is to take your meal to the glorious white sandy beach. The recent addition of the San Antonio Missions to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites also makes it a reason to explore. Once there, pull up a chair and dig your toes in the sand at Jetties Beach Bar & Restaurant, a festive, open-air spot with acoustic guitar music, seafood, and frozen drinks. Make sure you don't just stop at the car park but follow the To Beach sign, walking through the Picnic at Hanging Rock-style rock formations. Mission Concepcion is probably the best preserved and has a few shady spots for catching your breath, along with information boards to help you understand the history. Then focus your gaze on the water and watch the fiery sun slip into the horizon and turn the sky into a kaleidoscope of colors. You have to watch your head and your chips, but the beach at the other end is breathtaking.



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