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18 FAVORITE MOMENTS

Avital Binshtock Andrews FrommerMedia ePub

A vineyard in Rutherford.

18 Favorite Moments

Sonoma town square.

❶ Relive the Bear Flag Revolt and other pivotal moments of California’s history while wandering Sonoma’s lovely town square. Mission San Francisco Solano, General Vallejo’s home, and the Sonoma Barracks bring it all to life. See p 74.

❷ Take a romantic tandem-bike tour of Sonoma’s wineries, then savor an intimate lunch for two on Gundlach Bundschu’s bucolic picnic grounds. See p 57.

❸ Savor the tasting menu at one of Yountville’s renowned eateries, such as Thomas Keller’s French Laundry (p 92), hailed by many as America’s best restaurant.

❹ Try to identify the 35 vintners in the John Michael Keating painting at the Napa Valley Museum’s permanent exhibit, The Land and the People of the Napa Valley. (Can you find Robert Mondavi, Joseph Phelps, or Louis P. Martini?) See p 48.

❺ Ride the tractor tram at Benziger Family Winery through the hills while learning about biodynamic winemaking. Your tour (“the most comprehensive in the wine industry,” according to Wine Spectator) winds through estate vineyards, into caves, and ends with a memorable tasting. See p 137.

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6. The Best Dining

Joseph Fullman FrommerMedia ePub

Dining Best Bets

 

Best for Keeping Kids Happy

Rainforest Café 20 Shaftesbury Ave. (Go to page)

Best Vegetarian

Food for Thought 31 Neal St. (Go to page)

Best Place for Beef

Gaucho Piccadilly 25 Swallow St. (Go to page)

Best Crepes

Kensington Crêperie 2 Exhibition Rd. (Go to page)

Best Afternoon Tea

Goring Hotel Beeston Place (Go to page)

Best Menu from Centuries Past

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 66 Knightsbridge (Go to page)

Best Subterranean Dining Experience

Café in the Crypt St. Martin-in- the-Fields, Duncannon St. (Go to page)

Best American Noshes

Automat American Brasserie 33 Dover St. (Go to page)

Best Fish & Chips

Geales 2 Farmer St. (Go to page)

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4 GETTING OUTDOORS IN YELLOWSTONE

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan FrommerMedia ePub

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Getting Outdoors in Yellowstone

T he Great Outdoors: It’s why you’re here. And Yellowstone’s natural wonders are unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere on the planet. Roads will show you only a fraction of the immense wilderness here, but more than 1,200 miles of trails can lead you to peaceful lakes, up airy peaks, and through steaming backcountry geyser basins. Make sure to hike at least one trail while you’re here—you haven’t really visited the park if you don’t.

With hikes ranging from short, easy strolls to strenuous, multiday endeavors, there’s something for everyone at Yellowstone. Even better, the trails offer the best way to escape the inevitable summer crowds: Believe it or not, only a tiny fraction of visitors get out of their cars and explore the trails. Besides hiking, the park is also a terrific place for boating, paddling, biking, and winter sports.

In fact, there’s so much to see and do here that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the choices. Here is the crème de la crème: Choose one or more, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Southwest Washington

Michelin Michelin ePub

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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10 COUNTY GALWAY & CONNEMARA

Jack Jewers FrommerMedia ePub

The annual Galway Races, famed in story and song.

For many travelers to Ireland, Galway is the farthest edge of their journey. Part of the reason they draw the line here is because the depths of the county look so forbidding—with its bleak bogs, heather-clad moors, and extraordinary light—they think that it must be the end of all that’s worth seeing in Ireland. It isn’t, of course, but Galway is just far enough west to escape much of the touristy bustle of Kerry or Cork. And that’s a compelling part of its attraction—here you can climb hills, catch fish, explore history, and get away from it all in the Irish countryside. With its misty, mountain-fringed lakes, rugged coastline, and extensive wilderness, County Galway is a wild and wooly area. And yet, nestled just outside its most dramatic and unkempt part—the windswept, boggy expanse of Connemara—is one of Ireland’s most sophisticated towns. Though small, Galway city has long been a center for the arts, and the winding, medieval streets of its oldest quarter have a seductively bohemian air.

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