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Olympic National Park

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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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Must Do

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MUST DO

Carriage Tour

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EXPLORE CHARLESTON

Carriage Tours

It would be a shame to visit Charleston and not clip-clop around the historic district in one of the handsome horse- or mule-drawn carriages that share the city’s downtown streets with more modern vehicles. The carriage rides are a leisurely way to get an eye-level overview of the historic district. Along the way, your driver/guide will no doubt provide a witty—though not always historically accurate—narration of local history and lore.

There are a number of different companies that provide carriage tours. Choose the one that appeals to you by checking out the lineup along Anson and North Market streets, near the Old City Market.

Tours generally last one hour and cost an average of $20 for adults and $12 for children.

Here are some of the favorites:

• Classic Carriage Tours – 10 Guignard St. 843-853-3747. www.classiccarriage.com.

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The Pacific Region

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The Pacific Region

Overlooked by most travelers visiting Colombia, the Pacific region is long overduesome attention, and is slowly but surely opening up to ecotourism. In the north, bordering Panama, this awe-inspiring terrain includes the impenetrable tangle of the Darien, a notoriously lawless area blessed with outstanding biodiversity. The Pacific coast stretches southwards through protective mangrove swamps and bays of crystalline waters, favored by migrating humpback whales. The shore continues all the way along the ports of Buenaventura and Tumaco before reaching the border with Ecuador. The Colombian Pacific region is one of the rainiest on earth, and its fiercely tropical climate and ecosystem, combined with the problems of the armed conflict here, have seriously inhibited successful development of a capable and inclusive infrastructure. However, the Pacific is gradually being placed on the map as a tourist destination. The local populations, of Afro-Colombian and indigenous descent, have set about creating ecolodges geared toward nature lovers, and national parks such as Gorgona, Sanquianga and Utría are receiving more visitors every year.

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CAMPANIA

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CAMPANIA

The beauty of the Campanian countryside is such that it can bewitch the soul. In addition, its cuisine makes it one of the most interesting regions of Italy to explore. The predominant varieties of grape in Campania are native to the area: Aglianico, Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe, Piedirosso (or Per’e Palummo), Asprinio, Biancolella and Forastera, which produce a vast range of whites and reds, all of great character.

The village of Ravello with terraced vineyards

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The terroir

Campania boasts 4 DOCG and 14 DOC zones. The long-standing Taurasi DOCG was joined by Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo and in 2011 by Aglianico del Taburno.

Three DOCGs are situated in the province of Avellino. Taurasi is a great red wine made from Aglianico grapes that ages well. It is full-bodied, warm and pleasingly tannic. Fiano di Avellino is a white wine produced from the grape of the same name, with intense fruity and flowery scents and unique character, just like the Greco di Tufo. In addition to its grapes of the same name, this latter wine requires a certain though reduced percentage of Coda di Volpe. The versions produced are brut and extra brut classical method sparkling wines.

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The Alps

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RIVIERA DI PONENTEa

Via Aurelia is the busy, winding main road of the riviera, parallel to the A 10 motorway. Of Roman origin it has some remarkable coastal viewpoints and passes resorts with villas and luxuriant gardens. Climate and position make the riviera a specialist in the flower industry.

Bordigheraaa – The villas and hotels of this resort are scattered among flower gardens. The old town still has fortified gateways.

Sanremoaa – The capital of the Riviera di Ponente boasts coastal Liguria’s longest hours of sunshine, with spas, a marina and cultural events. Sanremo is the main Italian flower market, exporting all sorts of blooms worldwide.

Taggiaa – Set amid vineyards and olive groves, dominating the Argentina Valley, this 15–16C arts centre features fine worksa by Louis Bréa (Virgin of Pity and the Baptism of Christ) in the church of San Domenico. t0183 29 57. Imperia has the Museum of the Olive, www.museodellolivo.com.

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