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Charleston

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Nathaniel Russell Houseaaa

51 Meeting St. 843-724-8481. www.historiccharleston.org. Visit by 30-minute guided tour only, year-round Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 2pm–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day & Dec 24–25. $10. Combination tickets are available for Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses.

If you just see one historic house in Charleston, make it this one. The sister property to the Aiken-Rhett House, the 3-story, 9-room Nathaniel Russell House has been restored to its 19C glory after the roof collapsed when Hurricane Hugo blew through town in 1989. The brick residence, considered to be one of the best examples of Federal-style architecture in the US, was built in 1808 for Nathaniel Russell and his wife, Sarah. Born in Rhode Island, Russell came to Charleston at age 27 in 1765, as an agent for a Providence import-export firm. When he moved his family into the new house in 1808, Russell was 70 years old, and ranked as one of the city’s wealthiest merchants. You can see his prosperity for yourself in the ornate carved woodwork and moldings, and the collections of fine 18C Charleston-made antiques and English silver that decorate the lovely rooms.

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For Kids

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Woodland Park Zoo aaa

Phinney Ave. N. t 206-684-4800. www.zoo.org. Open May–Sept daily 9:30am–6pm. Rest of the year daily 9:30am–4pm. $17.75, $11.75 children.

Covering 92 acres, this world-class zoo is highly acclaimed for its conservation ethic (the zoo is home to 35 endangered species) and naturalistic habitats. It offers dynamic glimpses of 1,100 animals engaged in natural behavior: grizzly bears fish for trout in a stream on the Northern Trail, orangutans shimmy up trees in Trail of Vines, zebras dash about in African Savanna, and jaguars peer warily from behind a kapok tree in Jaguar Cove.

Pacific Science Centeraa

200 Second Ave. N. t 206-443-2001. www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Open year-round Mon–Fri 9:45am–5pm (til 6pm Sat–Sun). Closed Tue Sept–May. $16, $11 children (ages 6-15).

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Grizzly bear, Woodland Park Zoo
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FRÉJUS AND THE ESTEREL MASSIF

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Fréjus and the Esterel Massif

Tucked away in the farthest corner of Provence, on the eastern edge of the Var, Fréjus and the Esterel Massif may not have the “flash and cash” of Cannes to the east or St-Tropez to the west, but nevertheless impress visitors with their perched villages, natural beauty, unspoilt forests and red rock mountains framing the cobalt-blue sea. Many come to this part of the Riviera to escape the summer crowds, while lively towns like Fréjus and St-Raphäel, as well as the convenient proximity to Nice, keep it from feeling overly secluded. For those who enjoy sweeping panoramic views, coastal hikes, Provençal meals overlooking deep gorges, ancient history and sandy beaches, this is an ideal area to explore.

Highlights

1 Attend a musical concert in Fréjus’ 2C Roman arena

2 Take a guided tour of the ancient cloisters and baptistery of Fréjus’ Groupe Episcopal

3 Explore underwater wrecks with the diving club at the Port-Fréjus

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Alligator Adventure

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Alligator Adventure

4898 US-17, at Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. 843-361-0789. www.alligatoradventure.com. Open year-round daily. Hours vary seasonally; call or check online for schedule. $16.95 adults, $10.95 children (ages 4–12).

If you haven’t come across any alligators in your Lowcountry wanderings, you’re sure to see some here—more than 800 of them, in fact. Along with garden variety and albino gators, you’ll see snakes, tortoises, and the gargantuan Utan, “King of Crocs”—measuring 20 feet long and weighing in at more than 2,000 pounds.

Hard Rock Park

211 George Bishop Parkway. 843-236-7625. www.hardrockpark.com. Hours vary seasonally; call or check online for schedule. $45 adults, $30 children (ages 4–9).

This 55-acre, rock 'n roll theme park is the Strand's newest draw (2008). It boasts 50 attractions, from thrill rides, shows, restaurants, and shops to a large amphitheater.

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Puget Sound

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Woodland Park Zoo aaa

Phinney Ave. N. t 206-684-4800. www.zoo.org. Open May–Sept daily 9:30am–6pm. Rest of the year daily 9:30am–4pm. $17.75, $11.75 children.

Covering 92 acres, this world-class zoo is highly acclaimed for its conservation ethic (the zoo is home to 35 endangered species) and naturalistic habitats. It offers dynamic glimpses of 1,100 animals engaged in natural behavior: grizzly bears fish for trout in a stream on the Northern Trail, orangutans shimmy up trees in Trail of Vines, zebras dash about in African Savanna, and jaguars peer warily from behind a kapok tree in Jaguar Cove.

Pacific Science Centeraa

200 Second Ave. N. t 206-443-2001. www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Open year-round Mon–Fri 9:45am–5pm (til 6pm Sat–Sun). Closed Tue Sept–May. $16, $11 children (ages 6-15).

Pacific Science Center
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Grizzly bear, Woodland Park Zoo
©Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

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