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SHETLAND ISLANDS

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Kirkwallaa

Kirkwall spreads up the hillside from the harbour and is dominated by its splendid 800-year-old cathedral. The town has been the island fulcrum since it was a Norse trading centre and today it combines its role of capital with that of shopping and business centre. The central situation of Kirkwall makes it an ideal touring centre.

i Info: West Castle Street; t01856 872 856; www.visitorkney.com.

Ñ Location: At the northern end of the Kirkwall–Scapa isthmus that divides Mainland in two.

MAIN STREET

Stroll along the town’s main thoroughfare, a narrow stone-flagged way that incorporates Broad Street, Albert Street and Bridge Street, and ends at the harbour. Former town houses of country lairds, now occupied by shops, some still emblazoned with coats of arms, provide the main points of interest, along with pends leading to attractive paved courtyards.

SIGHTS

St Magnus Cathedralaa

Albert St. j> Open daily Apr–Sept Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 1–6pm. Oct–Mar Mon–Sat 9am–1pm, 2–5pm. z Tours of upper floor Tue & Thu 11am & 2pm, book with the custodian. t 01856 874 894. www.stmagnus.org.

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Parks and Gardens

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Victoria centers on its Inner Harbour, where ships from around the world tie up, floatplanes ply the air, ferries dock, and flower baskets dot the cityscape. Many visitors do a circle tour of Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria; each city is one to three hours' travel time from the others. Originally founded by Canada's Scotch-English settlers, Vancouver has seen successive waves of immigration from East and West, all coverging on the grounds of First Nations tribes, mostly Coast Salish, who lived in the area for 9,000 years. The first European settlement here was not Vancouver, but Fort Langley (1827), a Hudson's Bay Company trading post 15mi southeast. Itself an HBC trading post (1843), Victoria considerable predates Vancouver, which did not exit until the early 1860s, when a sawmill was established at Burrard Inlet. For wider coverage of Vancouver and Victoria and their many attractions, see Michelin Must Sees Vancouver.

Victoria's Inner Harbour, with the Empress Hotel
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Southern Oregon

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For more than 11,000 years, well before the creation of Crater Lake in its caldera, Klamath and Modoc Indians fought each other here. In 1869 they were forced to share a reservation before being banished four years later to Oklahoma. In the mid-19C, gold seekers from California headed north to Jacksonville's strike. Disappointed that the strike was short-lived, most prospectors returned south. Those who stayed in the area found the valleys suitable for farms, orchards and vineyards, and the mountains rich in timber. Today what attracts visitors to this corner of Oregon is one of the country's finest Shakespeare festivals, staged in the town of Ashland. Jacksonville's allure is its gold-rush era buildings and a popular summer festival. Outdoor recreation is a magnet on its own.

Water-Power Flour

The water-powered Butte Creek Mill and General Store (t 541-826-3531; www.buttecreekmill.com), in Eagle Point, 12mi north of Medford en route to Crater Lake, offer a fascinating glimpse of yesteryear. Creaking belts, rotating gears and archaic mechanisms groan, whirr and rumble as they turn grain into flour at this rare working grist mill. The adjoining antiques shop is stocked with the mill’s flour and local culinary goods, amid hurricane lanterns, tin plates and other vestiges of the past.

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Frankfurt am Main

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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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Wenatchee

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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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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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