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Central Oregon & the Oregon Cascades

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Central Oregon & the Oregon Cascades

Love mountain tops? Well, that’s what Central Oregon and its Cascades are all about. You can practically skip your way from peak to snowy peak here, from Mt Hood, to Jefferson, to Bachelor, to Three Fingered Jack and the lovely Sisters volcanoes. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of awesome skiing and mountaineering, along with stellar hiking and camping. And it’s not just mountain-lovers who come here – world-class mountain biking, golfing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and rock climbing are also on offer. Did we mention there’s nearly 300 days of sunshine every year?

As much as the outdoors may beckon, the lively city of Bend provides plenty of good food and accommodations. Or head nearby to the sweet little town of Sisters for a more quaint and personal atmosphere. Add a must-stop visit to Mt Hood’s historic Timberline Lodge, or a getaway break in the region’s many peaceful lakeside resorts, and you’ll find that Central Oregon’s many attractions are hard to beat.

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Belgium & Luxembourg

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Stereotypes of comic books, chips and sublime chocolates are just the start in eccentric little Belgium, its self-deprecating people have quietly spent centuries producing some of Europe's finest art and architecture. Bilingual Brussels is the dynamic yet personable EU capital, but also sports what's arguably the world's most beautiful city square. Flat, Flemish Flanders has many other alluring medieval cities, all easily linked by regular train hops. In hilly, French-speaking Wallonia, the attractions are contrastingly rural – castle villages, outdoor activities and extensive cave systems. Independent Luxembourg, the EU's richest country, is compact and hilly with its own wealth of castle villages. The grand duchy's capital city is famed for banking but also sports a fairytale Unesco-listed historic old town. And from the brilliant beers of Belgium to the sparkling wines of Luxembourg's Moselle Valley, there's plenty to lubricate some of Europe's best dining. Welcome to the good life.

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The Best of Edinburgh

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish parliament are what make Edinburgh Scotland’s capital. This walk links the city’s most iconic sights by following (mostly) the Royal Mile, the ancient processional route followed by kings and queens travelling between castle and palace. Our route occasionally shifts sideways to explore the narrow closes and wynds that lend Edinburgh’s Old Town its unique, historic atmosphere.

Start Edinburgh Castle

Finish Palace of Holyroodhouse

Length 1.5 miles; one hour

Victoria St and the Grassmarket, a few minutes walk south of the Royal Mile, are crammed with places to eat, while Porto & Fi (Click here) is on The Mound just to the north. Further down the Royal Mile, Wedgewood (Click here) offers fine dining Scottish style.

Dominating the city from its superb defensive position, Edinburgh Castle (Click here) is one of Britain’s most impressive fortresses. Check out the Scottish Crown Jewels and wander through the former prisons in the Castle Vaults.

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Grand Teton National Park

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Sights

     Driving

     Day Hikes

     Overnight Hikes

     Cycling

     Summer Activities

     Winter Activities

     Sleeping

     Eating Drinking

     Information

     Getting Around

Rough-cut summits rising sharply from a lush valley floor, the Tetons are a sight to behold. Simply put, it’s sublime and crazy terrain, crowned by the dagger-edged Grand (13,770ft), a giant in the history of American mountaineering. But there’s much more, from sagebrush flats and wildflower meadows to the hundreds of alpine lakes and fragrant forests trodden by bear, moose, grouse and marmot.

While the park is dwarfed by Yellowstone, it can offer visitors a more immediate intimacy with the landscape and more varied and scenic hiking. In addition, climbers, boaters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts find plenty to do. For lovers of alpine scenery, the Tetons’ visual impact far exceeds that of Yellowstone. Whichever way you wander, these rock spires exercise a magnetic attraction on your gaze.

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Brussels

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Pop 1,200,000

Belgium's fascinating capital, and the administrative capital of the EU, Brussels is historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self-confident yet unshowy, and multicultural to its roots. These contrasts are multilayered – Francophone alongside Flemish, and Eurocrats cheek-by-jowl with immigrants. And all this plays out in a cityscape that swings from majestic to quirky to rundown and back again. Organic art nouveau facades face off against 1960s concrete disgraces, and regal 19th-century mansions contrast with the brutal glass of the EU’s Gotham City. This whole maelstrom swirls out from Brussels’ medieval core, where the Grand Place is surely one of the world’s most beautiful squares.

One constant is the enviable quality of everyday life, with a café-bar scene that could keep you drunk for years. But Brussels doesn’t go out of its way to impress. The citizens’ humorous, deadpan outlook on life is often just as surreal as the canvases of one-time resident Magritte.

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