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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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OUTER NEIGHBORHOODS

Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

DISCOVERING

OUTER NEIGHBORHOODS

If you want an escape from the touristy center of the city, Buenos Aires is surrounded by outer neighborhoods that radiate from the inner barrios to the city limits. These areas don’t attract many tourists, but are what most locals call home.

To the south of Buenos Aires, you’ll find barrios Nueva Pompeya and Barracas. These are working-class neigborhoods, but they have a few surprises. Nueva Pompeya, for example, is home to one of the city’s most unusual attractions, a bird market called the Feria de los Pajaros. Every Sunday morning throughout the year pet sellers come to Sáenz Avenue and Perito Moreno to sell companion birds and goldfish. The fair is also a great place to try out Argentinian street food.

To the west of Buenos Aires are the very suburban and middle-class neighborhoods of Balvanero, Caballito, Mataderos and Chacarita. The gaucho barrio Mataderos is especially worth visiting for its weekly fair. For those who would like a taste of Pampas culture, but don’t have the time to venture beyond Buenos Aires, the Feria de los Mataderos is held every Sunday. This weekend fair is based on the gaucho culture, and you can buy typical Pampas crafts, meats, cheeses and sausages there. The fair also has a selection of traditional street foods from open-air vendors. You can sample freshly made empanadas, tortillas and humitas, a type of tamale. The people of Mataderos are proud of their gaucho culture, so you might see everyday residents (not actors) showing their cultural pride in full gaucho costume.

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9 PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Pauline Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Visit

As with any trip, a little preparation is essential before you start your journey to NYC. This chapter provides a variety of planning tools, including information on how to get there, how to get around within the city once there, and when to come. And then, in a mainly alphabetical listing, I deal with the dozens of miscellaneous resources and organizations that you can turn to for help.

Getting There

By Plane

Three major airports serve New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK, www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html;  718/244-4444) in Queens, about 15 miles from midtown Manhattan; LaGuardia Airport (LGA, www.panynj.gov/airports/laguardia.html;  718/533-3400), also in Queens, about 8 miles from Midtown; and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR, www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html;  973/961-6000) in nearby New Jersey, about 16 miles from midtown New York. Almost every major domestic airline serves at least one of the New York–area airports; most serve two or all three.

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7. ON & OFF THE ROMANTIC ROAD

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

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ON & OFF THE ROMANTIC ROAD

For many travelers, Germany hits its high notes along the so-called Romantische Strasse, or Romantic Road, a scenic route that rambles through much of Bavaria. The 350km (220 miles) of specially marked lanes and secondary roads wind from the vineyard-clad hills surrounding Würzburg south through an unfolding panorama of beautiful landscapes interspersed with small medieval cities. To the south, the road rises through foothills covered with verdant pastures, lake-splashed countryside, and groves of evergreens to the dramatic heights of the Alps that divide Germany and western Austria. As if all this scenery weren’t enough, these final stretches of the road lead to Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, two of the fantasy castles built by the legendary King Ludwig II in the second half of the 19th century.

Officially, the scenic route the German government drew up after World War II takes in 28 towns and villages. We take a few liberties and veer off the Romantic Road to also include some fascinating nearby places that are too good to miss—among them Nürnberg, a city that all in one swoop encompasses medieval and Renaissance splendor, the horrors of World War II, and the successes of Germany’s postwar rebuilding. We also detour east to Regensburg, a little city that was untouched by the war and as result comprises one of Europe’s largest swaths of medieval architecture. In the south, we wander off the Romantic Road to take in a section of the Bavarian Alps around Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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5 SAXONY & THURINGIA

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Dresden’s baroque cityscape, gloriously restored.

Back in the days when these regions were part of East Germany, their famous cities were difficult to visit. Since reunification, however, they’ve been beautifully revived, and are refreshingly less touristy than their counterparts in southern Germany. There’s Dresden, its baroque splendor at least partly restored; Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach spent most of his musical life as cantor (choirmaster) of St. Thomas Church; and Meissen, famous for its exquisite porcelain. In the neighboring state of Thuringia, Weimar maintains its aura as an 18th-century cultural and philosophical hotbed, which two hundred years later gave birth to the Bauhaus movement.

The region also allows you to walk in the footsteps of Protestant reformer Martin Luther, who studied and became a monk in Erfurt, translated the New Testament while in hiding in Eisenach’s Wartburg castle, and preached in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. He is buried in the castle church onto whose door he nailed his 95 Theses 500 years ago in 1517.

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11 THEME CRUISES

Fran Golden FrommerMedia ePub

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Theme Cruises

by Lisa Matte

Size. That’s the biggest difference between a theme cruise on a riverboat and a theme cruise on an ocean liner: size of the ship, size of the passenger list, size of the theme roster, you name it—it all comes down to size.

What’s right for you? The decision hinges on this: If you’re intrigued by exploring a specific theme or topic in the company of people with similar interests, but prefer a more intimate setting, choose a river cruise. The choice of itineraries and routes may not be as expansive as on an ocean-going megaship, but the experience will match the setting—low key and personal with plenty of hands-on opportunities.

Cruising alone? Theme cruises are particularly attractive to solo cruisers, drawn to the idea of traveling with like-minded passengers. Shared interests ease social integration and options like roommate matches add to the appeal.

A wide select of theme cruises are available on river ships. The chart on the next page shows a sampling.

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1 THE BEST OF THE BIG APPLE

Pauline Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

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The Best of the Big Apple

There is simply no place in the United States as brimming with opportunities as New York City. Those of us who live here open our doors to incredible options each and every day: the chance to experience the best and newest in the worlds of art, theater, dance, and music; the ability to feast on expertly prepared foods from all over the world; the belief that we can make our voices heard on political issues, in this news media capital of the nation; and the opportunity to meet today’s movers and shakers. The ambitious come here because they know that if they want to achieve a certain level of prominence in their careers or in the eyes of the world, New York is the place to do it. (Are you humming “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere . . .” right now?)

There’s a factual basis to this New Yorker’s pride. Because of the density and diversity of our population; our long history as a center of commerce and ideas; our access to the United Nations, Wall Street, and the opinion makers of Madison Avenue; and endless other resources, there’s simply more more here than in other places. And if that claim seems extreme, well, you’ll just have to regard boastfulness as another unavoidable characteristic of “the Big Apple.” What would we New Yorkers be without our big mouths?

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GARDEN DISTRICT AND UPTOWN

Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

DISCOVERING

GARDEN
DISTRICT
AND UPTOWN

The Garden District may be residential, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it. For starters, it’s far from your average residential neighborhood. I’m not talking about apartment complexes or small ranch houses. No, I’m talking about some of the most historic and grand Southern mansions in the city. In fact, the Garden District is part of a larger designated National Historic Landmark area, noted for the collection of homes representing architecture styles from antebellum to the early 20C. The leafy neighborhood was once inhabited by wealthy Southerners who did not want to live close to the Creole community in the French Quarter. Many of the 19C homes are still impeccably maintained and there are several notable and historic structures, including a handful of celebrity-owned homes. The Garden District boasts the fascinating and evocative Lafayette Cemetery, bounded by Washington Avenue, Prytania Street, Sixth Street and Coliseum Street. As one of the oldest above-ground cemeteries it does attract tourists, but it remains a peaceful place to stroll.

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5. EXPLORING JERUSALEM

Robert Ullian FrommerMedia ePub

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EXPLORING JERUSALEM

Jerusalem has been a holy city for 3,000 years, far eclipsing the length of time that any other place has carried such a title. It is also a holy city for all three major religions of the Western world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the past 150 years, Jerusalem has slowly expanded from a mysterious, charismatic walled city in the Judean mountains to a modern metropolis spread across the surrounding hills. It’s a complicated Chinese box of exotic communities, ancient traditions, and rivalries, plus the highest hopes and aspirations of humanity. There is no place on earth like it.

The city invites exploration. Jerusalem’s sacred sites and dramatic vistas are filled with exoticism and meaning. In 1 day, you may find yourself wandering the Old City’s bazaars; awestruck by the golden, shimmering Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount; overwhelmed by the site of the Crucifixion; or by Yad VaShem, the memorial and museum dedicated to the six million Jews who fell victim to the Nazis. Later you’ll stop in your tracks, mesmerized by the evening calls to prayer echoing through the streets of the Old City.

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5 EXPLORING GRAND TETON

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan FrommerMedia ePub

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Exploring Grand Teton

Grand Teton is a bit like Yellowstone’s kid brother—a much smaller slice of a similar ecosystem populated by similar wildlife. But it’s also a premier national park in its own right: Few, if any, other parks can claim such a stunning mountain skyline, and the Tetons’ backcountry is the stuff of legend for hikers and river rafters. You could blaze through the park roads in a day, but you’d merely be scratching the surface of this fascinating combination of geologic artistry and ecological diversity.

One more bonus Grand Teton has on its northern neighbor: The park’s proximity to Jackson, Wyoming, means you can easily combine the alpine wilderness with an A-list travel destination. Where else can you hike in the shadow of 13,000-plus-foot peaks by day, then sit down to a perfectly prepared steak and dance the two-step by night?

Essentials

ACCESS/ENTRY POINTS Grand Teton National Park runs along a north-south axis, bordered on the west by the Teton Range. Teton Park Road skirts along the lakes at the mountains’ base. From the north, you can enter the park from Yellowstone National Park, which is linked to Grand Teton by an 8-mile stretch of highway (U.S. 89/191/287) running through the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, along which you might see some bare and blackened trees from the 1988 and 2016 fires. If you enter this way, you will already have paid your entrance fee to both parks, but you can stop at the park information center at Flagg Ranch, just outside Yellowstone, to get Grand Teton information. From mid-December to mid-March, Yellowstone’s south entrance is open only to snowmobiles and snowcoaches.

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6. The Best Dining

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

Dining Best Bets

 

Best Falafel

Dada Falafel Linienstrasse 132 (Go to Page)

Best Riverside Dining

Patio Helgoländer Ufer/Kirchstrasse (Go to Page)

Best Splurge

Vau Jägerstrasse 54 (Go to Page)

Best Skyline Views

Solar Stresemannstrasse 76 (Go to Page)

Best for Families

Ampelmann Restaurant Stadtbahnbogen 159/160 (Go to Page)

Best Spicy Sausage

Curry 36 Mehringdamm 36 (Go to Page)

Best for Chocolate Indulgence

Fassbender & Rausch Charlottenstrasse 60 (Go to Page)

Best Alpine Flavors

Schneeweiss Simplonstrasse 16 (Go to Page)

Best Old-World Tavern

Gasthaus Krombach Meinekestrasse 4 (Go to Page)

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7 THE BEST NIGHTLIFE

Maggie Childs FrommerMedia ePub

An evening stroll along Graben Street.

Nightlife Best Bets

Meinl’s beautiful but relaxed wine bar.

Best for Party Animals

★★ passage, Babenburgerpassage, Burgring 1 (p 131)

Best Jazz Club

★★ Porgy & Bess, Riemergasse 11 (p 132)

Best Dinner Club

★★★ Albertina Passage, Opernring/Operngasse (p 132)

Most Creative Cocktails

★★★ Tür7, Buchfeldgasse 7 (p 130)

Best Beer

★ 1516 Brewing Company, Schwarzenbergstrasse 2 (p 130)

Best Gay Bar

★★ Mango Bar, Laimgrubengasse 3 (p 132)

Best Wines

★★ Meinl’s Weinbar, Graben 19 (entrance at Näglergasse 8) (p 129)

Best Dance Club

★★ Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12 (p 131)

Best Cocktail Lounge

★★ Roberto American Bar, Bauernmarkt 11–13 (p 130)

Best Dressed Crowd

★★ Motto, Rüdigergasse 1 (p 129)

Best for Romance

★★★ Ritz-Carlton Rooftop Bar, Schubertring 5 (p 129)

Best People-Watching

★★★ Volksgarten, Burgring 1 (p 132)

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6 Where to Eat in Miami

Appell, David Paul FrommerMedia ePub

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Where to Eat in Miami

Not all that long ago, Miami was nothing to write home about, culinarily speaking, Today it’s a smorgasbord of both the sophisticated and the down home, spread over more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, and assorted eateries. Tropical fusion cuisine—sometimes dubbed Floribbean—is a specialty, melding Californian-Asian with Caribbean and Latin elements to create world-class flavors all its own (think mango chutney splashed over fresh swordfish or a spicy sushi sauce served alongside Peruvian ceviche).

And yet, for all the foodie fanfare and celebrity chefs, there’s no shortage of spots to score a quality meal at moderate or even cheap prices, and often in the process explore a new cuisine—particularly with a Latin accent. From the beaches to Kendall out west and Homestead down south, immigrants especially from the Caribbean and Latin America have brought their skills and flavors to the Miami area for your delectation (one good option is to seek out foodie and ethnic food shops that have tables). And if you like seafood, you’ll be pleased to hear that due to its abundance hereabouts, it doesn’t have to sink your budget.

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2 Choosing Your Ideal Cruise

Fran Golden FrommerMedia ePub

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Choosing Your Ideal Cruise

Just like clothes, cars, and gourmet coffee, Alaska cruises come in all different styles to suit all different tastes. The first step in ensuring that you have the best possible vacation is to match your expectations to the appropriate itinerary and ship.

In this chapter, we explore the advantages of the two main Alaska itineraries; examine the differences between big-ship cruising and small-ship cruising; pose some questions you should ask yourself to determine which cruise is right for you; and give you the skinny on cruisetours, which combine a cruise with a land tour that gets you into the Alaska Interior.

The Alaska Cruise Season

Alaska is very much a seasonal, as opposed to year-round, cruise destination; the season generally runs from May through September, although a few ships get an early jump, starting up in late April. May and September are considered the shoulder seasons, and lower brochure rates and more aggressive discounts are offered during these months. We particularly like cruising in May, before the crowds arrive, when we’ve generally found locals to be friendlier than they are later in the season, at which point they’re pretty much ready to see the tourists go home for the winter.

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Speyer

Michelin Michelin ePub

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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