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Willamette Valley

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The Willamette’s loamy soil gives rise to a feast of foods that enrich the plates of the finest restaurants in Portland. The climate and soil are ideal for vineyards, and more than 500 wineries, mostly west of Interstate 5, draw visitors from around the world to wine-country tasting rooms. Charming small towns, bucolic countryside and farm stands provide additional reasons to stop and savor Oregon’s wine country.

A string of cities, including the state capital of Salem and the free-spirited town of Eugene, are situated along I-5, which runs north to south through the center of the valley. To the west, the forested Coast Range cradles the valley, and 30mi to the east, waterfalls plummet down mossy Cascade Range hillsides alongside wooded hiking trails whose vine maple trees turn crimson and orange in the fall.


The capital of Oregon is the state’s third-largest city (pop. 156,000). Salem traces its founding to 1840, when Jason Lee moved the headquarters of his Methodist mission to this mid-Willamette Valley location. Lee’s house and other early buildings still stand at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Millaa (1313 Mill St.; t 503-585-7012; www.willametteheritage.org; open year-round Mon–Sat 10am–5pm ;$6), a five-acre historical park that includes the 1889 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. A millstream courses beneath the main mill building, and inside, massive looms operate with water-powered turbines. Four buildings, filled with period furnishings, were moved to this site, and are considered the oldest in the Northwest, dating to the 1840s.

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Vancouver and Victoria, Canada

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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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Don’t just go to where locals party and shop. Instead, see where they live. Mid-City is a predominantly residential section of New Orleans, so it doesn’t contain as many tourist attractions as other parts of the city.

Mid-City isn’t always deserted by tourists. I’m sure you’ve heard of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Well guess what? It’s in Mid-City. So for a week and a half in the spring, this part of town is where everyone is. Visitors also flock to Mid-City around Halloween for the Voodoo Experience—a major concert festival. The rest of the year the neighborhood doesn’t have the same crowds, but the charm of the suburb easily makes up for its lack of notable landmarks.

Mid-City got its name as the midway point between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. It got its start when engineer Albert Baldwin Wood developed the screw pump, which drained water from the land situated below sea level. Before this innovation, Mid-City was simply a swampland that continuously flooded. Within the neighborhood, the area by the Fair grounds race track and the nearby portion of Esplanade Avenue is known as Bayou St. John or Esplanade Ridge. The old Bayou can be seen near City Park and is a calm long strip of water that trails through the neighborhood.

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Parks and Gardens

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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
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Magnificent scenic beauty, a favorable climate, and dreams of gold have lured visitors to Colorado Springs and neighboring Pikes Peak Country for well over 100 years. And, while the gold mining has nearly disappeared, the beauty and weather remain prime lures to this day.

In 1806, army Lt. Zebulon Pike led a company of soldiers on a trek around the base of an enormous mountain. He called it “Grand Peak,” declared it unconquerable, and moved on. Today, the 14,110-foot mountain we know as Pikes Peak has been conquered so often that an auto highway and a cog railway take visitors to the top.

Unlike many Colorado towns, neither mineral wealth nor ranching was the cornerstone of Colorado Springs’ economy during the 19th century—tourism was. In fact, Colorado Springs, founded in 1871, was the first genuine resort community west of Chicago. Gen. William J. Palmer, builder of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, established the resort on his rail line, at an elevation of 6,035 feet. The state’s growing reputation as a health center, with its high mountains and mineral springs, convinced him to build at the foot of Pikes Peak. In an attempt to lure affluent easterners, he named the resort Colorado Springs, because most fashionable eastern resorts were called “springs.”

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