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7 The Best Nightlife

Sacha Heselstine FrommerMedia ePub

Sample a Dutch beer at a friendly cafe or bar, like Hoppe.

Nightlife Best Bets

Best Place to Sip Wine with the Young & the Beautiful

Bubbles & Wines, Nes 37 (p 106)

Best Place to Drink with the Locals

Café Nol, Westerstraat 109 (p 106)

Friendliest Gay Bar

Amstel 54, Amstel 54 (p 109)

Best Pub by a Windmill

Brouwerij ’t IJ, Funenkade 7 (p 110)

Dance Club That’s Most Worth a Taxi Ride

Hotel Arena Club, ’s-Gravesandestraat 51 (p 108)

Best Brown Cafe with a Summer Terrace

Café De II Prinsen, Prinsenstraat 27 (p 107)

Best Place to Dance If You’re Looking for Exclusivity

Jimmy Woo, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18 (p 108)

Most Hip & Happening Dance Club

Panama, Oostelijke Handelskade 4 (p 109)

Best for Romance

Chocolate Bar, Eerste Van der Helststraat 62A (p 107)

Best for Gezelligheid (Dutch Hospitality)

Café Pollux, Prins Hendrikkade 121 (p 106)

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10 THE BEST SIDE TRIPS

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

Vista House at Crown Point, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Mount Hood

Portland’s snow-capped icon shimmers on the eastern horizon whenever the skies are clear. At 11,240 feet, the stratovolcano Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest point, with year-round skiing on the Palmer Glacier—one of twelve glaciers on Mount Hood—above the classic Timberline Lodge. The road there, U.S. 26, is a National Scenic Byway that generally traces the historic Barlow Road, the final stretch of the Oregon Trail. START: Troutdale, I-84 exit 18, 17 miles east of Portland.

❶ ★ Mirror Lake. A trailhead on Hwy. 26 between mileposts 51 and 52 accesses an easy 1.6-mile trail to a picture-perfect lake with spectacular views of Mt. Hood. A Northwest Forest Pass ($5/day per car) is required to park at the trailhead.

❷ ★ Government Camp. First settled in 1900, this tiny mountain resort community sits at the foot of Mt. Hood amid fir and cedar forests. It has a handful of restaurants, hotels, and rental condos, making it a good base in summer or winter.

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5 DAY TRIPS FROM DUBLIN

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

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Day Trips from Dublin

Driving in or out of Dublin along the big, bland motorway, it’s easy to dismiss the region immediately surrounding the city’s urban sprawl. However, you’ll find plenty to do within a half-hour drive north, south, or west of Dublin. Rural landscapes, ancient ruins, stately homes—some of Ireland’s most iconic sights are surprisingly close to the city. And while it’s possible to see any of them on a quick day trip, some fine hotels and restaurants in the area reward visitors who opt to stay overnight instead.

North of Dublin, you’ll find the remnants of ancient civilizations at prehistoric sites Newgrange and Knowth, while the nearby green hills of the Boyne Valley hold the long-lost home of early Irish kings. To the west, Kildare is Ireland’s horse country, with a couple of handsome stately homes and interesting historical sites that also make this area worth checking out. South of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains rise from the low, green countryside, dark and brooding. A beautiful region, dotted with early religious sites and peaceful river valleys, the hills also make a good starting point if you’re heading on to the south of Ireland (see chapters 6 and 7).

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10. DEATH VALLEY

Eric Peterson FrommerMedia ePub

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DEATH VALLEY

by Eric Peterson

Americans looking for gold in California’s mountains in the winter of 1849–50 got lost in the parched desert here while trying to avoid snowstorms in the nearby Sierra Nevada. One person perished along the way, and the land became known as Death Valley.

Little about the valley’s essence has changed since. Its mountains stand naked, unadorned. The bitter waters of saline lakes evaporate into odd, thorn-like crystal formations. Jagged canyons jab deep into the earth. The ovenlike heat, frigid cold, and dry air combine to make this one of the world’s most inhospitable locations. Death Valley is raw, bare earth, the way things must’ve looked before life began. Here, Earth’s forces are exposed with dramatic clarity; just looking out on the landscape, you’ll find it impossible to know what year, or century it is. It is no coincidence that many of Death Valley’s topographical features are associated with hellish images: Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek, Dante’s View, Coffin Peak, and Devil’s Golf Course. However, the valley can be a place of serenity as well.

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11 NORTHWEST IRELAND: MAYO, SLIGO & DONEGAL

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

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Northwest Ireland: Mayo, Sligo & Donegal

The strikingly beautiful landscape of Galway segues into the strikingly beautiful landscape of southern Mayo without any fanfare. Like Galway, Mayo is a land of dramatic scenery, with rocky cliffs plunging down into the opaque blue waters of the icy sea. If you head farther north, you’ll reach the smooth pastures of County Sligo, the classic landscape that inspired the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The main appeal here is not its towns, which tend to be functional farm communities, but the countryside itself. Though the region is dotted with fairy-tale castles and mysterious prehistoric sites, its biggest gift to the visitor is tranquility.

Essentials

Arriving

By Bus    Bus Éireann runs daily bus service to Sligo Town from Dublin, Galway, and other points including Derry in Northern Ireland. It provides daily service to major towns in Mayo. The bus station in Sligo is on Lord Edward Street.

By Train    Trains from Dublin and other major points arrive daily at Westport in Mayo, and Sligo Town in Sligo. The train station in Westport is on Altamont Street; about a 10-minute walk from the town center; in Sligo it’s on Lord Edward Street, next to the bus station.

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