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NATURE

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Nature

TOPOGRAPHY

A LANDSCAPE OF CONTRASTS

Coastline

Extending from Bandol to Menton, the Riviera landscape is extremely varied. The sheltered inlets between the red rock promontories of the Esterel differ markedly from the great sweeping bays and flat shores which gently punctuate the coastline; while elsewhere on the coast, such as at Cap Sicié, mountains plunge steeply into the sea, sheer as a wall.

Relief

Inland, the countryside is just as varied. The fertile plains and foothills of Provence are covered by typically Mediterranean vegetation dotted with barren, rugged heights like those to the north of Toulon. The mountain masses of the Maures, which rise to no more than 2,600ft/800m, are crisscrossed by valleys and ravines and covered with fine forests of cork oak and chestnut; the Esterel massif is dominated by the outline of Mont Vinaigre and the peaks of Pic de l’Ours and Pic du Cap Roux. The country behind Cannes and Nice is one of undulating hills stretching to the Pre-Alps of Grasse, where gorges have been cut into the plateaux and the mountain chains are split by rifts (clues) , particularly in Haute-Provence.

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Baker City

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First settled after the Civil War, Central Oregon was sparsely populated for a century until a tourist economy took root in outdoor recreation in the 1960s. Long an Indian home, eastern Oregon was passed up by early pioneers en route to the fertile Willamette Valley. Later arrivals found this country excellent for ranching and mining.

Today, with 120 days of sunshine annually and plentiful outdoor recreation, including snow skiing, mountain biking, golf and white-water rafting, the Bend area is popular with outdoors enthusiasts, and retirees. To the southwest, Mount Bachelor and the Cascade Lakes beckon anglers, skiers and hikers. To the south, the wildlife-rich Hart and Steens ranges thrust skyward. South of Bend, remnants of ancient volcanic activity can be seen at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. To the east, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument affords a glimpse into the distant past of this geologically rich area.

Despite Oregon’s public image as a land of deep forests, almost two-thirds of the state lies within this vast, thinly populated, largely arid landscape of sagebrush and pine, hawk and coyote.

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Yakima Valley

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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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Ruhr Region

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The West

 Cologne

 Aachen

 Ruhr Region

 Düsseldorf

 Sauerland

 Bonn

 Eifel

 Trier

 Moselle Valley

 Koblenz

 Rhine Valley

 Frankfurt am Main

 Wiesbaden

 Mainz

 Mannheim

 Heidelberg

 Pfalz

 Speyer

 Saar­brücken

The West

Germany’s western regions deliver a cornucopia of diverse and awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities. Soak up cosmopolitan flair and stunning art and architecture in cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt or escape to historic villages in the hilly Sauerland or the gentle Eifel. Follow the mighty Rhine or the meandering Moselle rivers past a fairytale setting of medieval castles, steep vineyards and little towns that are veritable symphonies in half-timber. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Trier, check out Charlemagne’s legacy in Aachen and see for yourself the beauty of Heidelberg, which has inspired so many great poets and artists.

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CHUNGCHEONG-DO

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Chungcheong-do

While many visitors travel through this region heading specifically to Daejeon in Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong province), this landlocked area is often overlooked by the Western traveler. However, there are many scenic, historical and religious treasures that are often just a weekend or even a day-trip from Seoul. This is a mountainous, heavily forested region with less farming per capita than neighboring provinces such as Jeolla. Those who take the time to explore Chungcheong-do will find a lot more than meets the eye.

Highlights

1 Enjoy hot springs in relaxed atmopshere

2 Glimpse the heavens at the country’s largest planetarium

3 Marvel at the serene face of the Maitreya Buddha

4 Get dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival

5 Gaze at 1,500-year-old earrings, diadems, silver bracelets and a bronze mirror

Down to Earth

Beopjusa is one of the area’s most visited historical and religious attractions. Although many of the buildings have burned down and been rebuilt, the area was founded about 1500 years ago. Some of the structures are unique and worth exploration. The five-story pagoda, for instance, is built of wood, not stone, as are most other pagodas throughout South Korea. A large (108.3ft/33m-high) golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha is another popular tourist draw.

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