For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, and vestiges of this royal history remain in sites such as the Kyoto Gosho palace. While the year-old Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, appeals to luxury travelers with its private Zen gardens overlooking the Kamogawa River, consider staying in a traditional ryokan, or guesthouse. You can’t see Kyoto without exploring the city’s incredible Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines—there are more than 2,000 scattered across the city—but insiders recommend Sanjusangendo, which houses 1,001 statues of the god Kannon, carved from cypress in the 12th and 13th centuries, as well as the iconic Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion). Of course, this traditional city has a touch of the modern, too. Check out the sleek new Yoshio Taniguchi-designed wing of the Kyoto National Museum, and the bustling Nishijin neighborhood for kawaii artisan shops.
Early autumn is the perfect time to visit Paris. The tourist crowds have mostly left, the shops have re-opened after the long August holiday and the weather has cooled just enough. Visiting the Louvre or the Musee Dorsay are classic and wonderful ways to spend your day, but here are a few new ideas that will take you to new arrondissements and give you new Parisian memories.
Les Puces de Clignancourt offers miles of flea market finds if you have the time. If you'd like to be more focused in your search here are a few possibilities:
Find retro handbags and trunks by Hermes, Vuitton and Goyard at Le Monde du Voyage. Marché Serpette Stand 15, Allée 3 108-110 Rue des Rosiers
Vintage dresses by Saint Laurent, Dior and others are in a lovely collection at Patricia Attwood. Marche Serpette, Allee2, Stand 7, 110 Rue de Rosiers
The carefully curated rare antique jewelry at S. Corvez & Tierry B includes fine gems and unusual costume pieces. Stand 80-81 Allee 1 85 Rue des Rosiers
Pastries and Sweets
Sebastien Gaudard in the Ninth serves up delectable and classic lemon tart.
Gateaux Thoumieux - standouts include a flaky kouign-amann - a crispy butter cake native to Brittany. In the heart of the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower.
Chocolat Chapon - where master chocolatier Patrice Chapon makes chocolate bars and truffles from beans he selects. Four locations - http://chocolat-chapon.com/site.html
Classic favorites well cooked are hard to find, but these restaurants still take the time to do it right. None are inexpensive, all are worth the trip.
For Boeuf Bourguignonne, the rich beef stew of your dreams, try Josephine Chez Dumonet in Montparnasse at 117 Rue du Cherche-Midi.
Upscale Le Coq Rico in Montmartre, offers the last word on spit-roasted chickens, with special breeds from Landes, Challans, Bresse and other departments of France. 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Musee Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of Paris, with models of the city at various points in history re-creations of rooms from various periods. In the 3rd Arrondissement.
Nissim De Camondo was the home of Moise Camondo and features the family collection of Sevres porcelain and Savonnerie carpets.
After a four-year renovation, the neo-Renaissance Palais Galliera reopened last year, to display its archive of roughly 100,000 pieces of French clothing and accessories dating to the 18th Century.
For more insider tips, see http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/paris
Utah, located in the Southwest region of the United States, is well known for its incredible scenic beauty and year round outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, water skiing, horseback riding, camping, and rock climbing. The capital city of Salt Lake City has a number of unique modern and historical sites to visit, including Temple Square, the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. In late summer, as the days start to grow shorter and the temperatures moderate, Utah’s amazing hiking becomes even more tempting.
Park City, Utah, is the best place to be for the final three stages of the 2014 Tour of Utah. The Tour's Stage 5 will have cyclists racing over the Mirror Lake Highway to a finish in the neighboring town of Kamas on Friday, August 8. The very next day, cyclists will race through Park City on their way from Salt Lake City to the Cottonwood Canyons during a grueling Stage 6. And Park City's Historic Main Street will host the start and finish of the Championship Stage on Sunday, August 10. Come see the crowning of the ultimate winner of the 2014 Tour of Utah on Park City's Historic Main Street.
Cedar City, Utah is the home of the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival, playing until October 18. Just a few hours north east of Las Vegas, it’s an easy drive through scenic country. This year’s productions include Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility and Henry IV. More at http://www.bard.org/index.html.
Zion National Park and Bryce National Parks:
Designated in 1919, Zion is Utah's oldest national park. The park is known for its incredible canyons and spectacular views. Famous hikes including The Narrows, Subway, and Angels Landing attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Hiking possibilities are endless. With nearly three million visitors per year, Zion is Utah's most heavily used park. Most park facilities are located in the Zion Canyon area, and it attracts the most visitors. There are four main sections in Zion National Park. Park Info and Map.
Thousands of delicately carved spires rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce, which isn't actually a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau.
Still not sure where your summer vacation will take you? Here's the essential guide to Lima, Peru. The capital of Peru, Lima sits on a beautiful coastline. Full of great food, lovely shopping and interesting museums, Lima is a haven of cosmopolitan energy in generally more laid back, agricultural Peru.
Getting There: Flights leave daily from Albuquerque via, American, Delta and United. Once you land, use a private taxi to transfer to your hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park has just been updated. Surrounded by parkland, its 82 spacious rooms have private balconies that face the Pacific. For a more upscale and boutique hotel, try Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores. Next day, have your hotel concierge set you up with a private taxi for the day for about $50. Plan to visit Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima's newest art institution for exhibitions by emerging Latin photographers, dance performances and lectures. Stop by Dedalo Arte Y Artesania for sculpture, ceramics and other hand crafts by local artisans or Xocolatl for tasty gifts made with Amazon cacao. Take a break at El Mercado for a lunch of seared tuna sliders topped with miso and avocado. For fun at night, check out Mayta for their more then 100 varieties of house made chilcano pisco cocktails.
read more at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-guide-to-lima-peru
America has some of the best beach towns in the world. And we desert rats love the water, don't we? But small scale beach towns, the kind that make memories are disappearing. Here are five to consider:
Just half an hour's drive north of San Diego, Encinitas's shores draw surfers and sunset beachcombers.
Tip: When visiting the beaches of Encinitas, make time to swing by Pannikin Coffee & Tea. Delicious coffee (and coffee-related beverages), oversize gluten-free muffins, a yummy breakfast burrito, and local art are just some of its perks. Started in 1968 at this location, it's a mainstay of San Diego coffee culture. Another delicious local joint is Swami's Cafe on Hwy 101. Enjoy a fresh juice and a hearty brunch surrounded by Encinitas residents in flip-flops and board shorts. --Carolyn Fox, Digital Director, National Geographic Travel
Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Tip: The Hole in One—serving a breakfast worth waking up for. This family-run, Orleans institution has served locals tasty omelets, hashes, benedicts, pancakes, and fritters at its cozy counter for over 20 years. Most noteworthy: the Cape-inspired cranberry walnut pancakes, and Fisherman's Favorite Omelet (with smoky, Portuguese linguica sausage). Or, hankering for something sweet? Get in line early (it opens at 5 a.m.—and yes, there are lines) and order a box of the delicious hand-cut doughnuts. Over 20 varieties to choose from. Definitely try the Honeycreme or Whoopeecreme, but don't leave without the classic New England cruller. --Jerry Sealy, Creative Director, National Geographic Traveler
Tip: Always bring a retractable steel shovel; it beats plastic anytime and saves a ton of time/effort when the kids insist you dig up the beach. Sliced fruit and ice water in an insulated cooler are also a must, as well as a small first-aid kit, trash bags, and of course, kites and Frisbees for entertainment. --Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler
Boca Grande, Florida
Tip: Be sure to visit Cayo Costa State Park, just south of Boca Grande. It is one of Florida's most beautiful parks with its crystal clear waters, diverse wildlife, and stunning views over the Gulf of Mexico. My family camped here almost every year and I have so many great memories of the place and the wildlife I encountered there.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Tip: I'm originally from Louisiana and used to make a trip to Gulf Shores at least once a year with family or friends. The big "must-do" is a visit to Flora-Bama, a bar located just 20 minutes away in Pensacola, Florida. It's southern, divey, and was the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's song "Bama Breeze." It's a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Be sure to try the Bushwacker, which is a delicious but deadly frozen concoction of coconut, coffee liqueur, and cream. --Lindsay White, Program Manager, National Geographic Adventures
We visit Cleveland often. Frank grew up there, still has family there, and it’s a great city. With a wonderful symphony, beautiful art museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus professional sports teams all year round, there is lots of see and do. Check out http://www.positivelycleveland.com/
Our trip in January was largely for a family event, but I’ll share some of our previous experiences. The Maltz Museum www.maltzmuseum.org is an extraordinary and relatively new museum dedicated to Jewish Heritage. In the summer, you can choose a Cleveland Orchestra concert at Blossom http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/ or an Indians Game downtown in Progressive Field. Before the game, check out Danny’s Deli 1658 St Clair Ave NE – just a 5 minute walk. Great corn beef!
In the winter, have dinner at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita (900 Literary Rd, 44113) then check out a Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. If that’s not your style, head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, then to Dynomite Burgers, 1302 Euclid Ave for a great burger.
If you are in the mood for a stroll or a bike ride, Cleveland boasts numerous parks throughout the city – making what Clevelanders proudly call the Emerald Necklace. The city also has a 183-acre zoo divided into several areas: Australian Adventure; African Savanna; Northern Trek; The Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building; The RainForest; and Waterfowl Lake.
The Rapid Transit runs everywhere, throughout downtown, from Hopkins Airport all the way to the east side neighborhood of Shaker Heights. If you have a car, you can continue east to Chagrin Falls, a sweet village with great shopping.
There are numerous chain hotels at every price level and in every location. The downtown area has experienced a renaissance and excellent restaurants now border the Cuyahoga River in the area known as the Cleveland Flats. Tours on foot, Segway, trolley, and boat are available.
We had our warm clothes from our trip to NYC, including our warmest, waterproof coat, gloves and hat. When we prepared to travel onward to Cancun, we packed everything into compression bags, rolled them up and placed them into one of our suitcases, leaving them untouched until we returned to ABQ.
A Multi-Destination Trip – Leg 1: New York City
Our first thought when considering New York City is what plays to see. You may prefer the museums, the symphony, the night clubs, shopping or just walking the ever changing streetscapes. New York has it all - check out what’s happening at http://www.nycgo.com/
We scheduled four plays for our 3 days. Since we arrived mid- afternoon on a Tuesday, we had three evenings for dinners and two mornings for site-seeing. We love walking in NYC, so our hotel at 38th and 8th in the Garment District gave us lots of opportunities. We found it through Trip Advisor. There are plenty of great and reasonable restaurants around the corner in Hells’ Kitchen – check Yelp or Urban Spoon. A great place for breakfast is Le Pain Quotidian – there are several of them around the city. Wonderful fresh breads, egg dishes and delicious coffees.
We checked out two new museums this trip. The Tenement Museum, www.tenement.org, on the Lower East Side is by tour only, but mid-week in January we had no problem walking up and purchasing tickets without a reservation. This museum tells the story of changes in the Lower East Side following the waves of various immigrant populations. The tour guide was a charming and extremely knowledgeable young woman, the technology enhanced the experience and we learned many new things.
We also went to the Frick Collection, frick.org, specifically to see the special Vermeer exhibit, but the rest of the collection was even more extraordinary. Housed in the former home of Henry Clay Frick, a steel magnate of the early 20th Century, every room offers wonderful paintings, furniture, bronzes and porcelains.
We traveled to and from La Guardia via hired car – much more reasonable than you might expect. We used Dial 7 Car & Limousine - NY Car & Limousine Services - Dial7.com. Be sure to stay in the pick up area nearest the airport – we walked past that to the next area and waited for our car, which was looking for us in the first area! We packed walking shoes, wool trousers, lightweight layerable sweaters and tops, and a waterproof, warm coat. Gloves, scarves and an umbrella. With sleepwear, toiletries and an extra pair of shoes, everything fit in a 22” carryon sized suitcase. Next stop: Cleveland!
There aren't many places in the U.S. with the appropriate conditions to make ice wine (most of it is produced in Germany and Canada). This town, a four-hour dive from Detroit, is graced with panoramic views of Lake Michigan, and the cold air coming off the lakes is perfect for chilling grapes. The wine makers at Chateau Grand Traverse use Riesling grapes that have been left on the vine after the harvest to freeze in the chilly northern Michigan air. The winery offers free tours and tastings of its other wines, and you can also sample wine made from cherries, the area's other bounty. 12239 Center Rd., 800/283-0247, cgtwines.com.
Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/coolest-winter-places-in-america,8281/#ixzz2sUU4X6i6
If you've got a valid passport and the urge to explore ski options outside the U.S. without traveling too far from home, consider visiting Mont-Tremblant, a vibrant ski town located 90 minutes outside of Montreal. Not only is it relatively accessible for skiers in the northeast, it's known for being an incredibly family-friendly ski resort. Choose from snow tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, snowmobiling, paintball, ice fishing, or take the family along for a sleighride. The resort offers Kidz Club Daycare for children ages one to six, where kids can do arts and crafts and play games on and off the snow.
Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/blog/5-great-ski-resorts-for-families,12781/#ixzz2sPvNsRBY
It’s a winter wonderland in Big Sky Country. Seek out the pleasures of Montana vacations—including dog sledding!—from Bozeman to Paradise Valley.
It’s dawn at Chico Hot Springs, in Montana, it’s snowing, and I’m in a state of bliss. Mittens, kittens—I can’t get the damn Sound of Music out of my head, and you can hear me singing about “My Favorite Things” as the first light breaks and a trio of mule deer appears, looking for their breakfast. Barefoot, I walk outside. Unlike the timid East Coast deer that run when you approach, these animals stand their ground. I wave my iPod at them and their big ears prick up. The Sound of Music draws them closer.
Read more at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/cozy-montana-vacations
From your Certified Travel Expert, Leslee Richards