By Fodor's

Majestic mountains, towering redwoods, and river-carved canyons---a stopover at to the nationwide parks of the West is a ceremony of passage. This full-color advisor is the making plans instrument for an ideal parks journey. It comprises 36 of America’s best-loved parks, like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone; the nation’s most up-to-date park, Pinnacles, targeted in January 2013; and assurance of Banff and Jasper, attracts within the Canadian Rockies.

NEW THIS variation: The nationwide Parks of the West have drawn hundreds of thousands of holiday makers and captured the yankee mind's eye because the first actual park, Yellowstone, was once detailed in 1872. the hot variation of Fodor’s nationwide Parks of the West will contain a brand new bankruptcy at the better of Pinnacles nationwide Park, which President Obama targeted in early 2013. it's the first new nationwide park in over eight years. thoroughly revised highway journey itineraries will take the guesswork out of making plans the fitting parks journey, with recommendation on how lengthy to stick at every one park, which parks to thread jointly, and using distances.
ILLUSTRATED beneficial properties: wealthy full-color beneficial properties support tourists utilize best stories, from white-water rafting at the Colorado River and realizing Yellowstone's geothermal beneficial properties to selecting a old hotel and stargazing. The illustrated box publications to natural world and geology make id a snap.
ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING instruments: A needs to for summer time trip, this ebook isn't just indispensible at the flooring; it additionally makes deciding on a park easy. Thirty-six western U.S. nationwide parks and Canadian parks are divided via country within the What's the place part so it's effortless to determine which parks to work out jointly. the easiest of the nationwide Parks part breaks down the parks through issues, comparable to parks for day trippers, for recognizing natural world, and for concept. The open air Adventures part lists the easiest parks for mountain climbing, rafting, mountain climbing, and camping out. every little thing had to plan a trip is the following, from info on park passes and what to pack to advice for households and photographers. every one park has a handy evaluate with highlights and sensible suggestion for buying round, plus details on actions, eating, and accommodation in and round the park.
DISCERNING thoughts: Fodor's nationwide Park of the West bargains savvy recommendation and proposals from neighborhood writers to assist park viewers utilize their journey. Fodor's selection designates our greatest choices, from lodges to actions, whereas "Word of Mouth" prices from fellow tourists offer helpful park insights.
ABOUT FODOR’S AUTHORS: every one Fodor's shuttle advisor is researched and written by way of neighborhood specialists.

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A legend tells how the bread Queen Isabel was about to distribute to the poor turned into roses when she was challenged by her husband.  49 Where to See Medieval Portugal Of the many castles built or rebuilt in this period, the most picturesque are at Almourol (see p195) and Óbidos. In the citadel of Bragança (pp264–5) stands the Domus Municipalis, a medieval meeting hall. Most surviving Romanesque buildings, however, are religious: the cathedrals in Oporto, Lisbon (p76) and Coimbra (p206) and many smaller churches in the north, such as those at Rates (p278), Roriz (p254) and Bravães (p273).

Bolo rei is also made at Christmas. Festa de São Gonçalinho (2nd week), Aveiro. Festival in which loaves of bread are thrown to the crowds from the top of a chapel in thanks for the safe return of a fisherman, or for finding a husband. Almond trees in blossom in February, the Algarve February Fantasporto (mid-Feb/midMar), Oporto. An important international film festival, showing many films by new directors, including science fiction films. Carnaval (varies according to Easter). Celebrated all over Portugal with spectacular costumes and floats; particularly colourful parades take place in Ovar, Sesimbra, Torres Vedras, Funchal and Loulé.

Great whites are fewer, but most regions have some. And of course there is vinho verde, the usually white, light, slightly carbonated wine from the north. Sparkling rosés, such as Mateus and Lancers, have been Portugal’s great export success. But the country also has many other excellent wines. Wine Regions Many of Portugal’s wine regions maintain their individual style by specializing in particular Portuguese grape varieties. The introduction of modern wine-making techniques has improved overall quality, and as yet the increasing use of imported grape varieties seems no threat to Portuguese individuality.

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