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Walking in the Caribbean: sun, sea … and treks

Walking in the Caribbean: sun, sea … and treks With its gorgeous coastlines, lush interiors and volcanic peaks, the Caribbean is now a hot ticket for hikers, too – as our writer finds in Antigua and Montserrat Rendezvous Bay is billed as Montserrat’s only white-sand beach; all the others are volcanic black. When we reached it, the secluded cove was deserted. We followed huge, tractor-like tracks left in the sand by green turtles, and floated in the warm, crystal-clear water as pelicans dived for sprats overhead. Then we dried off – and pulled on our walking boots. This beach doesn’t get crowded because it can only be reached after a stiff hour’s hike. Related: A bike tour of the…

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Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific

Riding Canada’s Skeena train: from Jasper to the Pacific One of the most quietly spectacular rail journeys in the world is also a lifeline for communities along its route. The author of new book Around the World in 80 Trains takes in the view Inhaling the sharp scent of fresh pine, I lean over the half-open carriage doorway as tufts of dandelion heads whip by on the wind, and a bald eagle swoops overhead. Barely 12 miles have passed since we departed Jasper, Alberta, but I’m desperate to spot a bear. So far unsuccessful, I gaze out as the Skeena train approaches the south face of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Against an electric-blue sky,…

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Where to go on holiday in 2019 – the hotlist

Where to go on holiday in 2019 – the hotlist A total solar eclipse, two World Cups, several new flights and walking trails, and big birthday celebrations from Havana to the Grand Canyon – here are our top 40 destinations worth checking out this year Continue reading… Go to Source Author: The Guardian Tweet

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Dancing with wolves (nearby): a wild New Year’s Eve in Canada

Dancing with wolves (nearby): a wild New Year’s Eve in Canada At an eco-lodge in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, New Year’s Eve is celebrated around a campfire, surrounded by snow, endless forest and wolves “Hello,” I called. “Anyone there?” I was beginning to lose hope I’d ever find the Algonquin Eco-Lodge. It was as dark as a coal mine on the thickly wooded trail, the temperature around -25C. A sign about 15 minutes back said it was a 2.5km walk from the parking lot. There had been a few forks in the path and now I thought I might have taken a wrong turn. My phone had no signal – par for the course in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park,…

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Caribbean islands: readers’ travel tips

Caribbean islands: readers’ travel tips It’s not all rum and reggae; our tipsters pinpoint local-led tours, beach restaurants, wildlife reserves and dive locations from Cuba to Tobago Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian readers Tweet

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The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state

The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state This progressive lakeside town has gone its own way since the hippy years: we showcase its best bars, live music venues and restaurants In this series: Eugene, Oregon | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Portland, Maine | Ventura, California | Missoula, Montana Outside City Hall is Ithaca’s smallest park. It’s the size of a parking space: the mayor’s parking space, to be precise. When the 24-year-old Svante Myrick was elected five years ago, he gave up his car, decorated the spot with benches and plants and welcomed all and sundry to use it as they pleased. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Emma John Tweet

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Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota

Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota The carving of the Crazy Horse statue is a story in itself but then insurgent tales and mountain sculptures have helped shape this midwest state It takes a few seconds for the statue of Crazy Horse to come into focus, which is surprising given that it’s being carved out of a 641ft-high stone outcrop. From a distance it looks like just another rocky peak silhouetted against the cloudless South Dakota sky. But get closer and its form and detail become apparent: an unyielding face, a raised arm, a pointing finger, all recreated on a colossal scale. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Dave Everley Tweet

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Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago

Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago Chicago’s distillery scene has come a long way since the days of Al Capone, with a new generation of producers showcasing innovative spirits and cocktails on fun tasting tours Chicago has got history when it comes to spirits. The city was a vocal centre of the temperance movement that led to Prohibition between 1920 and 1933, which in turn fuelled the illegal and widespread production of moonshine and rise of Al Capone’s speakeasies. Today the city boasts a booming artisan distillery scene, the new generation producing small batch bourbon and rye whiskey, botanical gin and vodka, and even mezcal, kirsch and absinthe. Many have their own cocktail bars for those who…

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10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba

10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba As Havana prepares for its autumn ballet festival, we select places to watch and dance timba, salsa, rumba and more Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Claire Boobbyer Tweet

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It’s a jungle out there: Costa Rica with kids

It’s a jungle out there: Costa Rica with kids Full of exotic animals and rainforests but also child-friendly, Costa Rica is the perfect natural playground for a family adventure It’s dark in the rainforest, the air thick with strange croaks and chirps, and our group moves slowly, following José’s torchlight. As he gestures for us to stop, we gather around in silence, the adults as keen as the children to see what he’s spotted. There on a leaf, with its bulging orange eyes, neat green body and comically big tangerine feet, sits a Costa Rican tree frog. Cue delighted squeals all round. “It’s so cute!” whispers my niece, Georgia, and I nod, partly relieved it’s not a boa constrictor…

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