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Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston
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Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston, South Carolina
Fort Sumter
Charleston famously played a key role in the Civil War, with the first shots in that conflict fired at Fort Sumter, at the mouth of the harbor in 1861. It took Confederate forces 34 hours to capture the fort from federal troops stationed there, and the war that began with that battle would last four years. It remains to this day the conflict with the greatest number of American casualties. (Almost half of all American soldiers to lose their lives in combat died in the Civil War.) The fort can only be visited by boat, though a number of harbor tours either call at the fort or pass by close enough that you can get a good look at it. Sail by the historic landmarks of Charleston, on one of 12 itineraries created by AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council at AFAR Journeys.
Fort Sumter
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Charleston City Market

Charleston
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Charleston City Market, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston City Market
As opposed to the Old Slave Mart, a more benign form of commerce unfolded at Charleston City Market, established in 1804. For more than two centuries, it has served as the primary place for city’s residents to buy produce, fish, and meat. While some of the 140 merchants here continue to sell raw ingredients, for the traveler visiting Charleston those selling crafts, including the famous sweetgrass baskets, and gourmet goods like preserves, honey, grits, and pralines are likely to be of more interest. Travel back in time as you shop and taste your way around Charleston on one of the 12 itineraries created by AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council at AFAR Journeys.
Charleston City Market
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The Old Slave Mart Museum

Charleston
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The Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
Old Slave Mart
Africans played a key role in the wealth developed in Charleston and South Carolina generally, and a number of sites in the city are connected to the history of that culture. The Old Slave Mart, built in 1859 on Chalmers Street is the only slave auction building in the United States that still stands. Today the building houses a museum dedicated to the history of slavery. When you are ready to experience Charleston's history—and cuisine, culture, shopping and more—visit AFAR Journeys for 12 itineraries created for AFAR readers by the AFAR Travel Advisory Council.
Old Slave Mart
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Rainbow Row

Charleston
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Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina
Rainbow Row
Along East Bay Street, a series of 13 buildings represent the longest stretch of Georgian row houses in the United States. Built between 1770 and 1792, they are visual reminders of the wealth of Charleston in the colonial era and the decades after independence, when the city was the most important port along the southeastern coast of the country. They’re also a testament to the pioneering vision of Charleston’s early preservationists. Having fallen into neglect at the beginning of the 20th century, the Preservation Society of Charleston began purchasing and restoring the homes in the 1920s, and they were eventually painted the bright hues that give this landmark its popular name. Ready to dive into Charleston's history? Visit AFAR Journeys for 12 itineraries to one of America's most charming cities.
Rainbow Row
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Charles Towne Landing

Charleston
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Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, South Carolina
Charles Towne Landing
Just across the Ashley River from the Charleston Peninsula, Charles Towne Landing marks the site of the forerunner to Charleston, Charles Towne. Settlers from Barbados founded the town in 1670, though after ten years—and a series of attacks by French, Spanish, Native Americans and pirates—they wisely decided to move to the easier-to-defend Charleston peninsula and start over. A recreation of a 17th-century trip, the Adventure, and replica of a colonial home provide insights into life in the earliest years of colonial America. When you are ready to explore Charleston, check out the 12 itineraries created by AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council at AFAR Journeys.
Charles Towne Landing
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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Jerusalem, Israel
Visit to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo with Pictures & Tips
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo contain animals that are mentioned in the Bible like: the Arabian White Oryx, the Persian Fallow Deer and the Nubian Ibex that have once lived in nature during biblical times and are nowadays in danger of extinction. The Zoo also has a variety of animals from around the World including: Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Bears, Monkeys, Giraffes, Zebras, Kangaroos, Lemurs and even Penguins. The Zoo is suitable for Families and small children with animal "Petting Area", Playing Grounds and a wonderful Sculpture Garden.
Visit to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo with Pictures & Tips
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penticton

Penticton
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penticton, Penticton, Canada
Replacing Puddles with Peddles - Cycling the Southern Okanagan in Penticton, Canada
Located in the Southern Okanagan just over the Canadian border, the entire Penticton region serves up some of the best road and trail biking in North America. For example, the 373-mile long Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) traverses the Lower Mainland, and one of its best circuits descends gently from high above Lake Okanagan, through tunnels and over bridges right into Penticton. The Three Blind Mice Trail complex, perched high above the KVR, contains over 100 named trails of various difficulties. Over half of the rides are considered intermediate, but there are plenty of beginning, and mad descents as well. Penticton cycling trails stretch over to the western hills as well, where the “Test of Humanity” loops for six miles with about a quarter mile of elevation gain. The vista points provide plenty of excuses to pause and consider your good fortune before ripping downslope back towards town. South of town, The Campbell Mountain Trail beckons. This two-mile loop consists of a short 100-ft climb that unveils 1,000-ft in descent. Like the Test of Humanity trail, Campbell Mountain is considered a blue run. Penticton basks in over 300 sunny days a year, has 60+ wineries sprinkled up and down the valley, and comes at a discount rate when you consider our US dollar is worth around $1.30 Canadian, so everything is 30% off and cheaper than what you’ll find in the States. Now, if that doesn’t make you want to ride...
Replacing Puddles with Peddles - Cycling the Southern Okanagan in Penticton, Canada
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Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel

Port Au Prince
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Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel, Port Au Prince, Haiti
Stay Among Fine Art in Haiti
Art is life in Haiti, an intrinsic aspect of everyday life seen, felt, loved, and appreciated all throughout the country. As elsewhere, museums and art galleries offer wonderful opportunities to experience Haiti's vibrant art scene, but so too do its finest hotels. This is especially true at the Marriott Port-au-Prince, Haiti's newest hotel set in the heart of Port-au-Prince. The hotel’s art collection, curated by Philippe Dodard, a renowned Haitian artisan whose work inspired Donna Karan’s Spring 2012 collection, features the works of 22 different local artists. Most strikingly, an immense wall of iron dominates the Great Room just outside La Sirene, the main restaurant. The entire piece features an intricate underwater scene highlighted by a giant mermaid, a nod to the restaurant. The piece, like other iron art works throughout the hotel, was produced by hand in the artists enclave of Noailles. There, the sound of local artisans incessantly pinging away at iron re-purposed from recycled oil drums rings out day and night; a must-experience for anyone who truly appreciates hand craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.
Stay Among Fine Art in Haiti
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Grantown-on-Spey/Carrbridge

Highland
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Grantown-on-Spey/Carrbridge, Highland, United Kingdom
Highland vistas & ospreys
There is of course no shortage of drives with great views up in the Highlands but heading west from Grantown-on-Spey towards Carrbridge, the Cairngorms looming on the horizon, is a particularly nice one in my humble opinion. And if you're in the area, I'd highly recommend dropping in to see the ospreys at Boat of Garten too. Requires a bit of luck to catch them at home but, if you get it, its a pretty special spectacle.
Highland vistas & ospreys
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Convento de San Leandro

Seville
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Stop Inside Convento de San Leandro in Seville for Cookies with a Gooey Center
The sisters of San Leandro have been making gooey, yolk-and-sugar yemas for more than 400 years. —Anna Vodicka This appeared in the November/December 2016 issue.
Stop Inside Convento de San Leandro in Seville for Cookies with a Gooey Center
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Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel

Port Au Prince
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Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel, Port Au Prince, Haiti
Succumbing to Shishita
You'd expect to find great rum cocktails in Haiti. This is the land of Barbancourt, after all. Still, this colorful mix surprised me on my last visit to The Marriott Port-au-Prince back in March 2016. It's called Shishita, a name borrowed from China that means "try me." Shishita was developed by one of the young local bartenders at the Marriott ironically named Oldy. He boasted that his concoction had earned top honors at Gout et Saveur Lakay, Haiti's annual Food & Spirits Festival. I wasn't sure it was for me at first glance, though, seeing as how Shishita appeared to have a lot going on, as in too many ingredients. (Less is definitely more when it comes to cocktails to me.) As it turns out, though, there are only four ingredients – white rhum (Barbancourt, of course), cantaloupe and passion fruit juices, and blended mint. When combined and garnished with a couple sprigs of mint, the effect is seductively satisfying in a manner well worthy of its name.
Succumbing to Shishita
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Runyon Canyon Park

Los Angeles
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Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, California
Hike Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles
If you’re into fitness, hiking, or even just checking out awesome views, I suggest hiking Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. You’ll be out there with tons of locals getting their workout in, and the sweeping views at the top where you can see all of L.A. (and even all the way to Catalina Island on a clear day) are worth the hike alone. And yes, you get a great view of the Hollywood sign up there as well. Not only that, but Runyon Canyon is a beautiful little piece of nature right there in the middle of L.A. I say it’s a must-do. One thing to keep in mind is that since it’s a popular Hollywood hiking trail, parking can get a little tight. Don’t be discouraged- just look around in the neighborhood until you find a spot on the street. Weekends are more difficult to park than during the week.
Hike Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles
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Space Shuttle Endeavour

Los Angeles
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Space Shuttle Endeavour, Los Angeles, California
See the Space Shuttle Endeavour
There is nothing quite like that first moment you walk into the room that houses the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. The shuttle is bigger than you think it will be. It’s awe-inspiring, really. I highly encourage you to go see it when you’re in Los Angeles as it’s one of those unique things that you just don’t get to see in many places. The rest of the science center is pretty cool, too. They have a lot of really great space exhibits and some other fun exhibits as well. It’s a great place to spend the day if you have kids, but it’s also fun for adults. If you’re interested in seeing the space shuttle exhibit, make sure you reserve your time online. More information can be found on the California Science Center’s website.
See the Space Shuttle Endeavour
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Inca Trail Booking and Policy

Urubamba
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Inca Trail Booking and Policy, Urubamba, Peru
Inca Trail Booking and Policy
Book the Inca Trail ASAP with a tour operator. There are two types of companies that will try and sell you an Inca trail package: registered tour operators and middle men, otherwise known as endosars. The registered tour operators are a small quantity that run, sell, and operate their own Inca Trail Tours. More information: http://www.tierrasvivas.com/en/before-you-go/inca-trail-booking-policies
Inca Trail Booking and Policy
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Konoba Lambik Milna/Hvar

Milna
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Konoba Lambik Milna/Hvar, Milna, Croatia
Dine in an Olive Grove on the Island of Hvar
My local friends treated me to this feast which was by far the best meal I had in Croatia. A ten-minute drive from Hvar town, in nearby Milna, Restaurant Lambik's stone house built on an olive grove is an absolutely magical setting for dinner. The family owners serve up incredibly fresh local specialties. I couldn't stop eating the zucchini fritters and the seabass and prawns on the grilled seafood platter were incredibly sweet and delicious. For someone who has been to Hvar three times, I had no idea that this place existed, but thankfully I do now. Thanks to my Croatian friends who let me in on the secret!
Dine in an Olive Grove on the Island of Hvar
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Desert Morocco Adventure

Merzouga
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Desert Morocco Adventure, Merzouga, Morocco
Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga
On this 3-day, 2-nights adventure to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi you will discover the magic sight of the big south of Morocco. During the course of your quest you will have a close personal experience of the desert, including an opportunity to visit different oasis, explore an UNESCO World Heritage site and spend the night time beneath the stars in a camp inside the middle of the Sahara Desert. The first day having collection from your Marrakech accommodation, continuing into the Atlas Mountains and cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage : the historical site of Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah nearby Ouarzazate. The first night will be in Boulmaine du Dadès. On day two we travel towards the “ valley of 1,000 Kashbahs”. We will be able to visit the Gorges of Dades and Todra. Invest the evening enjoying traditional music of the local nomads during dinner under thousands of stars. On day three you’ll ride your camel back to the Hotel in Merzouga. After shower we drive towards the valley of the Draa and we visit the Kashba of Tamnougalt. After lunch we heading back through the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.
Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga
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AIDA Café Konditorei

Vienna
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AIDA Café Konditorei, Vienna, Austria
Take a Retro Cake Break at Aida
Need a quick break from Vienna's palaces, churches and mind boggling art? Stop by Aida, which first opened its doors in Austria in 1913. With branches all around the city, this retro pastry pit stop is perfect for a sugar hit.
Take a Retro Cake Break at Aida
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Cattedrale di Monreale

Monreale
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Cattedrale di Monreale, Monreale, Italy
The Magnificent Mosaics of Monreale
It's easy to get 'churched-out' in Europe but the Monreale Cathedral in Palermo, Sicily was unlike anything else. The incredible detail and colors of its Byzantine mosaics will leave you speechless. Here a restorer painstakingly repairs columns in Monreale Cathedral's abbey.
The Magnificent Mosaics of Monreale
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Tayrona

Barranquilla
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Tayrona, Barranquilla, Colombia
Camp in Paradise at Tayrona National Park
Visit incredible Tayrona National Park for a day or stay as long as you like at one of the park's designated campsites where tents and bed linen are pre-set-up and no booking is required. Walking from the main ticket entrance to the beach takes a few hours or alternatively, reach the beaches with a guide and horse for under $15 U.S. dollars each way. Do not skip this magical place.
Camp in Paradise at Tayrona National Park
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Cow Bay

Cow Bay
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Cow Bay, Cow Bay, Australia
Swing From a Palm Tree
Just north of Port Douglas is the oldest rainforest in the world, The Daintree. Once you're done at the Daintree Discovery Centre and Cape Tribulation, make sure to stop at Cow Bay where you can live out your Tarzan and Jane dreams and swing from a palm tree...just keep an eye out for crocodiles.
Swing From a Palm Tree
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegallalang, Indonesia
Spend a Peaceful Morning at Tagalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of Bali's most popular sites for a reason. A fifteen-minute ride from Ubud, they are worth visiting early as you will have a chance to wander around in peace. From the main road look out for a set of stairs that will take you down the path to the terraces, offering majestic views along the way.
Spend a Peaceful Morning at Tagalalang Rice Terrace
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Rusty's Markets

Cairns
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Rusty's Markets, Cairns, Australia
Sample Fruits of the Tropics
When in Cairns during the Australian summer months do not miss a visit to Rusty's Markets. Tropical fruits such as mangoes and lychees are in season and here you'll find many varieties of them in abundance. You haven't tried a mango until you've had one from Far North Queensland!
Sample Fruits of the Tropics
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Bar do Mineiro

Rio De Janeiro
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Bar do Mineiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Where Locals Go for their Feijoada Fix
Recommended by a local, my first meal in Rio was traditional feijoada stew from Santa Teresa institution, Bar do Mineiro. Cariocas line up at this eclectic casual spot waiting for their fix of pork and bean heaven, which is served over rice. Enjoyed with local beer followed by a few caipirinhas, it did not disappoint. The Bolinhos de Bacalhau (fried cod balls) were also on point.
Where Locals Go for their Feijoada Fix
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Sapa

Sa Pa
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Sapa, Sa Pa, Vietnam
Experience a Homestay with a Black Hmong Family
Hike through Sapa to the homestay of Zu and her lovely family who are from the Black Hmong ethnic group. See how natural indigo dye is produced, cook dinner on an open fire and experience local life in rural Vietnam. Here is Zu dressing me in traditional clothes that she dyed, sewed and embroided herself.
Experience a Homestay with a Black Hmong Family
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Laganini Lounge bar & Fish house

Hvar
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Laganini Lounge bar & Fish house, Hvar, Croatia
Venture from Hvar for a Day Trip
Hop on a small boat from Hvar Town to Palmižana and in twenty minutes you'll be in paradise. Have lunch or a drink at chic bar Laganini or rent a day bed and sunbake all day. A perfect day trip from Hvar away from the crowds. Boats depart back to Hvar every hour or so.
Venture from Hvar for a Day Trip
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Catania Fish Market

Catania
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Catania Fish Market, Catania, Italy
A Seafood Lover's Dream in Sicily
Change your plans if you have to, but don't miss out on Catania's lively seafood market where you will experience the real Sicily. Get there early to see gigantic just-caught swordfish, baskets of sea urchins, fish being flung through the air and locals shouting orders over each other. If this makes you hungry make sure to stop at Scirocco, a small take-away stand opposite the market where delicious fresh fried whitebait and crisp calamari is served piping hot from a paper cone.
A Seafood Lover's Dream in Sicily
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French Louie

New York
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French Louie, New York, New York
Try the Poached Hollandaise Eggs on a Toasted Croissant at Brooklyn's French Louie
Absolute perfection. French Louie's poached eggs and hollandaise on a freshly toasted croissant served with a lovely herb salad. What dreams are made of! Don't leave without ordering the creme brûlée French toast for dessert!
Try the Poached Hollandaise Eggs on a Toasted Croissant at Brooklyn's French Louie
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