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29 Gray Line is
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nearly 200 destinations on 6
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34 An insider’s
itinerary—hear from the
experts on how to spend your
long weekend in Beijing.


38 A quick trip to
the Mile High city is made
easy with suggestions from
the locals on exactly which
hotspots to hit.


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02 Feed your
wanderlust discovering the
hidden treasures of Paris;
open air markets and hidden-
away cafes hold the true spirit
of the City of Light.

08 Look no further
for your next vacation
inspiration—14 phenomenal
adventures around the
world featuring Gray Line
destinations.

25 Check out what’s
next on our travel radar and
why! Keep these up-and-
coming cities in mind for
your next trip.
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For as long as people
have been traveling,
they’ve been search-
ing for something new,
something exciting. This
sight-seeking spirit has
led to the discovery of the
true treasures our globe
has to ofer. From the Great
Pyramids to the Great Wall
to the Grand Canyon, new
discoveries in travel have
been fueling the dreams
of wanderers around the
world for hundreds of
years. The Gray Line family,
having been around for
the last hundred or so, has
seen both where sightsee-
ing has been and where
it’s going. We’re thrilled
to be leading the charge
into new frontiers of travel,
and can’t wait to take you
along for the ride.
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O
pen up any brightly colored, pocket-sized city guide-
book and you’ll read poetic words paying homage
to the awe and splendor of Paris. These words, of
course, are quite true. However, the essential point
that those guidebooks often miss is that said awe and splendor
of Paris does not lie solely at the steel feet of the Eiffel Tower or
on the pock-marked shoulders of Notre Dame’s gargoyles. It also
lives trampled into the cobblestone side streets and in the warm,
almond-scented air of tiny independent patisseries.
Of all the suggestions and recommendations a traveler to the City of Light will receive, perhaps the
best, as often is the case, is the simplest. To feel the full scope of Paris, head directly to all of the must-
see monuments on your bucket list. Then, when you’re ready to escape the crowds, wander down a
tucked-away avenue to those nearby treasures that never seem to be mentioned by your tour guide.
So often the experts are more excited to show you the celebrated sites than daily life in the city. There
are wonderful buildings and historical treasures to see, yes, but don’t be afraid to turn a corner and lose
yourself in the magic of Paris itself. If you feel a bit aimless doing your wandering without a clear idea of
what waits around the next corner, don’t. The French themselves love this vaguely directional dallying
so much that they coined a term specifically for the art of happily wandering—le flaneur.
The most logical place to begin your rambling is at the Eiffel Tower. Certainly the most popular land-
mark in the city, and arguably on the entire planet, it is clearly a must-see. The otherworldly beauty that
is so incredible to find in a structure made out of steel easily embodies the elegant spirit of Paris. In fact,
the city’s initial refusal to accept the tower as a landmark is the perfect example of its citizens’ fiercely
independent spirit. What must be remembered, however, is that Paris is more than La Tour Eiffel. For a
peek into the daily life of those lucky enough to reside near it, stroll a few blocks away to the Rue Cler
Paris:
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From the Inside Out
“...trampled into the cobblestone side streets
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and in the warm, almond-scented air...”
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neighborhood. Here, cobbled streets swarm with
busy shoppers and the outdoor markets echo
with the shouts of children and cheerful conver-
sation between shopkeepers and their patrons.
Some of the best Paris people-watching (and
pastry sampling) can be found in its cafes and
boulangeries. In fact, if you’re thinking of pack-
ing yourself a perfect little picnic lunch to keep
your vacation budget in check, this is one of the
best places to make your selections before you
wander out and onto your next adventure—visit-
ing a few of art history’s most famous museums,
perhaps.
Paris has always been a center of arts and cul-
ture. The priceless works within the world-class
Louvre are absolutely worth standing in the line
that winds around the iconic Pyramide du Louvre.
Before plunging headfirst into the crowds, you
should go ahead and take some time to yourself.
The Tuileries Garden may seem equally busy at
first, but if a stroke of luck finds you a bench to
sit on, quietly observing the chic citizens of Paris
going about their daily lives is a great way to gain
insight into the city’s unique culture. Once you’re
feeling refreshed and ready to enter the under-
ground lobby of the Louvre to navigate your way
through the myriad tunnels and exhibition halls,
it’s easy enough to find the belle of the ball. The
path to the Mona Lisa is thankfully clearly marked,
and taking in that piece of history is worth the
journey. In news that surprises many, however,
there are countless other must-see pieces of fine
art that are worth your while inside the Louvre.
History buffs are often fascinated to discover that
the Louvre originated as a fortress, and its 12th-
century foundations and relics are open to the
public. Head down into what feels like a dungeon
for history that practically seeps into your bones,
it’s so thick.
After your quiet moments in the Tuileries and
the frenzy of tourists in the Louvre, you may just
be ready for a bit of sustenance. Instead of pop-
ping into a café, try something a bit different and
more authentically Parisian—a picnic with Rodin.
Most visitors don’t realize it, but you’re allowed
to lunch with the artist’s works and unwind in the
gardens surrounding the Musee Rodin in the 7th
Arrondissement. Not only a beautiful and stately
building, but home to his most famous works,
such as The Thinker and The Kiss, the museum
is surrounded by an extensive and exquisitely
manicured garden. The high walls and priceless
works of art create a perfectly magical setting for
your outdoor dining—perhaps that baguette pur-
chased from the markets in Rue Cler, or fresh se-
lections from the organic open market on Avenue
de Saxe. If you’re in the mood for more delight-
fully imprecise wandering to walk off that lunch,
a stroll along the Seine into the St. Germain-des-
Pres neighborhood might be just the thing.
The instantly satisfying feeling of knowing you’re
au courant and spending time in the most up-
and-coming areas is often an evasive one. It’s
hard to be in the know if you’re not living in the
city, but you can satisfy your inner style icon by
exploring the Left Bank’s St. Germain-des-Pres. In
its early years a haven for artists, intellectuals and
revolutionary thinkers, this area is now fashion-
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ably full of the hottest cafes, shops and socialites. Here, your out-of-bounds
wandering will nudge you into boutiques no one has ever heard of. While
many of the retail therapy and culinary pastimes are quite spendy in this area,
a little planning can go a long way toward keeping costs in check. If you hap-
pen to be in the city in June, the annual Foire Saint-Germain is a rollicking
street festival and the perfect way to spend a warm summer evening—it’s
fabulous (and free) entertainment at its best.
Across the Seine from trendy St. Germain and a bit of a hike up, the dome
of the Sacre Coeur sits high over the city atop the Butte Montmartre. A sight
you’re never far from and a testament to the romanticism of French archi-
tecture, this highest point in Paris presides over the eclectic neighborhood
with the same name. Charming, and with just enough raciness creeping in at
the corners to keep it interesting, Montmartre will always surprise you. The
crowds can be intense, with tourists elbow-
ing their way up to the Basilique Sacre Couer.
Now, of course you must visit the basilica, but you should also take a mo-
ment to find a corner of the hillside neighborhood to yourself – this is where
you’ll find the best view of the city. Laid out like a masterpiece, you’ll see the
sparkling Seine, awe inspiring Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe stand-
ing proudly at the head of the Champs-Elysees in the 8th Arrondissement.
In the quiet, narrow and sharply-angled avenues in this section of central Par-
is, most commonly known as the location of the Champs Elysees, you’ll find
perfectly French apartments with their balconies aligned and identical pot-
ted ferns. You’ll find dark little doorways into shoe repair shops and boutique
businesses, and you’ll find the Cafe Marceau. It’s comfortable, classic and full
of locals getting their caffeine fix. You’ll feel like Edith Piaf herself will step
through the door at any point, like no one would ever guess how a tourist like
you ended up in a joint like this. Enjoy a coffee or a mid-afternoon nosh, and
just let the world go by for a moment as you reflect on your travels. Meander
out and through high, narrow alleys and streets and you’ll probably end up
with a quick change of scenery if you happen to cross a certain street—the
Champs-Elysees itself. Flamboyant, flashy and wildly fashionable, this broad
and bustling avenue is the brightly-colored champion of Parisian excess. The
flagship Louis Vuitton store, automobile dealers straight from the future and
more high-end retail than you can imagine—you’ve got to at least see it,
whether you can afford its temptations or not. Wander the sidewalks, window
shop, drool over this season’s latest “it” bag, and when you’ve had your fill of
beautiful, beautiful excess, do yourself a favor and duck down another side
street. Just make sure no one’s looking, because an afternoon of discovering
hidden treasures is much more fun if it’s just you and the locals.
There are so many undeniable reasons to visit Paris, not even a fraction of
which we’ve covered. She truly does have it all, from culture to history to
incredible architecture. These reasons you
already know. To get to the real soul of this
historic city, you need to not only see the monuments and museums, but
stroll the avenues, trip along the cobblestones and duck in and out of tiny
cafes and storefronts. To infuse yourself with Parisian joie de vivre, you must
look to your left, then your right, then step off the path and into the real Paris.
the Sacre Coeur Looking down the Seine
towards Notre Dame the Arc de Triomphe
TRAVEL TIP
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souvenirs—street vendors may ofer
tempting deals, but it’s hard to be sure
where their wares came from.
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UNBEATABLE
EXPERIENCES
inspiration
for your next
vacation
Frame-worthy photos,
seashells plucked from the
beach and stacks of postcards
will always help enhance
the recollections of your
perfect vacation, but the real
souvenirs are the memories
of discovering a new place. As
the local expert in hundreds
of destinations, there’s no
one better than Gray Line to
introduce you to the places
we love as much as you will.
Here are a few of our favorite
experiences to inspire your
next journey—
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London – Harry
Potter
You can step into the magical world of Harry Pot-
ter with Gray Line London and the Warner Bros.
Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Pot-
ter. Brand new as of March 31, 2012, this Gray
Line exclusive tour of the actual sets of the Harry
Potter movies is a must-do for the children in all
of us!
Learn the secrets of the film series that has been
enchanting people the world over for over a de-
cade. Movie magic, insider secrets, special ef-
fects, costumes and props are only a corner of the
wonderful world that you’ll be able to explore.
Dumbledore’s office, the Great Hall and the Min-
istry of Magic are on the list of Harry’s stomping
grounds on the tour, along with many other mys-
tical and marvelous spots.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, the center of
it all, is a short ride outside of central London.
Take Gray Line London up on the offer for a lift to
and from the Studio Tour; that way, your Potter-
induced daydreams can run wild!
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Halifax – Lunenburg
and Mahone Bay
The rugged coastline of Nova Scotia embodies
pure maritime charm and small-town friendliness
from within the fishing villages dotted along the
shore. The brightly painted cottages and salt-
scented air of two of the south shore’s standouts,
Lunenberg and Mahone Bay, make for an idyllic
day of exploring with Gray Line Halifax.
Lunenberg, a tiny coastal gem and a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, is the perfect place to wan-
der away an afternoon. Explore the picturesque
side streets, or visit the Fisheries Museum of
the Atlantic to learn more about the livelihood
of Lunenberg’s residents. The cheerfully colored
buildings populating the waterfront are originals,
some dating back to the 18th century.
There are more postcard-perfect sights to be
seen in Mahone Bay, just a short drive along the
Atlantic coastline. Tucked into the craggy shores
of its namesake bay, this popular destination for
the get-away-from-it-all set is home to art galler-
ies, maritime museums, and an annual boat festi-
val, drawing thousands of seafaring travelers each
year. Your day along the wildly beautiful coastline
of Nova Scotia is sure to take your breath away.
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TRAVEL TIP
Learn a few key phrases in the native
tongue of your destination. You may not
be able to master the entire language,
but a few polite words will go a long way
toward expressing appreciation for the
beautiful places you’ve seen!
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Alaska – Kenai
Explorer
The untamed beauty of Alaska has an undeni-
able impact on the hearts and imaginations of
its visitors. Count yourself among the enchanted
on this six-day expedition through the Alaskan
wilderness from Anchorage to Denali National
Park, Seward on the Kenai Peninsula and back.
Spend your first two days exploring Anchorage,
a ruggedly charming city tucked between the icy
waters of the Cook Inlet and the weather-beaten
peaks of the Chugach Range. On a clear day,
you’ll be able to see stoic Mt. McKinley stand-
ing guard. The adventurous spirit of Anchorage
will be evident as you tour the city and travel to
nearby Portage Glacier.
Set off for the next leg of your sightseer’s dream
journey and settle into luxurious domed railcars
as you embark on a train ride through the idyl-
lic Matanuska valley and along the Susitna river.
Soak in the majestic scenery upon arrival in De-
nali National Park, but make sure to get out there
and enjoy all the excitement Alaska offers! River
rafting, helicopter and Jeep tours and horse-
drawn carriage rides are a few of the options sure
to leave you exhilarated, exhausted and ready to
relax in your rustic mountain lodge for the next
two nights.
Just when you think it can’t get any more in-
credible, you’ll head out once more to trace the
coastline of Turnagain Arm, through the Chugach
Mountains and to the port town of Seward on
the Kenai Peninsula. As you’ll soon see, Seward
is more than just a rustic coastal town. Rich in
marine history and wildlife, its lively marina and
beautiful views of Resurrection Bay offer the ul-
timate Alaskan fishing town experience. See
whales, seals, sea otters and more on a scenic
wildlife and glacier cruise through Kenai Fjords
National Park. Another scenic train trip through
the Alaska and Talkeetna mountain ranges re-
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venturing, or simply reflect on the best vacation
of your life.
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London:
your host for the
2012 Summer Olympic Games
With the ofcial motto “Inspiring a generation,” London
has set the bar high for their 2012 Summer Olympic
hosting duties. Running an event watched by millions
of people around the globe and capable of inspiring
people the world over is no small task, but this amaz-
ing city is certainly up to it. Here are a few fun facts
about London 2012:
» 205 countries will be represented in the Olympic
games, and over 140 countries in the Paralympics.
» During the building of Olympic Park, 4,000 newts
were relocated to a nature reserve—those are some
lucky lizards.
» The city expects to see 350,000 foreign visitors each
day! If you’re going to be one of them, be sure to take
the chance to discover London while you’re there.
» After the games, the used sports equipment will be
given free of charge to several charities around Great
Britain.
» London also hosted the Olympics in 1908 and 1948.
Here’s looking forward to the third London Olympics
this summer!
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Munich – Romantic
Road
With a name like the Romantic Road, you’d be
right to be slightly skeptical that this meandering
route through medieval towns in southern Ger-
many really lives up to its name. We’re here to tell
you, doubt no more—and if you don’t believe us,
go ahead and see for yourself.
The winding countryside will relax you as it slips
past the windows on your journey to your first
stop. Harburg, home to one of Germany’s many
delightful castles, will make you feel like you’ve
stepped back in time and landed directly in the
middle of a storybook. Local craftsmen and farm-
ers navigate the streets, going about their busi-
ness in the shadow of Harburg Castle, one of the
oldest, largest and best-preserved in southern
Germany. Dating back to the 11th century, the
massive brick structure perfectly highlights the
historic feeling of Harburg.
Continuing your leisurely drive through more
medieval scenery in Swabian Dinkelsbühl, you’ll
arrive in Rothenburg, the most impeccably
original medieval town in Europe. Once you step
inside the ancient city walls, you’ll discover why
Rothenburg is so unique—it takes its history,
architecture and ambiance straight from the
Middle Ages, when it was the second-largest city
in Germany. Take your time for ample sightseeing
opportunities, lunch and shopping for those
irresistible souvenirs.
Your return trip to Munich takes you through the
Hallertau, the largest hop-growing region in the
nation. Who knows, it may inspire you to kick up
your heels and cap off your travels with a frosty
stein full of local bier. Cheers!
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Morocco – The
Berber Trail
Not only are they Morocco’s original inhabitants,
but possibly as ancient as the world itself, the Ber-
ber people live their lives relatively unchanged
and largely overlooked by the rest of the globe.
The trek up the famed Berber Trail heads directly
into this remote and beautiful world, situated
high in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
The adventure begins in four-wheel drive, bounc-
ing along rough and rugged roads from Marrake-
ch directly up and into the Atlas range. The wild,
otherworldly beauty of the region lends a mysti-
cal air to the ascent as you pass through valleys
and climb massive mountains. Quaint villages,
ancient structures and, most notably, smiling fac-
es dot the landscape, giving the sense of the his-
tory and close-knit culture that defines this place.
Depending on the season, you may encounter
lush vegetation and slopes covered with sheep,
or impressive snow-covered peaks.
Although the journey along the historic Berber
Trail and its tribal villages is enough to leave you
full of wonder, your tour of the grain mills at Tah-
anaout will underscore your sense of the simple
and beautiful way the Berbers live their daily
lives. You’ll leave the Berber Trail with your own
moment in history and a true understanding of
another way of life.
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Brazil – Angra Dos
Reis Archipelago
Your visit to the constant thrill that is Rio De Ja-
neiro has no doubt been exhilarating, but you
may find yourself needing a bit of relaxation and
time to unwind--some calm in the storm of fun.
Your perfect destination for Brazilian beauty and
oasis, both literal and figurative, is the Angra Dos
Reis Archipelago.
Portuguese for “bay of kings,” this 300-plus-
island archipelago located some 130 kilometers
south of Rio on the Brazilian coast is truly fit for
royalty. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches,
ideal snorkeling and tiny hidden coves are the ul-
timate exclamation point to punctuate your sce-
nic drive through the mountains and rainforests
south of Rio.
Settled in the early 1500’s, the town of Angra is
a throwback to colonial Brazil. The streets are
pleasantly crowded with historic buildings, many
of them dating back to the city’s days as an im-
portant shipping port. After exploring Angra,
board the waiting schooner for a cruise of the ar-
chipelago—you’ll definitely want to get up close
and personal with the pure beauty of the string of
islands. Stop for a refreshing swim to work up an
appetite, then soak up some sun while you par-
take in a delicious lunch. After returning to Angra,
you’ll head back to Rio refreshed, rejuvenated
and ready to party!
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New Zealand –
Queenstown
Milford Sound
The widely varied landscape of New Zealand is
arguably the biggest draw for travelers. Its miles
of shoreline, towering mountain peaks and vi-
brant rainforests truly offer something for every
wanderer who reaches the islands. For the per-
fect mix of each of these features, Gray Line New
Zealand’s Milford Sound Day Tour covers it all.
Beginning with the majestic Lake Wakipatu, one
of the country’s largest lakes (and, for you movie
buffs, the set for several scenes in The Lord of the
Rings films), the sapphire waters of the Wakipatu
are fringed with wildflowers and mountain views.
The aptly-named Remarkables mountain range
lies along the southeastern shore of Wakipatu.
You’ll travel through the peaks, one of only two
ranges in the world that runs directly north to
south, to the lovely town of Te Anau, New Zea-
land’s Gateway to Fiordland for morning tea.
World famous scenery and stunning photo op-
portunities line the path of famed Milford Road,
your trail toward the sea. A backdrop of snowy
mountain peaks soars over New Zealand’s native
rainforest and looks out on the Milford Sound,
your final destination.
Enjoy a beautiful cruise through the sound as you
keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and
penguins. Bowen Waterfall and Mitre Peak are
among the natural wonders that never seem to
end in incredible New Zealand—your photos are
pretty much guaranteed to foster jealousy during
your post-trip slideshow session.
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Chile – Vina del Mar
and Neruda’s
Isla Negra
Chile has just about every kind of landscape, cli-
mate and natural wonder you could ask for. Isla
Negra and Vina del Mar showcase the best of its
coastal communities and beaches. Beginning in
Santiago, this tour heads down the central Chil-
ean coast, passing through an aviary and nature
sanctuary providing a habitat for over 100 differ-
ent species of birds!
The first stop is famed Chilean poet Pablo Neru-
da’s favorite of his many homes, Isla Negra. The
whimsical and eccentric dwelling was designed
to evoke feelings of a ship at sea, and perches
along the beaches and cliffs of the Pacific Ocean.
The incredible views inspired many of Neruda’s
most famous verses; lovers of literature, however,
aren’t the only ones who will be enchanted by this
architectural wonder and its surroundings.
what’s keeping us company
travel reads and favorite tunes
The perfect travel companion can take many forms.
It may be your best friend or signifcant other, but it
may just as well be the book or album you choose to
while away the hours. Having the ideal airport mix or
train station read can make all the diference—here
are a few picks from Gray Line stafers:

The Hunger Games Trilogy: All three of Suzanne Collins’ books are quick
reads, but the entertainment isn’t only for tweens. I went through them
quickly, and the next thing I knew my train ride was over! – Jenny K.
The Shins/Port of Morrow: These low-key rock icons have mastered the mix
of great lyrics and chill melodies. This album was a great background listen
while I fipped through the newest Spin in the airport lounge. – Dave K.
Dreaming of Jupiter: Ted Simon’s follow-up to the quintessential lone
ranger travel handbook, Jupiter’s Travels, retraces the route of his 1971 mo-
torcycle ride through Europe and Northern Africa. Simon’s adventures have
inspired me to create my own ultimate joyride. – Tamra A.
Pearl Jam/Ten: I frst heard this record at an art camp in the summer of
1992 and it’s a favorite travel soundtrack now. I’ve learned my three and
a half year old has similar tastes demanding “Mama, I want it loud” – I’m
happy to comply. – Kristin B.
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Upon leaving Isla Negra’s exceptional locale,
you’ll travel through the Casablanca Valley, lush
and fertile and covered in vineyards. Though
relatively new to Chile’s winegrowing regions,
the Casablanca Valley is quickly becoming one of
its foremost, famous for its crisp and refreshing
white wines. Continuing on in the vein of vino,
your next stop is Vina del Mar, literally “Vine-
yard of the Sea.” This most famous beach on the
central coast is thickly populated with gorgeous
parks, gardens and broad avenues trailing from
miles of pristine beaches. Kick off those sandals,
bury your toes in the sand and open up the wine
you (hopefully) picked up in the Casablanca Val-
ley—perfection.
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Sydney – Hunter
Valley Wineries
and Gardens
Stretching along the Australian coast north of
Sydney is a world-class wine-growing region
known as the Hunter Valley. Its prolific Shiraz and
Chardonnay production is winning awards and
garnering well-deserved respect for Australian
wines all over the globe.
Visit two different wineries with Gray Line Austra-
lia (purely for comparison’s sake, of course)—Mc-
Williams Mount Pleasant Estate and Lindeman’s.
Your palate will be treated not only to excellent
wines crafted from several different grape vari-
etals, but also to lunch at McWilliams and a mid-
tasting cheese platter at Lindeman’s to comple-
ment your sips!
A relaxing stroll through the Hunter Valley Gar-
dens is a picture-perfect way to spend the rest
of your afternoon. Over 60 acres of colorful flow-
ers, perfectly manicured lawns and 12 creatively
themed individual gardens are at your fingertips.
The rose garden and the storybook garden are
two of the most popular, and for good reason!
There are more than 8,000 kinds of roses scent-
ing the air, and everyone’s favorite fairytale char-
acters are hidden around every corner. When all
is said and done, the Hunter Valley Wineries and
Gardens tour is a charming peek into Australian
wine country, and a lovely way to unwind after
days--or weeks--of down-under adventures.
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Photo: Francisco Antunes

TRAVEL TIP
Look both ways before you leap.
If the city you’re exploring drives
on a side of the road you’re not
used to, pay extra attention to
which way trafc fows.
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Tucson – Border
Crisis Tour
There’s something to be said for getting your
news directly from the source, instead of your
favorite network anchor. Head out on your own
personal fact-finding mission with Gray Line of
Tucson’s Border Crisis: Fact and Fiction tour. With
the utmost safety and security, see firsthand what
is really going on at the much-debated U.S./Mex-
ico border
As the tour travels from Tucson to the border
town of Nogales, you will stop at the water tanks
in Arivaca, placed there by the nonprofit group
Humane Borders for thirsty travelers in need of
rejuvenation, whether they’re U.S. citizens or not.
The tour also includes discussions about the bor-
der’s effects on the area’s produce and livestock
economy and a visit to the actual point of entry
and border fence.
Regardless of your political leanings, this tour is
an ideal way to make an informed decision. It al-
lows you to form your own opinion on the border
crisis, one way or the other.
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New Orleans –
Pirates, Passions &
Patriots
The pure romance surrounding tales of swash-
buckling pirates might not always call to mind
the city of New Orleans, but the Big Easy has a
very personal history with the seafaring adventur-
ers. The Lafitte brothers, Jean and Pierre, spent
the better part of their early lives sailing around
the Gulf of Mexico and exploring southern Loui-
siana’s massive network of bayous and swamps.
This hometown knowledge, along with an innate
fearlessness and knack for squeezing out of tight
spots, made Jean Lafitte the perfect candidate to
help navigate New Orleans’ coastal waters and
assist the United States Navy in protecting the
coast from the British Naval forces. An integral
part of the final battle of the War of 1812, the
Battle of New Orleans, Lafitte helped save a city
(and a nation) who otherwise would have vilified
him, earning full pardon for any alleged crimes
for himself, his brother and countless fellow for-
tune-seekers in his entourage.
The hometown historians of Gray Line New Or-
leans will take you on a trip into history, letting
you walk in the footsteps of Lafitte’s gang of scal-
awags. They’ll also tell you the pirate’s tales and
give you a taste of the spirit of this indomitable
city as you go.
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used to quick-change weather,
especially when visiting an-
other continent, an umbrella or
extra jacket might be your best
friend.
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Cancun – Chichen
Itza Deluxe Plus
Evening Light &
Sound Show
You can practically feel the pounding of ancient
Mayan drums as you set foot on the revered
grounds of Chichen Itza, capital of that ancient
civilization and one of the seven modern wonders
of the world. The ruins are among the most an-
cient sites on the globe, founded in 541 AD.
After lunch at the historic Mayaland Hotel, you’ll
be fortified and ready to explore the ruins at
Chichen. In a perk available exclusively through
Gray Line, step through the Mayaland’s private
entrance onto the land once honored by a civi-
lization of fierce warriors. You’ll learn the stories
and secrets from your guide, but you’ll also have
time to explore the grounds on your own, take
photos and feel the history of this ancient site.
You may need to cool off and relax after your day
of exploration—head right next door back to the
Mayaland to enjoy their pool, gardens and ame-
nities for the remainder of the afternoon. After
your batteries have been recharged, take in an
exciting history lesson in the form of a light and
sound show at Chichen Itza. Journey back in time
as the ruins come ablaze with history and ancient
culture—the perfect high note on which to end
your day.
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Puerto Rico – Island
Hop Snorkel Mini
Boat Adventure
For anyone with the sneaking suspicion that they
should have been born with flippers, the words
“island hop snorkel” have already cemented this
tour into their itinerary. For the rest of you, read
on and you’ll soon join their ranks. As befitting
a departure point with the charmingly melodic
name of Marina Puerto Chico, Puerto Rico, is-
land hoppers will arrive on the sunny docks for a
friendly welcome, instructions and safety demon-
strations before boarding the fully stocked Mini
Boats and setting out!
As you sail through crystal-blue waters along the
Puerto Rican coastline, make sure to take in the
natural beauty of Las Cabezas de San Juan, a 316-
acre nature preserve comprising mangrove for-
ests, cays and gorgeous blue Caribbean lagoons.
You’ll also float right by El Yunque, meaning “For-
est of Clouds,” and the only rainforest in the U.S.
National Forest System. After 30 minutes of gor-
geous views and relaxing on the water, it’s time
to get into the water. Icacos Cay, a part of Cordil-
lera Cays Nature Reserve, boasts turquoise seas,
perfect swimming beaches and coral sands. Here
you’ll have a few moments to familiarize yourself
with your snorkel gear and practice a few free
dives before snacktime on your seaworthy vessel.
Your next stop hops you over to Cayo Lobos for
the best snorkeling in Puerto Rico! Coral reefs,
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tropical fish and the wonders of the deep blue
sea will be at your fingertips as you snorkel with
a professional guide. Enjoy the sun on your face
and the sparkling ocean waters as you head back
to Marina Puerto Chico to brag about your expe-
rience to anyone who will listen!
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Rome - Eternal
Rome
There is no more appropriate name for Rome
than the Eternal City. A center of civilization and
culture throughout history, Rome is a dream des-
tination for those who love all things historical.
See the sights and feel how the past has shaped
the present as you discover the city with Gray
Line Rome. Your first stop is definitely something
to check off your bucket list—the Trevi Fountain.
Quite possibly the most famous fountain in the
world, the Trevi is a beautiful example of ornate
Baroque architecture. Just be sure to toss a coin
into the water like countless others before you;
it’s said that this will ensure your return to Rome
again someday.
The Pantheon will be your next impressive stop.
Originally built in the 1st century B.C. by Marcus
Agrippa as a tribute to all Roman gods, it is one
of the best-preserved structures in the city—
the sheer magnitude of its columns and circular
portico are awe-inspiring. Be sure to capture
this memory with a photo before heading on to
see more unforgettable sights like the Navona
Square, Domitian’s Stadium and Bernini’s Foun-
tain of the Four Rivers. Finally, the coup de grace
of your historical treasure hunt will be a guided
tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Regarded by Roman
Catholics as one of their holiest sites, the Basilica
is the burial site of St. Peter and home to price-
less works by Renaissance artists, most notably
Michelangelo’s Pieta. With such awe-inspiring
architecture and the ingenuity of ancient civiliza-
tions, Rome has truly earned the name Eternal.
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directions, restaurants and shopping
recommendations will always come
from city natives.
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Cancun
Sink your toes in the sand
and relax; the escape
experts at Gray Line
Cancun will handle the
details. Snorkeling
expeditions in crystal
clear waters, rainforest
adventures and ancient
Mayan ruins are only a few
of the options available to
you during your trip.
Welcome
to your perfect vacation
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail
Let’s face it, the reason most people
head to Cancun is to soak up the sun
and get away from it all. Gray Line can
help you with both as they whisk you
away on a catamaran sail to picture-
perfect Isla Mujeres. Relax on the water,
or take a ride in the spinnaker, a rope
seat over the turquoise waters. Compli-
mentary beverages and the hammocks
awaiting at your Isla Mujeres beach club
destination are just the cherry on top of
your day.
Selvatica Extreme Adventure
Satisfy your inner thrillseeker as you soar
over the jungle on a zip line, getting a true
bird’s-eye view of the lush landscape.
Gray Line Cancun’s canopy zip line
is the longest in North America, with
nearly two miles of treetop cables. If
that’s not enough to get your adrenaline
pumping, a cliff dive from a platform
into the clear cool waters of a cenote
will add the right touch of excitement
along with a refreshing swim to cap off
your exhilarating day!
Private Airport Transfer
Eliminate any pre-vacation stress and let Gray Line
Cancun’s exclusive Private Airport Transfer services
deliver you safely to your hotel. The first-class service
offers a brand new all-Mercedes fleet, bottled water
for each passenger and a complimentary telephone
call upon arrival to let your loved ones know you’ve
arrived safe and sound. The trusted travel veterans at
Gray Line Cancun are hands down the best choice for
luxury transportation services—all that’s left to do is
enjoy your trip!
Mayaland Hotel Accomodations
Make sure your hotel stay in Mexico is every
bit as spectacular as the experiences you
enjoy while you’re there. Mayaland Resorts
has been hosting travelers since 1920; its five
luxurious properties were built by the
pioneers of tourism and hospitality in the
Yucutan Peninsula. You’ll find only the finest
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At Gray Line, we love nothing more than hearing from
our customers about their travel adventures. This time,
we asked for photos along with your stories, and here
are some of our personal favorites:
Send us your photos and comments for the next Gray Line Explorer!
Submit at www.grayline.com/graylineexplorersubmissions
Tuk Tuk (Bangkok, Thailand)
Photo credit: Taylor Record
“Sputtering engines complete the roaring Bangkok
soundtrack that plays throughout the sweltering
days and the animated nights. Tuk tuks dip and dive
through traffic while taxis and city buses loiter be-
hind traffic lights. Though stickered up and adorned
with Buddhist offerings, don’t be fooled by the car’s
cuteness… pre-negotiate a price or you’ll end up
emptying your pockets. An experience in Thailand
is not complete without a ride in a tuk tuk, so hop
in and get ready for a fun tour around the infamous
Bangkok.”
Photo credits: “Halo-halo”
dessert and Mt. Pinatubo,
Kim Jackson
“This was my second trip to
the Philippines and I had the
amazing opportunity to travel
on a five day road trip with
some local friends of mine. We
hired a car and drove all over
the northern part of Luzon.
On this trip I discovered my
favorite dessert in the world. It is called “Halo-halo,” which
means “mix mix.“ It is a combination of coconut milk, beans,
fruits, sugar, and jelly candies served in a glass bowl with a
scoop of ice cream on top. When it arrives, the first thing you
want to do is eat the ice cream on the top...that is what I al-
ways wanted to do, but my friends explained I should mix it all
up and then eat it. They were right...delicious!”
Readers
FROM OUR
Photo credit: Mica Campbell
“The sleeping arrangements in Tayrona Park,
Colombia. I stayed there in 2005 but it’s still
one of my favorite experiences!”
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When planning a trip, it’s easy to fall back on the old standby destinations,
places you head to because it’s easy and you know you’ll find something
there to do. These aren’t bad reasons, but it may be time to put some new
hot spots on your radar, along with a new spin on an old favorite. Check out
these regions to watch:
Travel Trends
A few of our favorite hotspots
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Montreal:
It’s easy to consider the francocentric culture of
the Quebecuois to be the most notable feature
of the province’s largest city, but Montreal has a
deep bench of hidden gems just waiting to be
discovered. This island city has a rich musical cul-
ture, with an A-list of stars hailing from within its
historic walls. Indie giants Arcade Fire and power-
house vocalist Celine Dion are among those who
call Montreal their hometown. The city’s annual
Montreal Jazz Festival draws the biggest names
in jazz music every year—the most recent lineup
boasted legends such as Buddy Guy and B.B.
King!
Whether you love sampling a good brew, or
just love people-watching, Montreal’s Beer Fes-
tival, the Mondial de Biere, is an awesome way
to spend a hot June afternoon. With the recent
boom in microbreweries and craft beers, each
year brings better and more inventive selections
than the last—and you’ll probably even learn a
thing or two to enhance your brew credibility at
parties.
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Mon-
treal—and the number one reason to head there
soon—is the almost inexplicable feeling you get
from being in the middle of a cultural equation
like none other. The thrill of the unknown is al-
ways right around the corner in a city built on
a constantly shifting mix of cultures. Gray Line
Montreal has a rooted presence and hometown
guides who love their city, much like you will. Let
them show you Montreal from the inside out.
Portland:
If Portland wasn’t on your radar before, it will be
now. This booming cool-kid mecca is home to a
thriving food scene, focusing mainly on local, or-
ganic ingredients. Standout locavore restaurant
Le Pigeon is a rising star in Portland’s culinary sky,
and the city’s coffee and craft beer communities
are just as prolific. Stumptown Coffee and De-
schutes Brewery absolutely have to be on your
list if you can’t live without your AM boost or your
PM pint.
The Pacific Northwest has long been a breeding
ground for fantastic entertainment, and Portland
is no exception—most recently, the television
show Portlandia has spoofed the independent
spirit of the city. Don’t think for a second that
Montreal through colored glass
Portland International Rose Garden
Photo: David Beagle
Did you know that Montreal...
...is an island?
...is the second largest French
speaking city in the world
(after Paris)?
...has the second highest number
of restaurants per capita in
North America (after NYC)?
...has one of the largest wooden
roller coasters in the world?
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Oregonians aren’t in on the joke, though. They’re
quite fond of the ironic subject matter of their
namesake show.
The perfect way to explore the city and get to
know its unique residents is with Gray Line Port-
land—specifically, their Big Pink Sightseeing Trol-
ley; when you choose Big Pink Sightseeing, a
portion of your fare goes toward breast cancer
research. This easy-to-spot bus and its hop-on
hop-off setup lets you duck into an independent
bookstore for as long as your heart desires before
hopping over to an art gallery or a local brew-
pub—cheers, Portland!

New York City:
Presided over by Lady Liberty and a classic travel
favorite, New York City doesn’t really give you a
lot of reasons not to visit. We’ve included it within
our hot list of regions to watch, however, because
the fast-paced attitude and entrepreneurial spirit
of the city that never sleeps is consistently on the
cutting edge of arts, entertainment and travel.
Always at the forefront of the nightclub scene,
the landscape in New York is forever changing
and evolving. The perfect example of this think-
outside-the-box outlook is SPiN. Part ping-pong
palace, part bar and restaurant, you can literally
sip a cocktail as you play table tennis in this funky
nightclub. While in the city, you’ll also need to
check out the mother of all cupcake shops, Mag-
nolia Bakery. The cupcake dessert trend is still go-
ing strong, despite proponents for other sweet
treats to have a moment in the sun. The spot that
started it all is the perfect place to get your sugar
rush on after a day shopping and exploring con-
sistently on-trend Greenwich Village.
The great white way of Broadway is just the spot
for finding something new and different to do in
NYC. Whether you’ve never seen a show or you
have the score of Funny Girl memorized, there’s
always something new on stage. Perennial fa-
vorites Chicago and Wicked are a great place to
start, and relative newcomers The Book of Mor-
mon, Newsies or War Horse would the perfect
way to see beloved entertainment through new
eyes.
The spot to start your urban adventure is with
Gray Line New York City. They’ve been around
since the beginning, so who better to discover
the new NYC with than the foremost expert on
the city!

New
Family
to the
We absolutely love to welcome new Gray
Line destinations into the family and
expand our ever-growing global network
of sightseeing. New faces this year are
several cities sure to be on the top of
your must-see list, and now you’ll be able
to explore them with the best-known
name in sightseeing.
Gray Line Israel
Each visitor to this ancient land has a
unique reason for their trip, but the his-
tory in its sandy soil will leave every one
of you in awe.
Gray Line Guatemala
If mountains, coastal waters and Mayan
history are on your must-see list, then
Guatemala may just be your perfect des-
tination. This tropical treasure is certainly
one of our family jewels.
Gray Line Lebanon
The cedars of Lebanon may just hold
ancient secrets in their limbs. The local
experts at Gray Line Lebanon will be
there to help you discover the magic
along every step of your journey.
Gray Line Spain
Of all the reasons to visit Spain—the
unrivaled cuisine, rich cultural heritage
and fascinating history, to name a few—
it’s the warm, welcoming and vibrant
people who will make your trip the most
memorable.
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Vietnam:
The allure of exotic culture wrapped in contem-
porary style is what will draw crowds to Vietnam.
At first mention, the Southeast Asian nation
might summon images of gilded antiques and
picturesque landscapes, but it also hosts a collec-
tion of modern cities that have flourished without
sacrificing an ounce of their traditional Vietnam-
ese roots.
For a glimpse of the new Vietnam, make your way
to Hanoi. The Mai Gallery in the Old Quarter is
where young artists display experimental art in-
stallations and canvasses covered with images
that are anything but traditional. Over the course
of a day, you can experience the best offerings of
the creative community and take in the chaotic
excitement of the streets before sitting down for
relaxation and refreshments at Don’s Bistro, a fa-
vorite on the Hanoi food scene.

In Vietnam, anyone seeking some outdoor ad-
venture can try to climb the limestone cliffs at
Halong Bay. If you happen to be a history enthu-
siast, plunge deep into the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho
Chi Mihn City for a sense of the country’s com-
plex past. When not visiting Vietnamese land-
marks and geological marvels, navigate your way
through the tree-lined boulevards or side streets
of Vietnam to experience Southeast Asian cuisine
and hospitality at its finest.
For brand new views, a glimpse of times gone by
and perfectly crafted cuisine, take a break from
the familiar and hop the next plane to Vietnam.
Whether you try out your knife skills with a Gray
Line cooking class, or board a boat down the Me-
kong Delta, there is no better time than now to
experience ever-evolving Vietnam.
Brazil – Crafted from sugar,
lime and cachaca (sugar
cane rum), it’s easy to see
why the Caipirinha is Brazil’s
national cocktail—it’s the
perfect refresher to sip after
a long day in the sun. This
fresh and fruity cocktail is
perfectly suited for anyone
in search of a tropical thirst-
quencher.
Spain – There is a seem-
ingly endless supply of
wine-growing regions and
styles, but some of the most
popular crowd-pleasers are
Spanish reds from the Rioja
region. Generally fruity with
hints of vanilla, this bright
red is known to be very
food-friendly—perfect for
the delicious tapas you’ll
hopefully enjoy with it!
Ireland – While most people
have heard of Guinness,
fewer know about similarly
dark and rich O’Hara’s Irish
Stout. Brewed by the small,
family-owned Carlow Brew-
ing Company, this smooth
stout with hints of cofee will
keep your Irish eyes smilin’.
NYC – The exact formula for
the Manhattan, one of the
5 namesake cocktails from
New York City’s boroughs, is
often contested. Popular wis-
dom says rye whiskey is the
original choice to mix with
sweet vermouth and bitters,
although it’s not strange to
see bourbon or Tennessee
whiskey in the mix for this
iconic American cocktail.
Bali – The beer of choice
nearly everywhere you’ll
go in Bali, a Bintang is the
perfect beachside sip.
Not necessarily the most
groundbreaking brew-style,
this light pilsner is a winner
mostly for its familiar favor
profle and smooth body—
just right for your easygoing
island vacation.
Vietnamese Market
Feeling parched?
Brazil’s Caipirinha Spanish Red Wine & Tapas NYC’s Popular Manhattan
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Sleekly modern high rises housing global corporations lie mere miles from one
of the oldest structures on the planet. Crowded streets packed with commuters
bisect quietly traditional hutong alleyways. This energy fusing ancient and modern
is the heart of Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China.
The sights, sounds and sensations of Beijing are so plentiful that there is simply
no way for a visitor to find all the must-see sights in one day. The suggestions of a
true local expert are your best bet for really seeing as much as possible. With the
wisdom of those who know Beijing like only a native can tucked securely into our
back pocket, we’ve put together our best suggestions for the perfect weekend in
Beijing.
An Insider’s Guide:
Beijing
Day 1:
Start your first day with a bang—you’ve simply
got to see the Great Wall of China, which just
so happens to be the only man-made structure
recognizable from space. A wonder which does
not need much by way of introduction, it is abso-
lutely essential to experience if you find yourself
close—and Beijing is just a stone’s throw away.
The most famous, often-photographed and easily
scalable section of the wall, the Badaling section
has been around since the Ming dynasty. Feel
the thrill of discovery as you climb the wall for
what will in all likelihood be the most unforget-
table view of your trip. If you want to evade the
crowds, you might consider a day trip out to the
lesser-known Simtai section for some undisturbed
gazing.
We’ve rounded up a few recommendations for
dinner after you return to Beijing, considering
you’ll likely have worked up an appetite. One of
the most sought after eateries is the Din Tai Fung
restaurant—they serve divine dumplings that may
just be the best in Beijing. Travelers in need of
resting their weary heads should check out the
unique Opposite House hotel, a luxurious bou-
tique accommodation blending modern architec-
ture and traditional Chinese ambiance. Not only
is this one of the coolest spots in Beijing, but their
lobby actually doubles as an art exhibit, with an
impressive collection of sculpture and paintings.
Day 2:
After a day of visiting the Great Wall and an eve-
ning getting a taste for Beijing, the next logical
place for you to explore is within the city limits.
Beijing has a wide array of things to see and do;
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as well. The perfect spot for this is Fangshan Im-
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its Chinese pastries!
Day 3:
This may be the final day of your itinerary in Bei-
jing, but don’t for a second think that you’ve seen
all there is to see. There is so much more to learn
about the fascinating culture that is a normal part
of each Beijing resident’s life.
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After absorbing the city’s culture and art, treat
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some experience of riding a rickshaw through the
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Since you’ve got to end your trip on a high note,
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be missed. City dwellers in the know like to get
fancied up and head out to Banana, a tropical
nightclub paradise, or the Lan Club, a glamorous
jetsetter destination for a big night out. As you
pack up to head home, it may feel like your trip
was a whirlwind, over almost as soon as it started,
but the memories you’ve made on your perfect
weekend in Beijing will last you a lifetime.
Taxis and rickshaws (and even hoofng
it) are all great ways to get around the
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travel needs.
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DAY 1:
Your first day in Denver you’ll definitely be itching to get up to the
mountains, but taking a breather to adjust to the altitude is probably
in your best interest. Not to worry though, you can easily fill your
day exploring the ins and outs of the city. See it all, from historic
Victorian homes like that of the eternally unsinkable Molly Brown
to cultural standouts like the golden-domed state capital, the U.S.
Mint or the perennial shopper’s favorite 16th Street Mall. After you
discover the wild west spirit and modern amenities Denver has to
offer, satisfy your mountainous appetite by heading out to dinner
at a Denver landmark. For hearty cowboy fare, try the Buckhorn Ex-
change, billed as the state’s original steakhouse. For something a bit
swankier, the Ship Tavern at historic Brown Palace hotel is delightful.
If you’re looking for a unique place to stay the night, Denver’s Hotel
Monaco is smack in the middle of downtown, pet-friendly and even
offers you a loaner pet goldfish if you need some company.
DAY 2:
On your second day, you should be adjusted to the altitude and
ready to rock! Whether you’re a ski bum, a nature lover or a novice
who came specifically for that first taste of the outdoors, part of the
Colorado experience is to hang out on the mountain and just give it
your best shot. Depending upon during which season your visit falls,
just about any active endeavor is within your reach. A short drive up
and out of the city are the resorts at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail,
Arapahoe Basin and more. If careening down a steep mountainside
on skis or a bike isn’t your thing, snowshoe hikes, fishing, or taking
it easy at one of the mountains’ summertime music festivals might
be more your speed. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival or the Jazz
Aspen Snowmass Festival always draw big names and the backdrop
can’t be beat.
Instead of joining the masses in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a late-
night return to Denver after your mountain adventures, you should
take time to grab dinner with a view. Depending upon your level of
comfort with the great outdoors, you could also grab a room at one
of the sweetly rustic B&B’s populating Colorado’s mountain towns,
or rough it at a campsite under the stars.
DAY 3:
Before you wrap up your perfect mini-vacation, spend some more
time in the city. Enjoy yet another of Denver’s 300 annual days of
sunshine, and maybe try out local brunch hotspot Snooze for an
amazing pancake pick-me-up before hitting up the network of bike
trails covering the city. If you feel like cruising instead of walking,
take the eco- friendly option of the innovative bike share program,
B-Cycle. Just rent a bike at one of the 50 stations around town and
return it to any B-Cycle location when you’re finished. Want to end
your trip with a bang? Hit up a show at one of always-interesting
Colfax Avenue’s theaters, the Bluebird or the Ogden, before some
late-night snacking at retro restaurant Steuben’s in the up-and-com-
ing Uptown neighborhood.
The comfortable hometown mix of cowboy culture and urban living
makes Denver one of the most well-rounded cities in the United
States. There’s no wonder it’s consistently voted among the happi-
est, healthiest and friendliest—you would be too if you woke up to
that view every day.
A long weekend in Denver
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As you touch down on the tarmac at Denver International Airport, you’ll be
greeted by a beautiful Rocky Mountain panorama, complemented perfectly
by bright sunshine and balmy weather. The view is advertisement enough, but
once you step outside and into the state’s natural beauty you’ll be hooked.
Welcome to your perfect long weekend in Denver!
Nowhere else in the United States will your inner adventurer and urban culture
aficionado find a place so perfectly suited to their respective loves. With the
impressive Rockies always in sight—and only a short drive away—hiking, skiing,
climbing and camping will forever be an option. For the music lover and foodie
within, there are endless hot spots to hit as well; options abound at 5,280 feet
above sea level. With the help of our local experts in Denver, we’ve put together
a list of ideas to satisfy everyone’s interests.
Nature meets Culture:
[www.grayline.com/denver]
Outside Lands Music Festival
Credit: Josh Withers
For most people, hearing a certain song will bring to mind dis-
tinct memories; for that reason, a rockin’ travel soundtrack is
essential. Having a certain melody evoke the feeling of your first
trans-Atlantic flight or that incredible hike up to Machu Picchu
is an awesome feeling. And for all of the different musical tastes
travelers may have, there is probably a corresponding festival.
A multi-day music festival is a great extension of any trip you
might have planned—you can see the sights you came to see,
then relax in a new-to-you location and see your favorite bands.
Wherever on the globe you may roam, there will be a festival.
Check out a few of our favorites:
Outside Lands:
This San Francisco newcomer is only in its
fifth year, but is already giving festival giant
Lollapalooza a run for its money as U.S. sum-
mer favorite. Hosting group and solo acts in
genres from indie to rap to bluegrass, Out-
side Lands has something for every music
lover, and its location in Golden Gate Park is
icing on the cake.
August 10-12, 2012
www.sfoutsidelands.com
Reading and Leeds:
England hosts monsters of rock and roll
each year at twin festivals in Reading and
Leeds. Not gatherings for the park-it-in-your-
lawnchair set, these festivals can get a little
rowdy—but that’s half the fun! Camp out in
the surrounding countryside and get your
party on with up-and-comers and pillars of
the rock community alike.
August 24-26, 2012
www.readingfestival.co.uk
www.leedsfestival.co.uk
Roskilde:
Held in Denmark, this 41-year-old veteran of
the European festival scene has stood the
test of time. Roskilde was created by two
music-loving high school kids in 1971, and
is now run by the Roskilde Foundation—
a nonprofit benefiting the arts. Primarily
electronica and R&B, the lineup often has
a few pop or indie sensations thrown in as
well—a grab bag of musical enjoyment for
the greater good, if you will.
July 5-8, 2012
www.roskilde-festival.dk/uk/
St. Jerome’s Laneway:
This Aussie indie fest started in the narrow
lanes of Melbourne in 2004, taking advan-
tage of the unique acoustics and crowd-
controlling size. Now with venues in Sydney,
Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as
Auckland and Singapore, bands on the fore-
front of the indie movement play the lanes in
the middle of Australian summer.
2013 (Date TBD)
www.lanewayfestival.com.au
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