In the October 2004 Anniversary Issue:
The New Grand Tour

FEATURES

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INTRODUCTION
We go around the world in 80 destinations—a Grand Tour for the 21st century—beginning on our own continent and ending on an island in the vast Pacific.

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SMART TRAVELER: CONQUER THE WORLD
A practical guide to round-the-world travel: ticketing, useful websites, and tips from people who've done it. By Christopher Elliott.

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THE AMERICAS
We look around our own backyard and find surprises in every corner: the treeless tundra of Nunavut, Anasazi dwellings, Mexican art in Morelia, and more. Plus, the Currier and Ives corner of New Hampshire. By George W. Stone. Photographs by John Kernick.

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Miami: Back to the Future
With its fizzy cultural mix and fabulous style, sunny Miami is the U.S.'s first true city of tomorrow. By T.D. Allman. Photographs by Catherine Karnow.

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Madidi, Bolivia: Call of the Wild
Macaws, monkeys, parrots, peccaries, bats, jaguars—that's just some of the abundant wildlife you'll see in this protected pocket of the Amazon forest. By Tim Cahill. Photographs by Chris Rainier.

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AFRICA & EUROPE
We visit Africa's "next" destinations, such as newly opened Libya, then head to Europe's little-known gems, like England's South Downs. Plus, a Zambezi safari with National Geographic photographer Chris Johns.

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Finnish Lapland: The Culture of Cool
For those in search of winter as it was meant to be, here's the place: snowdrifts piled high, crisp cold air, the aurora borealis, and a steam sauna for warmth. By Jeff Rennicke. Photographs by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel.

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Riga: A Baltic Masterpiece Born Again
Latvia's capital reclaims its reputation as a crossroads city bursting with creative energy. By Melissa Rossi. Photographs by Alexandra Avakian.

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SPECIAL FOLDOUT SECTION
Traveling through Time: Our chronology of milestones in travel includes the firsts, the bests, and the mosts. By Kristin Harrison.

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MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
Onward to lands known for their religious and cultural heritage and 21st-century promise: Syria, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, South Korea, and more. Plus, emerging tourist hot spot Lijiang, China.

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Turkish Coast: Lost in Time
A mellow sail along the Turquoise Coast navigates the contradictions of contemporary Turkey. By James Morgan. Photographs by Michael Melford.

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Luang Prabang: A Taste of Old Asia
This Laotian city of gracious traditional ways and Buddhist spirit gives a sense of what Asia was like decades ago, before karaoke and neon. By P.F. Kluge. Photographs by Michael Yamashita.

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THE PACIFIC REALM
We explore a region composed more of ocean than land—before finally ending our journey at the feet of the secretive stone guardians of Easter Island.

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Tasmania: At the Edge of the World
Last stop before Antarctica, this once "fatal shore" now attracts those in search of pastoral beauty and the joys of simple living. By P.F. Kluge. Photographs by Kris LeBoutillier.

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Pahala, Hawaii: The Last Aloha Region
In the shadow of fiery Kilauea, the Big Island district of Kau prides itself on its old-Hawaii character. By Steve Chapple. Photographs by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel.

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SPECIAL SECTION
80 Experts for Your Travel Files: Our pick of the best tour operators and travel agents with expertise in specific regions of the globe. By Margaret Loftus.



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