Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear

Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear

Holly Hughes

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 1118046005

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages

This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird habitats, places to see the last remaining species of big game in the wild, cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, petroglyphs, and more. This Second Edition offers new reviews and updates on such topics as the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, the effects of earthquakes in Asia and Haiti, and improvements and progress in the fight to preserve threatened places.

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some rays, seemingly oblivious to human observers. While you’re up there, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the shy pikas, tiny rabbit relatives that inhabit rocky talus slopes. If you don’t see them, you may at least hear their strange high-pitched beeping call. Vulcanologists estimate it’ll be another 500 years before Rainier’s set to erupt again. But even if there is no lava flow, these precipitous glacier-mantled slopes are prone to flooding and debris flow. At any point during your

where their breeding sites have been cordoned off. With so many visitors, the Pinnacles faces several challenges. Carelessly discarded litter and human waste jeopardize the streams that are vital for survival in this dry microclimate. The condors, which are carrion eaters, have tested for high lead levels after feasting on contaminated carcasses. Exotic species such as the yellow star thistle, carried in as tiny seeds on hiking boots, threaten to overrun native plants. Wind and erosion also

carved boulders and canyon faces along 17km (11 miles) of the river Coa, in northeast Portugal, but it was prevented by an international protest campaign. Carvings are still being excavated in this little-known archaeological gem. 351/279/768 260. Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, Namibia In the stark red Namibian desert, these 6,000-year-old rock engravings created by the San bushmen of the Kalihari almost seem to glow under the desert sun. Whereas most bushman art in Africa (at Tsodilo in

(113km) farther upstate, in the town of Akeley, on Main Street you’ll find the next Paul Bunyan statue, a really big one—he’d be 25 feet (7.6m) tall if he stood up. Instead he crouches down kindly, resting his ax beside him, with his hand gently cupped to hold tourists for photo ops. The black beard on this one is seriously impressive. Forty miles (64km) north of Akeley, you come to Bemidji—purportedly Bunyan’s birthplace—where the granddaddy of all Paul Bunyan statues stands downtown, next to

surprisingly shallow waters—Biscayne Bay is actually an estuary, a gradual transition zone from fresh water to saline sea—an overwhelming variety of life thrives in pillowy seagrass beds and tangled mangrove stands. The best way to explore this fascinating transition zone is with a canoe or kayak (rent from Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc., 305/230-1100, at the Convoy Point visitor center, or check the park schedule for ranger-led canoe tours). Paddle along the western shore of Biscayne

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