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Visit Oregon USA
Happy Trails: Escape to Oregon, USA
Finding your happy place may be as easy as a short flight from LA, taking you deep into the heartland of American foodie culture and stunning natural wonder: Oregon, USA. Planning an adventure to the USA? You can hop on a super comfy 787-9 Dreamliner daily from Sydney to Los Angeles with American Airlines – but that’s only the beginning. Those flights connect to Oregon 11 times daily, so you can immerse yourself in this naturally blessed, outdoors-loving state in a mere 2.5 hours more. Why Oregon? Think skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking amongst stunning snow-capped mountains, deep scenic gorges, sweeping high deserts and majestic Pacific coastline. And that’s not even counting Oregon’s popular hub, Portland - one of the hippest places to base yourself if you love great local brews and food.   Beyond the city, three brand new self-drive Food Trails will take you deep into produce country – this just may be the most delicious way to travel. [caption id="attachment_48739" align="alignnone" width="800"] The region has a growing reputation as an excellent American culinary hotspot.[/caption] Wild Rivers Enjoy bellyfuls of berries, forage for mussels or feast on fresh-as-anything Pacific rockfish, rab and clams. Sample made-from-scratch bagels and sourdoughs, then take a hayride by a blooming pumpkin patch.   Getting there: the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail covers 134 miles of pristine coastline on Highway 101, starting in Reedsport and finishing in Brookings.   What's on the trail: stop at over 18 specialty farms and markets, 14 restaurants and seafood markets and a range of local breweries and distilleries.   Don’t miss: the cranberry rum at Stillwagon Distillery. East Gorge Historic orchards, wineries and restaurants take you from geological marvels, antique-filled farms and historic towns to small-batch ciders and beers, pick-your-own stonefruits and The Dalles Farmers’ Market (June to Oct).   Getting there: start the East Gorge Food Trail in the picturesque village of Mosier, tucked into the cliff line of the Columbia River Gorge, before taking the Historic Columbia River Highway to The Dalles and moseying your way south to Dufur.   What's on the trail: charming communities and unique experiences at working fruit farms, orchards, wineries and cideries.   Don’t miss: the cherry ice-cream at Baldwin Saloon. [caption id="attachment_48741" align="alignnone" width="667"] Enjoy a top drop at one of numerous local craft breweries.[/caption] Great Umpqua Hike and drive amongst the curve and rush of two mighty rivers, then refresh yourself with the distinctive wines of this mountainous coastal area. Dine farm-to-table, view herds of elk, breathe the ocean air and fall in love.   Getting there: anchored in Roseburg, Southern Oregon’s Great Umpqua Food Trail has three sections to explore: Reedsport along Highway 138, around Roseburg and Winston and along the North Umpqua River to Idleyld Park.   What's on the trail: incredible farm-to-table food experiences celebrating the very best of the region's bounty.   Don’t miss: the jerky from North Buffalo Ranch. Fly the American Way You can start your Oregon-style foodie adventure as soon as you leave Sydney on American Airlines; the menu in American Flagship Business class is designed by celebrity chef Sean Connolly, using grassroots ingredients and an award-winning wine list curated by sommelier Bobby Stuckey. [caption id="attachment_48736" align="alignnone" width="800"] Make your journey the most comfortable one possible with a flight on AA.[/caption] Flagship Business also features all-aisle, lie-flat seats, a Bose noise-reducing headset, a set of Casper premium sleep-technology bedding, plus amenity kits designed by the famed leather accessory company This is Ground with skincare products from Allies of Skin. In every class on board, you’ve got a carefully curated entertainment library, international and domestic wi-fi and power outlets and USB ports at every seat.   For more information and to book, visit aa.com and traveloregon.com
Philadelphia Holidays
The best experiences you can have in Philadelphia
Once the national capital (after the American Revolution), Philadelphia or the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ is known for its historical significance, but a wave of new restaurants, bars and art programs has created a hybrid of the old and new. Here, a few of Philly’s best bits. One of a kind sights [caption id="attachment_48286" align="alignnone" width="600"] Philadelphia is a world leader in street art & murals.[/caption] Historic finds abound at landmarks such as the US Mint founded in 1792; the Museum of the American Revolution, complete with George Washington’s original Headquarters Tent and a full-scale replica privateer ship; the National Liberty Museum, with its 21-foot glass Flame of Liberty sculpture; and the momentous buildings of Independence National Historical Park, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.   There’s more to see left of centre, too, such as Al Capone’s prison cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary, the cabinet of medical curiosities that is the Mütter Museum and the world-leading public art program that has earned Philly international recognition as the City of Murals. From culinary history to sandwich greatness [caption id="attachment_48288" align="alignnone" width="600"] The city's architecture covers both the historic and the modern.[/caption] While fine dining in Philly is fantastic (the City Tavern offers the same recipes it served the founding fathers in the 1770s), it’s wholesome, homestyle eats that put this city on the foodie map.   The iconic Philly cheesesteak pairs finely sliced beef with melted cheese (or Cheez Whiz for the true believers) – top it up with fried onions if you like – with the city’s most famous found at Art Deco joint, Jim’s Steaks, on South Street. Meanwhile, the Travel Channel’s ‘best sandwich in America’ – a roast pork and provolone creation – can be found in the country’s oldest continuously operating markets and culinary cornucopia that is Reading Terminal Market. Don’t forget to try the ubiquitous hoagie (a deli sub sandwich) too. Good sports [caption id="attachment_48287" align="alignnone" width="600"] You haven't "done" Philly until you've tasted a Philadelphia Cheesesteak.[/caption] If you were looking for a place to see the USA’s major-league sports live and large, Philly is it. The city has a pro team in no less than five major-league sports, meaning you can see nail-biting matches of basketball, ice hockey, NFL football, baseball and even soccer, amongst joyful local sport fans year-round.   Outside the stadiums, events such as the two-day Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta – the country’s largest collegiate regatta – and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run ensure there’s always something to watch, or even take part in.     To experience your own Philadelphia, call Qantas Holidays on 1300 443 485 or visit qantasholidays.com.au/uniquely-philadelphia
Where to eat in Honolulu, Hawai’i
Hawai‘i hasn’t always been considered a hot culinary destination – but change is afoot, as Megan Arkinstall discovers as she hits the capital’s best foodie spots. Honolulu, the capital of the Aloha State and home to famous Waikiki Beach has long been celebrated as a fly-and-flop tropical destination: one that conjures up images of grass-skirt-wearing hula dancers swaying to the harmonious sounds of the ukulele, longboard-riding surfers gesturing the shaka, and a relaxed national uniform of vibrant floral shirts and leis.   But perhaps one thing you don’t know about Hawai‘i (or at least it’s not at the top of your holiday checklist) is that it has an incredibly unique cuisine that has been born from a medley of cultural influences. (And it has nothing to do with Hawaiian pizza, which – by the way – was created in Canada.)   Here, we give you the lowdown on authentic Hawaiian cuisine, and why Honolulu is one of the USA’s hottest culinary cities.   Beyond Waikiki’s famous streets are some smaller, lesser-known enclaves with some of the tastiest, most creative eateries you’ll find. Kaka‘ako A cool neighbourhood nestled between Ala Moana and Downtown Honolulu with colourful street art, quality boutique shopping and a grassy waterfront park. [caption id="attachment_47770" align="alignleft" width="600"] Explore the streets of Kaka’ako[/caption] Moku Kitchen The menu at Moku Kitchen is seasonal and features dishes such as a fresh island mahi mahi fish sandwich, kalua pork pizza and saimin noodles (a noodle dish with Japanese, Chinese and Filipino influences). Address: 60 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu Piggy Smalls Chef Andrew Le’s Piggy Smalls has an eclectic menu featuring pho, pasta, quiche and porchetta; it’s part of the much-loved Pig and the Lady family. Address: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu [caption id="attachment_47768" align="alignleft" width="600"] Enjoy a bowl of vegan pho at Piggy Smalls[/caption] Eat the Street food truck rally If you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, be sure to check out the Eat the Street food truck rally.   More than 40 vendors cook up burgers, shrimp and tacos, as well as island-inspired cuisine such as plate lunch (the Hawaiian version of meat and three veg) and loco moco (white rice, hamburger patty, fried egg and brown gravy). Address: 555 South St, Honolulu Butterfly Ice cream For a sweet treat, head to Butterfly Ice cream, which churns small-batch seasonal ice-cream with local flavours such as Kona coffee, Lehua honey and poi banana bread. Address: 324 Coral St #103, Honolulu Kaimuki An eclectic residential neighbourhood to the east of Waikiki, with specialty shops and unique eateries. Ed Kenney Hawaiian-born chef Ed Kenney is a huge pioneer in the local food community. His restaurants Kaimuki Superette (a deli-style eatery selling seasonal sandwiches and sundries;), Town (a Mediterranean-Hawaiian restaurant with a farm-to-table menu) and Mud Hen Water (honouring Hawai‘i’s cuisine through small and large share plates) are all located in Kaimuki and showcase what Hawaiian Regional Cuisine is all about. Koko Head Cafe Hidden down an alley, Koko Head Cafe is a popular island-style brunch house with a menu of inventive comfort food such as a poke omelette, pancakes Hawaiian-style, and the deathly decadent Elvis’s Revenge – peanut butter, banana tempura, bacon, local honey, toasted coconut and sweet bun. [caption id="attachment_47767" align="alignleft" width="600"] Coffee and doughnuts at Koko Head Cafe[/caption] It’s helmed by top chef and ex-New Yorker Lee Anne Wong, a household name in the US who also lends her talents to Hawaiian Airlines as its executive chef. Address: 1145 12th Ave C, Honolulu Chinatown Established more than 140 years ago, this is one of the USA’s oldest Chinatown districts. [caption id="attachment_47769" align="alignleft" width="600"] Honolulu’s Chinatown district is one of the oldest in the State[/caption] Maguro Brothers Maguro Brothers is the place to go for some of the freshest fish on the island. Run by two Japanese fishmonger brothers, this no-fuss stall is tucked away at the back of Kekaulike Market and has a simple menu of poke, sashimi, cooked fish and ramen. Senia Refined but relaxed, Senia is about expertly prepared and artfully presented Modern American cuisine. Guests can dine à la carte or indulge in a US$185 ($260) per person tasting menu at the 12-seat chef counter facing the kitchen. Address: 75 N King St, Honolulu The Pig and the Lady Chow down on Vietnamese fare made with Pacific ingredients and a Hawaiian twist at The Pig and the Lady. The menu features dishes like green papaya salad with fried kuaui shrimp, Hanoi-style fish and poi, and malasadas (a Portuguese confection). [caption id="attachment_47771" align="alignleft" width="600"] The Pig and the lady[/caption] Address: 83 N King St, Honolulu Getting there Hawaiian airlines has direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Honolulu.   Optional upgrades to Extra Comfort seating provide more leg room, priority boarding in Honolulu, a complimentary amenities kit and a wider array of entertainment. Staying there Located right on the beachfront, the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers 635 generous room and suites and facilities including the La‘akea Spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, sun deck and whirlpool spa, a trio of signature restaurants and daily Hawaiian cultural activities.   It also offers easy access to shopping and dining at Waikiki Beach Walk and the bustling heart of Waikiki, Kalakaua Avenue.
What to do in Winnipeg, Canada
Manitoba’s underrated capital flies under the radar with the Rocky Mountaineer-riding visitors who flock to Canada. I f Vancouver is Canada’s version of Sydney, then Winnipeg – the capital of prairie province Manitoba – is more like Melbourne.   It’s undeniably trendy, with a strong craft-beer scene, a funky streetscape full of murals and a world-class museum. Add to that fab food, fascinating history and a few colourful suprises, and the ’Peg, as the locals call it, rivals ’Van City when it comes to culture.   Since being named a cultural capital of Canada almost a decade ago, Winnipeg has continued to attract publicity for its array of artsy experiences – but still flies under the radar of international visitors, for now.   At the heart of the city’s burgeoning popularity is the Exchange District, located downtown. Once the centre of Canada’s grain industry, the area is characterised by the cobbled streets, 20th-century stone warehouses and terracotta-clad skyscrapers left behind.   While this distinctive urban landscape is impressive, it’s the goings-on inside these structures that keep travellers coming back, with specialty retailers, pop-up stores, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries. Much more than a pit stop on the Trans-Canada Highway, Winnipeg has proven to be a destination in its own right.   Here’s what not to miss when you’re in town... The Forks Market At the edge of the Exchange District, Winnipeg’s spiritual heart The Forks (a historic meeting place at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers) is worth the trip for the markets. [caption id="attachment_47747" align="alignleft" width="600"] Stop at The Forks for a craft brew or two[/caption] Former train yard stables house a fun mix of independent food and drink options, including a boisterous medley of regional craft brews at ground-floor get-together spot The Common.   With a suitably light head, spoil yourself with handmade creative pressies from the Etsy-like Forks Trading Company and graze on a light sourdough rye sandwich from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company (with flour milled on site). Address: 1 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg The Rights Museum The concept-heavy, artefact-light Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an utter breath of fresh air, from its ‘100 moments in human rights’ exhibition to more intimate storytelling about such heroines as Viola Desmond, Canada’s version of Rosa Parkes. [caption id="attachment_47749" align="alignleft" width="600"] The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is shaped like a dove[/caption] The modernist building’s glass exterior is symbolically shaped like a dove (sort of), but the seven-level journey inside is more impressive. It’s designed to mirror the battle for civil rights, starting in the dark spaces of the ground floor right up to the hope- and light-filled top storey.   The indigenous art on display is worth the trip alone, especially the largest Métis beadwork in existence. Address: 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg See the hundreds of city-wide murals The population that suffers Winnipeg’s icy winter deserves a little colour. The solution? Hundreds of city-wide murals, which mirror Winnipeg’s cultures (including a strong Ethiopian connection) and epochs. [caption id="attachment_47748" align="alignleft" width="600"] Take a tour of Winnipeg’s street art[/caption] You’ll see proof that the ’Peg was once Canada’s secret entertainment capital with tributes to legends who used to tread the boards here, from Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers to Blues divinities like B.B. King and Robert Johnson. Take a tour with Heartland International Travel & Tours so you catch all the highlights. Manitoba’s Da Vinci Code It’s not usually our style to recommend government buildings, but… While the 77-metre-high Manitoba Legislative Building is an impressive example of neoclassical design, it’s what you don’t see (at first) that is pure Da Vinci Code. [caption id="attachment_47750" align="alignleft" width="600"] Unlock the secrets of the Manitoba Legislative Building[/caption] Without giving too much away, architect Frank Worthington Simon designed masonic symbols, bizarre mathematical repetitions, Nostradamus-like predictions and a sacrificial altar into a place that’s been described as ‘more temple than building’. Do the Hermetic Code Tour with expert Dr. Frank Albo (see Heartland, left) or you’ll definitely miss the best bits. Dining in the Exchange District Deer + AlmonD This haven caters for the discerning hipster who appreciates the odd culinary surprise: vodka tempura crudités with caramelised cauliflower dip anyone? Peasant Cookery French-inspired, made-from-scratch slow-food classics, the kind of thing your (French-Canadian) grandma would make: onion soups, chicken livers, beef tartare and house-made pickles. Try the charcuterie board. [caption id="attachment_47745" align="alignleft" width="600"] Indulge your sweet tooth at Cake-ology[/caption] Forth Coffee Find monthly open-mic nights, a basement cocktail bar and a scrummy shakshuka and Parlour Coffee, a popular morning cuppa stop featuring baked holey treats from neighbouring Bronuts, deliver a way-better-than-your-average-North-American caffeine hit. Parlour Coffee The binge-inducing retro bakehouse with cartoon-colourful shelves full of rainbow sprinkles and topping jars. Sample a Boston cream cupcake or Saskatoon berry imperial cookie from these sweet treat virtuosos. Spa Town A 20-minute cab ride from the city centre takes you to Thermea Spa: part country club, part outdoor spa theme park. [caption id="attachment_47746" align="alignleft" width="600"] Spend a day at the Thermea Spa[/caption] Even when there’s snow on the ground (which is often in Winnipeg), it’s easy and comfortable to move between the outdoor and indoor (hot and cold) features, after a light lunch of locally sourced cold smoked fish. Throw another lemon grass-infused ice ball into the sauna and then head to the heated tile beds. Details Getting there Air Canada flies daily from Sydney and Brisbane, and four times per week from Melbourne, direct to Vancouver, with connecting flights to Winnipeg.
The ultimate Grand Canyon travel guide
For many, Grand Canyon National Park is a sightseeing coach stop, a natural tonic for the lights of nearby Las Vegas and a ‘been there’ photo opportunity. But the world’s most famous canyon in Arizona, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a national park, deserves better. As you’ll see here, it’s been home to people for thousands of years, and it took millions of years for the Colorado River to expose billions of years of geological history as it scoured a path down into the bedrock.   Bordered by several Native American reservations, the World Heritage site is steeped in Navajo, Havasupai and Hualapai culture and you can spend days walking trails with vistas of unparalleled scale. Perhaps you should pop to Vegas for a day and spend a week here instead… Getting there The Grand Canyon is split into two distinct zones, the North Rim and the South Rim.   It’s about a four-and-a-half-hour drive to get from one rim to the other, so ensure you  plan your trip accordingly. [caption id="attachment_47355" align="alignleft" width="600"] Toroweap Point – a jewel of the North Rim[/caption] If you’re keen to visit the North Rim, your best bet is to fly to Las Vegas, then drive the four and a half hours to the park.   If you're heading to the South Rim, from Phoenix it’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive.   For those without a car, the Arizona Shittle runs vans from Flagstaff to to the village three times a day. When to visit The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November, when the crowds have shooed and daytime temperatures are predominantly cool.   If you decide to visit during the summer (the park's peak season), be prepared for hordes of tourists and very limited lodging availability. What to bring When travelling through Grand Canyon National Park, it's best to over prepare with your packing. We suggest sunscreen, a water bottle, optimum snacks, a camera, a small first-aid kit and a backpack to carry it all in. What to see Fit these natural and woman-made wonders into your Grand Canyon itinerary. Havasu Falls You’ll need to reserve a permit to hike to this natural spectacle in the Havasupai Indian Reservation.   A 30-metre waterfall cascades into a brilliant aqua-blue plunge pool that owes its colour to the high levels of calcium carbonate in the water, forming a stark contrast with the steep ochre cliffs of the creek. [caption id="attachment_47356" align="alignleft" width="600"] Havasu Falls – a view from the top[/caption] The 16-kilometre trail to the campground takes four to seven hours to hike, passing through the village of Supai. Horseshoe Bend See the Colorado River at its dramatic best from this vantage point on the rim of the Grand Canyon.   A view of the river carving a tight meander through the red rock, it’s perhaps the best spot to see how the power of water has hewn the steep sides of the Grand Canyon over millions of years.   Just outside the northern confines of the park, take a short walk from the highway to reach Horseshoe Bend and get snapping. Mary Colter architecture You wouldn’t think that architecture should be on your Grand Canyon agenda, but you’ll find the works of architect Mary Colter, who designed gift shops and other tourism structures sympathetic to the landscape here in the first half of the 20th century.   One of the few female architects of her day, she was the pioneer of a rustic style that incorporated Native American touches and traditional pueblo design. Make sure you head to Colter’s Hopi House and Desert View Watchtower. Tusayan Ruins Having marvelled at 20th-century faux Pueblo Indian architecture you can see the fascinating remains of the real thing at the 800-year-old Tusayan Ruins, a snapshot into the lives of people here before European settlement.   The low stone semi-circular walls of the main living area, storage rooms and a kiva, a ceremonial space, can be explored with a guide or by yourself on a short trail.   The Tusayan Museum here is a reconstruction of a Hopi Indian house. Whitewater Rafting One of the most spectacular places on the planet to go rafting, the Colorado River surges and at times sedately pours past gargantuan cliffs. Take a multi-day trip with experts in the field like advantage. Go Hiking The South Kaibab Trail gives you a taste of the gradients that make this place so special, rewarding you with the best views for your efforts.   It winds down the canyon to a campsite on the Colorado River, taking about four to five hours each way. [caption id="attachment_47353" align="alignleft" width="600"] Views from a hike in the Grand Canyon National Park[/caption] Desert view drive Rent a convertible for this one, a scenic drive that affords sweeping vistas of the Grand Canyon dotted with pull-over viewpoints along the way.   Plus it takes in the Tusayan Ruins and Museum, and Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower. Animal spotting Mountain lion You’ll be fortunate to spot the biggest predator in the park, aka the cougar; don’t worry, they’re not interested in humans. Tarantula The Aphonopelma behlei, a species of the world’s biggest spiders, lives here. Watch you don’t step on the four-inch beasts. Gila monster Like miniature Godzillas, these lizards have orange and black blotchy scales and lounge around in the surrounding deserts. Tiger salamander Look out for this striking black and yellow amphibian in pools and creeks around the Grand Canyon’s rim.  
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13 of the best film locations you can visit in Los Angeles
Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood by visiting the bars, hotels, restaurants and precincts featured in 2019's most talked about films and television shows. Los Angeles is the undisputed entertainment capital of the world. It has served as the backdrop to countless award-winning films and television shows since Hollywood first became the central hub of the emerging U.S film industry in the early 1900s. This makes L.A. the perfect destination for film and television buffs looking to experience the locations featured in the most talked about films and shows of 2019. [caption id="attachment_46929" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Virgil features in A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.[/caption] A Star Is Born Could there be a more perfect location for a film about a love story between a rock star and aspiring singer than the city where dreams are made? Locals and visitors to Los Angeles can find the locations of some of their favourite scenes in the movie. [caption id="attachment_46930" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Virgil is the set for first time Jackson watches Alley sing.[/caption] The Virgil – The popular East Hollywood bar is the location where Jackson first watches Ally perform La Vie en Rose at the drag show.   Address: 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles [caption id="attachment_46931" align="alignnone" width="600"] Ally perform La Vie en Rose at the drag show at Los Angeles' Virgil bar.[/caption] Greek Theatre – Jack attempts to convince Ally to come with her to his next concert at none other than the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. Ally decides to take a risk, quits her job and flies to the Greek where Jack convinces her to sing Shallow on stage.   Address: 2700 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles [caption id="attachment_46932" align="alignnone" width="600"] A cosier side to The Virgil that we didn't see as much of in the film.[/caption] Chateau Marmont – Ally and Jackson share a moment in their hotel room, filmed at the Chateau Marmont, just before the launch of her album while looking out at her billboard on Sunset Boulevard.   Address: 8221 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles [caption id="attachment_46933" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Chateau Marmont is the setting for the scent in A Star Is Born when Ally and Jackson look out over her billboard just before her album launch.[/caption] This Is Us The award-winning television show may be set in Pittsburgh and the New York tri-state area but it is filmed in the City of Angels. You can find the locations of the show's most heartwarming and tear-jerking scenes throughout Los Angeles. [caption id="attachment_46935" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nickel Diner in Downtown Los Angeles serves up some mouthwatering sweets.[/caption] Godmother's Saloon – 'Froggy's' may be the name of Rebecca and Jack's local Pittsburgh hangout in the show, but Godmother's Saloon, located in San Pedro, is the actual filming location.   Address: 302 West 7th, San Pedro [caption id="attachment_46936" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nickel Diner also happens to be the very diner that Kevin and Sophie share their first kiss in This Is Us.[/caption] Nickel Diner –Downtown Los Angeles's Nickel Diner is the place where Sophie and Kevin had their first kiss and where Kevin attempts to win Sophie back in season one of the show. Customers will be transported back to the 1940s in this vintage-style restaurant.   Address: 524S Main Street, Los Angeles  [caption id="attachment_46937" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nickel Diner is also the same diner Kevin tries to win Sophie back in season one of This Is Us.[/caption] Hotel Café –It is the location of Rebecca's Valentine's Day show in season one and the venue is a Los Angeles musical landmark in Hollywood. Some of the Hotel Café's most notable performers include Coldplay's Chris Martin, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.   Address: 1623 ½ North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles  [caption id="attachment_46938" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Hotel Café is the location of Rebecca's Valentine's Day show.[/caption] Insecure [caption id="attachment_46941" align="alignnone" width="600"] Openaire is located on the LINE Hotel's rooftop in Koreatown.[/caption] The HBO hit series has received countless accolades for depicting a more positive side to life in South Los Angeles than what viewers generally see in mainstream television shows or films. The majority of scenes are filmed in the South L.A. neighbourhood but there are a few hangouts for Issa and friends sprinkled throughout the city. [caption id="attachment_46940" align="alignnone" width="600"] The restaurant was the location of Molly and Issa's brunch in season two of Insecure.[/caption] Mavericks Flat –The location of where Issa runs into Daniel in the very first episode of Insecure. Artists such as the Temptations and Marvin Gaye performed at this Leimert Park landmark, and it was once known as the 'Apollo of the West' during the '60s and '70s when it was one of the foremost jazz, soul and R&B venues in the city.   Address: 4225 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles  [caption id="attachment_46942" align="alignnone" width="600"] Openaire is Josiah Citrin's new restaurant (formerly known as The Commissary).[/caption] Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant – The city's oldest Ethiopian restaurant plays host to Issa's birthday party in another episode, starring in a scene between Molly and Issa. Located in Los Angeles's Little Ethiopia district, this intimate establishment is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal.   Address: 1036 ½ Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles   Openaire – Josiah Citrin's new restaurant (formerly known as The Commissary) is located on the LINE Hotel's rooftop in Koreatown. The restaurant's distinctive greenhouse decor makes it instantly recognisable as the location of Molly and Issa's brunch in season two.   Address: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles   GLOW Netflix's original comedy pays homage to the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling variety show of the 1980s that was originally set in Las Vegas. Netflix decided to move the show's location to Los Angeles and as a result it gives us a look into the city's colourful history.   The Pink Motel – To prepare for the show the ladies of GLOW are sent to live at the Dusty Spur, which is actually the Pink Motel in Sun Valley. The retro hotel has also appeared on shows such as Dexter and Drive, and while it is closed for business you can still get an outside look at the location before popping in next door to Cadillac Jack’s Cafe, another popular filming location for GLOW.   Address: 9457 San Fernando Road, Sun Valley [caption id="attachment_46947" align="alignnone" width="600"] Ruth and Sam stopped in at the Mayan in Downtown L.A. in GLOW, but you'll also recognise it from scenes in The Bodyguard and A Night at the Roxbury.[/caption] The Mayan – When scouting for locations to shoot GLOW, Ruth and Sam stopped in at the Mayan in Downtown L.A. The historic theatre is intricately designed with Aztec features and has also appeared in The Bodyguard and A Night at the Roxbury. It now operates as a nightclub.   Address: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles [caption id="attachment_46948" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Hollywood Palladium's interior is used as the fictional Hayworth Hotel in GLOW.[/caption] Hollywood Palladium – The women of GLOW decide to film the first episode at the fictional Hayworth Hotel, which uses the interior of the Hollywood Palladium. The exterior of the Palladium was also used in a different episode of the show as a movie theatre screening Back to the Future.   Address: 6215 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood [caption id="attachment_46949" align="alignnone" width="600"] The exterior of the Palladium was also used in a different episode of the show as a movie theatre screening Back to the Future.[/caption] Bird Box Sandra Bullock stars in the chilling Netflix movie Bird Box. The 2019 film has taken over Australia’s screens (and memes!) and travellers will be pleased to learn they can visit the Monrovia home from the film, which is located in Los Angeles County. Monrovia House – Monrovia is located 32 kilometres north of Los Angeles, and this seven-bedroom property is the home of Sandra Bullock and her children in Bird Box. The suburb is also the location of numerous other iconic films, including Legally Blonde, American Pie and Never Been Kissed.   Address: 304 North Canyon Boulevard, Monrovia Travelling to Los Angeles? Here is how you can spend a perfect 48 hours solo in the City of Angels.
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The other side of Washington, DC you need to know about
Known for being the capital of the states and a cultural centre; there are few cities in the States where history, diverse cultures and eclectic neighbourhoods intersect the way they do here. Forget politics – here’s the real buzz you need to know about in Washington, DC. Neighbourhoods: the lay of the land There are a couple of dozen neighbourhoods patchworking together the map of DC, each with a very distinct feel. Once you’ve walked the chic streets of Downtown, get your shop on in the endless boutiques of cobblestoned Georgetown, spurred on by its exquisite landscape of historic houses, fine art galleries and waterfront. [caption id="attachment_46572" align="alignnone" width="600"] Relax with a sunset kayak on the lake.[/caption] Get funky (and foodie) in left-of-centre Shaw, stay up late on U Street, and of course, get your walking shoes to tour infamous massive monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, on the National Mall. And don’t miss nightly free shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, set amongst the green space of university area Foggy Bottom. People & culture: get immersed Washington, DC’s mere 700,000-odd residents enjoy neighbourhood after neighbourhood of cosmopolitan facilities and a depth of culture born of thriving artistic communities and multicultural traditions. One must-see, in the eclectic, once-industrial NoMa district, is the mid-century food hall-turned-hip centre Union Market; stroll amongst the street art, craft distilleries and vintage clothing stalls and fall in love. [caption id="attachment_46570" align="alignnone" width="600"] Wander through the markets and discover local artists.[/caption] Then head over the Penn Quarter and Chinatown and catch a basketball game – the Washington Wizards and Mystics teams both call Capital One Arena home, with the surrounding streets filled with sophisticated eats and a neverending neighbourhood buzz. Insider’s secret Scope out historical and mural-lined Blagden alley for bars and restaurants beloved of locals. Culinary experiences: the must-eat list Things can get a bit spicy in a town like DC, sure, and that includes the food. Run, don’t walk, to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, take a leaf from the book of Barack Obama himself and order a half-smoke; it’s DC’s signature sausage, smoked then grilled, and served up hot-dog style with onions, cheese and chili sauce. [caption id="attachment_46574" align="alignnone" width="600"] Don't miss the trendy Maydan eatery and bar.[/caption] At the more rarefied end of the scale, there are no less than 16 DC eateries sporting Michelin stars; for the full three-star experience, hand over your wallet and your heart at the impeccable The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.   To experience your own Washington, DC, call Qantas Holidays on 1300 443 485 or visit qantasholidays.com.au/destination-dc
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Journey Alaska by land and sea with Holland America Line
Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys let you extend your Alaska adventure into the wild interior of Alaska and the Yukon. And who better to show you the Great Land? Holland America Line’s experiences are carefully crafted to reflect the best of Alaska, and even allow you to choose your own path. A Land+Sea Journey may take you to the foot of mighty Denali or venture further to the unspoiled reaches of the Yukon (an experience offered by no other cruise company). The Land+Sea Journeys program allows Holland America Line to focus on this majestic destination and experience while offering guests its renowned combination of elegance and adventure in Alaska and the Yukon. [caption id="attachment_45283" align="alignnone" width="600"] Big brown bear (Ursus arctos) in the mountain[/caption] Need to know Holland America Line is the only cruise company that takes guests to the unspoiled reaches of the Yukon. For the ultimate Great Land getaway, combine an Alaska cruise with Denali National Park and the wild frontier of the Yukon Territory. Ride on the McKinley Explorer glass-domed railcars, pan for gold, or even cruise the Yukon River on a sternwheeler. Located at the very gates of Denali National Park at the magnificent 24-hectare McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali Square serves as both hub and retreat for guests exploring the park, and features cosy fire pits, perfect for gathering around on cool Alaskan evenings as well as outdoor seating to enjoy the scenery in summer. You’ll also find shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaskan native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park. [caption id="attachment_45284" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mountains of Denali[/caption] Klondike Spirit Yukon River cruise Step aboard the Klondike Spirit and embark on a cruise to a bygone era on the only operating paddlewheeler in the Yukon Territory (at an additional cost). As you make your way through breathtaking landscapes along the Yukon River, the third-longest river in America, keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, including moose, bears and bald eagles. Tundra landing via helicopter Explore the hills just outside of Denali National Park on this short ride (at an additional cost). Keep your eyes on the horizon to see Denali, North America’s tallest peak, or Mount Deborah, her impressive sister. Just moments after take-off, you will be deeply immersed in Alaskan back country. Your pilot will set down on the soft, alpine tundra, giving you the amazing opportunity to step out into this scenic landscape.   Experience the authentic Alaska you’ve always dreamed of with the cruise line that is the undisputed leader in Alaska Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. For more information call 1300 987 322, contact your travel professional or visit www.hollandamerica.com/alaska

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