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National Geographic Traveler June/July 2017

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editor’s note by george!

Summer is my favorite season. When I was a kid, I would reliably grow half an inch between May and August, a triumph I attributed to sun and liberation. Summer is when my family would explore America, setting out from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, Williamsburg, Greenwich Village, and even Canada. On slow days I would ride my bike five miles to Michigan, just to cross the border. I’d return home by sunset, and my mom would be surprised to learn that I had left the state. Once, when I was a teenager, I biked 1,111 miles around Lake Michigan, pedaling through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, eating nothing but peanut butter. That summer I grew a full inch. Summer is a season for discovery. If travel is play for grown-ups, then…

1 min.
road trip

➤ Miles: 30.8 ● Days on the Road: 3 ● Best Cherry Pie: Sweetie Pies in Fish Creek ● Best Stargazing: Newport State Park You could be forgiven for imagining you’ve gone back in time when driving along two-lane, treelined highways through this Wisconsin peninsula, which juts into Lake Michigan like a thumb. In Door County a slower and quieter way of life still prevails. Days are spent meandering through gallery-and-boutique-packed towns with Gatsbyesque names like Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay or pursuing more active adventures like sailing the bay, hiking wooded trails, and kayaking along the rugged coast. Nights are filled with bonfires and fish boils. And no visit is complete without sampling the Montmorency cherries that are everywhere, from you-pick orchards to roadside stands. Here, life is…

2 min.
road trip wisconsin

STOP 1 Swedish Smorgasbord Yes, there are live goats on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. It started as a joke more than 40 years ago, but the goats were such an attention-getter they became a regular feature, munching on the sod-covered roof daily. Beyond the rooftop grazers, the restaurant is a bastion of the region’s Scandinavian heritage. Waitresses in traditional Swedish folk dresses serve up Swedish meatballs and crepe-thin pancakes with lingonberry jam at this bustling spot. STOP 2 Get the Local Scoop The red-and-white striped awning of Wilson’s Restaurant makes it easy to spot this old-fashioned soda fountain. Home-brewed root beer and treats like the Cherry Berry Delight, vanilla ice cream layered with Door County cherry, blueberry, and strawberry toppings, have made this a popular landmark since 1906. Sweeten the deal and…

1 min.
mini guide

“San Francisco has only one drawback. ’Tis hard to leave.” —Rudyard Kipling In 1967 nearly 100,000 people flooded San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, creating a movement now dubbed the Summer of Love. Five decades later, travelers still head to Haight Street, home to vegetarian cafés, smoke shops, and a sprawling Amoeba Music. But San Francisco isn’t exactly hippie headquarters anymore. Tech moguls moved in, housing prices have skyrocketed (earning San Fran the title of the most expensive city in the United States), and high-rises are reshaping the downtown skyline. But even with all the changes over the past 50 years, there’s still plenty to love about California’s City by the Bay. KARSTEN MAY, TAMER KOSELI (ALL ILLUSTRATIONS)…

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book it san francisco

● NEW ● CLASSIC ● TRENDY The HOTEL ZEPPELIN ( ● ) celebrates the city’s rockers and rule-breakers through Instagramready design details, from psychedelic posters to peace signs projected onto guest room ceilings. A block from Union Square, the 196-room hotel also features event venues named Love and Peace—the latter being a game room with pop art murals and an oversize bingo board. At Nob Hill’s 592-room FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO ( ● ), which withstood the 1906 earthquake, don’t miss the indoor thunderstorms and tropical drinks at the old-school Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar or the bronze Tony Bennett statue near the hotel’s entrance. The singer first performed “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” here in 1961. Located in an early 1900s brick warehouse, the ARGONAUT HOTEL ( ● )…

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four food trends to savor

Healthy Cafés 1 Seed + Salt is among several area kitchens taking local and organic to new levels. The clean-eating spot in the Marina district features plant-based, gluten-free bites like the popular veggie burger—a blend of beets, walnuts, lentils, and mushrooms. A former fine-dining exec co-founded Hayes Valley’s Little Gem, a destination for veggie bowls and flatbreads free of dairy and refined sugar. Michelin-starred Al’s Place spotlights seasonal produce and fermented eats in the Mission district, dishing up meat items as sides. Fresh Food Halls 2 The three-floor culinary emporium China Live debuted this year, bringing an Asian tea café, a restaurant with cooking stations, and an eight-course fine-dining venue to Chinatown. Last August the Tartine Bakery team opened Tartine Manufactory, a 6,000-square-foot Mission production space and dining hall. The chic outpost houses…