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2. Bike- O-Vision

2.1. #1 Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

2.2. #2 Covered Bridges of Oregon

2.3. #3 Colorado National Monument

2.4. #4 Arches & Capitol Reef National Parks

2.5. #5 Napa & Sonoma Wine County

2.5.1. 93 Conn Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). abv: 14.5% Price: $25 Conn Creek was one of Napa Valley’s more promising boutique wineries when it began in 1973. In 1986, Washington State-based Stimson Lane Vineyards & Estates (now Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) purchased the winery. With Conn Creek’s release of five new Cabernet Sauvignons from the great 2007 vintage, it has clearly reclaimed its relevance. The ’07 Napa Cabernet—rich, dry and full-bodied—shows a mastery of the blender’s art, with grapes for this 100% Cabernet hailing from eight subappellations, including St. Helena, Stags Leap, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain. Conn Creek’s winemaker since 2009 has been Mike McGrath, who previously worked at Charles Krug, William Hill and Villa Mt. Eden. However, the ’07 Napa Cab was made by his predecessor, Jeff McBride, who now is at Benziger. 20,000 cases produced.

2.5.2. 92 B Side 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). abv: 14.7% Price: $25 The name of this Cabernet, “B Side,” comes from the days of vinyl records. “It’s that gem of a track that’s on the other side of the hit song,” says Greg Kitchens, the winemaker who is responsible for the red wines of the well-known négociant firm, Don Sebastiani & Sons (Smoking Loon, Aquinas, Pepperwood Grove and others, as well as B Side). The 37-year-old Kitchens, who’s been with the Sebastiani family since 1999, describes Don & Sons as “a value wine company. With B Side, we decided to go after big Napa Valley, but at a value.” By “big Napa Valley,” Kitchens means, “It’s coming up with everything you’d want in Napa, at a third of the price you expect to pay.” Because of confidentiality agreements, he can’t legally identify where most of the grapes came from, but points out that 2009 was a very good year to buy bulk premium wine from wineries that had to offload excess inventory. “You can say that some of them are right on Highway 29 in the Oakville-Rutherford area.” 8,500 6-packs produced.

2.5.3. 91 Black Stallion 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). abv: 14.5% Price: $25 Black Stallion’s winemaker, David Ostheimer, calls this his “entry-level Cab, the most commercially available.” Although it’s just a fraction of the price of the winery’s $150 Bucephalus bottling, it’s close to it in spirit, which Ostheimer credits to superior viticulture and purchased fruit from Rutherford, Stags Leap District, Oak Knoll, Oakville, Pope Valley and Wooden Valley. Give credit, too, to Ostheimer’s previous experience managing Gallo’s premium wine unit, which included such Cabernetcentric houses as Louis M. Martini and William Hill. He notes that the value aspect of the 2009 Cabernet is a reflection of the philosophy of Black Stallion’s owners, the Indelicato family: “Let’s make our wines as good or better than anyone else, at a price everyone can afford. That’s the premise of everything we do in this company.” 9,000 cases produced.

2.6. #6 California's Pacific Coast Highway

2.7. #7 Western Seasons

2.8. #8 Blue Ridge Parkway & Shenandoah

2.9. #9 Yellowstone National Park

2.10. #10 The Grand Tetons, Wyoming

2.11. #11 South Carolina Backroads

2.12. #12 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

2.13. #13 The Gulf Coast

2.14. #14 San Francisco Bay

2.15. #15 New England Autumn

2.16. #16 American Gems

2.17. #17 Zion National Park

2.18. #18 Cycling the Redwoods

2.19. #19 Eastern Sierra Hillclimbs

2.20. #20 Yosemite & Death Valley National Parks

2.21. #21 The Painted Desert & Sedona, AZ

2.22. #22 Lake Como, Italy

2.22.1. Lake Como Highlights: Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy's most popular lake and also its deepest. Lake Como is shaped like an inverted Y giving it a long perimeter. The lake is surrounded by mountains and hills and dotted with beautiful villas and resort villages. There are good hiking paths, boat trips and water activities. Popular since Roman times, Lake Como is a top romantic travel destination and a great spot for photography. Lake Como Location: Lake Como is in the region of Lombardy and is part of the northern Italian Lakes District. It lies between Milan and the border of Switzerland with its southern tip about 40km north of Milan. See location on our Lombardy Map. Where to Stay on Lake Como: Lake Como has a variety of lodging options, from campgrounds to elegant villas. Here are Top Rated Lake Como Hotels around the lake. The elegant 5-star Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni (read reviews and book direct) in Bellagio is a top luxury hotel on the lake and one of the oldest. When to Go to Lake Como: Lake Como is a popular weekend destination for people from Milan so the weekdays may be less crowded. July and August are the most crowded months. Spring and Fall are the best times to visit as it is less crowded and the weather is usually pleasant. During the winter, some services may be closed, but you can ski in the mountains nearby. See Como Average Temperatures and Precipitation. How to Get to Lake Como: Lake Como is on the Milan to Switzerland train line. The train stops in the town of Como, the main town on the lake, where there is a tourist office in Piazza Cavour. The Ferrovia Nord Milano, a small train line that leaves Como from via Manzoni, runs only between Como and Milan. Milan's Malpensa Airport is 40 miles away. To get to Como from the airport, take the Malpensa Express Train to Saronna and transfer to train LeNord to Como. Transportation for Getting Around the Lake: Ferries link the major villages and towns of Lake Como, providing both a good form of public transportation and a good way to do some sightseeing from the lake. There is also a bus system to villages around the lake. There are several funiculars to take you into the hills. You can rent cars in Como (Auto Europe rentals in Como) if you want to explore other nearby areas on your own. Lake Como Pictures and Video: For a look at the town of Como and the lake from there, see our Como Pictures. One of the most picturesque places is Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como, see our Bellagio Pictures. For a quick video tour, see Tips for Visiting Lake Como. Lake Como Festivals: The Sagra di San Giovanni is celebrated the last weekend of June in the town of Como with folk arts and fireworks and in Ossuccio with a festival, boat procession, and boat race. The Palio del Baradello, a historical re-enactment, is the first week of September. Also in September is a traditional rowing race, Palio Remiero del Lario. LakeComo Festival features summer music performances in venues around the lake and there are gastronomic festivals in fall and drama from January through April. Lake Como Attractions: You'll find the major towns around the lake on our Lake Como map. Bellagio, known as the pearl of the lake, is in a beautiful setting where the three branches of Lake Como come together. It's easy to get to by ferry or bus from other cities on the lake. Read more in our Bellagio Travel Guide. The walled town of Como has a good historic center and lively squares with nice cafes. There are several walking paths near town. Como makes a good base if you're traveling by train. From Como you can take the funicular to the village of Brunate, 720m above Como, for hiking trails and beautiful views of the lake and the Alps. Silk is produced in the town of Como and you can see the entire silk-making process in the Silk Museum dating from 1900 or buy silk in many shops. Villa d'Este, in the village of Cernobbio on the west coast, is the most famous of Lake Como's villas. The villa is now a luxury hotel on a wooded peninsula. Each of its 161 rooms is unique. Menaggio, against the mountains, is a lively resort with a lakeside promenade. Menaggio is popular with outdoor enthusiasts for walking or hiking, swimming, windsurfing, and rock climbing. Villa Carlotta, south of Menaggio, has beautiful gardens. You can tour the inside with its original 18th century furniture and art works. Villa del Balbianello, in the village of Lenno, is also worth a visit and has some unusual treasures. The villa was used as a set for one of the Star Wars movies. The fishing village of Varenna has picturesque narrow alleyways and streets below a castle and a lakeside walking path. Outdoor Activities - Biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, paragliding and windsurfing. In the winter, you can ski in the nearby mountains. Cruises - there are some interesting cruises around the lake on commercial boats, mainly on weekends in the summer season. Camping - there are a number of campsites around the lake.

2.23. #23 Loire Valley, France

2.24. #24 Costa Brava, Spain

2.25. #25 Tuscany, Italy

2.26. #26 The South of France

2.27. #27 Umbria, Italy

2.28. #28 Rhone-Alpes, France

2.29. #29 Paris & Giverny

2.30. #30 Santa Barbara to Dana Point, CA

2.31. #31 Carmel-by-the-Sea to Monterey, CA

2.32. #32 Joshua Tree National Park

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