Wine, waterfalls and hiking trails make this place the perfect holiday spot

The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has given rise to a wine industry that’s growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch. In 2004, the Columbia Gorge was designated an American Viticultural Area, a wine grape region distinguished by geographic features. Here’s a look at the gorge, the wine region and wineries, along with what visitors need to know about…

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Hillsides, nature trails and country parks: The world beyond Hong Kong’s famous skyscrapers

There is more to Hong Kong than its stunning skyscrapers. Wooded hillsides, craggy ridges and wheeling birds of prey may seem like a world away from its trademark skyscrapers but the city’s country parks are a necessary balm for its stressed out residents. With some of the world’s highest property prices, many can only afford tiny apartments, some living in infamous “cage homes” big enough only for a bed. Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle and long working hours also take their toll. Fortunately, within easy reach of the densely packed tower…

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Make the most of Mumbai’s monsoons: 10 dream trekking trails through the Sahyadris

As the monsoons approach, Maharashtra’s native mountain range, the Sahyadri, becomes the hottest trekking attraction. Courtesy the forts and caves along the way, stunning hilltop views and a chance to escape the city’s constant buzz, monsoon trekking is an easily accessible adventure sport, that also makes for the perfect weekend getaway. From Harishchandragad in Ratnagiri, to Sandhan Valley in Bhandardara, here are a few picturesque peaks to conquer for both, beginner and pro mountaineers. 1) Korigad, Lonavla, Pune district Korigad was a stronghold of the Marathas. (HT File Photo ) Level: Easy…

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