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16 selecttraveler.com M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 Mackinac to be what it is," said Ken Hayward, the hotel's executive vice president and managing director. The 1980 movie "Somewhere in Time" was filmed at the hotel, and just like Christopher Reeve did in the movie, visitors can enjoy stepping back in time. No automobiles are al- lowed on the island, so there's no traffic or congestion. People get around on foot, bicycle and horseback. Groups can rent bicycles and explore the island's coast or ride into town to get some of Mackinac's famous fudge. At the hotel, Jack's Livery offers horseback trail rides or horse-drawn carriage rides, with the option to drive your own one-horse buggy or rent a private livery with a driver. One carriage-tour option can carry up to 40 people per three-horse hitch and takes visitors to explore Fort Mackinac. Back at the hotel, guests can lounge by the pool, play croquet or bocce ball in the gar- den, or rock on the "world's largest front porch." Guests can take afternoon tea or dance with the big-band orchestra playing in the Terrace Room after dinner. "When people come, they're looking for something special; they're looking for a mem- ory," Hayward said. W W W . G R A N D H O T E L . C O M ISLAND OF HAWAII On the "Big Island" of Hawaii, Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since 1983, has added about 500 acres of new land. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and it has been more active than usual in recent weeks. "The volcano is the big headline; it's pretty much spewing," said Roxann Hendrick- son, vice president of experi- ence for Hawaii Meetings and Events. KapohoKine Adventures offers a slate of volcano tours, such as the several-mile lava expedition hike, which leads to the most current active erup- tion site, or helicopter tours, which allow people to soar high above it. Hawaii Meet- ings and Events recently took a group on a daylong excursion that included taking a helicop- ter from Kona International Airport to Hilo International Airport and then going to Ha- waii Volcanoes National Park, home to two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa, the world's largest shield volcano. Kilauea Visitor Center is often the first stop to get acquainted with the park, but the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, built on the edge of Kilauea Caldera, offers views of the calde- ra and the main crater Halema'uma'u. A guide led Hendrickson's group on an easy walking tour, explaining the island's rare flora and fauna and delicate ecosystem. "The forest is absolutely quiet and beautiful, you can hear the birds singing and see rare plants, but the pièce de résistance is seeing the volcano and seeing the crater," she said. From the rocky moonscapes of the volcano, helicopters then flew the group to the lush green slopes on the island's west side, flying into the "long, narrow pinhole-type gorges — definitely not something you can access by foot," she said. The helicopters landed at a private spot and let passengers off to hike to a waterfall for a dip. W W W . H A W A I I M E E T I N G S . C O M DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA Denali National Park and Preserve is one of the National Park Service's largest units with 6 million acres — bigger than Vermont — and Denali, the 20,237-foot mountain for- merly known as Mount McKinley, is its centerpiece. A single winding road bisects the wilderness, but groups don't have to explore the park by bus or shuttle: Trains, planes and bikes are popular. Groups can take the Alaska Railroad straight into the park. When they Courtesy Florida Keys News Bureau Sunset Key Beach Courtesy Grand Hotel By Keith Burnett Mackinac Island Halema'uma'u

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