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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE December 2017 Shell game: Scientists at Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, Texas, release newly hatched sea turtles into the wild from mid-June to August. Go to page 28 to read more about the unique program and 19 other signature experiences that are available at U.S. beach communities. Features 19 28 32 Distinguished Dozen See the 2018 recipients of Courier’s most prestigious awards, selected by a vote of NTA tour operators. Life is a beach From boardwalks to beach festivals, check out our list of 20 great experiences awaiting travelers at coastal destinations. City Spotlight: Las Vegas You won’t need luck for a winning trip in Las Vegas—just your fellow NTA members. Compass 38 Gulf Coast Caring for Gulf Coast neighbors Recovering, relaxing and reveling in the Keys Because it’s ‘a very Mobile experience’ Creole, cranes and costumes Uninterrupted fun on the coast Catch you on the rebound, Port A 45 The Rockies Having a grand time in Grand Junction Where to stay in Alberta Peak experiences at Sun Peaks Genealogical buffs unite! All that glitters is silver Say hello to Helena 53 Scandinavia Glaciers, volcanoes and the Golden Circle 54 Get to know Norway with Scandinavia Tours Portugal and Spain A primer on Portugal’s products Happy 400th, Murillo Spicy and special in Louisiana 1