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January 2018 See sea lion, feed sea lion: The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport offers a range of animal encounter programs and behind-the- scenes tours that feature its more than 5,000 animals. To read more about the aquarium’s programs, as well as other tour offerings in the U.S. West, see page 34. Features Compass Lowcountry, high returns 34 The magic of Mat-Su The coast with the most What’s up in Whatcom County, Washington 21 Arts, culinary experiences highlight a Reno renaissance Cruises, trains hit Alaskan highlights Odds-on favorites World-class gaming, luxury spa facilities, well-appointed rooms and gourmet restaurants are just some of the things travelers can experience when they visit NTA-member casino resorts across North America. Toronto: Different and diverse 30 U.S. Six Golden State gems Following a year of two NTA conventions, Contact makes its return in Charleston, April 18–21. 26  West Editor Bob Rouse spotlights the Canadian city that features a variety of attractions, experiences, cultures—and pizza—that made him forget the reason he went there. Ireland and the 43  United Kingdom Hop aboard with Great Rail Journeys Celebrate the Mayflower’s quadricentennial with Select Travel Service Céad Míle Fáilte, as the Irish say Scotland honors youth in 2018 45  Belgium, France and the Netherlands A cultural haul awaits in Holland Food meets art in Flanders Your NTA river cruise partners 1