Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2015

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1. Vancouver I can't convey how many times in my career I have boarded a 6 a.m. f light out of Edmonton or Calgary (I love both these cities and espe- cially the arenas, by the way), am exhausted, a little moody, and the second we begin to descend into Vancouver, I look out the window, see the gorgeous mountains, the harbor and the glass skyscrapers and am instantly refreshed and ready to explore. First thing you should do is walk around Stanley Park, the Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. Head to Granville Island or Robson Street for fun, take a short trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for incredible views and fun walking atop giant trees, grab lunch at the Cactus Club Café, dinner at the Fish House or Gotham Fish House and a drink at Joey Bentall One. If you're a skier, you'll love Whistler. There's fun for all ages in Vancouver. 2. Washington, D.C. I am a sightseeing fanatic in our nation's capital. There has never been a time that I haven't walked down to the White House just to look. Last year, I got myself, my colleague from the newspaper across the river and the TV broadcasters a private tour of the Capitol. The year before that, I went to the Newseum (an absolute must-see, and devote some time) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (where they make money). The Pentagon tour is still on my short list and the most meaningful place I've probably ever been to is the Holocaust Museum. As for somewhere to eat, there's too many to list, but grab a bite at Old Ebbitt Grill (famous and affordable and right next to the White House). RUSSO'S RANTS BY MICHAEL RUSSO Russo's Top 5 NHL Road TRips M aybe the coolest part of my job (if you want to call writing about hockey for a living a job) is the traveling. Actually, to be honest, the act of traveling can be a drag sometimes—early-morning f lights, little sleep and exercise, poor diet, f light delays, the fact that I have lived between six and seven full years of my life in a hotel room. But I do get to cover 41 road games in some of the most awesome cities in North America. I get to sightsee in incredible places, go to warm-weather climates when, sorry, you're battling the bitter cold, experience amazing restaurants and absorb the excitement of hockey in lively arenas and hockey hotbeds. The most common question I get from hockey fans besides, "What the heck do you during the summers?" and "When is Zach Parise going to be named captain?" is "If I were to take a Wild road trip, where should I go?" Obviously, a lot has to do with the schedules—yours and the Wild's. I like different cities for different reasons, so here are the top five road trips that always have me excited to pack: MINNESOTAHOCKEYJOURNAL.COM // DECEMBER.2015 28 Pitinctis il inis volenis erferiore rerest verferspis et ini

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