How to Travel by Scent

We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?

This dizzying crowd of Douglas fir trees gives off a refreshing scent. (Terry W. Eggers/CORBIS)
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Provence, France

If you’re a fan of lavender, head to France. Purple fields in Provence are filled with the flower, which gives off a very recognizable smell. Lavender is known to be soothing—and research shows that breathing it in can truly help you feel calm. To savor it stateside, try Washington State, where places like the George Washington Inn & Estate host a smaller, 10-acre lavender farm.

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