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Enjoy food, arts, gardens in Montreal

This fall in Montreal, check out the city’s restaurant week, avant-garde arts attractions and “Gardens of Light” at the botanical garden.

“MTL a Table” — Montreal’s restaurant week — offers restaurant deals, parties, tours and more, Oct. 29-Nov. 8. In November, SAQ (the Quebec Alcohol Corp.) is sponsoring Joyeux Novembre, a series of wine tastings and other events.

New technology is part of several arts attractions in Montreal: “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” uses special photo techniques to reproduce the fresco paintings and lets visitors explore them close up, through Oct. 12. “Sensory Stories” at the Phi Centre offers stories told through virtual, interactive and immersive technology until Sept. 27. The Festival Quartiers Danses offers contemporary dance Sept. 9-20, the POP Montreal music festival takes place Sept. 16-20, and the Phenomena Festival hosts performances Oct. 16-23.

“Gardens of Light” runs Sept. 4-Nov. 1 at the Montreal Botanical Garden, with a lighting design along pathways in the Japanese Garden and colored lanterns in the Chinese Garden.

Take autumn drive along Highway 395

Sunset magazine’s September issue recommends California’s Highway 395 in the eastern Sierra region for an autumn road trip. The route offers fall foliage, natural wonders, historic sites, hiking and scenic views.

Stops include Alabama Hills, a backdrop for many Western films; the ghost town of Bodie; Mount Whitney, elevation 14,500 feet; Mono Lake’s tufa towers, which are mineral formations; the 60-foot basalt columns at Devils Postpile; the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest; the national historic site at Manzanar, which served as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II; and the Mammoth Lakes basin and June Lake loop.

A video on the route can be seen at sunset.com/hwy395.

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Beth Harpaz, Associated Press

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