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10 Extraordinary Gardens in California

As the breadbasket of the country, California is known for its bountiful harvests of everything from avocados to grapes. But the Golden State is also home to a wealth of Eden-like gardens that thrive thanks to California’s mild weather and variety of microclimates. Here are 10 standouts, in no particular order, all with public access. […]

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Postcard from Hurricane Ridge

MJ in snow at hurricane ridge, washington

In the snow at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. Washington state has wonderful natural beauty.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Mt. Tongariro, New Zealand

  Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for it mix of cultural and natural importance. The park, located on the North Island, is home to three active volcanos:  Mt. Tongariro (for which the park was name, Mt. Ruapehu, and Mt. Ngauruhoe. Visiting Tongariro National […]

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FREE Things to do in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Arkansas skyline

If you’re watching the budget, it’s no problem in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The largest, and capital city of Arkansas, got its name from a small rock formation – la Petite Roche – that was once used as a landmark for traffic on the river.  Today Little Rock offers a vast number of FREE activities that […]

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Poverty Point State Historic Site on UNESCO Nominee List

mound at Poverty Point Historic Site, Louisiana

The U.S. Department of the Interior is nominating Poverty Point State Historic Site in northeast Louisiana for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013.  The 3,500-year-old site is considered one of the most culturally significant American Indian sites in the U.S., and is already designated a National Historic Landmark, National Monument and Smithsonian Affiliate. Poverty […]

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Royal London: 8 Royal Parks

St James Park London

A visit to London this year is sure to be full of hectic activities and adventures. The 2012 Olympics Summer Olympics will bring in athletes, fans, and visitors from around the world, and Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee has the calendar chock full of commemorative events and displays.  You can easily find yourself wrapped up in a […]

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10 Days of Seattle Summer Fun for Families

space needle, blue sky, Seattle summer

Has summer finally arrived here in Seattle?  There’s been sun, warm weather, and the Blue Angels.  That sure sounds like a Seattle summer to me. . . although a bit later than expected.  Still, the countdown to the start of school is on, with stores offering their back to school sales and families trying to […]

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12 Things to Do in Saint Paul Besides the Republican National Convention

Last week I wrote about things to do in Denver (besides the Democratic National Convention0), and this week the country turns its attention to the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minneapolis. While I’m a little less familiar with Saint Paul, I’ve still spent some time in the area.  I still have a few things […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]