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Bodie: A Wild West Ghost Town


It’s a long bleak road to Bodie, a ghost town left abandoned in the arid high desert plains of the Eastern Sierras, California. It’s a day trip out of Mammoth Lakes on the Scenic Highway 395 North. The lonely 13-mile stretch of dirt road to Bodie clings to the edge of the dreary desert ridge, as you climb to 8,375 feet. The landscape is dry, barren and feels hostile. There… Read More

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Comfort Mixes with Luxury at the Kahala


Six miles outside the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, nestled in a secluded cove with white sand beaches, a hidden luxury resort awaits. From the minute you arrive at the Kahala and are presented with a flower lei or for the men, a hand-painted necklace you know you are in for a one of a kind experience. Once the aroma of the lei envelops you and you walk into the… Read More

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VillageFest: Where to be on Thursday Night


On any given day, downtown Palm Springs is both a shopper’s and food lover’s paradise, but on Thursday nights, Palm Canyon Drive transforms into a street fair where local artists, musicians and vendors create an exciting atmosphere to enjoy as night falls on the desert. With free admission, lively performers and vendors of all sorts, VillageFest offers something for everyone to enjoy. Although the night market begins at 6 p.m.,… Read More

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Xcarat: Mayan Riviera’s Playground For All Ages


When the princely white Arabian stallion fell in a puddle in the middle of the sprawling arena, we thought our perfectly planned day on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico had crashed to the floor along with the horse. In an instant, people in the stadium were on their feet, craning their necks to see what had happened. All human breathing stopped for a long, long moment during this white-knuckle event…. Read More

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Blaze a Trail in Oregon’s First City


Before Portland, Oregon was named based on a coin toss–replacing the unfortunate moniker of “Stumptown”–Oregon City, located just fifteen miles to the south, was already a thriving commercial hub and the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi River. Oregon City was an important trading post in the early 1800’s and the destination for thousands of Oregon Trail pioneers from 1840 into the 1850’s. Blaze your own trail in Oregon… Read More

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Seattle’s Volunteer Park


High on a hill overlooking the Space Needle is one of the jewels of the Seattle park system, Volunteer Park. With land purchased in 1876 this 40 acre park includes the usual suspects; walking paths, children’s play area and public art but that’s just scratching the surface. Come spend a day in Volunteer Park and discover all there is to see and do. Volunteer Park Café Begin the day by… Read More

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Chicago’s Perfect Tour for Chocoholics


A city like Chicago offers so much to do that residents aren’t aware of it all– and even then, just can’t cover it all! There are plenty of tourist attractions, but whether a tourist or a resident of the city, Chicago Chocolate Tours are a great Chicago attraction for those who want to do something “off the beaten path.” Chicago Chocolate Tours provide daily walking tours to some of Chicago’s… Read More

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Oakland: The Bay Area’s Newest Hip Foodie Spot


What happens when oodles of great restaurants move into the neighborhood? Well, the locals have a harder time answering the question: What’s the perfect foodie day in Oakland? The explosion of hip new places to eat and drink in Oakland, some spinoffs of well-regarded San Francisco food havens and others new openings for hot Bay Area chefs, has resulted in this exact dilemma. The answer is that there are a… Read More

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Palm Springs Best Happy Hour


Take an afternoon stroll through downtown Palm Springs and you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of happy hour signs and menus enticing you to get out of the heat and enjoy a cold one. While happy hour specials are plentiful, you’ll want to make sure you hit the best ones while you’re in town. Palm Springs restaurants and bars offer a little bit of everything for happy hour, from $2… Read More

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