Kid Friendly Travel

Tucson – what a desert should be

Just a six-hour drive (or two-hour flight) from San Diego, Tucson is perfect for a long weekend getaway, although one could easily spend a week here. For those of us who grew up with the ...

Isla Mujeres

Sail away from Cancun crowds.

Isla Mujeres, once home to occasional pirates and Mexican fishing families, has become a popular off-the-beaten-path destination for tourists and divers as well as an expat art colony. Many tourists visit the island as a ...

Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Take the kids to this sculpture garden in Escondido.

Thirty miles up I-15 from San Diego, in Escondido, you’ll find Queen Califia’s Magical Circle. This is the unnatural habitat of wild animals that escaped from the imagination of Niki de Saint Phalle. She’s the ...

NYC: In Search of America's First Pizzeria

Red-and-white tablecloths with Dean Martin music in the background. It sounds like every other pizza joint in the United States – and it's got every possible cliché you can think of when it comes to ...

Stairway to Heaven – Koko Crater Trail, Oahu

Everyone hikes Diamond Head, but for those in the know, Koko Crater is the place to hike. The little-known Koko Crater Trail hike surpasses Diamond Head not only for the level of hiking but also ...

Borrego Springs's Mud Caves

Spelunk away: one of the world's most extensive mud cave formations is just two hours east.

In the geographical wonders of the Anza-Borrego desert, you will find a unique Southern California feature: mud caves, deep caves created by flowing silt from an ancient lake bed, eroded by wind and rain. They're ...

Mexico Beach

Escape to a slower pace on Florida's Gulf Goast.

Here’s the thing about Mexico Beach: It’s not in Mexico. It’s on the panhandle 20 minutes south of Panama City and just off the tip of Port St. Joe – a little bit of yesterday ...

Oregon's Multnomah Falls

See this granddaddy cascade of the Cascades.

About an hour's drive outside of Portland, in the early morning sunrise, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of Northern Oregon’s most beautiful sights. When in Oregon, it's hard not to want to interact ...

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Trail of Tears and the Delta Queen.

Chattanooga was one of the main starting points of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. It and the surrounding region of southeastern Tennessee are full of culture, preserving important elements of America’s heritage. And all this ...

Simi Valley's Skateboard Museum

Say the high-brow word “museum,” and I’ll generally shell out any price to visit, but when the Ventura Visitor’s Center handed me a brochure that suggested a museum collection of over 2,000 skateboards, I did ...

Here Be Dragons: Ascending Switzerland's Mt. Pilatus

Alpine adventure and legends aplenty.

High above the bustling lake town of Lucerne, Switzerland, lies the rugged cliffs and steep mountain terrain of Mount Pilatus. It’s here where the legendary dragons of yore resided – in particular, a winged dragon ...

Shanghai's Hidden Garden

Venture past the crowds to get lost in Yuyuan.

Tucked away in Old Shanghai City lies Yuyuan Garden, a five-acre oasis in the midst of an otherwise sprawling metropolis. It's only a short walk from Line 10 of the Shanghai Metro, and you’ll be ...

Old World Solvang, CA

A continent away, just 4 hours north of San Diego.

Usually it's places with some sort of dark, twisted history that attract me. If a place doesn't have that, it's pretty rare that I'll visit, much less make it a regular stomping ground. So, considering ...

Guatemala: My First Trip Abroad

Tikal, Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Rio Hondo.

Have you ever eaten a marshmallow melted by a volcano? Well, I have. Let me tell you how this happened. I’m eleven years old and I just took my first trip overseas to Guatemala. I ...

June Lake's Open for Business

Twenty minutes and a world away from Mammoth.

Even with the unexpected winter closure of June Mountain*, skiers and snowboarders are finding June Lake village to be a welcome getaway – to get away from the crowds of nearby Mammoth. While Mammoth's skiing ...

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