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Day trip to Santa Ysabel

San Diego road-trippers (and gluten lovers) take note.

It’s the time of year when fellow motorcyclists back east and up north are storing their bikes for the winter. The fall rains and coming winter snows, accompanied by frigid temperatures, will leave them reading ...

How to see L.A. – or even Pluto

Griffith Observatory is worth the trip.

A couple hours north of San Diego is the Griffith Observatory, a must-see on a weekend getaway in La-la Land. You might remember the landmark from the film Rebel Without a Cause. That was James ...

De-stress in Borrego Springs

Visit for upcoming October fests, to stargaze, hike, camp - or just get away.

Stressed? “Take a big long deep breath in, and then slowly exhale out,” according to my yoga teacher. But for those of us who rush through life in a hyper-busy routine, there’s no time to ...

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Luck and fate in Mexico's Tepotzotlán

A visit to this appointed "magical town" near Mexico City.

Hidden in Mexico City's northern outskirts is the town of Tepotzotlán. Despite how close they are to one another, Tepotzotlán is about a two-hour drive from Mexico City due to havoc traffic. When I arrived, ...

Finding the roots of American music in North Louisiana

As a former musician myself, I shake my head sadly at musicians who think they’re getting the folk zeitgeist of a given genre just by listening to records. You learn folk music by listening to ...

The magic of Salem, MA

A 40-minute drive and worthwhile day trip from Boston.

My first recollection with mystical powers was when I was 10 and my sister was attempting to cast a spell on our unsuspecting cat. The candles, chanting, and “brew” she was mixing had me intrigued. ...

Cayman Islands: from stingrays to tax shelters

Find a few new reasons to get to a white-sand Caribbean beach.

Coral outcrops surrounded by coral reefs, the Cayman Islands are three tiny islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) comprising the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean. Just south of ...

Palenque: hidden Maya wonder

Discover this city of temples in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Palenque was the Maya site I most highly anticipated visiting, and it did not disappoint. The ruins and pyramids, surrounded by a verdant jungle of cedar, mahogany and sapodilla trees, have a mysterious and intoxicating ...

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Ringing of the bells: St. Petersburg, Russia

One of the city's historical treasures is home to more than just famous names.

Cemeteries have always fascinated me, and I have visited them all over the world. On a recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia, I visited the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Founded in 1710, it contains some of ...

Norway on the cheap (it's possible)

I’ll be honest. We visited 131 countries before finally summoning the courage to travel to Norway. No, we weren’t worried about crime, political instability, or unhealthy conditions. In fact, there's almost a complete absence of ...

Huế down yonder in Vietnam

Stretching before me is an archaeological site straight out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But this is no studio set; Y Khiêm Viện and Trì Khiêm Viện are the real McCoy. The ...

Off the beaten path in Leuven, Belgium

With no lack of Belgian history (or beer), this university town's worth your stop.

Leuven, Belgium, might look like a small town on a map, but visiting, we found a captivating city filled with students, rich history, and great places to eat and have a locally brewed beer. For ...

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