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Weekend Getaways

Get away, stay local: a weekend in Uptown

Staycation in Hillcrest, Balboa, North Park and environs.

My best weekend getaway is when I leave my car parked on the street outside my apartment in Hillcrest from 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon til Monday morning at 7: Friday Friday afternoon I go ...

Catalina's calling

Your guide to a weekend – and world – away on island time.

Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands (but not included in the Channel Islands National Park), lies 22 miles off the southern California coast. Though it is privately owned by the Santa Catalina Island ...

Why Mount Laguna?

Escape to wilderness just an hour east in Cleveland National Forest.

Forget the hustle and bustle of the town. Grab a tent, pack the cooler, and head out east to Mt. Laguna. Only an hour away from San Diego proper, once you turn onto Sunrise Highway ...

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San Felipe, Mexico, is a safe bet

Discover this chilled-out Baja beach town 5 hours south of San Diego.

Strung like a hammock along the Eastern Baja coast, San Felipe lounges along the sandy beaches of the Sea of Cortez. The town's vibe is as laid back as the lapping of its Caribbean blue–like ...

True-blue Bahamas

Get a peek of authentic Caribbean life on Grand Bahama Island.

For most of its history, Grand Bahama Island only had a few hundred people and no development. In 1955, a Virginian named Wallace Grove, eyeing the tourism of nearby Cuba, created the planned city of ...

Go Abroad!

Mud and infidels: Djenné, Mali

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is something to behold – if you can make it here.

When the first rays of sunrise strike the great mosque at Djenné, many believers fall to their knees from its beauty. Djenné, Mali, is a fly speck on a map. Overlooked by most travelers, it's ...

Ağva's "Club Bar"

Finding a good tequila shot in Turkey: about as hard as you'd think.

My friend Saba and I decided to take a trip outside of Istanbul to Ağva, a vacation village in the mountains, by the Black Sea. Saba is a native Turk, but she majored in American ...

Adventures in Tawi-Tawi

The Smugglers' Bar and other traveler favorites.

Editor's note: The author visited Tawi Tawi in 2007. There are a few more accommodations there now, it looks like. A few years ago, ignoring the advice of our horrified Filipino friends, my wife and ...

Switzerland's Jungfrau

A case of "Alpenism" at the Top of Europe.

Riding the train up to the 11,371-foot Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest point accessible by railway, I fell in love. I first glimpsed her after departing Grindelwald station, when the cogwheel stopped briefly at Brandegg and she ...

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