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Springtime Mammoth Lakes: a travel guide

The case for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra's less spendy, mellower "secret" season.

Springtime in the Western United States generally means snow melt and a lot of muddy conditions. It may seem like an odd time to visit a mountain town... but it's just the opposite for the ...

The Mitchell Caverns: California's sacred caves

Explore these ancient limestone caverns a 4.5-hour drive north in the Mojave.

The Mitchell Caverns are not as large as those at Carlsbad, New Mexico, or as well known — but are local, every bit as dramatic, and come complete with a history made for movies. I ...

Life goes on in Las Vegas

Bring your inner foodie: Vegas isn't just for gamblers or clubbers anymore.

Heading to Las Vegas two months after the Mandalay Bay shootings – the deadliest (civilian) mass shooting in American history – you’d have to be a sociopath not to think of death. But eventually, like ...

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Finding the iconic West in Monument Valley

Tour this rich desert landscape on the Utah-Arizona border with a Navajo guide.

“Be still and the earth will speak to you." ~ Navajo saying Monument Valley. Just the name conjures up images of the majestic, iconic buttes and classic western landscape so often seen in movies and ...

Life goes on in Las Vegas

Bring your inner foodie: Vegas isn't just for gamblers or clubbers anymore.

Heading to Las Vegas two months after the Mandalay Bay shootings – the deadliest (civilian) mass shooting in American history – you’d have to be a sociopath not to think of death. But eventually, like ...

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Lisbon for foodies and history buffs

Tips on what to see, do — and most importantly, eat — in Portugal's capital.

Last summer, I visited Portugal to witness one of my closest friends get married. It was a short, whirlwind trip that I will never forget. I promised myself that I would return in 2018; here ...

Bulgaria? Nobody goes there!

Like many Westerners, I imagined a gritty, gray and boring post-Communist Balkans.

"Bulgaria? Nobody goes there!" said my husband when I mentioned it. Admittedly Bulgaria had never really been high on my list of places to visit, but fate brought me an opportunity to meet an old ...

Adventures in Bariloche: a Top 10

Visit this Argentinean gateway to Patagonia and "Tahoe of South America."

Known as the Tahoe of South America — and the portal to glorious Patagonia — San Carlos de Bariloche is worth spending a few kick-ass days in before continuing on to El Bolsón or Villa ...

Thailand and back again

Individual and collective consciousness in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Squeezing into the oyster can of LAX and 19 hours of flying coach later, Bangkok hits me like a freight train: Heavy air and loud noise bounce off paved streets and temporarily blind a few ...

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