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Among the pines in Pine Valley, CA

This East County mountain town's an easy 45-minute drive from downtown.

As someone who has primarily lived in suburbia, I find myself escaping to small-town USA when I am in need of a change in scenery. Most San Diegans head to Julian, Palomar, or Cleveland National ...

Into the West: Sedona & Grand Canyon road trip

Fit some of the best Southwest hikes and views into a long weekend.

For me, the Wild West was never something that piqued my interest. The desert, cowboys, the Gold Rush, saloons; it all seemed rather dusty and trite to me. That is until I got a chance ...

Idyllic Idyllwild: a weekend in the woods

All-seasons mountain village close to S.D. – just a 2.5-hour drive.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir Ah, now I understand ...

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Into the West: Sedona & Grand Canyon road trip

Fit some of the best Southwest hikes and views into a long weekend.

For me, the Wild West was never something that piqued my interest. The desert, cowboys, the Gold Rush, saloons; it all seemed rather dusty and trite to me. That is until I got a chance ...

NY’s Finger Lakes: big city thrills, mountain town charm

When you think of little towns in Appalachia, it’s easy to make assumptions.

Usually, when you think of little towns in Appalachia complete with serene lakes, it’s easy to make assumptions on what you can do and see. Of course, you expect beauty and quiet relaxation. But the ...

Love for H-Town

The Big Star Bar and local craft brews overcome Houston's mosquito-revitalizing weather.

Ahh, Houston! As soon as I landed, my shirt got stuck to my body as I breathed in that humid thick air. Siri told me that my week visiting Texas for my cousin’s wedding was ...

I forge a Virginia ham trail

Virginia hams are country hams, but you can also get “city ham” there, too. Got this straight?

When you visit a region, its cuisine says as much about its culture as paintings in an art museum. Travelers rush to Napa Valley for wine, Wisconsin for cheese, Maine for lobster... but there’s just ...

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 ...

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Reykjavik: less like a tourist, more like a local

Solo traveling in Iceland done right.

Though it was not my first time in Iceland, it was my first time single and, for most of the time, without any travel companion. It turned out to be a fine thing. You can ...

Cabo Polonio, bona fide best of Uruguay

No roads or electricity? All the more reason to visit.

There may well be other places like this, a scruffy village of dwellings on a cape which seems like it’s from another time, but I haven’t seen any. Most locations remind you of some other ...

Paris and back again

A trip to remember in the City of Love.

After a couple cups of vino and an 11-hour flight, we land just outside Paris. Yael and I head out to catch the RER Train into the city center. It's about 10 euros each, and ...

Life (and the party) go on in Rio

Olympic flame snuffed, the party continues in Rio de Janeiro.

After months of continuous Olympic coverage two years ago, the questions still being asked about Rio de Janeiro likely include: "Wow! Rio looks incredible - is it really that beautiful?" And: "Wow! Is Rio really ...

Salento, cream of Colombia's coffee country

Experience small-town Colombia and some spectacular hiking on the finca.

Salento is an historic colonial town high in the mountains of the department of Quindio, situated 250 kilometers due south of Medellin. It used to be on the main route between Bogota and Popoyan even ...

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