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Riomaggiore SP, Italy

I first laid eyes on Portofino watching an episode of the Bold and the Beautiful they had shot on location.  From that moment, I knew I had to see this breathtaking scene firsthand. 

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19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
If you find yourself on the Mediterranean Sea or in Italy then be sure you make your way to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, or "The Five Lands" (in Italian), is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

This meal was delicious - the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the seafood was fantastic. Best part of the meal though, was when our waiter brought us small shot glasses of bootlegged homemade limoncello to finish off our meal!

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Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, USA
The launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133, from Cape Canaveral at sunset.
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111 Chambers St # A, New York, NY 10007, USA
I didn't have change for the meter, but then I looked up and saw the bank. Problem solved! But then I realized it was closing in 30 seconds. I had a decision to make... Do I take a shortcut to the teller and get the change...or do I waste money in...
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00184 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
What else can you say, it's THE Colosseum. Impressive on every count. Long live Caesar.
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698 Chapel Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Mirroring the jutting red rocks sits this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired chapel. Worth a visit but fairly crowded.
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Utah, USA
this hike is the perfect morning trek...not too long or strenuous (around 5 miles) but climbing up the steep trail with railings (pictured behind me) is both exhilarating and fun! a must-do in zion. incredible views of the valley from the top.
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
There are myriad eye-catching details that make up Sin City, but the rainbow of blown glass flowers adorning the ceiling of the Bellagio lobby was my favorite.
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Utah, USA
The colors in Bryce Canyon were astounding. I've never seen reds, greens, and blues quite so vivid in my life. The dazzling sun there intensified the colors so much that I felt as if I had somehow dropped into a Photoshopped world, where all hues...
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Under the Golden Gate Bridge
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Huancaro, Cusco, Peru
I was fortunate enough to trip on a festival day while in Urubamba, it started with a parade and ended with dance contests. These were just some of the amazing participants. It was the 26th of December.
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Pisac, Peru
A great place to find local goods.
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
A few years ago in Peru my friend and I took a shared cab from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo. The views during the ride were so spectacular that I had to take a few photos along the way. Much to my dismay, after being dropped off I discovered that I had...
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Up close and personal is right, these birds on the famous Galapagos Islands allowed us to connect with them just a few feet away, as the go about their mating rituals we watch in awe as they have no care about us....
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Via Marmorata, 47, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
We stopped at Volpetti to pick up a few items for a picnic on Aventine Hill in the Garden of Oranges. Problem is, you can't just pick up a few things here. Everything is wonderful. The food combined with the view from the Aventine makes for a...
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New York, NY 10018, USA
Bryant Park with 2,753 Chairs in remembrance of the 2,753 lives lost as a result of the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks. This was an interactive public art project by Sheryl Oring.
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
I've always loved pictures of the exterior of the Sagrad Familia in Barcelona, but finally seeing the inside was spectacular.
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Rue de la Colombe, 75004 Paris, France
My first day in Paris, I was giddy with excitement and lack of sleep. So in the early morning quiet, I stole out of my flat on I'le Saint Louis to explore the empty streets and alleys of I'le de la Cite. With a sense of awe and wonder I meandered...
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La Défense, France
On the western edge of Paris, at the end of the grand 'axe historique' that runs from the Louvre down the Champs Élysées and on past the Arc de Triomphe, rises the futuristic skyscraper business district known as "La Défense." Its centerpiece is...
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Palm Beach, 06400 Cannes, France
If you're in Cannes for holiday, passing by on a Côte d'Azur trip or at a conference with a few hours to spare, head to the Palm Beach casino away from the busy Croisette to do something nice for yourself! Stand up paddle boarding only needs...
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6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
On top of the famous cathedral our one rainy day gave just right amount of gravitas to the day. I love the feel of the photo as so many people recognize this place but no one has yet told me they got a better shot of it.
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
The white castle in the sky
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Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
The temples in Bali, Indonesia are famous for their multi-tiered thatch roofs. This was taken at Pura Taman Ayun in the village of Mengwi. Visitors are not allowed to enter the temples - we could only view from outside the walls. Thankfully the...
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Jl. Gn. Sari, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
After weeks of exhilarating, yet exhausting travel through Indonesia, I recommend pampering yourself at the end of the journey at a place like Maya Ubud. The resort is set seamlessly among the lush jungles and rice terraced slopes of Bali, near...
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Plaza de San Miguel, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is one of the best places to go for a little of everything local, or tapas-style shopping. They are always busy. Whether you are looking for ham or oysters, fresh fruits or desserts, coffee or wine, they have it...
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Sanur, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
Sanur is a beautiful and quaint part of Bali with hotels along the boardwalk that lines the beach. The boardwalk really makes Sanur special, as walking in Bali can be treacherous in most of the towns with narrow streets and tiny sidewalks, but...
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915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740, USA
A must-stop on any road trip in/out of Los Angeles, The Donut Man on historic Route 66 makes delectable light, fluffy and fresh donuts 24/7. The Tiger Tail with it's crunchy chocolate crisps are yummy, but the crumb cinnamon-sugar steals my heart....
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416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA
This city is a new destination for food pilgrims. At Pasture (shown above), nibble from small plates of creamy pimento cheese on Ritz crackers; at the Roosevelt, try the rutabaga gratin with peanut sauce; then pick up some Rappahannock River...
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Utah, USA
Who thought geological formations could be so cool?! Besides geologists, you will too when you visit the Arches National Park. This is one of many beautiful photos that I captured while hiking through this dry, dry desert land. The heat was so...
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Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, USA
Amazing street art around Deep Ellum, a hip/fun area to hang around in for the day. Brick oven pizza, a local brewery, and random curiosities shop make this area a must see.
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Wyoming, USA
Having never been to the Rockies before this trip and having never seen an actual real-life in-the-flesh buffalo before, it was a pretty overwhelming moment to come across an entire herd of them crossing the main road to graze in the Snake River...
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34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
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Mormon Row, Wyoming, USA
The Moulton Barn is one of the most photographed structures in the U.S. Located on Mormon Row in the Grand Teton National Park it was built by John and Thomas Moulton. Mormon Row was an area chosen by early Mormon settlers for it’s fertile soil,...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
Here at Horseshoe Bend, hundreds of feet above the Colorado River just south of the Utah border, my wife and I had, for company, a group of French high schoolers on a summer trip. At cliff's edge, there was no shortage of adolescent posing....
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5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
I was embarrassed to say that I lived in New Orleans on and off for about fifteen years but had not been to Metairie Cemetery. I knew a lot about it—I had even taken a New Orleans tour guiding course. I had been to other famous New Orleans...
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1701 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy A, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, USA
About an hour beyond Madison, Wisconsin are the dells of the Wisconsin River, a scenic, glacially formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Not satisfied with that natural beauty, unbridled...
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Lebanon, MO 65536, USA
Driving on Route 66 in Lebanon, Missouri is a blast from the past. There are many great Americana buildings to find and photograph. Most of them are no longer in use but some like the Munger Moss Motel are still operating. It's a great town to...
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181 Main St, Oatman, AZ 86433, USA
For those travelling Route 66, the wiggly road through the Arizona landscape will lead you right into Oatman. The former mining town is home to friendly people, many antique shops, roaming burros and this unique place, the Oatman Hotel. Oddly...
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811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025, USA
Well I have! When I traveled Old Route 66 this fall I had to stop at the iconic Wigwam motel in Holbrook on Hopi Drive. The rooms are small and not the most luxurious but they are clean and cozy. A must experience for anyone travelling the...
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Francisco - Armijo - Otero Addition, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA
For the countless road-trippers who still follow the old 'Mother Road' through the western U.S., Albuquerque is one of the highlights. Much of the modern city might seem indistinguishable from suburban anywhere, but if you're on your way to the...
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2503 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
You can find Indy's best sandwich at this local butcher shop and wine cellar, located in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. The Batali—an homage to Mario Batali—is filled with various kinds of homemade salami, cheese, spicy giardinara, tomato jam,...
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1868 N 116 Rd, Bristol, VT 05443, USA
Vermont is unparalleled in its awesome splendor. The pure simplicity and beauty of the place is astounding. It's a bit like going back in time - a time when people were simpler and with purer intentions and needs. Everyone here seems to be a...
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3036 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, USA
Habits is absolutely one of our favorite 'go to' places on the east side of Cincy. It's a great place for a burger and a beer, to catch the game, play pool, or listen to live music. Better still is when the sun comes out and they open the front...
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500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
So there we were, driving down the road, when out of nowhere a hipster on a 1-speed bolts out in front of us. I couldn't believe how well he could navigate his bike, considering he was wearing sandals, skinny jeans, and the ultimate shmedium...
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17715 US-93, Wikieup, AZ 85360, USA
Dazzo's Desert Oasis is just that, an oasis. Rising from the brown, dusty earth of a very barren part of Arizona off Highway 93 around Mile Marker 123, it's a much needed refreshment for weary travelers. It's also, the best cheesesteak I've ever...
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United States
The Hayden Valley, where this picture was taken, is known for some of the best wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park. Thousands of bison, elk, grizzly bears, and coyote call the valley home and can be seen on the stretches of open land,...
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7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
The Hills Market, a locally owned specialty grocer, embraces "local" foods in a big way. Throughout the week they host pop-up eateries in their veranda seating area. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, you'll find Darista Cafe serving delicious...
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New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...
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1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

No photograph can capture this extraordinary art space created by mural artist Isaiah Zagar down at the quiet end of South Street in Philadelphia's Center City—you have to see it to believe it. It's also not easy to describe: an...

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Amarillo, TX, TX, USA
CATCH (Do): You may have heard of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas: the series of painted Cadillacs, rear up and situated in a line in the middle of a field. But you've probably never seen VW Beetle Ranch in Conway, Texas, just a short...
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1011 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
This Belgian-style pub is one of the most unheralded and underrated places to drink and dine in the country. The beers are brilliant. Brugge make the best Abbey Trippel I've ever tried (though I will admit, I have yet to visit Belgium and drink a...
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100 Main Ave, US-163, Mexican Hat, UT 84531, USA
For those weary adventurists traveling Southeast Utah’s backcountry, craving something more than Boiled ramen and Clif Bars... Cold beer and juicy steak awaits them at the Swingin' Steak. This outdoor steakhouse is located in Mexican Hat, a tiny...
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265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
Snake River Brewery is a great place to have a beer in and of itself. The brew pub is bright and open, the food is top notch, and the beer is sensational (Snake River Pale Ale is one of the best American Pale Ale's in the country). That being...
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1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
A photo highlight posted by another AFAR member inspired me to pull up my photos of Cleveland... yes Cleveland.... a business trip took me there for a weekend and besides the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame (completely and utterly wonderful place to...
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709 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
NEIN, you are not in the Bavarian Alps--you are in the Central Cascades of Washington State...and JA there is an outdoor Bier Garten where you can sit your stinky sweaty post-hike self down for a local microbrew! The faux-but-well-done Bavarian...
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N Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
For many, seeing the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but for those who have hiked to the bottom, the canyon seems to find a way to call them back. At Phantom Ranch, a village of cabins and tents at the canyon bottom reachable only...
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Americas
Some stunning views on Highway 50 driving through Utah towards Moab. Don't speed through, pull over and enjoy the scenery.
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Mt Crested Butte, CO, USA
I lived in Colorado for 15 years and explored some areas quite a bit, camera in hand. The Crested Butte area is one of the prettiest areas in the state. Crested Butte is known as a ski destination, but I went in summer and autumn and loved it. Get...
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6 Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a really great bookstore, and this one in Savannah takes the cake! While strolling down East Liberty Street in gorgeous Savannah—my favorite of all the beautiful Southern cities—my husband...
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4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065, USA
Voted the #1 zoo in the country, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's latest addition is a 1.3-acre yard specially designed to be the ultimate polar bear habitat called Polar Frontier. The exhibit is home to two polar bears, two Alaskan brown bears and...
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Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
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I love wine. But, I also love vineyards. I love the bright green leaves; the green, red and purple juicy grapes; but, mostly, I love the symmetry of the rows of grapevines. There is something orderly to it all. And throw in a brightly-colored red...
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Charleston, SC, USA
We spent a day in May wandering the fragrant Antebellum streets of Charleston, SC... At first, we were puzzled by the omnipresence of, wait--is that the scent of root beer? Of all things, that's what our noses first told us--and then we realized...
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Utah, USA
The US national parks are all wonderful, but the ones in Utah are the most diverse and amazing. Each one is different with dramatic rock formations and ecosystems. Arches Park is full of sandstone that has been weathered into arches, deep gorges,...
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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
At a time when it seems like another brick-and-mortar bookstore disappears every day, it is really refreshing to witness the throngs of readers crowding into Powell's Books in Portland on a sunny Saturday. When you go, if you're a word nerd like...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Go for a quick drive east of Portland, Oregon. Enter the Columbia River Gorge, winding above the southern bank of the river...and you'll be able to walk a short trail to Multnomah Falls—the height of a 60-story building, one of the tallest...
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83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of...
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13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
Mount Rushmore can be a bit touristy and generic trip, but on the way to a road trip making our way to a wedding at a Ranch in Wyoming, some friends and I stopped by. I really love the photos we took hiking around and seeing the memorial from...
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1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the most attractive and interesting art museums in the country—inside and out. Best of all, admission is free every day. Located inside beautiful Forest Park (which offers a host of its own free activities...
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9886 US-191, Pinedale, WY 82941, USA
If you travel to Pinedale,Wyoming during the second weekend in July, the Green River Rendezvous is a must see! I took a road trip (14hrs) from CA to WY for this event. Starting on Thursday and continuing to Sunday, the Green River Rendezvous...
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100 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you like to wander by foot, or are looking to shed a few pounds in the hot summer heat, the historic town of Charleston that stretches on for miles could help in your most desperate time of need! This was my first visit into the 'ole burg and I...
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Crossville, TN 38571, USA
About twenty years ago, landscaper Horace Burgess felt a call from God to build the world's largest tree house. I can't say that what he built is the world's largest, but it's definitely impressive. The house is built around half a dozen trees and...
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2900 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
visit Las Vegas, there's so much to do other than gambling! the decorations in this picture are from Thanksgiving weekend...i believe at the Bellagio! but not sure, anyways there are decorations everywhere to impress you and they were starting to...
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4215 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43228, USA
On Sullivant Ave, you'll find a diverse selection of Latin foods, including tortas, pupusas, arepas, and ceviche. Unexpectedly, the fare has been fresh, vibrant, rich, and flavorful almost everywhere I've tried! I've been researching the growing...
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600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Drinking in high altitude is definitely an endurance sport and the folks at Breckenridge Brewery in Summit County, Colorado really know how to sweeten the odds. Er, make them even more difficult, that is - with their 9% alcohol volume 471 Double...
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27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072, USA
Vinsetta Garage, the Detroit area's oldest auto repair shop, was recently converted into a hip restaurant and bar. The menu is full of all-American comfort foods, like mac and cheese, pizzas, and burgers. A lot of care has gone into the menu, and...
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Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Before attending a cousin's wedding in Louisville back in September, I took a morning stroll through downtown along Main Street and came across these buildings, formerly occupied by bourbon-related businesses and distilleries dating back between...
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2408-2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Richmond's favorite brewery! Regularly hosting events featuring farmers markets, food trucks, and live local bands, Hardywood Brewery has been embraced by the locals in a big way. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the beer is pretty great, too....
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5800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
Spice Kitchen + Bar is in the right place at the right time. Focusing on using local ingredients as much as possible, supporting local farms and suppliers. The restaurant even has a small farm space of its own. The cocktails are well crafted and...
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411 S 4th St STE 180, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
If you're looking for entertainment and nightlife in the heart of downtown Louisville, Fourth Street Live is the place to go. Free concerts and other special events take place outside under the 10-story glass canopy. Indoor options include food,...
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508 W 5th St, Wilton, IA 52778, USA
In the sweltering humidity of a Midwest summer, the Wilton Candy Kitchen is a welcome reprieve. A small-town business in a small-town state, it is in fact the oldest ongoing ice cream parlor and soda fountain in the world- originally established...
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North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
If you are in the area its definitely a place one needs to see, you will be impressed by the scale of it all. if you go to the SKYWALK, the horseshoe configured walkway above the Canyon you will be able to look through the glass floor at the...
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7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
If you can imagine baseball heaven—a lush green field nestled between mountaintops and perpetual sunshine—Salt River Fields just might be what it looks like. Spring training season offers a high concentration of the best American...
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929 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
Welcome Diner may be new to downtown Phoenix but it has quite a history. Built in the 1940's in Kansas, it was trucked over to Arizona where it operated on Route 66 for 25 years before it moved to its current location on Roosevelt. By partnering...
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Hard to definitely pinpoint on a map, the Wave is a gorgeous rock formation near the Arizona and Utah part of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Don't rush off there expecting to just show up and visit, as this...
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To get from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, don't take I-25 North--it's busy and sterile. Drive east on I-40 to the backside of the Sandía Mountains, get off on exit 175, and head north on Highway 14, also known as "The Turquoise Trail." You'll wind...
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Vergennes, VT 05491, USA
Traveling between New York, New York and Burlington, Vermont? Don't bother flying. Driving is unlikely to cost you more in money or time (a gas tank and 5 hours, respectively). Take the trip in autumn and you'll get the eye-popping benefit of...
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325 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
When Southern food comes to mind, I immediately want to devour FGT. Luckily for me and you, B. Matthew's makes one mean fried green tomato sandwich. Served with sweet potato fries, or other sides for a small addition to your bill, this sandwich is...
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36 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
The Paris Market is one of those stores that you can return to again, and again, and again, and never find the same thing twice. From block shaped soaps, to old camera parts, this two story boutique carries it all. If the goods at this store...
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El Prado, NM 87529, USA
10 miles north of Taos (you head out of town and turn left at the "blinking light"), the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, recently renovated in 2012, will give you a dizzying sense of vertigo and the opportunity to take pictures that will make you look...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Climb up into one of the cliff-dwellings in Frijoles Canyon; imagine the view in the 1100's, when these were excavated in northern New Mexico. Bandelier National Monument, about an hour NW of Santa Fe, is full of these 'cavates'--chambers carved...
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Great Falls, MT, MT, USA
Lost in Memory - I have always enjoyed the long quiet roads located throughout central and eastern Montana. When I am driving these quiet roads, like the one pictured here, I often find myself lost in the memories of my youth -- a quiet reflection...
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Wyoming, USA
Having been raised on National Geographic magazines, I have always been fascinated by western landscape of America. The jagged peaks of Tetons have been on my to-see list ever since I have known the works of Ansel Adams. Last labor day weekend, my...