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Av Potosí 325, Uyuni, Bolivia
The huge white salt expanse allows you to take some wicked photos
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Hiking around Mt. Tamalpais is the best thing of all times, ever. That, pretty much, everyone agrees on. But this weekend, I found a way to make it better. Start at the Pantoll Ranger Station and take the Matt Davis trail. This will be a nice mix...
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Scandinavia
I can remember being a kid at summer camp and never wanting the day to end. Those that know little of Scandinavia are fascinated by the idea of short days in the winter and long days in the summer. As the long summer days stretch into infinity,...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
There is nothing like the power of water. What it's done along the one mile trail through the Radovna River gorge is an engineering masterpiece. Built on wood scaffolding, the trail winds its way down river, crisscrossing the current in the...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
We booked a surf trip across El Salvador from Wavehunters. On the western side of the country we stayed at Awkwaterra which had this amazing pool overlooking the Pacific.
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1 Market St, Mossel Bay Central, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
400 kms east of Cape Town, and along the famed Garden Route, is Mossel Bay. A picturesque seaside town, and home to an important shark conservation effort. Volunteers assist researchers with tagging and data collection, with the ultimate goals...
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Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
On your way to Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, stop by on Lake Superior shores for an unearthly scene. The water is still, the air quiet, the sun magnificent in its last strokes of the day. Who knew a lake sunset could be so...
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Djúpivogur, Iceland
I expected to see many things in Iceland but had no clue there were reindeer there too. I guess I should have done my homework on the fauna better :). It was a lovely surprise to see them though close to Djúpivogur. There was an entire herd of...
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Shanghai's famed dumplings are an amalgamation of blazing hot oil juicy dumpling innards filled with tender pork making them the most delicious bite of foodie heaven. As much hype surrounds Yang's fried dumpling, don't take my word for it, try it...
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90 Huanghe Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
There's always a line in front of this hole-in-the-wall, but don’t be deterred: Jia Jia's queue moves fast, and its steamed soup dumplings are worth the wait. When it’s your turn to order, you bark what you want—pork, crab, or...
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Galería Pasaje San Martín, Paseo Sarmiento 45, Local 18, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
My husband and I rented a car and drove out past the wineries in Mendoza to watch the sunset over the Andes mountains. It was a peaceful Sunday evening escape from the city.
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Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München, Germany
One of the most enjoyable things you can do in Munich is sit down at a bench in one of the many beautiful beer gardens, which serve as familiar gathering points for locals, friends, and visitors alike. The beer is top-notch, and the atmosphere...
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Loisium-Allee 2, 3550 Langenlois, Austria
This little town just a few miles away from the Wachau region and the Danube river is the perfect spot to celebrate all things about Austrian Wine. Some of Austria's most prominent winemakers are located here. Names like Loimer, Bruendelmayr,...
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1060 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710, USA
Breakfast at a mom-and-pop-restaurant. There's just no better way to get a local-flavor start-of-the-day when you're from out of town. In Tucson, you can't go wrong if you get a hearty plate at "Poco & Mom's." Yes, "New Mexico food" may not be...
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167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
For a dining experience that emphasizes healthy eating from local, sustainable and organic sources, look no further than Lyfe Kitchen. Customers can often see sous-chefs running out from the kitchen to pick fresh herbs from their garden stationed...
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Campamento Piñones, Carolina, Loíza, Puerto Rico
Doña Olga* is a large kiosk in Piñones, from which the smell of fritters wafts all the way to the beach. I often find myself getting a large order of bacalaitos (round cod fritters), empanadillas (turnovers), alcapurrias (dough of plantains or...
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PR-466, 00662, Puerto Rico
Owning my horse is a dream that has yet to come true, so I've settled for the next best thing: horseback riding for two hours along tree-lined trails and by a beach in Isabela. Not too shabby. More than ten years after my first ride, I still...
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9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG, UK
A gloriously eccentric venue, Sketch isn’t a restaurant so much as a collision of ideas, design, food, and frivolity in a large Mayfair townhouse. Its Parlour serves all day breakfast and then evening cocktails in an ambience that’s...
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Matemwe Beach, Matemwe Beach Village, Matemwe 0000, Tanzania
I have heard the mysterious word, Zanzibar, my whole life. After Mt. Kilimanjaro and photo safari in the Serengeti, etc., my son and I kicked back a few days on the fabled Zanzibar Island. While there, we took a snorkeling trip to a small...
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Cruising around the Galapagos, there's no shortage of wildlife and photographic opportunities. But this one moment was something special. Our boat anchored at sea, and as we ferried onto shore I realized that those weren't giant barking boulders...
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Stalheimsvegen 131, 5715 Stalheim, Norway
Centrally located in the fjord region of Western Norway, the 124 room Stalheim Hotel has a tremendous view and a wonderful history. This isn't an intimate hotel experience, meaning that with that many rooms and this being the perfect central...
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Calle 34, Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
This Playa del Carmen restaurant takes its name from a traditional Mexican dish known as aguachile: chili-marinated shrimp with lime juice, onion, and sometimes other ingredients that lend it a strong, spicy-citrus flavor. With its open-air...
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Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
Swift streams and waterfalls continue to carve these vertiginous and rugged valleys as they pour down into the sea. One of the most stunning wilderness areas on earth, it also contains ancient Hawaiian ruins of graves, temples, house platforms,...
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Breathtaking views of the rugged Na Pali Coast from our "doors off" helicopter tour
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Assateague Island, United States
This pictuesque island is filled with tourists and BUGS! But if you go after Labor Day you avoid the crowds and the bugs are bearable. Camped right on the beach with not a soul in sight. Wild horses, warm currents and sunny days make for beautiful...
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Paradise beach, Greece
There are two Paradise Beaches on Kos. One is northeast of Kefalos. It's quite nice with facilities, a bar, and crystal clear waters. The other is southwest of Kefalos. It's also quite nice with facilities, a bar, and crystal clear waters. The...
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Pserimos, Greece
While there are only around 130 folks that call Pserimos island home fulltime, pleasure cruises out of nearby Kos island dump at least that many somehow both burnt and pale (mostly British) tourists every couple hours on her best beach! This could...
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2427 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, USA
Vegan food
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Mount McIntyre, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5Y9, Canada
Mt McIntyre ("Mount Mac") offers an easily-accessible high-country experience very close to downtown Whitehorse. Although a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is needed to get to the summit, rentals are available in town. The hiking up top is simply superb —...
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Kehlsteinhaus, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, combines haunting history with stunning panoramic views. Located high in the Bavarian Alps, this famous Third-Reich construction was bought for the former German Führer as a 50th...
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, home to a protected sea turtle hatching area, is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. The turtle hatchery is dedicated to their conservation and ensures the population is sustained. The small place is typically crowd-free...
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Lover's Ln, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
If you are looking for a great walk in San Francisco, try the Presidio National Park. Lover's Lane is a nice one to start with. If you drive, just after entering the southeastern gate (Presidio Blvd. Gate), you can make a left and park your car in...
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Jewel Lake, California 94708, USA
There are miles upon miles of trails and hikes to choose from in Tilden Park, high up in the Berkeley Hills and I always love to start and finish many of the classic afternoons here by swinging through the Redwood groves that are on the western...
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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Cres, Croatia
There are not many places in the world where one can experience the pleasure of pure nature, escape from civilization, sandy beaches, all just a short distance from the city's usual daily activities. In Croatia, it is all possible. Maybe not...
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Arizona, USA
Get to the highest point you can, and enjoy the Earth's transition.
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Wildenauer Str. 26a, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
This region of Germany is near the Austrian border and offers the type of scenery you would imagine for this part of the world: jagged mountain peaks, cows grazing in rolling green meadows, and charming little Bavarian villages and churches. It's...
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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
If you're in the northwest area of D.C., and looking for good food with fresh ingredients, or for some unhealthy beignets that are simply excellent, then check out Founding Farmers. I started out eating on the healthy side, with an egg white...
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330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Spending July 4 in Aspen, Colorado feels like traveling back in time. The town puts on an old-fashioned July 4 parade that is pure storybook Americana. Locals and visitors line up folding chairs and blankets along the streets early to assure great...
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2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
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1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Northern California's state and national parks are some of the most spectacular in the country. A few hours drive from San Francisco, one can road trip to Yosemite Valley, sleep among the giant sequoias, or wake up to Pacific waves crashing. But...
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1157 N Marion Ave, Gearhart, OR 97138, USA
The coast of Oregon is a great place to get away too. It has quaint towns, sandy beaches, and a warm temperature. In Gearheart, you can see Tillamook Head, quite close to where Lewis and Clark discovered the Pacific Ocean.
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209 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
One of the most beautiful patios I've ever seen with fire-pits at the tables and twinkle lights in the trees. The food was absolutely delicious!! The lemon chicken is a must-have. Call ahead of time to make reservations for the patio.
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30 Dickmann St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
When my alarm went off at 3:30 in the morning, I considered "calling in sick." At that moment, I thought nothing in the world could be worth the loss of almost an entire night's sleep. Instead, I dialed a number and found out weather conditions...
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Rio Grande Trail, Colorado, USA
My morning routine in Aspen always starts with a run along the Rio Grande Trail. The trail is easily accessed from downtown and stretches 41 miles between Aspen and Glenwood Springs with an elevation change of 2,120 feet. It used to be an old...
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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Sun sets behind the Puget Sound and snow-capped mountains from Seattle's Pike Place Market
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3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
The sun sets over the snow-capped mountains of the Olympics and the Puget Sound from the Seattle waterfront.
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211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Kerry Park is a sliver of lawn halfway up the hill leading into the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The park is noted for its excellent view over the city, featuring the famous Space Needle in the foreground. Walk into any shop in town and...
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1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Sun reflects off aviators along the Puget Sound shoreline.
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Bellevue, WA, USA
The view of Washington's Mt. Rainier from Bellevue, Washington.
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Uçhisar, Tekelli Mahallesi, 50240 Uçhisar Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Perhaps my most memorable and exciting travel experience began with an early morning bus ride, the only time during my three weeks in Turkey during 2007's record heat wave when it was chilly enough to crave the sweet, earthy warmth of Turkish...
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1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
Garden of the Gods is a geologic wonderland on the west side of Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. It's easily accessed from I-25, the main highway that runs along Colorado’s Front Range and connects Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock,...
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On our way from Selfoss to Vik, we passed this gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss cascading over towering cliffs that used to make up Iceland's coastline. Long ago the coastline receded towards the sea about 3.1 miles but the former sea cliffs...
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458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409, USA
The moment I step foot on the wooden deck, I’m surrounded by the sounds of happy chatter, rock and roll music blaring from the loudspeakers and the rhythmic beat of wooden mallets hitting shell. Thwack, thwack, thwack….thwack, thwack. I hear that...
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112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
The Franklin Bar, a sort of modern speakeasy, peddles period-accurate cocktails (with a few inventive twists) served up by modish, bow-tied bartenders. Best to make a reservation to snag a spot.
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, 1017 Amsterdam, Netherlands
My favorite street in Amsterdam is the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. It’s the heart of the Amsterdam art district. It’s virtually door-to-door art and antique dealers. The street ends at the entrance to the magnificent Rijksmuseum.
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11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain
If you are traveling through southern Spain, you don't want to miss out on the small beach town of Tarifa. Traveled through for a weekend and found myself in a place that seemed to have it all with feeling overpopulated. It is a wonderfully laid...
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7490 Mora, Portugal
Symbol of the region of Alentejo, the corktree fields are a unique mediterranean heritage. This bucolic and rude scenery invites you to contemplate its quietness, its silences and the life that it shelters. It is both a scenery the calls out your...
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1155 Walnut St, Red Bluff, CA 96080, USA
It was like stepping back in time, to 1950 specifically. The train pulled into the station in Emeryville, Calif., and a porter dressed in a white pressed shirt and black bow tie grabbed our luggage. The train whistle blew as the car pulled out of...
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Lake Aloha, California, USA
Welcome to Northern California's Desolation Wilderness, the perfect place to hike near South Lake Tahoe. Lake Aloha is a well-deserved and divine place to take a dip after having tackled the climb up from Echo Lake. I'd suggest parking your car at...
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639 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Before I went to Portland I had never heard of a "food cart" before. I quickly learned that it's one of the biggest tourist attractions! All over the downtown area you can find clusters of food carts with options available for all diets (including...
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1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Lucha Libre is an eclectic burrito/taco place run by three brothers from Mexico that pays homage to the glam of Mexican wrestling. This place is near my office so I come here often for lunch. You can get fat burritos, tacos and drinks for a great...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Snorkeling at Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a unique experience: you are diving on your own private island. The water is quite warm for snorkeling, with variety of fish to see such as jelly fish, sea cucumber, etc. A crater that is just off the...
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9, 400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1L4, Canada
What a wonderful way to spend summer nights in Montreal: listening to some of the world's best live music acts, surrounded by eclectic people who come together for the love of jazz. The festival reunites performers from all around the world and...
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2575 Green Lake Rd, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0, Canada
See Ya Later Ranch Winery, the host site for the kick-off opening reception of the Wine Bloggers' Conference, features one of the best views seen high above the Okanagan Valley, as well as vast acres of growing Gewurztraminer and champions one of...
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1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre park; old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, cover 295 of those acres. Peaceful and lush, the forest is ideal for simply communing with...
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Lake Tahoe, United States
This is big bicycle ride. Not necessarily because of the distance (if you're a regular road cyclists this amount is your usual Saturday or Sunday ride) or the terrain (there are only a few sections with significant climbs), but big because of the...
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1325 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
Go in for the great fries!
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69 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
One of the cool things about Level Lounge is that it tries to source most of its ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, and it's one of a few restaurants doing this in Annapolis, in addition to waste recycling and other eco-friendly...
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4282 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb doesn’t do anything small, so it was no surprise that Whistler Bike Park quickly emerged as the global go-to, lift-access, downhill-biking destination. The park even has its own massive festival, Crankworx,...
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Village Stroll, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Olympic Plaza was built for the 2010 Olympic games and remains in the Village as a striking arts and cultural event location. The venue is a fitting place to reminisce about the games and get a feeling for the excitement and energy that...
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Cheakamus Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N 0A0, Canada
Hiking is an accessible and popular activity to partake in during the warmer seasons of Whistler. Many of the hikes are family-friendly and all are outstandingly beautiful. Some notable routes are the High Note Trail, the Cheekamus Lake Trail and...
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520 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
There are bakeries and then there is Sweetie Pies, the downtown Napa sweet shop that crafts some of the most delectable and one-of-a-kind goodies. Consider the giant homemade Oreo: two moist chocolate cookies sandwiching sweet icing. There...
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Woodlands Beach, Woodlands, Montserrat
Black sand beaches are actually made of teeny-tiny pieces of lava, like this beautiful example pictured above: Woodlands Beach easily accessible on the leeward side of the island.
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6501 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, USA
Do you have an afternoon free? Don’t know what to do? Grab lunch, maybe some sub sandwiches, and drive over to Snoqualmie Falls. It’s an absolutely stunning sight (so as I’ll be saying in all my Washington highlights-bring your camera!) Trivia for...
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North of the bridge, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Belize
The table in the foreground is part of the Ak'Bol café, where one can eat healthy food for good prices--lots of vegetarian food, smoothies, and coconut French toast. At the end of the pier is the location for yoga. I went on a Wednesday, which was...
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337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
I know, I know, Lollapalooza may be a little overpriced and overrated. But the truth is, it is still one of the best music festivals in the country. Amazing live performances by well-known artists and new talents, worldwide travellers, a quirky...
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Beacon Hill Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
The runway at Princess Juliana airport on Sint Maarten runs right to the beach, and you can get as up close and personal as you'd like with jetliners on approach. A couple of beach bars provide pleasant venues for watching, but to get the full...
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1600 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
Fans claims that this iconic Disney treat—banana-stuffed French toast coated with cinnamon and sugar—only tastes as it should when procured and enjoyed in the magic kingdom. Find out for yourself at the Kona Cafe and Capt. Cook's in the Polynesian...
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48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The first thing we encounter is the fog. Weaving in and out of the Pacific sea smoke along Highway 1’s voluptuous curves creates a dreamlike state. Signs of Big Sur’s iconic backside peek out in the distance, as preying hawks swarm above the...
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Rum Point, Cayman Islands
Among vacationers who’ve been coming to Grand Cayman forever, there’s a whole faction that essentially camps out at Rum Point all day every day, and you’ll understand why as soon as you see the place. Tucked away, super low-key,...
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One S Ocean Rd, Nassau, The Bahamas
When old money comes to Nassau's Paradise Island, The Ocean Club is where it prefers to stay. That's the way things have been since 1962, when the serenely posh resort opened along a dazzling stretch of sand known as Cabbage Beach. The 105-room...
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39210 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
There are many spots to hit if you want to capture the beauty of Oregon, and in particular the mighty Columbia River. Most visitors head straight for the Vista House, and Crown Point State Park. It's called the Vista House, after all. It must have...
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St Augustine, FL, USA
Almost the end of the day. The Lighthouse was the last thing we saw.
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2648 59th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
If you want to relax by taking a walk, why not take a long winding path by the beach? Walking not your style? Fine, you can roller blade or bike too. If it’s nice and sunny there’s also the option to sunbath or walk along the surf. It’s about a...
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675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
One of the best parties in Aspen is the closing ski season party at Aspen Highlands. For the last day of skiing, locals and visitors dress up in colorful costumes and crazy 1980's-styled ski outfits to celebrate the last day of skiing in the Aspen...
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nothing is a more powerful symbol of the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris Exposition, it's one of the world's most-visited monuments, with nearly 7 million people ascending the 1,062-foot...
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Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
No other landmark in Yosemite is as well recognized and beloved as Half Dome, the steely granite monolith towering 4,347 feet above Yosemite Valley. Geologist Josiah Whitney declared it “inaccessible” in 1870 but was proven wrong only...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
This historic market has been in operation since 1892, and is beloved by locals as a destination for lunch, grocery shopping, or buying regional gifts at the Pennsylvania General Store. More than 70 businesses sell fresh wares here, including ice...
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Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536, USA
Nuzzled up against the Arizona border about 100 miles west of Four Corners are some 30 square miles of the most iconic scenery in the American West. Monument Valley is one of those places that you’ll recognize as soon as you see...
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Zhusigang 2nd Rd, DongShanKou, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Laobanzhang is an old Chinese restaurant opened by a veteran, and the waitstaff are usually attired in camouflage pants. Military themes aside, the signature dish is Guan Tang Bao Zi (Steamed Bun with Hot Gravy) and Chinese millet congee (a...
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Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
Located 3,200 feet above Half Dome Village, Glacier Point offers some of the best views in the park to the high country beyond. The View Terrace looks out to Half Dome, Vernal Fall, and Nevada Fall as well as Liberty Cap to the east, while the...
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19017 Manarola, SP, Italy
Does it get any better than this?
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95029 Monterosso CT, Italy
I was captivated by the contrast of the ancient 14th century Carrera marble church with the castle tower behind it along with the colorful yellow and orange building in front of it. This was taken from a side street in the old town area of...
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Aix-en-Provence, France
While traveling through Provence, we stopped in a local village to buy some wine, baguettes, fromage and variety of tapenades and fresh fruit to enjoy while taking in the view of the French countryside.
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Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
Spur Cross Conservation Area was originally slated to be planned golf community until the town of Cave Creek put a stop to this is 2001 to make it a conservation area! You can enjoy the solitude and rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desrt along it's...
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San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
There's probably more pictures of the GGB than 10 million. It doesn't really matter, every time I drive over the bridge it's a magical experience, especially when the fog is rolling in. (Bonus points for some super rad appropriate music blasting...
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9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Or is it the other way around? Either way, you can't beat the views or the wine from Iron Horse Winery. Beware of the one lane road and the potholes on the way up. The journey is certainly worth it! Tastings aren't cheap (starting at $15) but you...
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Torfbrug 5, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
We spent the evening walking around Antwerp looking for a restaurant that would offer a different kind of mussels than the ones we had until now. We found it at the tavern-restaurant Bacino, right next to the Cathedral of Our Lady. This dish is...
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Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico
Are you kidding me? 150 feet deep AND the opening to miles of underground caverns? And you want me to jump in? If it isn't the 30 foot drop that gets you, its the inky blackness below or the who-knows-what that's living down there. You see, the...
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Shuguang Rd, Taijiang Qu, Fuzhou Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 350009
Not only is this savory treat delicious, the Fuzhou spinach dumpling is central to many regional customs and uses locally produced ingredients. These dumplings are sure to be present during ancestor worship festivals and celebrations, and on...
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900 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA
Free Colorado camping - White River National Forest off of Montezuma Rd (the road that goes behind Keystone). Amazing scenery, creek and ponds, and perfectly secluded.
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Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK
This iconic landmark in London is popular for a reason...it's breathtaking! Did you know that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower, not the clock? While you are there, check out the Houses of Parliament (if they are in session)....
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882 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
I don't know why the barista gave me my lavender latte in a to go cup, but I still enjoyed it. Chose a breakfast nut cookie to go with it. Lots of yummy looking pastries here.
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4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
The Crow's Nest is a fantastic restaurant offering seasonal local and organic fare. They don't except reservations but no worries, you can enjoy the fire pit or walk down to the water where they have a bar and lounge chairs to while your time...
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27715 Meirengos, Lugo, Spain
The caves and arches the erupt from the sand along Playa de Las Catedrales, also known as Praia de Augas Santas, or the "Beach of the Holy Waters" are best experienced at low tide. At high tide you'd need a sturdy skiff, though you'd still be...
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10 Dana St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Having been to Corniglia Italy, one of the five "Cinque Terre" seaside towns along the Ligurian Sea, it was pleasant surprise to find a restaurant in downtown Portland that offered up truly delicious Italian food, reminiscent of some of the most...
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3614 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103, USA
New Yorkers love their bagels like they love greasy pizza, avoiding eye contact, and boozy brunch. As a result, there are about as many bagel shops in New York as there are Starbucks–including Starbucks–but few produce the big, tender, chewy rolls...
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Located just inside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the Ira Spring Trail to Mason Lake is a relatively short hike in terms of distance, about six miles out and back. The elevation gain is what gets you on this hike - in only three miles the trail...
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67402 Drive Thru Tree Rd, Leggett, CA 95585, USA
The redwood giants don't yet look like giants from the 101 Highway in Northern California. Take the exit in Leggett though to drive through a 2500 year old redwood tree and the enormity is obvious. There is one road in and a slow one at that -...
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Foraging - Hvalfjörður, Iceland
Iceland is sparse, the say the least. The best way to see the country is through a leisurely road trip along the Ring Road. This way, when you see a white steeple in the middle of nowhere, you can take a random left turn down a dirt road, lose a...
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Olive oil is the life blood of Italy as if it flows through the rivers and roads throughout the entire country. If you get the chance, stop by an olive oil factory and see how it's done. During pressing season each fall, barrels filled with...
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Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece
Just a short stroll to reach Yialos beach for the action packed beach experience and heavy summer crowds. We preferred the Petasos SLH Hotel, with its the private beach, it sits on a peninsula, surrounded by the breathtaking Aegean sea.
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1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Amid the colorful, serene splendor of Seattle's Japanese Gardens, located at the entrance of Washington Park, the winding paths and dark, wet branches made me think of Ezra Pound's famous poem "In a Station of the Metro": The apparition of these...
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Orval 1, 6823 Florenville, Belgium
You cannot visit the current Orval Abbey but for a small fee you can visit the Orval Abbey ruins. By the 12th century, this Cistercian abbey isolated in the Gaume Forest had become one of the most famous and richest in Europe. After a film on...
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125 miles long, 1 mile deep-infinitely beautiful!
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When they danced across the sky, in the middle night, on my belly positioning a tripod on a frozen lake - I almost forgot to take the photo. I totally froze! (but eventually got it.)
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Kusadasi, Kuşadası/Aydın Province, Turkey
Our tour guide brought us to a carpet shop towards the end of our tour. Luckily, it was a very low-pressure environment, and they said they just wanted to share their work. We got to see how the silk is procured, the looms used to weave, and many...
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Most beautiful drive in California. If coming to California make the amazing scenic drive up the famous highway 1. This particular stretch is heading south from San Francisco to Big Sur which took about 3 hours. There are spots to park and take...
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Şirince, Şirince Mahallesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
A drive away from famous Ephesus you will find the small village of Sirince. The drive itself is a beautiful bit of sightseeing, as you wind up and around the green mountains. In the village, you will find little restaurants and open-air shops,...
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18200 NE Lewis Rogers Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
If you are fan of Oregon pinot made with old-world style, be sure to check out Brick House Vineyards. Open by appointment only, you will have the opportunity enjoy a two-hour leisurely tasting in the old barn...what a fantastic setting. Steve Guy...
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5486 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946, USA
The Olympic Jumping Complex located in Lake Placid New York is the only operating Ski Jump on the east coast of the U.S. You can take an elevator up to the top of the 120 meter jump for just eleven dollars. At the top, there's 360 degree views of...
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Carretera de Vitoria, 1, 01307 Samaniego,Álava, Araba, Spain
Ostatu is a family-run winery that makes high quality wines from its own vineyards. These vineyards are their greatest asset and their wines have been the way of life for various generations of the Sáenz de Samaniego family. The winery is in the...
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Rovinj, Croatia
The cobblestones that make up the alleys of old Rovinj are no ordinary cobblestones, more like purposefully crafted marble sculptures each one of them. It's almost as if the rain and the 300 year old footsteps of the fishermen traipsing home after...
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Croatia
Croatia’s oldest and biggest national park, Plitvice is a four-season playground known for its pristine forests, stunning waterfalls, and dozens of turquoise lakes. To see it all, trek along the wooden pathways that twist through...
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116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Old fashioned deliciousness
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5961 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico
La Vida Buena
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Coleman Beach, California 94923, USA
Foggy even in the summertime, you will still find the surfers at Coleman Beach, a beautiful stop along Highway 1 on the Sonoma Coast. Stop to people watch or if you are brave a swim! This stretch of road is very similar to that of Big Sur but less...
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83 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Anchor & Hope is a great seafood restaurant located on the SoMa/FiDi border in downtown San Francisco. Specializing in seafood, I love to visit them for oysters and beer after work. They have yummy house made fries and a killer lobster roll. The...
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Pier 7, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Pier 7 is a secret. I have found myself there many times and never understand why there are rarely any crowds. At sunrise or sunset with your back to the city you can get gorgeous photos of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The beautiful wooden...
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San Francisco, CA, USA
Garden Creamery serves small batch (vegan) sorbets and ice creams sweetened with agave nectar. Sounds healthy? Doesn't impact the taste! They travel the usual food truck circuit, you can find them at Off The Grid and out and about. A great way to...
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6476 Washington Street, (behind Ad Hoc), Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Tucked behind his restaurant Adhoc is a small shack serving two items: fried chicken and bbq pork. Each selection comes with potato salad, cole slaw and corn bread, the perfect sides for these picnic favorites. You can enjoy your lunch at one of...
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102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282, USA
Prosecco on tap is not terribly easy to find in the Big Apple, but there’s one new hotel in town that is doing everything exceptionally well including providing bubbly on tap. The Conrad New York's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar sounds like something out...
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1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
With over 1300 reviews on Yelp, an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and a line that often snakes down the block, I won’t try to argue that Swan Oyster Depot is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets. But I will...
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313 1/2 N Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
This breathtaking natural wildlife preserve is just a part of everyday life for the residents of Alpena, Michigan, as it winds through town bordered by running paths draped in weeping willows. Take a kayak out with Erin Riopelle, who started her...
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1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Have you ever tried a Graham Cracker porter? Well, you should. It's surprisingly mild— despite its dark hue—with hints of vanilla and mulled spices. And it's only available at the Denver Beer Co. The brewery serves along with other delish...
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1818 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
Dungeness crab is one of Northern California's coastal specialties and is easily found along the coast when in season (winter-spring). After watching the fishermen bringing in catches of fresh crab at the Bodega Bay marina, you can walk across the...
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18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
Just outside of downtown Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater is the only naturally-occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. Since it first opened in 1941, it has been home to iconic music performances, from opera to rock. The stage is...
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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
In its ten miles from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche road known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides, weaving torturously in and out and up and down gorges, through lemon groves and olives, past whitewashed villages...
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Zeelaan 139, 8660 De Panne, Belgium
There are no shortages of places to eat and drink in the Belgian coastal town of De Panne. If you're looking for a snack and a good deal, head to Patisserie Antoine, just a couple blocks from the North Sea. You can get a couple of croissants with...
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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
Seattle's largest public park sits on a sea bluff that's high enough to pierce the city's infamous fog, revealing gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Wander its 11 miles (18 km) of paths through forest groves, meadows...
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866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, NV 89451, USA
Tonopalo in the shores of N. Lake Tahoe
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Dolomites, 32023 Rocca Pietore, Province of Belluno, Italy
An Alpine Adventure awaits and is only a quick day trip from Venice. Working with a private driver, our small group of family and friends traveled to this breathtaking region for amazing sight seeing and a little hiking. It was a quick day trip...
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4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
If you really want to get a feel for the beauty of Napa, take to the air. We spent a glorious hour or so floating above the valley of the vines, after being picked up from our hotel, taken to the venue and given coffee and something to snack on...
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Island Lake, California, USA
Tucked up in the Tahoe National Forest there are strings of lakes settled into the mountains offering a quiet oasis for all who wish to wander. This is Island Lake, one of the larger ones. The trails offer sweeping views of the Sierras and there...
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South Yuba River, California, USA
Emerald Pools along the South Yuba River form a series of swim holes lined with cliffs, perfect for big air jumps or river-wide slack lines like the one set up here. This place is a lovely little gem and although it attracts locals on a hot summer...
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1923 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Pensione Nichols is the best kind of first hello to the City of Seattle. Located in a historic building on 1st Avenue, this small European style B&B is filled with antiques while at the same time made to feel like home. A breakfast of yogurt,...
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Serrano 567, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
If during your travels you find yourself in Valparaíso, reserve an extra day or two to check out its nearby sister city, Viña del Mar. Just 20 minutes up the coast, this small beach town is a popular vacation destination for Chileans, and a great...
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Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-240, Brazil
As the sun rose over Guanabara Bay in Rio, I looked out at the sea and the mountains from the breakfast patio. I was moved by the quiet beauty. I knew that in a little while, the serene peace would be broken by the floods of tourists coming to the...
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Wellington, New Zealand
I still owe my best friend millions for introducing me to Wellington's Cafe L'Affare while I was working in New Zealand. Founded in 1990, this quintessential cafe is cozy, delicious and gourmet ground breaking. What are your food choices, you ask?...
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Fiji
Bula! Welcome to Fiji! At the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches, and pristine natural environment, Fiji is a leader in...
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French Polynesia
Although the name "Tahiti" is commonly used to describe the entire destination, it is actually one of the many islands in French Polynesia. Often referred to as "Tahiti and her Islands", French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls...
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Throughout Luzern, so many of the buildings have crazy, wild paintings all over them. Loving it! Wish more buildings in Brisbane were like this!
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Devil's Bridge Trail, Arizona 86336, USA
Must see in Sedona! Sedona must not be overlooked when going to Arizona so many amazing hikes here! Ask a local or pull it up on the GPS for Devils bridge... Great hike.. If you are not afraid of heights then walk across the bridge.. Careful not...
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
La Jolla, or "Jewel City," takes up about seven miles of coastline in San Diego. It is an affluent neighborhood with a lot to explore. The famous Children's Pool is where you can now find dozens of seals basking in the sun. The nation's largest...
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Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
When staying in Paris a few weeks ago, my wife and I happened upon this public piano in the leafy Place Des Abbesses in Montmartre. With our hotel just a few yards away, we ended up enjoying a variety of serendipitous recitals--Chopin, jazz,...
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4999 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019, USA
There's nothing better than a stroll on the beach with man's best friend. The Dog Beach of Hollywood is a wonderful stretch of clean, beautiful, off-leash dog beach where dogs can run, play, and swim. On any weekend, you'll find locals throwing...
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
Amazing views
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1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA, UK
This year both of us desperately wanted to visit Provence in South France to witness the gazillion lavender farms. For some reason we could not, and boy were we disappointed. Not for long. Enter Mayfield Lavender Farm. This 25-acre farm is located...
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Sycamore Canyon Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Driving up the California coast to Big Sur there are a lot of beautiful beaches, but I had my eye set on Pfeiffer Beach because of the photos I saw online. It is very hard to find - you take a narrow side street with little signage for 2 miles...
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2250 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Arizona Helicopter Tours aka best 12 minutes ever! Friendly staff and amazing views. Sedona is so beautiful and should not be overlooked when going to see the Grand Canyon which is a 3 hour drive north. The helicopter rides here are priced very...
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Benjamin Franklin Bridge, United States
Some of the best panoramic views of the area at sunset are on the footpath at the bridge.
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Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA
Located in the middle of New York harbor, less than half a mile from Manhattan (and even closer to Brooklyn), 172-acre Governors Island feels like a world unto itself, far from the bustling city. It has played a key role in the defense of New York...
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66 Brush Creek Ranch Road, Saratoga, WY 82331, USA
There are over 100 excellent guest ranches in the Western U.S., offering a range of family vacations. Brush Creek Ranch, in southern Wyoming, is one of the more exclusive properties, offering an enormous range of activities on 15,000 acres of...
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
In the lower level of the Casa Del Balboa building in Balboa Park is one of the world's largest indoor model railway displays. There are several rooms, where you can see huge displays of trains going through miniature towns and landscapes. Parts...
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Grinnell Glacier, Montana 59417, USA
From Many Glacier Hotel, we traveled by boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to begin our hike up Grinnell Glacier Trail. From the shore of Josephine, the hike to the top covers about four miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The...
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1 Rte 3, Browning, MT 59417, USA
Forget about setting the alarm. The view from your lakeside window at Many Glacier Hotel is enough reward to lure you out of bed in the mornings. What makes this five-story Swiss chalet extra special besides its tremendous views from the shore of...
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Logan Pass, Montana 59936, USA
An easy and highly rewarding hike in Glacier National Park from Logan Pass is to the Hidden Lake Overlook. It covers 1.5 miles with a 460-foot elevation gain. Along the way, you might even run across a mama goat and her kid as we did.
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One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
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5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017, USA
For over 25 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s second largest Irish celebration. More than 100,000 guests are expected each year. With seven stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers, there is...
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4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
This engineering marvel whisks sightseers up Heavenly Mountain Resort in a mere 12 minutes, offering cheap thrills and panoramic lake views. On the uphill ride, be sure to disembark at the overlook and check out the view from 9,123 feet, which...
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Telluride, CO 81435, USA
First time in Telluride, and it has been fantastic. Great place to learn to snowboard, the snow is amazing. The mountain is beautiful, and the people are so super friendly. You instantly feel right at home. The Jalapeño Margarita at Tomboy Tavern...
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Cades Cove, Tennessee 37882, USA
The Smoky Mountains stands as the most visited national park in the U.S. with the Grand Canyon following close behind. With so many outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking, camping, hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, and biking, it's difficult to...
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Untere Mattenstrasse 50, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
If Zermatt is on your travel list - pack a camera. Matterhorn sunrises are pure seduction. The view changes by the minute. I think I could photograph this mountain every day for a lifetime and never tire of it. Better yet, for this image I didn’t...
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155 1st St SE, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
The juiciest fish taco I ever met was at Tony's Crab Shack. Enter this strange world, a place packed with people, yet not a soul talking. The incredible flavor of the food hypnotizes all who enter. The only time we spoke was to order. Many people...
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Alte Dorfstraße 24b, 25980 Sylt, Germany
Of course there're the skeptics who will ask: "What's a salt cave doing in this healthful Saline-enhanced North Sea climate?" Often situations may hamper or inhibit a beach scamper: hence the atmosphere of the beach can be provided directly to...
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Trinidad and Tobago
Imagine a swimming pool with no walls and no limits with warm water and bright sunshine in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Named in 1962 by Princess Margaret who thought the clarity of the pool reminded her of looking through a nylon stocking,...
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9638, 9564 NY-414, Lodi, NY 14860, USA
When visiting the area, we always make it a point to stop at Dano's Heuriger on the east side of Seneca Lake. It's plain on the outside but has a beautifully modern interior with wonderful views across the narrow lake. But the best reason to go is...
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Quartier, Plaury, 26230 Roussas, France
I came away from a morning at the busy and crowded outdoor market in the village of Buisson with bags full of dried herbs, fresh melons and berries, local cheese, a jar of honey, and wines. Lavender, the quintessential sight and smell of Provence,...
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110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
A church—or, at least, a small chapel—has stood on the site of the Basilica of Notre-Dame since shortly after Ville-Marie (Montréal's predecessor) was founded in 1642. The current building, however, dates to 1829 and was...
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Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
About a 30-minute drive west of downtown Tampa, this popular beach on the Gulf of Mexico is built up with mid-range and luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants. But all that matters when you’re down on the shore is the sugar-fine sand and...
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A black, awe-inspiring lava landscape is the welcome mat to our trek into Oregon's iconic volcano reserve. The Three Sisters: Faith/North, Hope/Middle, and Charity/South are ringed by a trail network that includes a stretch on the infamous Pacific...
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45 Hawthorne Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
The scent of lavender so intense you can smell it in the air on the drive towards the farm. Fields of purple so intoxicating you want to crawl in and drift to Neverland.
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It was a terrifying drive to the top but the views were so worth it. Camping on a small peninsula overlook in Big Sur after a day of hiking through Redwoods and hanging out at the cliffed beaches that line the California Coast was the highlight of...
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39171 Tassajara Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, USA
In 1967, Tassajara (already a storied hot springs resort) became the first Zen monastery outside Japan. Run by the San Francisco Zen Center, the monastery is open to the public from May through September and closed the rest of the year for...
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Étretat, France
Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently...
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30 Callendar Way, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
If ever there were a perfect weekend retreat, Manka's Inverness Lodge would be it. My husband and I have traveled here on two magical occasions to celebrate anniversaries and special life events, and it is always sublime. Though the main lodge...
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Folly Beach, SC 20412, USA
Driving to Folly Beach, there is a road that heads down to this area for you to walk. A short walk later you emerge over the sand with a view of the lighthouse just off the islands. One of my favorite spots in the Charleston area.
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Laurel Falls, Tennessee 37862, USA
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The easily accessible, paved trail is a 1.3 mile trek up Cove Mountain that culminates in a spectacular view of the 80-foot, multi-level waterfall. At the...
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Montana, USA
We stopped to take in the view before wandering through the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier. This river was so quiet and peaceful below one of the many beautiful mountains in the park and during a busy family trip it was a moment of calm.
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Veules-les-Roses, France
The beach at Veules-les-Roses is one of the best I have ever seen. It was recomended to us by the owner of the camp we stayed at in Normandy. She said it is a must see and I understood why when I was standing in the place I took this photo. The...
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PORAT 00, Biševo, 21485, Biševo, Croatia
When sailing from the town of Vis to Komiža on Vis Island, we stopped at the Blue Cave (Modra špilja), or Blue Grotto, on the nearby island of Biševo. Visitors can enter the cave entrance for a minor fee and only by small boat. As we...
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San Diego, CA, USA
If there's one thing San Diego is known for, it's the beautiful beaches. We have sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and long piers. Each beach has its own character and flair. Check out the Torrey Pines beach for dramatic cliffs and great hiking. The...
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3753 John J Montgomery Dr #1, San Diego, CA 92123, USA
San Diego is a beautiful city with gorgeous beaches and what better way to take it all in than with a helicopter tour! This photo was taken while flying over Torrey Pines beach in San Diego. You can choose either a short flight over the beaches...
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Part ghost town, part snowbird retreat, the Salton Sea is a decaying paradise just west of Anza-Borrego Desert in Imperial County. Developed as a resort community in the late 1950s, the Salton Sea drew its fair share of celebrities, including The...
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California, USA
Their branches wind all funky-like skyward and do not provide any shade from the stunning sun. The Joshua Tree and namesake of the National Park, line the hiking trails prevalent throughout the park. The Keys View trail is the shortest at just a...
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South Dakota, USA
The minute we entered Badlands National Park I was in love. From the roaming buffalo, the perfect blue sky & the puffy white clouds to the sandy colored plateaus, swaying prairie grasses and the strong, warm breeze it was like walking into another...
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118 Cliff Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Although Nantucket might be better known for its bike paths, there are several great hiking/running trails in the Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture conservation area. Used for grazing sheep and cows in the 17th and 18th centuries, this spot now offers...
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Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, 1110 Wien, Austria
You might think of Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) as a Mittteleuropa Walk of Fame. Some of the city’s most important figures are buried in this graveyard that opened in 1874, from Beethoven (his remains were moved here in...
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Nevada, USA
I know you had one back at your camp, but this one was there the whole time in the dark under the parachutes with the rich kids. It would have been perrrrfect.
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Slea Head, Ireland
The roads in Ireland are incredibly narrow, and those in the western-most part of the Dingle peninsula at Slea Head are no exception. For those that are brave and set out with an adventurous spirit and good insurance coverage, views such as this...
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We didn't know what to expect but we knew we wanted to take the bus from Santiago to Mendoza. The route leads you over the Andes and after many turns (we stopped counting at 30), you descend into Argentina and end up in wine country. It's about an...
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505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Often overlooked because it resides in a primarily residential building at the end of Navy Pier, Cite is the place for foodies in-the-know. From the Lake Point Tower dining room you can indulge in an excellent meal with an equally spectacular...
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Alesund, Norway
While driving outside of Alesund, Norway with a group of friends just one of many beautiful, peaceful places...
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Lori Province, Armenia
The bond of love between generations is a powerful one. This moment between grandfather and grandchild, captured up in the impoverished Northern villages of Armenia, is one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed anywhere. Village life is...
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Taranna TAS 7180, Australia
We kayaked halfway around Australia’s heart-shaped island state in four weeks and almost every night dined off what we caught or pried from the sea. When the tide was low, we would pull over and knife oysters and clams from the coral and bake them...
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Ul. Butina 2, 22243, Murter, Croatia
Sailing through Kornati National Park—an archipelago of 89 islands, islets, and reefs—is one of Croatia’s most extraordinary experiences. Starting from Telašćica Nature Park on the southeast end of Dugi Otok island, the...
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1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Yes, you read that right... "Keep clam" is the motto at Ivar's famous Seattle seafood restaurants. Ivar's has plenty of locations around town, from the casual fish-and-chip stands to the fancier waterfront Acres of Clams and Salmon House, but all...
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1548 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
A 2.5 hour tour of Mission Bay in a kayak is even better on a full moon. And, if you go during the summer months, you will get a front seat viewing of the nightly fireworks that go off at Sea World right there over the bay. I did this a couple...
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London, UK
What was once a private hunting ground for Henry VIII is now a favorite destination for London locals and visitors alike. One of the eight Royal Parks, Hyde simultaneously serves as a natural oasis and civic hub. A day on the green has endless...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
With beautiful aqua blue water and high mountains, consider taking a day trip north from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. Maybe drive up to to Squamish for some outdoor adventures or a tasty craft beer while taking in a view of "The Chief" and...
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Pause. Breath slowly. Enjoy the peaceful historic Italian village. Find a way to the roof of a hotel or a terrance. Take a few moments to be thankful and feel on top of the world. View the jagged cliffs that lead to the sea. The rooftops of local...
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2015 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Vantigo tours is a brand new touring company that offers a more unique and personalized to those hop on hop off tours and the very dull Big Bus tours. Erik, owner of Vantigo, your designated driver and tour guide offers city tours, oyster lunches...
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Austria, Seestraße, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is a small village situated on a lake of the same name. It is an excellent day trip destination from Salzburg and the beauty will not disappoint you. There are multiple ways of getting to Hallstatt from Salzburg. The journey takes about...
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Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
The Balearic Island of Ibiza is a bustling smorgasbord of disco clubs, shopping markets, and ethnic restaurants juxtaposed with striking vistas, quiet beaches, and dinner music perfectly timed with the sunsets. After several nights of jam packed...
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55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
I was putting my bags in my car, getting ready to leave, when a man came up to me and said, “Is it really time to go?” I smiled and answered, “No.” There was mutual understanding that nobody is ever ready to leave this place, where a feeling of...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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Junc Life & Style is one of the more interesting boutiques found in the funky neighborhood of South Park in San Diego. Don't let the name of the store fool you- there isn't any "junk" here! If you're looking for one of a kind items or clothing-...
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Megalohori, Megalokhórion 847 00, Greece
Unlike most overhyped things in this world, viewing the sunset over the Santorini caldera is a notable exception.... just fantastic. This view is from our balcony at Caldera's Dolphin in Megalochori, a delightful place with great service and this...
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20 Whitsunday Blvd, Whitsundays QLD 4803, Australia
Islands trace the Great Barrier Reef up the northeastern coast of Australia, clustering in the clear blue waters known as the Whitsundays. There, nestled on Hamilton Island, Qualia has set a new standard for Australian...
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1005 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
As its name implies, the Hideout isn’t the most centrally located place, and it can be a bit difficult to find the nondescript entrance (unromantically close to the Virginia Mason hospital). But step inside, and it’s a different world: dimly lit,...
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950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA 98177, USA
Carkeek Park is a 220-acre space that includes forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach. From its beach, you can see the southern tip of Whidbey Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains. There's a large picnic area with...
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345 15th Ave E Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
If you're allergic to doilies and calico prints, not to worry: Remedy Teas is a far cry from the frou-frou tearooms you're used to. Modern and minimalistic, with clean white decor, the most eye-catching feature of their cafe is the rows of big...
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507 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
What could be more autumnal than a big, steaming bowl of soup? Hopvine Pub cooks up giant batches of some of the most amazing soups you've ever had, including a fantastic French onion soup with a thick, perfectly toasted cheesy topping and hot,...
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2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
So called because it’s located above sister restaurant Pintxo, The Upstairs is indeed up a flight of stairs, but once you’re inside, it feels like a cozy, if dimly lit, living room, complete with Victorian-style couches and wingback chairs,...
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This stunning trail has been ranked one of the planet's Top 20, though many Australians would nudge that a little higher. The 223-kilometer path follows the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount...
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3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Mission is one of those places where you don’t hesitate to drink beer from a wine glass. It’s a place where the olive oil served with the focaccia is not just a mindless belly-filling appetizer, but a combination of flavors so simple and rich...
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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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Р501, 6320, Macedonia (FYROM)
Take a cruise or a drive across Lake Ohrid to the monastery of St Naum. You will see beautiful complex with peacocks, lagoons, cafes and shops. There is even a hotel next to the monastery where guests can stay overnight. St Naum was known to cure...
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1316 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Sure, ice cream and gelato places are everywhere, but how often do you see a frozen custard shop? The addition of egg in the mix is what makes all the difference, apparently: richer and creamier than ice cream, yet with less calories and...
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1301 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Gluten-free folks will appreciate this Mexican food truck, where the entire menu is gluten-free. They offer tiny tacos with handmade tortillas in flavors like chicken mole and spiced mushroom with poblano cream, as well as gorditas — fat little...
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4150, 1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Skillet started life as a food truck, and you’ll still see their mobile kitchen popping up around Seattle throughout the week (check their website for location info). But sometimes it’s easier to head to one of their permanent diners, where you...
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117 Mission Ave, Cashmere, WA 98815, USA
Washington is famous for its apples, and fall is the best time of year to try our crisp, juicy fruit. The most coveted breed is Honeycrisp, prized for its extremely crunchy and crisp texture and lightly sweet flavor. Cameo is a pretty,...
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2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Wasabi Bistro is everything you’d expect of a sushi joint in Belltown: elegant, modern decor, high-quality fish, and expensive prices. In addition to three pages of flagrantly inauthentic sushi, like the Geisha on Vacation roll (spicy crab,...
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1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
There’s some confusion about this place’s real name — even the restaurant can’t seem to decide whether it’s 7 Stars Peppers, 7 Stars Pepper, or something else. But whatever you call it, they make some mean hand-shaven noodles. Highlights of their...
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1215 4th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98161, USA
Although the joke about there being a Starbucks on every Seattle street corner has some truth to it, it is possible to find independent coffee shops downtown, and Café Migliori is one that devotees swear by. They serve their own freshly roasted...
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1325 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Adored by locals, Fran’s Chocolates shop is a tasty local tradition. Indulge in one of their classic gold-foil-wrapped chocolate ingots, or savor their grey salt and smoked salt caramels—they're rich, intense, and deeply flavorful. Fran’s uses...
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RP33, Salta, Argentina
Ruta Provincial 33 between Cachi and Salta in northern Argentina summits at 11,000 ft and twists and turns over 30 km of one-laned dirt roads. Rent a car and get on it! The vistas are incredible, with a canopy of clouds settling in the ridges and...
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Gortamullin, Lower Reen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, V93 VY57, Ireland
Rockcrest house is set on a quiet lane overlooking pasture land and just a few minutes walk from main streets of Kenmare. It's the perfect location to visit Killarney, Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry, and Dingle. Large rooms and modern...
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16A D'Olier Street, Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Sometimes while travelling you just need something familiar to get you through the day. I stopped in at Gallaher & Co one rainy afternoon and passed the time with a Martini and good conversation with the bartenders. Most other folks were enjoying...
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
Galway is a must on any tour of Ireland and The Stop is the perfect place to rest your design loving heart. The rooms are simple and the house is filled with artwork and quirky touches. Breakfast is a highlight with a focus on locally sourced...
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Snowmass Village, CO, USA
Starting this past winter on Friday Nights the Snowmass Gondola and Elk Camp Restaurant stayed open later for Ullr Nights in the Winter and Valhalla Nights in the Summer, both named after Norse mythology. For Ullr Nights, people can partake in...
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Rim Trail S, Colorado, USA
A fun hike or mountain bike trail is the Rim Trail. Even though there are two places to hop on the trail, I personally recommend starting at the side near the Snowmass Mall off Divide Road. The trail is a series of tame switchbacks that traverses...
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120 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Tom Blake Trail is a beginning-to-intermediate trail for hikers and mountain bikers. Located on the lower side of Snowmass’s Burnt Mountain, bikers zip through groves of Aspen trees on a single trail with the sunlight flickering through the...
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Ditch Trail, Snowmass Village, CO, USA
A true local’s secret, this trail is on the backside of Snowmass Mountain, and traverses across Campground. Since it is fairly flat, with only a couple areas of incline, it is great for beginner biking, hiking, and running in the summer, and...
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Colusa, CA 95932, USA
Watching the rice grow is an amazing experience even though you must develop a strong resistance to Mosquitos and humid weather. My sons and I enjoy walking together.
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Zane’s Tavern is the local watering hole for both Aspen and Snowmass. The Snowmass location has a fun gaming pub atmosphere with jukebox, pool table, foosball table and shuffleboard table. They serve pub type fare but their specialty is the...
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1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Golf and sunshine are the main magnets that draw visitors to Palm Springs, but a 10-minute ride will take you up into a snowy evergreen forest. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbs up to a mountain wilderness at 8,500 feet (2,590 meters). The...
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67 Elbert Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Mountain Dragon is popular with locals, especially for après-ski. The bar floods into the dining area and is a melting pot of patrons. Buy a round of drinks, and kick back with a game of pool or darts. The restaurant serves delicious Chinese food...
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4250 Divide Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
This is an authentic Colorado experience, especially if you go dog sledding before. The ambiance is a white table cloth experience set in a subdued, rustic cabin with a sunken fireplace for a cozy feeling. While dining take in spectacular views of...
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Pima Canyon, Arizona 85718, USA
One of the quickest and most immersive city-into-wilderness hikes is a trip from Tucson to Pima Canyon. From downtown Tucson, it's a quick drive up through the Santa Catalina foothills to the trailhead parking lot—tucked into saguaro-studded...
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73 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Located slope side, the Base Camp Bar and Grill has the best outdoor patio in Snowmass. Angled just right you can soak up the sun for hours during the day and well into après-ski. It is great for families because the kids can run around and play...
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Rocky Gap Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161, USA
I have the pleasure of hiking in the beautiful Redrock Canyon area north of Las Vegas at least twice a year, but I have always been limited to the summer months for these treks. However, last winter, I had the chance to see the Mojave in winter....
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200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004, USA
If you don't want to hike out into the Anza Borrego desert, you can come here to walk though the landscaped gardens at the state park center and get an idea of the local environment. You have to check this place out anyway- this building is built...
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Only reachable by boat or kayak, take a ride on the aqua blue waters of Lake General Carrera until you reach The Marble Caves, where the Cathedral (El Catedral) is located. The caves are an extremely special geological formation of varying colors...
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Blvd. Kukulcan 19, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Delphines Public Beach, the first beach on the strip, offers a wide swath of cool white sand and fresh blue sea to explore. This is a great place to sit in the shade of your own palapa, watch the water change colors, and cool off with a romp in...
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Kilafin, Laragh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The road to Sally Gap in the Wicklow mountains cuts a swathe through the russet blanket bog with its furze of stunted trees and unfathomable purple heather. It's a wild place, where a storm can blow up unawares out of the blue gloom of a a late...
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Big Sur. I have very special memories of this place. It is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever been to, even though it has suffered at the hands of tourism in recent years. McWay falls is a splendid little waterfall that plummets into the...
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1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060, USA
Park City Mountain Resort was the first of Park City's three ski areas to offer summer activities. Even though their selection of fun tickets includes mini golf, an alpine coaster, a zip line, and a climbing wall, the alpine slide is still a...
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Kimball Junction, UT 84098, USA
You can ride your bike (or walk, for that matter) from Main Street at one end of town all the way out to Kimball Junction about 7 miles down the road, safely off the street on the much-loved bike path—a combination of paved, wooden, or lightly...
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Kildare, Ireland
Slow, slow, slow. No time to think. This is the Buddha Way, this gentle movement through the lush green landscape of Kildare on a barge that moves no faster than fifteen miles an hour. You have time for clouds, for slowly passing trees, for...
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Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish (which means “valley of two lakes”), is a quiet, picturesque valley near the Wicklow Mountains. Its 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin is one of the most...
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4461 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Another little neighborhood consignment shop in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction, Many Moons carries men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, as well as handcrafted “healing talisman jewelry.” Prices are posted on the wall by category and apply...
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424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Dim sum lines can get painfully long on weekends and Jade Garden is no exception, but they have a large dining room and seem to turn over tables faster than other places, so the wait usually isn’t too bad. If it’s busy and you’re willing to share...
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524 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Home of the hand-shaved green barley noodles! If you’ve never had hand-shaved noodles, you owe it to yourself to try them (although I personally prefer 7 Star Pepper’s). Thick, irregularly cut, and chewy, they’re substantial, delicious, and soak...
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600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
One of the country's largest Asian markets, this massive complex has anchored the International District since 1928—and contains a Japanese bookstore, a 12-station food court, and a Taiwanese hot-pot hot spot: The Boiling Point. Its shelves...
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5424 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
The sister store to their larger, original University District location, Lucky’s Ballard store is a small but thoughtfully curated collection of men’s and women’s vintage clothes. You’ll find fun novelty-print Hawaiian shirts, pretty party...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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Fitch Mountain, California 95448, USA
Explore nearby Fitch Mountain and you can find a quiet little stretch of the river, a warm and mellow ribbon that runs 110 miles from all the way up near Willits down to the Pacific, near Jenner. Its name comes from Ivan Aleksandrovich Kuskov of...
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4801 N Austin Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
A simple little place in the Portage Park neighborhood, Pizza by Alex makes thin crust pizzas in a wood fired brick oven. They offer a delivery option but they tend to take awhile… so I’d recommend eating in the restaurant and bringing your own...
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1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
For those who favor thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza, Coalfire does a glorious version using a coal oven. The owner, Nella Grassano, emphasizes that their ovens burn domestic clean burning coal to give their crust a distinctive char. The Coalfire...
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29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Uno’s claims to have invented the deep dish pizza, which means a different thing in Chicago than it does the rest of the nation. Chicago deep dish pizza, or “stuffed” pizza, has a tall crust edge that allows for 1-2 inches worth of ingredients and...
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Mozartstraße 4, 80336 München, Germany
The Carnival at Oktoberfest has a lot of variety to suit different audience. This guy in skull mask at Shocker is hilarious! He's holding a fishing rod with a huge spider at the end, and use it to "surprise" people walking by from the second...
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Konradinstraße 8, 81543 München, Germany
Love this fish on a stick "Steckerlfisch" - very simple but very delicious! Must try at the Oktoberfest!
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805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of discussion over who has the best pizza in Chicago; so, here’s what I know for sure: Lou Malnati’s serves a great stuffed pizza, they’re one of the oldest pizza names in town and they have yet to franchise...
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900 Round Valley Dr, Park City, UT 84060, USA
I know. The last thing you think of when going to a hospital is getting good food; but at Park City's hospital, the food in their Silver King Café is so good, locals go over there just to have lunch! Opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Freshly...
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to unwind near the bohemian surfer town of Santa Cruz.
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2415 San Diego Ave Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
With 26 types of sodas and 46 brands of root beer- this is the place to stop in for a cool refreshing drink on a sunny San Diego day. Birch soda, cream soda, ginger soda, chocolate soda and root beer floats make delicious treats! You can purchase...
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Dalavegur 20, Gjógv FO-476, Gjogv, Faroe Islands
Gjáargarður is the coolest guesthouse I've ever stayed at. The owner is friendly, helpful, and willing to do just about anything to make your stay more enjoyable. The building itself is a bit of a maze, but in a good way. You never know what...
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Gjogv, Faroe Islands
Meet the village of Gjógv (pronounced like “Gorge”). Located on the northeast side of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands, it quickly found a permanent spot in my heart. All of the villages in the Faroes are gorgeous like this, but there...
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My girlfriends met from around the world to drink and bond at Oktoberfest in Munich. We had no idea what it would take to get into the tents. After several tries at the most popular ones with the guards not giving any German hospitality. We...
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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, USA
Some call it glamping, but I prefer cappuccino camping - meaning the General Store here makes good coffee. So, whether you choose a canvas safari tent (which has comfy beds and linens as well as electricity) or a canyon cabin along the creek or up...
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2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Sonic Boom Records is a large, dog-friendly independent music store on Ballard’s main shopping stretch. They have new and used CDs and vinyl for the collectors, and the knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find whatever you’re looking for....
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2504 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Seattleites have no lack of choices when it comes to independent coffee roasters — and their neighborhood cafes. Known as the “Home of the Velvet Foam,” Uptown Espresso is so enamored of their rich, velvety steamed milk that they’ve even named...
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Washington, USA
Sunrise is the highest-elevation area in Mt. Rainier National Park that can be reached via car. From here, you can see Mt. Rainier, Emmons glacier, beautiful wildflower meadows, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range, such as Mount Adams. The...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
From Paradise Meadow, there are several short and easy hikes, even if you didn’t bring your hiking boots. The one-mile hike to Myrtle Falls is a gentle, paved slope that’s even wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Your reward is a stunning view,...
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Reflection Lake, Washington, USA
Reflection Lake is the iconic Mt. Rainier view that you’ll see on all the postcards — and you just have to pull over on the side of the road to see it. (You do have to pay the national park fee, as it’s inside the park.) On a calm, sunny day, it...
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Just another night about to begin in Philadelphia.
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124 Center Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325, USA
Don't you love an intimate and personable tasting room where you can actually chat with your Pourer Connoisseur? Me, too. These folk know their goods. Created in-house, the Finnriver hard ciders (hard...so hard core) and fruit wines are fine-tuned...
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1215 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115, USA
Pie isn’t just for dessert anymore! When the weather is dreary, nothing hits the spot like a piping-hot savory pie. Pies and Pints features traditional flavors like steak and potato or chicken pot pie, plus some unusual twists like lamb and potato...
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5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Let's be honest, while local chocolatier Autumn Martin serves up cookies and seasonal savory treats like grilled cheese and salads, the real treats at Hot Cakes are the melty centered chocolate cakes and the inventive boozy milkshakes. The Hot...
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1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Have a fresh crumpet on a brisk morning—you'll learn that their reputation as 'dainty' fare is completely unjustified. In Seattle, "The Crumpet Shop" has been a family-run institution in Pike Place Market for more than three decades. Get some tea...
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South Lake Union, Seattle, WA, USA
Greetings, I have just received this press release, and had to share it with my afar friends. And when you visit be sure to make it to Whidbey Island, a true little paradise home to those famous Penn Cove mussels. SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider...
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316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Serious Pie is one of local celebrity chef Tom Douglas’s restaurants—and his take on a pizza parlor. The pies are rustic, free-form creations with unusual ingredient combinations; the best way to experience them is to order several and share. The...
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829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
A gingerbread cottage is entirely fitting for the faux-Bavarian village of Leavenworth, and the Gingerbread Factory fits the bill, right down to the lollipop and candy-cane decorations on the walkway. Inside, you’ll find a big case of oversized,...
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10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
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3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
This 27-acre attraction in North Vancouver gets the heart racing with a suspension bridge that bounces 230 feet above a forested river gorge. Even more spectacular, however, is the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth of walkways along the granite flank of...
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Maine, USA
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
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Unaka Springs Rd, Erwin, TN 37650, USA
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9...
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The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada is one of the top ten trails in the world to backpack. Between walking on wooden boardwalks, climbing and descending ladders, tidal pools, and camping on beaches, you will not be disappointed....
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California, USA
This trip was incredible! I am 46 years old and I just started backpacking about 5 years ago. My friend and I started at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park on the western side of the Sierra Nevada and ended at the top of Mt. Whitney in...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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1900 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Rapid Transit’s bike mechanics are awesome, friendly and helpful and everyone with a bicycle knows that that’s a rare combination in a bike mechanic. They’re dedicated to helping you find the bicycle that fits you and your lifestyle the best,...
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Spiaggia di Fornillo snc, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
This lovely 'small' beach just a ten minute walk from the centre of town is a lovely mix of Mediterranean sunshine, service, blue seas and good food. Sublime
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Lavrska St, 15, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01015
The Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra-Caves Monastery is a must when in Kyiv. The Monastery made Kyiv the 'Rome' of Orthodox Christianity receives pilgrims from all over Europe and attracted droves of visitors yearly. Women are required to wear scarves to...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
You can’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s 240-foot-tall, rocket-shaped church, which soars above the city skyline and is illuminated at night. Designed by famed national architect Guðjón Samúelsson in...
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Hobble Creek Canyon, Utah 84663, USA
Driving up Hobble Creek Canyon to find a good hiking trail is a good time, but after a rainstorm and in Autumn, it is even better. Park somewhere to explore the trails, have an afternoon of golf at one of the best courses in the state, or camp...
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Laragh West, Newtown Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The Wicklow mountains are said to be thick with gold. They're the first thing you see when you fly into Dublin, with the strangely sloping conical head of the Sugar Loaf rearing up majestically in the distance. There is a hiking trail called the...
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462 Kent Cornwall Rd, Kent, CT 06757, USA
Kent Falls is a park in the Western part of Connecticut. The views from the bottom of the waterfalls are rivaled by the views from the top. Autumn is a great time to go because of the changing foliage. There is a trail with built in stairs going...
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Ireland
This is my third trip to Ireland. This time I wanted to see the south and rustic and rugged west coasts of Ireland. First off, the roads are primitive. There are a few superhighways in Ireland, but for the most part, there are two and even one...
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601 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
If there’s such a thing as a single “Seattle style” for women, it’s probably epitomized by the charmingly craftsy, slightly bohemian, shabby-chic goods for sale at Burnt Sugar. From knitted hat to knee-high Frye boot, with all kinds of...
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Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Many people know Napa and Sonoma, but fewer are familiar with Paso Robles in Central California. Paso is a few hours' drive south of Santa Barbara. It's a hotbed for the best new winemakers on the California wine scene. Paso is also less touristy,...
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4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Portland's original tiki bar lives on. This NoPo classic lights up the night with gaudy neon on the outside and kitschy karaoke on the in. Dive bar would be elevating the Alibi. The decor hasn't changed since the fifties, and neither has some of...
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250 NE Tomahawk Island Dr #22, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Whether by land or water, cleating off at the Island Cafe is a tropical treat. Located on Tomahawk Island in NoPo, this floating dine and drink spot serves up some great food and good times right on the river. While the Columbia River is a...
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7316 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203, USA
We were out at Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island for a summer evening concert when we came across the Captured by Porches beer bus. Parked amid the farm-fresh veggies, burger stands, and roasted corn on the cob, the beer line seemed manageable for as...
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1425 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
For two-plus hours of tooling around NW Portland on a cycle with 15 of your newest, closest friends, it's the BrewCycle. The cycle is really a covered surrey of sorts, built out of many recycled parts, with seats for pedal pushers and a bench in...
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1405 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
The premier outdoor outfitter in the northwest had modest beginnings as a climbing gear cooperative in Seattle back 1938. Portland's REI outpost in the Pearl district is located in one of the sustainably repurposed warehouses now filled with...
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You're either on the bus or off the bus and in the case of BREWVANA, climb aboard. This beer tour includes some of Portland's best breweries like Hopworks and Coalition. The route usually has four stops with lunch, snacks, and chachkas included....
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McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A trip up to the Dee Wright is a required trek for all my guests who visit Oregon. If you want to experience the power and beauty of the planet, the Old McKenzie Highway delivers an eyeful. Starting in Ponderosa Pine forests and climbing to 5,300...
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Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
Colorado is known for its wildlife, but it's taken to a whole new level each fall in Estes Park when the elk population rivals the tax payers in town. Estes Park, on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park, and only an hour from Denver, is home...
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524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
There is an abundance of good Mexican food in Portland, much of it coming out of food carts scattered across the city. It's simple, cheap, and a bit one-dimensional. The next level separates the black from the refried, and Verde stands above those...
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16 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF, UK
I read about this cafe on other Afar posts. Today I finally get to try for myself. Good coffee, free wifi, and a laid back atmosphere similar to Starbucks but with a European flare.
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79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
We enjoyed a glass of red wine and dessert at the café on the grounds of Le Musée Rodin. The trees, thinned from winter, gave the gardens a gothic air, as if to suggest the possibility of specters and spooks emerging from its graveled paths. That...
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680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
San Francisco is not only a beautiful city, but it is also home to some exquisite natural landscapes, such as Lands End. I will never forget the first time I hiked the main Coastal Trail: I couldn't believe I was still in a city because of the...
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Land Park, Sacramento, CA, USA
Sacramento has been called "City of Trees" because of the abundance of trees that fill the neighborhoods and many parks. Land Park is a favorite place to enjoy the shade these trees provide. The park features large, open patches of grass flanked...
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3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Pescatarians Unite! The fish mongers at B&T have created a casual seafood scene built on NW fresh. Catches are sustainable and expertly prepared in the former Wafu izakaya site. The big board is graced with the day's specials while the menu favors...
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Pilancón 2A, Fuentes y Pueblo Nuevo, Nuevo, 76500 Cadereyta de Montes, Qro., Mexico
Quinta Schmoll is a botanical garden that has more than 4, 000 types of cactus plants. It was established in the early 1920s in the town of Cadereyta and it has become one of the main tourist attractions of the region. Be sure to dine in its...
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18405 Mt Hamilton Rd, Mt Hamilton, CA 95140, USA
A short, winding drive through the east San Jose foothills takes you to Joseph D. Grant County Park. Despite being so close to the city, this park never feels crowded. It has more than 50 miles of trails — expect to see hikers, mountain bikers,...
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7540 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Just up from the N. Lombard Transit Center on the Max Yellow Line is a cozy coffee corner that's worth hopping off the train for. Cup Coffee is in an old Portland house serving great beverages and food in comfortable surroundings. Come for the...
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930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Cochon is the brainchild of chefs Donald Link (also of Herbsaint and Pêche Seafood Grill) and Stephen Stryjewski, who have taken Cajun-style cooking out of the comic books and given it an updated, serious sensibility. You’ll find...
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Grand Mesa, Colorado 81413, USA
Grand Mesa is one of the most spectacular places to see fall colors in Colorado. It overlooks the desert and the vineyards of Palisade. It's interesting to watch the mesa turn into an alpine environment as you near the summit at 11,000 feet. There...
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CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, USA
Once over the Golden Gate bridge continue onto Highway 1, the infamous coast highway past quaint seaside towns of Bodega Bay, Timber Cove, Jenner and Gualala. You will pass some of the most breathtaking beaches in California. Here you are dealing...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Hiking along the Washington Coast can be an adventure. Hiking along the beach and through the rain forest is definitely an experience not to miss. Sea stacks pop out of the water along the coast, which is a site most beach hikes will not offer....
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3043 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
A ski shop in winter, bike shop in the summer, and a year-round apparel store, Footloose Sports is one of the premier outdoor stores in Mammoth. A staff of well-trained and knowledgeable mechanics will tune your bike or skis overnight and help you...
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6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Mountain apparel that’s fit for the backcountry or the slopes can be found at the Alpine Approach in the Village and its sister store, Mammoth Mountaineering Supply on Main Street. Both feature clothing from Patagonia, the North Face, Ice Breaker,...
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Akureyri, Iceland
The Aurora Borealis goes on all night in Akureyri, Iceland; however, the clouds, moon and weather prevent the human eye to see it all the time. We were lucky enough to be able to catch the Northern Lights on our trip. It was just like how the old...
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6080 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
With 26 beers on tap from around the world, more in the bottle, and a selection of more than 160 whiskeys, Clocktower Cellar is a gathering place for beverage aficionados. The bar is located near the Village at the Alpenhof Lodge; it's a favorite...
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Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum. Km 124, Jacinto Pat, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
This cenote’s name, which means “Two Eyes” in Spanish, refers to its two separate pools that lead into a large cavern of incredibly clear water. At more than 40 miles long, Dos Ojos is the largest underwater cave system in the...
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Southern Region, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. Around the start of our trip I started counting random waterfalls we passed through (apart from the obviously famous ones - the ones with...
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Landmannalaugavegur, Iceland
At the beginning of a 4-day, 40-mile trek through the fringes of the Icelandic highlands, we saw these artistic masterpieces. Landmannalaugar. To me, they were the Rainbow Mountains. Majestic. Surreal. Hiking by this beautiful landscape seemed...
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This lake filled with giant, translucent chunks of iceberg is one of Iceland’s most distinctive and photogenic sights. Featured in high-profile movies, including two of the James Bond series and Batman Begins (as well as many local TV...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
On a trip to the amazing Iceland this January, my husband and I ended our first day at the small seaside town of Eyrarbakki. I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the Icelandic coast would be. The sun started its slow descent right around 4:45 each...
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Akureyri, Iceland
Although it’s home to only about 20,000 souls, Iceland’s second biggest city is often referred to as the capital of northern Iceland. A functioning port and fishing center, it has a surprisingly lively infrastructure with a slew...
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Snaefellsnes, Iceland
Búðir is a small hamlet in Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, which is in the western region of Iceland, on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula where Hraunhafnará falls to the sea, the original old name of Búðir having been...
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Juneau, AK, USA
I ran out of space to include places to Eat, to Stay and Do in Juneau and surrounding towns! *We flew Alaska Seaplanes based in Juneau. They are wonderful and so are all the pilots. *I wish we had at least a week to spend in Haines. Add this place...
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215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
I love love love Biwa. I came here twice, that’s how much I loved it. Not even a five minute walk from the Jupiter Hotel, this place has one of the best happy hours I’ve ever had. Not on their website, their happy hour consists of pork, chicken...
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Mt St Helena, California 95448, USA
Up a beautiful, but nauseatingly winding road from Calistoga is Mount St. Helena — enter through the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (where Stevenson lived in a cabin and wrote Silverado Squatters in 1883) and trek five miles to the top....
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The Hoyt Arboretum is 200 acres of local, national, and international trees. The park has a network of trails that are thematically named by the species you'll find along the way. From the holly to the white pine, the redwood to the oak, the...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle sits in a remote loch in the Scottish Highlands. Dating back many centuries, it is the seat of the MacLean clan. The scenery around and the location of the castle makes it the perfect picture postcard.
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Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
“Nature” may not be a word generally associated with Tokyo, but the Kanto Plain on which the city sits abounds with forests, rivers, and mountains. In many cases, though, you may only find one or two out of the three available in any one location,...
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521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
Visitors to the Tahoe area won't miss much if the make Tahoe City their home base...except for crowds of course. While several paddleboard outfitters exist around the Lake, the Tahoe City Kayak rental center on the central dock in town is...
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729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Blue Heaven is a favorite in Key West—Jimmy Buffett even mentioned it in one of his famous beach tunes. The whimsical courtyard is filled with brightly colored tables and chairs, twinkly lights, foliage, and stray animals. The bar and...
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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
In the tiny town of Inverness you'll find Saltwater Oyster and Wine Bar. Focusing on locally sourced and sustainably farmed food, Saltwater offers oysters in a variety of ways. I like the Oysters BLT; bacon and tomato crumbled on top enhances the...
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8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037, USA
La Costanera is a gem, a quick cruise south of San Francisco along the lovely Highway 1, the service is great, food is delicious (fresh and inventive) and you can't beat the view. After diner take a stroll on the beach in the lovely light sand- oh...
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Pilos 240 01, Greece

In Greek mythology, Heracles slew all the sons of the King of Pylos except Nestor, who became king of Pylos himself. Nestor appears as a sage elder in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, expounding on how things were really tough back in his...

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Park City, UT, USA
Who hasn’t dreamed of being drawn though an idyllic snowy landscape in a dogsled? Pawsatch Snow Dogs offers private tours with their teams of beautiful Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies through the wooded trails in the Park City area. Upon...
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This bistro/bar combo in the Beaumont neighborhood is tearing up the notion of Asian cuisine and using it to light a fire on the Portland food scene. This self-described "inauthentic Asian cuisine" hangout combines local, fresh ingredients with...
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5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Named after Dot Domilise and her daughter-in-law Patti, this shack-like corner shop on Annunciation draws locals and in-the-know visitors for some of the city's best po' boys. You can't really go wrong whether you opt for the hot smoked sausage...
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1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Rachel’s Ginger Beer is a local favorite, brewing up slightly spicy, not-too-sweet (nonalcoholic) ginger beer, in their original recipe as well as seasonal varietals such as strawberry rhubarb, Asian pear, carrot beet, and raspberry. RGB is...
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Bow River, Alberta, Canada
The Canadian Rockies offers countless opportunities for amphibious adventures. You can paddle a kayak down the Bow River—one of Alberta's most important waterways—float quietly on an impossibly blue mountain lake, go on a driving tour of Vermilion...
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1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA
This NoPo bistro is in a neighborly little strip of shops on Fremont that's easily missed if you're not paying attention. And when you do find Acadia, you'll stop wondering if getting good creole cooking outside Louisiana is truly possible. Acadia...
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5901 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Buried in the back corner of the Johns Landing neighborhood, the Corbett Fish House caters to a seafood crowd with a longing for the Great Lakes. The restaurant is in the historic Corbett Building and is filled with the charm of a dinner you'd...
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Wife and I wanted to see the biggest trees in North America. This led us to the northern part of California. We had read about the elusive and secretive Grove of Titans online and hoped to find it! After much research and exploration our efforts...
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Mount Rainier, Washington 98304, USA
Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park in August — wildflowers, beautiful scenery, moderate hiking conditions
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29645 NW Quail Run Dr, Gaston, OR 97119, USA
Summer and Scott Catino, owners of Quail Run Creamery, are truly passionate about cheese making, their really cute goats, and most of all running a sustainable business. Located in the beautiful coast range, the farm is populated by Nigerian Dwarf...
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2007 21st Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116, USA
Forest Grove Oregon has a delicious secret. Maggie's buns serves some of the best breakfast and lunch meals in Washington county Oregon. All of this made from scratch food simply adds up to magic. I happen to love cinnamon, so naturally I had to...
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In Washington County, Oregon, November is a magical month for wine lovers. With the crush behind them, this is the only time of year when many wineries open their doors to the public. Located in the famed Northern Willamette valley, Washington...
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Magog, Lake, East Kootenay G, BC V0A 1E0, Canada
For those enchanted with alpine meadows, Bryan Creek Trail to Lake Magog is a great hike in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, located on the Great Divide (the British Columbia and Alberta Border) and is one of the seven parks of the UNESCO listed...
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Banff, AB, Canada
Funny how climbing to what feels like the top of the world can make you feel so small. The Canadian Rockies in Banff is a sublime place to find peace of mind. With hiking trails for all levels—from foothills to high slopes, peaks, and valleys—you’...
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Sucia Dr, Eastsound, WA 98245, USA
Outer Island Expeditions have many tours to choose from. After selecting the whale watching tour and kayaking tour for our Orcas Island weekend, we were set for adventure. During our whale watching tour, we skipped across the Puget Sound to see...
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Peter White Dr, Marquette, MI 49855, USA
Marquette, Michigan is known for its natural beauty and Presque Isle Park may be the loveliest place of all. There are numerous things to do here. For the more laid-back types, there are numerous easy hiking trails through the woods and along the...
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China, Tibet, Lasa Shi, Dangxiong Xian, Dangquhe E Rd, 当曲河东路4号 邮政编码: 851500
The black tents of Tibetan nomadic life, these tents are designed for water-prof and wind-prof. The plateau nomads are fully adapt on the wide grasslands for their domestic animals and each home got their own mastiff dogs for their protection.
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110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
A candy store has occupied this building continuously since 1863. The current proprietors, the Berley brothers—who also own the Franklin Fountain ice cream parlor a few doors away on Market Street—are master confectioners. Even for...
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264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
Monk’s Cafe bills itself as “the soul of Belgium in the heart of Philadelphia.” My description of this neighborhood bar would be a crazy, packed joint that happens to offer the best beer selection around. In fact, the back bar has one of the best...
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The Heiva song and dance festivals and competitions take place all around French Polynesia between June and August; Bora Bora’s is the second largest after Tahiti. These celebrations of traditional performing arts and sports are some of the...
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910 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Sabrina's Café operates several locations in and around Philly, including one at the Italian Market, one in the Fairmount section, and one in Powelton Village near the Drexel campus. Its outpost in the Italian Market is always busy,...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
When I was a kid eating my favorite comfort food, Campbell’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, I could never have imagined anything better. But the future is here, and there is MeltKraft, a sandwich shop that has taken the grilled...
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717 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
This photo us from our last walk in Monterey. We have been here three days and have never touched our car. The walking trails are great. We walked 20 miles while we were here.