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4925, 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605, USA
The annual Oakland Zoo "Walk in the Wild" fundraiser provides a chance to stroll through the zoo, which has made tremendous strides in improving its habitats and animal care, while partaking in a wide variety of foods, wines, and beers from local...
3636 Gurdwara Avenue, San Jose, CA 95148, USA
The largest "gurdwara"(a Sikh place of worship) outside of India is located in the East San Jose foothills. This 110,000-square-foot structure sits palatial-like on 40 acres of hillside, with a sweeping view of the entire Silicon Valley. The...
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville, CA 94506, USA
I'm not really a car guy. And I don't usually have much of a reason to go to Danville, CA, an exclusive suburb of San Francisco. But the car collection at the Blackhawk Museum is incredible. Rows of Ferraris, a giant silver sedan that a maharaja...
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
The house and gardens at Filoli, in Woodside, may look familiar. They played a central role in films including Harold & Maude and Heaven Can Wait; on the small screen, the house appeared in the opening credits of Dynasty. It's easy to understand...
200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038, USA
At any time of day this forest feels enchanted. As you walk along, what are now, well marked paths there are phases of to this coastal journey. Depicted is the cypress forest which leads north to the tide pools and south to Three Palm, which needs...
20063 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
San Francisco is a great starting point for a road trip. Drive north or south on the HWY 1 and you're bound to find fun towns, beautiful winding roads and gorgeous coastal scenery. This cave is about an hour drive south of San Francisco, and then...
907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Key West’s most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this two-story Spanish-colonial villa for nearly a decade and composed several of his best-known works here. His second wife, Pauline, insisted they add a pool to the...
516 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The San Carlos Institute was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles who came to Key West to campaign for Cuba's freedom from Spain. The original building was elsewhere and burned to the ground. The present building was erected in 1890. The interior was...
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...
1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 50 different species of butterflies. Take a walk along the exotic environment and have fun trying to keep track of all the different birds and butterflies you see along the way. Before you go be...
511 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you're in Key West and need a quick Key Lime fix, then stop in the Key West Key Lime Pie Co. shop and order up a slice of one of their freshly made pies. After you've eaten, spend some time browsing the store full of key lime-flavored goodies....
200 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you thought Key Lime was only limited to pies, take note: Kermit's Key Lime shop in Key West has everything from Key Lime Candy to Key Lime Jelly. Pop in to one of two Key West locations, and sample treats, or bring them home to share if you...
601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Chances are that when you return home after your trip to Key West, someone will ask you if you went to the Green Parrot. It's that kind of iconic bar, the kind your parents' friends ended up at over spring break in college long ago. The...
410 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Family owned since 1986 Pepe's is the best spot in Key West for authentic Cuban cuisine. Every night at sunset the Caribe of Key West, the only local salsa band, perform. While one of their most popular dishes is the shredded pork with yellow rice...
1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
In the center of Mallory Square you can visit the Sponge Market Shop, which doubles as a museum that depicts the history of the sponging industry in Key West. In the early 19th century the Key West fishermen found sponges washed up on the beaches...
8311, 111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
This wood house was originally intended as officers' housing on the island's naval base, but became famous as the Little White House when Harry S. Truman used it as a base of operations for several extended stays during his...
211 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
As the unofficial No. 1 party spot in Key West Irish Kevin's has music seven days a week-often from 10:30 a.m. to close! In addition to the bar there is also an extensive draft selection and rotating seasonal/craft beer options. If you get the...
500 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
No trip to Key West would be complete without stopping for a drink at the famous Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville. Prepare to relax, enjoy great food, and soak in the laid-back Key West mentality. You can opt for one of their popular cheeseburgers in...
301 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Part restaurant, part historical site, and part brewery, this spot is as diverse as the people who love it. Kelly's is located in the original Pan American Airways office and is home to a local writers library. While dining there be sure to try...
602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Voted the #1 shop in Key West on Trip Advisor Peppers has hundreds of different hot sauces to take home as the ultimate Key West souvenir. Ranging in heat from mild to 'weapons grade' there is a flavor suited to anyone who loves to use this...
1105 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream is a no-frills spot and their homemade ice cream is absolutely delicious. On your way to see the Southernmost Point, grab your fix of key lime ice cream for the walk and indulge in at least one other flavor from their...
930 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
There is no better way to start your day in Key West than a stop at 5 Brothers. A steaming cup of cafe con leche and buttered (or cheese) Cuban toast along with the local news and gossip is the best part of waking up. Pepe makes the best coffee on...
1100 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Now this is a place truly off the beaten path. Filled with beautiful wild and native plants with stunning views of the water, the Key West Garden Club is a gem. The members were incredibly nice and informative. It's free to go inside but be sure...
Set 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of Key West is a group of seven uninhabited islands known as the Dry Tortugas, which makes for one of the area’s top day trips. Once there you can explore the historic Fort Jefferson, an enormous military...
601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Yes, there is a fort here—a National Historic Landmark built in the mid-1800s to protect the country’s southernmost coastline—but locals know it for its excellent beach. A nice sandy expanse is a rarity in the Florida...
1819 Atlantic Blvd #4, Key West, FL 33040, USA
My pet for the day. His name is Bob. Not the most interactive pet but he's got more character and is more fun than a lot of people I know. That's Key West for you. End of the road, quirky, a bit hazy and most of all fun. Frankly I don't want to...
107 Fitzpatrick St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Want to do a bit of shopping in Key West and really help support the local economy? Kino Sandals are affordable and handmade by skilled craftsmen at their Key West Factory. The store was opened in 1966 by Cuban immigrants, and is now managed by...
8600 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, USA
My mother is such a good sport when she visits. She knows I have to be constantly moving outside to feel alive and on this visit, I thought a fun way to be active in the wine country region of the Russian River, would be to take her out on a 10...
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