Collected by Jacob Aplaca
Lake Powell, United States
My uncle and I stood with my tripod on the lakeshore behind our houseboat, trying desperately to capture the massive red rock wall before us. It was one of my first lessons in night photography, and it wasn't going great: there just wasn't enough...
27 Wicklow St, Dublin 2, D02 WN51, Ireland
We stumbled upon Murphy's on one of our last days in Dublin, and what a blessing it was. This ice cream can out-shine any ice cream from the states. I kid you not, all the hole-in-the-wall homemade ice cream we've had in LA and San Francisco and...
Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
There are few better places from which to enjoy river views and sunsets than the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345. Spanning the Arno's narrowest point, this is the only bridge to have survived the German bombing of the city in 1944. There have always...
06132 Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy
One of the biggest names in Italian family-owned wines is Frescobaldi. They have wineries all over Umbria and Tuscany and if you've rented a car it's worth the trip to tour the grounds and have a tasting--it was our favorite stop outside of ...
Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 192, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
It's quite true what nearly everyone says about Gaudi and other historic architects in Barcelona, you won't see anything like it, ever. Here's a prime example. Wander through the house and prepare to be amazed on the roof.
Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
Venture onto the Mysore Palace grounds in the late afternoon and stroll through the gardens, taking in the incredible architecture of the palace itself. The surrounding area is congested and slightly overwhelming, as is the case for most of India,...
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort, located in New Delhi, is a treasure trove of cultural history. You can spend hours wandering among the various buildings, learning much about the history of India. Tucked away within the walls...
Taal Volcano, Talisay, Philippines
Located in Tagaytay in Luzon, just an hour and a half by car from Manila, Taal Volcano has a complex and unique landscape and offers one of the most picturesque views in the Philippines. Taal Lake is a freshwater lake that partly fills the Taal...
Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
A cultural immersion at its finest is what you'll find as you make your way from Manila south toward Batangas, Taal Volcano, or the outer islands. It's amazing how you'll stumble upon view like this one on the way. And don't forget to stop for...
128 N Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
The Back Abbey Burger is one of our favorite burgers in the Los Angeles area. It's in the quaint Claremont village and has some excellent outdoor seating. The use of microgreens and seasonal ingredients constantly change the seasonal menu, but the...
11-17 Exchequer Street (basement), Dublin, D02 RY63, Ireland
Fallon & Byrne in Dublin is a special place. One of the best food halls in the city is on the main floor, while a top-notch restaurant is upstairs. But don’t miss the quaint and picturesque wine cellar in the basement,...
42 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
On the north side of the River Liffey near the Ha'penny Bridge, the Woollen Mills boasts one of the best locally sourced menus in Dublin. You'll find great portions and Irish classics dressed up with surprising flavors. Open all day, try the...
Kensington Palace, Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX, UK
It's a required stop on London if you have any inclination toward nature and art. Just hop on a bike for 2 pounds and spin around the giant park. There are a lot of no biking areas but don't be shy, just hop off and walk your bike in and around...
60 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8SU, UK
In a city where the options are mostly pub food, ethnic variety, and more pub food, we found the up and coming selection was tapas. Most of them are an Italian-Spanish hybrid and Ember Yard wins out for being the absolute best in the city. It's in...
919 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
Just off the Manhattan Beach Strand there is a small nook tucked in between boutique stores called Paradise Bowls. They serve one of the best Acai Bowls in town with some exotic flavors like Goji berries and other spices. You can grab your healthy...
Maunawili Falls, Hawaii 96734, USA
This hike is just outside of Kailua on Oahu, and what makes it so great? It is a HOT MESS! It's about a 3 or 4 hour round-trip hike and at the end there is a gorgeous waterfall that you can jump off of if you like. You weave in and out of a small...
327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Have you ever wondered where they film shows like The Biggest Loser or The Bachelor? They're all perfectly set in the hills of Malibu somewhere, right? Well now you can drive past all the compounds the major studios use for those shows on your way...
2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
The Mexican food at Guisados is great simply because it doesn't try too hard. The owners, Armando de la Torre Sr. and Armando de la Torre Jr., aim to make every dish just how mom used to make it, and they succeed on every level. From humble...
11110 San Rafael Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, USA
Being from Abq myself, the balloon fiesta holds a special place in my heart so I always make a point to return home with friends for the balloon fiesta to see the spectacle of 500+ balloons taking off into the clear blue sky!
600 Central Ave SE A, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA
What really drew me to this place was that they serve Intelligentsia Coffee and when you've been driving through desert for a couple days with only Starbucks to fall back on, this was a no brainer. What was even better was that the food was...
Via Castiglioni, 56, 50025 Montespertoli FI, Italy
The Frescobaldi name has deep roots in Tuscany, with a lineage that goes back over 1000 years. The clan first made their fortune as bankers during the medieval period, serving as treasurers to the English crown; they also put their wealth to good...
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #1128, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
It took us many tries all over the island to find the best Acai Bowl. Diamond Head Health bar is outstanding. A few decent acai bowls in Kailua. Some good ones at the road-side stand in Haleiwa town. But, the best was surprisingly at Island...
19018 Corniglia, SP, Italy
All through the town of Corniglia--one of the five small towns that compose Cinque Terre, Italy--there are signs that say "to the sea" with an arrow pointed off the cliff at the edge of town. This tiny town ought to be on everyone's must see list...
2950 Camozzi Rd, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
Canadian Mountain Holiday is your best bet for a powder heaven in Canada. If you are an advanced skier/snowboarder and don't mind riding in a helicopter, then this adrenaline pumping adventure is your best fit. Revelstoke is a gorgeous mountain...
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