The Americas

Best time to visit Burney Falls, California

You need to visit Burney Falls, California for so many different reasons that will appeal to almost everyone who is looking for a weekend getaway or a stop on a road trip in the state’s north. The problem with this fact, is that everyone is trying to get to the falls, which can make for […]

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Americana Modern Hotel, Redding (Review)

Have you ever walked into that “affordable” hotel room you booked and wish you had splashed a little more cash for a room that didn’t make you want to wrap yourself in a sheet from home so you didn’t have to directly touch anything? Even more disappointing are the mattresses that do nothing to support […]

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10 Great places to eat in Seattle

Seattle is a huge foodie spot for the traveler who loves to try new things. There are so many incredible options, it’s even hard for a native like me to choose where I want to eat sometimes. But isn’t that such a great problem to have? When you find your favorite restaurants in Seattle, you […]

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Things to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

You probably know Steamboat Springs Colorado as a world class winter playland. In fact it is such a great winter sports land that almost 100 Winter Olympians hail from Steamboat. As one of our favorite destination states, we are always up for a Colorado road trip. So when we received a week of free condo […]

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A local’s guide to Fort Worth, Texas

If you are interested in visiting Fort Worth, Texas, then you are more than likely drawn to the historical cowboy origins of the city.  While no visit to Fort Worth would be complete without experiencing some of this cowboy culture, take it from me, a Fort Worth local, when I tell you that Fort Worth […]

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Atlanta City Guide: for arts & outdoors lovers, sports enthusiasts, & with kids

Many know Atlanta as the home of Coca-Cola, birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., or host of the 1996 Olympic Games. Atlanta was one time known as “Hotlanta” and while it is still hot especially during the summer months, those of us who live here simply say “The A-T-L”. Like most big cities across the […]

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Pinnacles National Park day trip

Planning a Pinnacles National Park day trip takes a little forethought, especially if you’re visiting in spring or autumn – the high season for this northern California national park. This is not the day trip you head off on, on a whim after waking up at 10am in San Francisco. You won’t find parking, and […]

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California coast road trip itinerary

This California coast road trip itinerary stretches from San Francisco in the north, to Los Angeles in the south. Mr M and I have done this road trip a couple of times now, and since I’m not a huge fan of spending seven hours straight in a car, we tend to break up the trip. […]

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A Muir Woods Tour (Redwoods, hikes, and critters!)

A Muir Woods tour is usually pretty high up on San Francisco vistiors’ checklist – it’s one of only a few remaining old growth Redwood Forests, where coastal Redwoods soar up to 79 metres to the skies. Many are hundreds of years old and have stood in family groups through fires, floods, earthquakes, wars and […]

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San Francisco itinerary for first time visitors

After almost four years living in the city by the bay, it’s finally time to write a San Francisco itinerary for those who are visiting for the very first time and want to know about all the must-see sights. Frankly, there are so many fantastic San Francisco sightseeing opportunities that I’d recommend spending at least […]

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The best things to do in Cambria

Cambria is a common pit stop on the road between San Francisco to LA, but it shouldn’t just be a place that you stop for petrol or to stretch your legs. There are some beautiful, fun and quirky things to do in Cambria that you just won’t get time to see or do if you […]

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California’s Hearst Castle pictures (and tales)

Hearst Castle pictures are closely guarded by its media department, and you’re only able to publish them with their permission. So I feel lucky to be able to share our two-day visit to California’s spectacular Hearst Castle, complete with photos of the beautiful building and its antique decor. Californian publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst built […]

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