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San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler The tourist season, when we have lots of out-of-town visitors is almost here and we’re gearing up for it.  Here are our suggestions of where to go beyond “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wildlife Viewing. PIER 39  Watch mammoth sea lions cavort in the […]

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Active days, comfortable nights in  the Canadian Rockies.

Active days, comfortable nights in the Canadian Rockies.

The Canadian Rockies Only an hour from Calgary, and three hours from San Francisco, the Canadian Rockies are a fabulous destination for adventurers and nature lovers. Most popular things to do Don’t miss Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. If you go, you shouldn’t miss these, but to get a real taste of the […]

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Travel With Teens. Tips and best vacations.

Travel With Teens. Tips and best vacations.

Why Travel With Teens? Attitude with a capital A, sullen silence and mono-syllabic conversations are only half the fun of traveling with teens. Add to this the pungent aroma of smelly socks (travel with teenage boys), or being locked out of the bathroom for hours (travel with teenage girls) and you might wonder if family […]

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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

“Polar bears  move as if the country has belonged to them always.” John Muir, on a visit to the Arctic in 1899 Less than an hour after we landed in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a cuddly-looking mother and cub […]

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Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb. That’s not the case at The Wickannish Inn, located on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, amidst towering cedar and spruce trees.      A smiling, wholesome […]

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Cleveland Boasts a Vibrant Art Scene

Cleveland Boasts a Vibrant Art Scene

Cleveland is in the news. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and Cleveland has changed a lot since I was a kid. A world-class arts and culture scene Today, visitors to Cleveland will find a vibrant culture scene in opulent vaudeville-style theaters and former industrial factories as well as in off-the-beaten path colorful neighborhoods. The […]

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Chicago. Friendly, Cosmopolitan, Best Little City in America

Chicago. Friendly, Cosmopolitan, Best Little City in America

I think of Chicago as “New York Light” or “The Other Coast”. A dynamic city on the shores of Lake Michigan that boasts art museums, ethnic neighborhoods, architecture, night life and superb shopping that could go head to head with any international city. The BEAN is the best place for a photo opp. The mirror-like, […]

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Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

The best walks in San Francisco are free.  As local residents, here are our secrets. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span […]

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Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. With so may San Francisco-based IfOnly experiences, its hard to believe anyone would ever want to stray. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for romance, or quiet for renewal. I go with my dog and […]

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old – and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium. Given all this, it […]

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