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Fairbanks is Alaska’s best spot to see the Northern Lights

Fairbanks is Alaska's best place to see the Northern Lights. Picture: Aurora Pointe Shivering in the frigid Alaskan night, I stood in deep snow on a hilltop outside Fairbanks and scanned the black sky. I had travelled north, far north, to the interior of Alaska,...

Sensational Switzerland. The Jungfrau and Ticino regions

In Switzerland the Jungfrau and Ticinio regions offer Alpine adventures, castles, lakes, food and unsurpassed beauty. If you like mountains snow-capped, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, bubbling fondue, divine gelato, medieval castles, and sundrenched lakes, then look...

Monterey Bay Aquarium New Exhibit

What to do in Monterey Spend an afternoon at the Monterey Aquarium. Here's the latest on the new exhibit. Dive into the food scene of Pacific Grove. Meander along the pedestrian trail to Lover's Point. Go for a walk along the unsoiled nature beaches. Enjoy fine dining...

Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

        Traveling solo? That can be a scary idea. Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild situations. I learned...

A road trip through our national parks in Utah and Arizona

When the walls feel like they are closing in and I need a boost again, I return to the wide-open spaces of the southwest and the healing peacefulness of the canyons for a road trip in Utah and Arizona.                 Nothing can put life into perceptive better than...

Treasures of California Gold Country

History, adventure, chic western towns and gold: You'll find them all in California's Calaveras County. As we drove to California Gold Country, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, I was wowed from the get-go: a vivid landscape of golden-hued hills, grazing cows, a bounty...

How to visit Yosemite National Park and avoid the crowds

Glaciers carved out Yosemite Valley and water gave life to the wilderness. Yosemite attracts 4.5 to 5 million visitors a year. The National Park is constantly working on ways to find solutions to the crowding problems. Although Yosemite boasts 1,200 square miles of...

San Francisco Presidio National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, the San Francisco Presidio National Park is a great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the...

TransAmerica Bicycle trip is a mother-daughter challenge.

The Challenge of a Cross Country Bicycle Trip Why another bicycle trip? My daughter asked if I would bike across the US with her. I'm impulsive so I jumped at the chance to spend time with her as well as to have a great adventure. But I had no idea what lay ahead....

Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

How do you know if your hotel room is really clean?

How do you know if your hotel room is really clean? By Christopher Elliotts It's almost impossible to find a hotel that hasn't introduced a new sanitation program, promising its rooms are squeaky clean and coronavirus-free. But how do you know if your hotel room is...

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Wildlife Viewing in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is filled with wildlife like bears, moose, elk and eagles. The national park is an Aspen-light mixture of hikers, cowboys, art galleries and families on vacation. The nine mile Wilson-Moose Road from Teton Village (ski resort), to...

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Marin County. Nestled between San Francisco and Napa.

Where is Marin County and why go? When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to to Marin to hike, bike or drive to golden hills where the weather is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the...

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Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family travel is a time to make memories that last a lifetime. Over two decades and to over two dozen countries, I traveled with my kids, usually without an adult partner to help out. If you want to do more than beaches and amusement parks, then read on for tips and...

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Paso Robles. Wine tasting and concerts.

Paso Robles, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angles, is known for wine tasting and summer concerts. Recently  my husband and I drove 3 ½ hours south of San Francisco to visit the famous wineries. An added bonus was the temporary outdoor exhibition of British...

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Wolves of Yellowstone National Park are a hot attraction

We fed the bears marshmallows from the back seat of the family car when I was kid. Cranking down the window a few inches we’d toss leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and sweets to the fat bears who waddled from car to car along the road into Old Faithful....

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Take Me To Telluride

Think Telluride is all about powder skiing and film festivals? Thing again! This is the place where Butch Cassidy began his bank-robbing career at the San Miguel Valley Bank on June 24, 1889.  After the heist, Cassidy and two buddies mounted their steeds, shot their...

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