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Viva la Summer: New York City

Haven’t heard of Viva la Summer? Here’s the deal – as part of Viator’s celebration of summer 2009, we’re pointing a spotlight at top summer destinations around the world. This week’s featured destination is New York City (see below for some of our favorite things to do in New York). Our first order of business: […]

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July 29, 2009 by | Comments Off on Viva la Summer: New York City

Viva la Summer: Las Vegas

Haven’t heard of Viva la Summer? Here’s the deal – as part of Viator’s celebration of summer 2009, we’re pointing a spotlight at top summer destinations around the world. This week’s featured destination is Las Vegas, Nevada (see below for some of our favorite things to do in Las Vegas). We’re very pleased to honor […]

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July 7, 2009 by | 5 Comments

Things to Do in Memphis, Tennessee

Along the highway in Arkansas, a bright pink billboard for Graceland got my heart a-thumpin’ for Memphis, and even though Timmy was driving, I pushed the eject button right in the middle of “Truckin’” and popped in Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” Such a sad and beautiful song. Timmy cursed a blue streak all the way […]

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May 24, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Las Vegas Day Trip: Death Valley

Ghost towns, mysterious moving rocks, acrid salt flats, sweeping sand dunes, chiseled canyons, surreal landscapes, and a posh desert castle. Death Valley was just the sort of quirky place I was looking to spend a few, cherished vacation days.

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April 2, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Muir Woods & the Redwoods

Standing in the middle of Muir Woods it’s a little hard to believe that San Francisco — and I mean downtown San Francisco — is just 20 minutes away, over the Golden Gate bridge. It’s so eerily quiet in this stand of old-growth redwood trees, you may as well be a thousand miles from civilization. […]

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March 23, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Public Art from NYC to Australia

One of the joys of travel is finding the unexpected. And that’s why I keep an eye open for strange objects in unfamiliar places, otherwise known as public art. Some is good, some bad, some ugly, some inspiring. And it can pop up anywhere, turning an unremarkable place into somewhere special. Sometimes public art and […]

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March 11, 2009 by | 2 Comments

San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences

Do you have kids? I have one. His name is Emmett. He’s nearly three years old. He loves penguins. And fish. And butterflies. And snakes. And jellyfish. And alligators. Most of the time we only get to experience these things in books. Which is why I was super-duper excited to check out the newly reopened […]

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February 12, 2009 by | 7 Comments

Why I Loved My San Francisco Helicopter Tour

I’ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. (Cue nostalgic music and violins.) Somehow I’d lived here all these years and never seen SF from above. You get a hint of the beauty when you fly in or out of SFO airport and are lucky enough to have a window seat. So I […]

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February 3, 2009 by | 5 Comments

Alcatraz Confidential

When I was 11 years old (nearly 20 years ago), in May of 1989, I took my first tour to Alcatraz Island. My elementary school was a two-hour drive from San Francisco, and this was our big field trip of the year, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Zoo. In retrospect I think that part of […]

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January 16, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Neon Graveyard in Las Vegas

As a recent resident of Las Vegas, I was excited by the prospect of visiting the Neon Graveyard. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) north of Downtown and the Fremont Street Experience, the Neon Graveyard (a.k.a. Neon Museum or The Boneyard) offers an eclectic mix of old Vegas and new. From pre-WWII signs to […]

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November 15, 2008 by | 5 Comments