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Astoria, Oregon: Maritime History Meets Beer

Lewis and Clark couldn’t wait to high-tail it out of the area back in 1806 when they set up their winter camp near Astoria. Then again, they didn’t hang around until spring when the flowers bloom, the sun shines, and the Columbia River glistens and shines. At least it did the weekend we visited. If you want a quick getaway to the Oregon coast at an affordable price, Astoria, Oregon, might be your ticket.

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May 10, 2010 by | 4 Comments

San Francisco: Weekend Getaway

Welcome to San Francisco, that exotic city of hills where east meets west, high tech lives with crunchy granola and bohemian culture births movements and culture known around the world. The Beats, the Hippies and the Summer of Love flowered here as well as music from the Grateful Dead to The Dead Kennedys. The cities fabled attractions are seen on countless postcards and TV programs; Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the famed cable cars. But we’ve done the tourist trail on previous trips. This time we’re exploring neighborhoods.

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May 7, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Washington DC: A Contemporary Architecture Tour

No surprise, Washington DC is a city deeply rooted in American history. Its urban fabric is adorned with grand monuments and patriotic memorials, often cast in severe neoclassical forms to highlight their historical prominence.

This doesn’t mean Washington DC is stuck in the past. In fact there’s a growing collection of buildings here that speak the architectural language of today.

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April 27, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Things to Do in Vancouver, B.C.

In a surprisingly compact city such as Vancouver, it’s possible to cram an awful lot into one day. David Whitley goes from crashing space shuttles to nerve wracking suspension bridges and top-quality microbrews on his hunt for Vancouver’s top things to do (now that the Olympics are over, alas!).

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April 12, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Highbrow & Lowbrow in Downtown Nashville

Would you prefer bourbon sipped neat in an oak-paneled bar or longnecks in a rowdy honky-tonk? A fine arts museum in an art deco building or country music museum in a building shaped like a piano? In downtown Nashville, you can go highbrow or lowbrow all within a few blocks.

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April 6, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Announcing the Launch of ViatorX

At Viator we take your comments and feedback to heart, we hear you. Whether it takes the form of a traveler review, an email to customer support, or a kind of awkward heavy breathing phone call (dude, just stop calling me!), we listen to our customers. Time and time again we hear that many of […]

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April 1, 2010 by | 4 Comments

My Washington DC Segway Tour

As a DC local, it is not an uncommon site to see Segway tours going around the city – my office is two blocks from the National Mall and I jog around the monuments several times a week. After years of seeing these tours and snickering at them (all the while secretly jealous), my friend and I decided to bite the bullet and be tourists in our own city.

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March 15, 2010 by | 2 Comments

New York City by Land, Sea and Sky

Where do you go to get the best views of New York? Me, I’ve always spent most of my time on the Manhattan sidewalks, gazing upwards with my mouth open. I did wind up on the receiving end of some “Watch where you’re going!” comments, and I did get a sore neck, but I didn’t really grasp the scale of the city. So this time I resolved to do something a bit different. I would take in as many different views as possible and finally, if possible, come home with a real sense of perspective.

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March 9, 2010 by | 1 Comment

New Orleans Jazz Fest: An Insider’s Guide

I’m a New Orleans native, and informing people of that fact, I can see that it carries with it a funny sort of weight. People think things about my city, and if they’ve been there most everyone will, to my face at least, tell me how much they love it. “Oh, so much culture,” they’ll say. Or, “Oh, simply the best time. Such nice people. Great food, too.” To which I smile and nod and say yes, it is all those things. I’m glad that you had a good time.

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March 2, 2010 by | 6 Comments

Exploring Mexico’s Pyramids of Teotihuacan

If you can’t get your tongue around pronouncing Teotihuacán (tee-oh-tee-wah-KAHN) while in Mexico City, then just say you want to visit “the pyramids.” Most of the other pyramids in this area are gone. Either they were dismantled (the stones used to build Spanish colonial churches) or they were used as a base for other colonial buildings built on top – religious or administrative.

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February 25, 2010 by | 1 Comment

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