All posts by Nilina Mason-Campbell

 Oregon City Bridge
Oregon City Bridge

While Portland may get most of the attention, Oregon City has its own unique charm that deserves a little limelight of its own. As the state’s first city and the final stop on the Oregon Trail, Oregon City is a true pioneer town, and people who visit fall in love with its... Read More

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail outlook, Anchorage - Nilina Mason-Campbell
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail/Nilina Mason-Campbell

500 miles miles to the north of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska’s remoteness can add a pretty penny to your vacation’s price tag. But that doesn’t mean that an affordable trip isn’t possible. Our suggestion? Base yourself in Anchorage, the Last Frontier’s largest and most accessible city, which hugs... Read More

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The riverbank in Dole, France
Dole riverbank/Nilina Mason-Campbell

France is an eternally charming destination, with distinct culture found in all parts of the country, from urban metropolises and wine regions to snow-capped mountains and beaches. But if you’d like to steal away to an under-the-radar town with a taste of the country’s culture and history, we suggest a... Read More

The outdoor pool at Hearst Castle in California
Neptune Pool/Nilina Mason-Campbell

One of California’s grandest landmarks is Hearst Castle, a gilded and stately property that sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Recently, the U.S. National Historic Landmark finished nearly two years of construction, finally taking down a large expanse of unsightly scaffolding and returning the roof of the... Read More

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hvar, croatia
Steps by the bay/Nilina Mason-Campbell

The sun-drenched cities of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split usually get all the glory during trips to Croatia. But we have lots of love for the country’s Dalmatian coast — composed of 79 islands and about five times as many islets — for a picturesque, historic retreat in the Adriatic Sea.... Read More

Salvation Mountain in California
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Salvation Mountain in Niland, California is a roadside attraction that draws legions of visitors to the Colorado Desert (which, confusingly, is not located in the state of Colorado). Built by local resident Leonard Knight in the 1980s as a tribute to his love of God, the 50-foot-tall “mountain” is... Read More

Solvang, California
Nilina Mason-Campbell

From the looks of windmills and half-timbered buildings in Solvang, you might think you’ve crossed the Atlantic and stepped into Scandinavia. But come here and you’ll actually find yourself in the sun-drenched mountains of California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Founded by Danish settlers in 1911, the town is modeled to look like... Read More

cobblestone street in Prague
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Prague has a lot to offer, from classical music and high culture to over a thousand years of glorious architecture. The Czech capital city is full of famed landmarks, from the Bohemian Prague Castle to Old Town to the bounty of bridges that cross the Vltava River (most notably... Read More

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sea life in tide pool at point fermin park, san pedro, california
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Just south of Los Angeles proper, San Pedro is a major port that welcomes over one million passengers each year. In fact, it’s the largest cruise ship terminal in the U.S. on the Pacific Coast, and if you’re stopping in Los Angeles during a cruise, you’re likely to dock here. But... Read More

Pre-Alpine Express, swiss travel pass grand train tour of switzerland
Swiss Travel System

Ever wanted to step into a living postcard? Switzerland — with its sturdy mountains, lush grassy fields, and crystalline waterways — is in the business of offering just that. You can pass through a variety of seasons in just one day by hitting the rails and touring through its... Read More

Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City
Nilina Mason-Campbell

The international capital for museums, Mexico City claims to have more than anywhere else in the world. In the heart of the city’s Coyoacán neighborhood sits one of its most popular attractions: painter Frida Kahlo’s former residence, known now as the Frida Kahlo Museum. The property has morphed from... Read More

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Thrifty Thursday: Japan Two Ways
Flickr/Jacob Ehnmark

We’re not going to call Japan a cheap destination. After all, getting there will cost you a pretty penny, not to mention nearly a day’s worth of flying. And the bullet train — as convenient as it is — can cost about $130 for a two-hour ride. The good news... Read More