All posts by Sharon McDonnell

Sharon McDonnell is a San Francisco-based travel writer who's whale-watched in the Azores, taken cooking classes in India, Tuscany, Burgundy, Thailand, and Mexico, admired the Northern Lights in Alaska, and shopped in Bali. She's written for many airline, cruise, food/beverage, regional and online magazines plus newspapers from New York Times to Dallas Morning News.
 Mt. Suhksan/Brendan Laing
Mt. Suhksan/Brendan Laing

If you love the scenery of Seattle and Vancouver (think: sea, snow-capped mountains, and evergreens), you’ll enjoy Bellingham, a much smaller, low-rise version located between the two cities. A mecca for hiking and mountain biking, this small outdoorsy coastal city of about 80,000 is near Mt. Baker, a 10,750-foot peak in... Read More

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UnCruise Adventures

There’s a reason Jacques Cousteau called Baja California Sur the “world’s aquarium.” The region, located in the southern half of the Baja peninsula, is home to some 900 species of fish and 300 species of birds. With the Pacific Ocean on its west and the Sea of Cortez on its... Read More

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Beijing/flickr/MacPepper

China, a bucket-list destination for many, is super cheap to reach right now. While last week’s shocking $348 roundtrip San Francisco-Hong Kong airfare (spurred by a United-Delta price war) is gone, terrific deals to other Chinese cities on United Airlines — with flights as low as $492 — remain through early fall. United offers... Read More

 San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally
San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally

The San Juan Islands — located just north of Seattle in the Salish Sea — comprise more than 400 islands and rocks, just four of which are inhabited. The largest, San Juan, has a population of less than 8,000 people and is home to Friday Harbor, the islands’ biggest... Read More