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Big Sur/Tyra Sutak

With an epic super bloom currently painting the hillsides and roadsides of the coast of California, and the official first day of summer just around the corner, it’s time to channel your inner Jack Kerouac and start planning that road trip up the West Coast. But tackling the nearly... Read More

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Great Tide Pool at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Great Tide Pool/Monterey Bay Aquarium

Once the capital of Alta California (under Mexican rule), and the former home of writer John Steinbeck, California’s Monterey is a city full of history. While adults will appreciate Monterey’s charming small-town feel, excellent restaurants, and in-town tasting rooms, there’s plenty for kids to be excited about as well.... Read More

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Comstock House Architecture Candy Shop - Carmel by the Sea, CA
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Carmel-by-the-Sea is only one square mile, but the town in California’s Monterey County bursts with more than 60 restaurants, bakeries, pubs, and coffeehouses along its easy-to-ramble streets. And with over 75 nearby wineries calling Monterey home, too, there’s an array of tasting rooms for locally produced wines. To fully explore... Read More

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When you think of whale watching, you might imagine sitting on a boat with a pair of binoculars, waiting for the world’s biggest creatures to appear before your eyes amidst the waves. But this isn’t the only way to see whales up close and in their natural habitat —... Read More

hilton head, one of the best fall beach vacations in october

While October might not scream “beach season,” many parts of the U.S. are still enjoying weather that calls for shorts and a lounge chair. Sure, you can go to Florida or Southern California pretty much year-round for sun and sand, but what about beach destinations that get cooler as... Read More

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Autumn’s crisp days and sunny skies make for fantastic travel opportunities and you’ll be getting out of town in no time with our 10 quick and easy fall getaways. Our list runs the gamut from crowd-free cities and autumn harvest bounties (think pumpkins and grape vines) to island beaches... Read More

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Big Sur

[Updated September 2016] Big Sur isn’t typically synonymous with “budget travel,” but if you’re heading to the dramatic bluffs and funky beach towns in the area, you don’t necessarily have to worry about breaking the bank to do it. By getting a bit creative with where you stay and how... Read More

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Outdoor hiking etiquette

I spent last weekend in Monterey, a beautiful beach town about two hours south of San Francisco with miles of gorgeous trails that boast views of the rugged northern California coastline. They’re ideal for hiking, running, biking – what I didn’t find so ideal, however, are the folks who... Read More

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iStock InternationalFew can resist the lure of road trips once summer rolls around

By: Becca Bergman With summer around the corner, the open road beckons. In that spirit, we present our favorite American road trips from coast to coast. Some are well-known destinations and others are off the beaten path. Several are steeped in history, while a few pursue remote, wild beauty. Best... Read More

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El Capitan Canyon

Whether you’re packing up the family for a few more days of quality time before everyone’s hectic school year schedules start up again or planning a rendezvous for two, these hotels are offering an old-school way to kick it on a red-checkered blanket, no ants allowed, for the last... Read More