before you go

When to Visit Northern California

Dense in urban culture, awash in vineyards, and with some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, Northern California is a multi-faceted gem. Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and San Francisco are among the top 10 on most travelers’ bucket lists. Best about northern California is its all-season appeal–from summer sun to winter fun, the best time to go to northern California is now.

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Before Traveling to Vietnam

As always, being prepared is the key to enjoying your travels to a foreign country. When heading to Vietnam, the most important thing is to ensure your travel documents are in order; officials take regulations on visas and passports extremely seriously. Otherwise, here are some tips on what to pack to make your stay smooth, advice on getting to and around the country, and vaccination information.

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Planning a Trip to the Virgin Islands

When planning a trip to the Virgin Islands, there’s a lot to take into account: your budget, when to go, how you’ll get there, and what necessities to pack. Fortunately–and unlike the question of what to do once you get there, considering all the excellent activities and opportunities to relax–those questions are easily answered with this travel advice.

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Planning a Trip to Havana: Before You Go

Thanks to lightened travel restrictions, U.S. citizens are now permitted to visit Cuba as participants in “people to people” programs, and a trip to Havana is a travel opportunity not to be missed. To make the most of the trip, plan ahead for seasonal weather and be certain before you go your passports, visas, and other travel documents meet Cuban requirements.

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Planning a Trip to El Salvador

Volcano hikes, national parks teeming with birds and butterflies, and a rugged Pacific coastline dotted with secluded getaways make El Salvador an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here’s how to plan a trip to this small country, including when to go depending on your interests, transportation, and visa requirements.

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Visiting Ontario: When to Go and How to Get There

Ontario has distinct seasons, with pros and cons to visiting in each. It’s best to schedule your visit around events or activities you’d prefer to experience, such as summer’s theatre season or winter’s cold-weather sports. Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and one of its biggest cities, Toronto, so there are a few options for getting to and around the province.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.