The shoreline at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Park.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Opportunities to explore incredible and at times surreal landscapes abound in Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. Go hiking, rent a dune buggy, or try sandboarding on your visit, and make sure to schedule a stop at Umpqua Lighthouse.

Pike Place Market. Photo © Dreamstime.

A Seattle Weekend Itinerary

A weekend in Seattle gives you enough time to sample the best of a city full of achievements with a healthy attitude about fun and leisure; in this town, all work and no play is no one’s motto. With that in mind, here’s a two-day fully-catered itinerary. Get playing.

Taco stand in Guanajuato.

Where to Eat in Querétaro

Although it claims a few local dishes as its own, Querétaro has never been known a food destination. That said, you can find some truly good eats here. Unlike most modern cities, Querétaro managed to hang on to a number of its old-fashioned cafeterias and fondas, which maintain a loyal clientele within the local crowd. You’ll also find plenty of cheap eats and tacos.

Springtime at Daffodil Hill. Photo © Brandon Bourdages/123rf.

Visiting Volcano, California

Little Volcano is an often-overlooked town in the Shenandoah Valley. While it has its own share of wineries, the real draws are the stunning Black Chasm Caverns–inspiration for the atmosphere in the film The Matrix–spring on Daffodil Hill, which explodes each March into a profusion of sunny yellow, and hotels with vintage Gold Country charm.

Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Photo © jejim/123rf.

Spend a Day in San Francisco Like a Local

Dedicate a day to living like a true San Franciscan by jumping on a bike, pedaling through the hippest neighborhoods, shopping for local designs, and—most importantly—eating and drinking your way through the city.

Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge

Howler monkeys and birdcalls will wake you bright and early in Los Guatuzos. Los Guatuzos contains dense populations of crocodiles; caimans; feral pigs; jaguars; and howler, white-faced, and spider monkeys. This is also home to a rare, ancient species of fish called the gaspar (Actractoseus tropicus), a living, armored relic of the Jurassic age. Between February and April, flocks of migratory species fly through in spectacular concentrations.

Dinner on the courtyard at Foreign Cinema. Photo © Charlie Villyard, courtesy of Foreign Cinema.

Best Restaurants in San Francisco for Every Occasion

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in San Francisco, or unique dishes and venues, either. But when you’re looking for something specific–you’re dying to dine outdoors, you want an especially romantic evening, or maybe it’s your last morning in the city and you’re craving the best brunch you’ve ever had–this every-occasion list has what you’re looking for.

Hot chicken, served on Wonder bread with a pickle, is a signature Nashville dish. Photo © Margaret Littman.

The Best Hot Chicken in Nashville

Nashville’s most sublime food experience is not to be found in a fine restaurant or even at a standard meat-and-three cafeteria. It is served on a plate with a slice of Wonder bread and a pickle chip. It is hot chicken, a very spicy panfried delicacy, made with bone-in breast and secret spices.

Mestizo is a favorite with locals. Photo © Julie Meade.

Where to Eat in Guanajuato

Guanajuato’s restaurant scene has made some considerable leaps forward. Not traditionally renowned for its cuisine, the city now offers a number of truly nice places to eat, some cool cafés, and a smattering of good international options, adding a measure of welcome sophistication to this student-centric city.