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Five Best Motorcycle Rides in the Pacific Northwest

Five Best Motorcycle Rides in the Pacific Northwest

When you own a motorcycle you know the trill of traveling a new road, full of twists and turns, and a long stretch or two to give you that flying feeling. If you’re seeking that next new adrenaline rush, you might want to check out these routes in the American Northwest. Don’t let the damp turn you off to some of these incredible roads. The magic of deep forests, the horizon off the ocean, and windswept pines is an adventure unlike any other.

January 30, 2015 | By More
Crashing Waves and Expansive Views – Dramatic California Lighthouse Road Trip

Crashing Waves and Expansive Views – Dramatic California Lighthouse Road Trip

Mention lighthouses and most folks think about the craggy coast of New England. But we would be remiss not to appreciate the majestic Pacific coast lighthouses guiding ships in from the far east or after rounding Cape Horn to reach California in the great gold rush era. Like the Spanish missions, lighthouses were built in strategic locals all along California’s coast.

Come along with us as we map out a dramatic 950 mile road trip (perfect for an RV vacation) traveling north to south to explore 7 distinct areas and 15 lighthouses along the Pacific coast of California.

October 6, 2014 | By More
America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains

America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains

This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We’ve pulled together a guide to America’s favorite rail journeys that travel past the country’s most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping.

From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there’s spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.

September 24, 2014 | By More
21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report

21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report

21st Annual Tour des Fleurs. was a huge success and a wonderful day spent meeting growers along California’s stunning Half Moon Bay. This unique event offers the public a special once-a-year opportunity to tour local nurseries, greenhouses, wineries, harbor, and farms – many of which are not ordinarily open to the public. With anticipation July 26 arrived and I was headed to Half Moon Bay, a sunny coastal city south of San Francisco. So come along with me on my day of discovery:

August 25, 2014 | By More
Holman Ranch Trip Report – A Magnificent Setting For Family or Group Gatherings

Holman Ranch Trip Report – A Magnificent Setting For Family or Group Gatherings

Holman Ranch…A place where ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible for your family or group gathering!

Holman Ranch, located in the hills of Carmel Valley, California is Monterey Peninsula’s best kept secret, and our much anticipated destination for a travel writer’s gathering. A 400 acre guest ranch awaited us and what we were about to see transported us to another world. Discover with me the unique offerings at Holman Ranch that make it an unforgettable spot for multi-gen family gatherings, weddings and group meetings.

July 2, 2014 | By More
California Gardening Secrets Revealed at Annual Tour des Fleurs in Half Moon Bay

California Gardening Secrets Revealed at Annual Tour des Fleurs in Half Moon Bay

Ever wonder why your garden doesn’t look as wonderful as the professionals? Well then, you won’t want to miss the 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs Festival in Half Moon Bay, California, where professional gardeners and farmers share their secrets of success and gardening tips with festival participants.

Every summer, garden enthusiasts throughout Northern California wait with anticipation for the Annual Tour des Fleurs festival in Half Moon Bay, California. Located just over a half-hour drive from San Fransisco Bay, the Half Moon Bay area has been known for it’s dramatic beaches, redwood forests, robust ocean fisheries, and verdant growing fields.

June 27, 2014 | By More
Find Your 4th of July Getaway – Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities

Find Your 4th of July Getaway – Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities

Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities That Make A Great 4th of July Getaway.

The Fourth of July is celebrated annually by enjoying some of America’s favorite pastimes, like barbeques, baseball games, and fireworks. While major cities are famous for illuminating their skylines, BnBFinder has sought out the nation’s best small town pyrotechnic celebrations. So this Independence Day, beat the crowds and enjoy the relaxed charm of these all-American destinations.

June 20, 2014 | By More
Top Family Friendly Places To Visit in LA

Top Family Friendly Places To Visit in LA

City of Angels: What you Need to See The Next Time You Visit LA With Kids. When you’ve burnt yourself out on tourist traps like DisneyLand and SeaWorld, don’t fret, there are still plenty of interesting places to visit in LA that the whole family will enjoy. Family vacations are interludes you will all remember for years, but trying to please everyone in the group can be difficult. The City of Angels might surprise you with how many great sites it has to offer. Here are our suggestions for fun days in LA:

May 21, 2014 | By More
5 Best Pacific Northwest Scenic Sites for Your Summer Roadtrip

5 Best Pacific Northwest Scenic Sites for Your Summer Roadtrip

Northwest Sightseeing – 5 Places to Drive to This Summer

A trip to the Pacific Northwest offers travelers incredible opportunities to see dramatic scenic landscapes. The natural beauty and friendly people attract visitors from all walks of life. The summer represents the best time to experience the vast openness of this growing area. Consider these five locations for your summer roadtrip as they are some of the most prized landscapes in the United States.

May 7, 2014 | By More
Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it’s a guys’ golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father’s Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!

April 15, 2014 | By More
Celebrate Earth Day With A Mendocino Green Getaway

Celebrate Earth Day With A Mendocino Green Getaway

Every year, on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to honor the natural beauty of our planet, to demonstrate support for green movements around the globe, and to raise awareness about environmental protection. Today, 44 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated, the “eco” lifestyle has had a beneficial influence on just about every market, including the travel market. Here are some particularly great ‘green’ eco getaway spots.

April 7, 2014 | By More
Travel Tips and Tricks For Taking The Ultimate Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

Travel Tips and Tricks For Taking The Ultimate Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

The Ultimate Roadtrip Tips and Tricks for Route 1, The Pacific Coast Highway
Whether you’re on a weekend break or a year-long trip of a lifetime, making entirely new memories is a unique experience. That’s why I love road trips! Every day brings something different, a new stone unturned, a new path untraveled, a new road un-driven!

Driving The Pacific Coast Highway is a journey that takes you through the heart of California’s spirit. With its heart stopping turns and stunning coastline vistas, it comes as no surprise that this highway is one of America’s unofficial pilgrimage routes. From surfers to food groupies to motoring enthusiasts, this particular road trip attracts thrill-seekers of all sorts.

April 4, 2014 | By More
Most Scenic Mountain Bike Trails in the Pacific Northwest

Most Scenic Mountain Bike Trails in the Pacific Northwest

The Northwestern United States and Canada are known for having some the best biking trails in North America. Mountain biking is a great sport and a wonderful way to take in some stunning scenery and enjoy the hospitality of the locals along the way. With the large number and diversity of the trails through the region, you will always have a new and exciting trail to explore. Here are five of the most scenic bike trails in the Northwest United States and Canada.

March 24, 2014 | By More
10 Reasons Art Enthusiasts Love San Diego

10 Reasons Art Enthusiasts Love San Diego

Love Art? Then you’ll love the stunning public art displays in San Diego.

San Diego may be a city that’s known for its sun, sand and surf, but visitors shouldn’t overlook the city’s stunning public art pieces, bronze statues and sculpture gardens – especially because many of them can be found in some of the city’s top destinations. So whether you’re on your way to Balboa Park or the San Diego Convention Center, Little Italy or the Gaslamp Quarter, be sure to swing by these beautiful and unique PDAs – public displays of art.

February 20, 2014 | By More
23 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Celebrate Your Love On Valentine’s Day

23 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Celebrate Your Love On Valentine’s Day

It’s not too late to plan a sensational Valentines Day! Whether you’re celebrating as a couple, as a family, or even on your own, we’ve got inspirational suggestions for making this year’s Valentine’s Day one you will remember for years to come.

Here are exciting and imaginative – unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:

February 7, 2014 | By More
Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

An Insider’s Guide To Historic Beverly Hills

“Historic” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Beverly Hills, but the city has much more to offer than world-class shopping and cars that cost more than your (and my) house. On January 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills marked its centennial and kicked off a year-long celebration featuring free concerts, public art exhibits, special offers from local hotels and restaurants and much more. If you want to experience the history of luxury, glamor and elegance, Beverly Hills is the place to go.

February 6, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!

Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!

I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.

January 13, 2014 | By More
Visit Fort Scott Kansas For a Memorable Dose of Americana and The Old West

Visit Fort Scott Kansas For a Memorable Dose of Americana and The Old West

There are numerous well-known sites where travelers can experience a combination of beautiful nature, local history and an atmosphere of Americana. I’m “allergic” to touristy sites but a recent trip out West brought us the opportunity to enjoy all of these elements in a friendly atmosphere of good old welcoming Kansas hospitality.

Friends suggested that we stop off in Fort Scott Kansas, a small town of fewer than 10,000 residents. I had never heard of Fort Scott before this trip but I was glad that we made the effort to spend a day there. Fort Scott may never be known as one of America’s ten most popular travel sites but we appreciated the chance to relax and walk around the cultural and historical sites of the city.

January 8, 2014 | By More
A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

A Guys’ Deam Adventure – Take A California Craft Brewery Tour!

Any beer geek traveling along the west coast will find some of the best craft breweries in America, breweries that turn every pint glass into a veritable chalice. It’s not just great beer to fall in love with – these amazing west coast breweries are located in remarkable cities rich in character, making them hugely popular draws among visiting tourists.

Whether you’re traveling among friends or bravely trekking the open road alone, make sure to add these delectable craft breweries to your itinerary.

December 19, 2013 | By More