• 3 Days in Santa Rosa - Featured
    Destination Guides,  Itineraries

    The 6 Best Things to Do on a Santa Rosa Weekend Trip

    Need a weekend getaway from San Francisco or the Bay Area? I feel you. When I moved to the Bay Area in 2017, I knew I was going to become a weekend warrior, exploring far beyond the City (San Francisco) and the East Bay (Oakland and Berkeley). I've already visited some great spots like Yosemite, Carmel, Tahoe, Siskiyou county, and Calaveras county... but I haven't spent much time in wine country! I decided to spend a weekend in Santa Rosa, the biggest town in Sonoma county...

  • Alaska Cruise Ship Size Hero
    Cruise Tips,  Destination Guides

    Which Alaska Cruise Ship Size Should You Book?

    There are so many ways to see Alaska, it can quickly get overwhelming when you're planning a trip. Maybe you've already narrowed it down a bit and know you want to take an Alaska cruise – that's a good start. But even then, you might soon find yourself drowning in a sea of open tabs on your computer, comparing companies, itineraries, prices, and more...

  • Hope Alaska Hero
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    A Guide to Hope, Alaska: How to Visit My Favorite Small Alaskan Town

    I have a soft spot for small towns. Maybe it developed during my four years of college at a small Iowa town. Maybe it is just part of my nature, to love exploring smaller and lesser-visited cities and town. It's part of the reason I fell so in love with Long Beach, Washington while living in the Pacific Northwest. Or why we ended up living in Sausalito when we called California home. As a kid growing up in Alaska, I remember trips to one particular small town with a special name...

  • Alaska in December Hero
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    Alaska in December: A Complete Guide to Visiting in Winter

    When people learn that I grew up in Alaska, one of the most common questions I receive is: how was it living in the dark for half the year?! Actually, it's not dark half the year in Alaska, but there are certain times of the year when it's darker than others and the days are much shorter. December is one of those times, and in fact, the shortest day of the year occurs on December 21st, so it's arguably the darkest time to visit Alaska among any of the winter months...

  • Train Rides in Alaska Hero
    Destination Guides,  Train Travel Tips

    5 Epic Train Rides in Alaska to Take On Your Trip

    Train travel is magical. It's relentlessly consistent but un-rushed; it shows you the world but each moment is fleeting and requires a certain mindfulness to appreciate. Even if you don't consider yourself a "railhead" (a super-nerd about trains), there are some pretty incredible train rides in Alaska. Thanks to the unique organization of the Alaska Railroad and its role in Alaskan history, visitors today can travel across the state and back in time each time they board the Railroad's iconic blue and yellow trains...

  • 3 Days in Houston Hero
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    3 Days in Houston: The Best Things to See & Do

    Houston might be one of the most surprising destinations I’ve visited recently. It’s a huge city, home to over two million people… but it’s not a popular tourist destination in the same way as other big cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are. I'm always surprised by this, because I personally have loved Houston each time I've visited...

  • Where to Stay in Fairbanks Hero
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    Where to Stay in Fairbanks: The 7 Best Hotels & Other Accommodations

    Fairbanks is also called the Golden Heart of Alaska, due to its Gold Rush era roots – but it also earns the nickname for charming visitors with incredible scenery and fascinating things to do. I'll be completely honest though: I didn't visit Fairbanks often while growing up in Alaska, perhaps because it's about 350 miles and almost six hours of driving from my hometown...

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    10 Must-Do Hikes in Alaska for First-Time Visitors

    There's nothing like the feeling of a cool Alaskan morning as you set out on a hike. You might be bundled up against the chill, then shed layers as your body warms up. No matter the trail, there's something comforting and awe-inspiring about the many hikes in Alaska, and if you love the idea of exploring Alaska on foot, hiking in Alaska is a must-do activity during your trip...

  • Huntington Beach Hero
    Destination Guides,  Itineraries

    How to Spend a Weekend in Huntington Beach: A Perfect 3-Day Itinerary

    Looking for a beach getaway on the West Coast? Whether you fly from Seattle or San Francisco or drive from Los Angeles, Huntington Beach is a perfect city break destination. Known for its fantastic weather year-round, excellent surfing, and increasingly top-notch dining scene, Huntington Beach is quintessential Southern California along the PCH and has something for everyone...