Adventure U.S.

Woodland Normanstone Walking Tour in DC

Woodland Normanstone is a sylvan neighborhood bordering Rock Creek valley in NW Washington DC. Home to several ambassadors, this century-old community is a perfect place to escape to the country within a cosmopolitan city. And if you are lucky to visit Washington DC when Washington Walks offers its twice-annual two-hour walking tour, you’ll also learn about famous architects who designed the mansions for the famous people who owned property here. (Spoiler alert: You’ll also hear about murder, mayhem, and one…

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Top 10 Fall Outdoor Venues in Washington DC

Fall outdoor venues in Washington DC abound thanks to the amount of land dedicated to the national memorials and monuments on the National Mall. If you are willing to dedicate a half day for a walk on “America’s front yard,” you will enjoy spectacular foliage. My list of the Top 10 Fall Outdoor Venues in Washington DC is located within a 3-mile radius. (Check out my Top 10 (Mostly Dog-Friendly) Washington DC Gardens.) They include museum gardens, outdoor sculpture gardens,…

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Adventure International

Stanley Park: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour

Picturesque vs. Sinister Stanley Park? This was the question I must answer after I took Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours’ incredible 2-hour tour of this public park in Vancouver, British Columbia. It didn’t take me more than a minute to purchase my C$32 ticket after I read the company’s description of its tour: “Discover the jaw-dropping beauty – and sinister stories – of Stanley Park. Behind those majestic forests, picturesque gardens and stunning beaches lies a history of forced evictions, buried…

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Adventure Pet-Centric U.S.

Great Falls National Park: Dogs Welcome

The dog-friendly Great Falls National Park located in Great Falls, Virginia is a magnet for Washingtonians on the weekends. Pack up the dog leash, grab your backpack and head out for an adventure with your furry best friend. Golden retrievers believe any day spent in nature is “golden time.” My 1-year-old dog (Parker) loves to scramble over the rocks since he is “Spider Pup.” We also love to hike the woodland paths at Great Falls National Park. The park is…

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Italian Leaf-Peeping Excursions

Italian leaf-peeping excursions are a favorite for me when I vacation in the autumn. Since my birthday falls on September 29, I usually try to book a getaway early in October.  While every season promises some one-of-a-kind treat for the traveler, I am partial to autumn’s bountiful gifts—cool temperatures, seasonal festivals, and pumpkin-flavored beverages. And the leaves change to Bordeaux, tangerine, and yellow. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne opined that he could not “endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine…

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Explore the Big Island of Hawaii

Discover the Big Island, the youngest and largest island in Hawaii, by unwinding at a luxury resort on the Kohala Coast and spending unprogrammed days oceanside. “Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, ‘Big Island’), its sheer size is awe-inspiring.” www.GoHawaii.com The “Big Island” of Hawaii was the birthplace of King Kamehameha I as well as the ancient Mauna Loa volcano. It is a desolate place if you are surveying the lava…

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10 Funky Things To Do In Hilo

Hilo is a laid-back hippy Hawaiian city with 10 funky things to do during your stay on the Big Island, known as the Island of Inspiration. If you are lucky enough to fly into Hilo International Airport, you can easily do a whirlwind tour before you check into your hotel. But we were staying at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast, so we had a two-hour drive to Hilo. Our hotel concierge recommended the scenic beach route on Route…

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10 Amazing Hawaiian Folk Tales To Experience On Your Vacation

On your next vacation in Hawaii, discover 10 amazing Hawaiian folk tales that will explain the “Aloha State” – “the paradise of the Pacific.” Islanders joke that “Hawaii, not just volcanoes and pineapples.” Actually, Hawaii is the legendary land of gods and goddesses, including Pele, the hot-headed goddess of the volcano, and Maui (son of Hina-lau-ae and Hina). Studying Hawaiian mo-olelos (stories) provided a new perspective on what I experienced on my vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. The…

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