North America Off The Beaten Path

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North America Off The Beaten Path

  • Central Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Finding a quiet place in New York is a bit tough. If you'll accept people all about, but with the wind louder than the voices, then, you'll find that quiet in Central Park. No, we didn't get away from people, but we did get away from the feeling of needing to be on the move, of having a purpose. Sunny warmth on a cool day or shady breeze on a warm...

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  • Within a 3 Hour Drive

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    The Lost City of Overton was a surprise we found at the end of the drive through The Valley of Fire. There is a small museum full of recued relics from the days when the Hoover Dam was being built. You see, when the water of the Colorado River pooled behind the dam, it would bury the evidence of the indiginous people, the Basket Maker people and a...

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  • Plantations

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    I highly recommend leaving the societal cess pool of New Orleans, and driving about two hours to The Myrtles in St. Francisville, La. Deemed "the most haunted house in America" by The Wall St. Journal, I have spent many nights there and highly recommend it. Not for the faint of heart, or easily spooked, this great experience is off the beaten path...

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  • State Parks, Animals and Nature

    Orlando Off The Beaten Path

    Northwest of Orlando, at the edge of the sprawl, the unfortunately named Kelly Park is just an unassuming dot of a county park. But it's actually fantastic. This is the sort of thing that you would love to see at a theme park but never do, because theme parks can't recreate it properly. Think of swimming in a huge, clear, cool pool with a lazy...

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  • Day Trips

    San Francisco Off The Beaten Path

    One of the northern missions, this was originally part of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Founded in 1817 as a sanitarium for Indians afflicted with European diseases, it was named for the patron saint of healing. This is still an active church and school. The phone number is that of the gift shop. Father Junipero Serra founded this and most of...

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  • Isla Mujeres

    Cancún Off The Beaten Path

    It's very possible that 1 of 10 locals will give you a good deal. In our case, we took a recent trip to cancun and went to Isla de las Mujeres, and although fun at first, we quickly found out we were victims of groping and then money snatchers. When you head to Juarez on the R1 get off the first exit where the big boats take off. The second stop...

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  • Architecture & Public Art (outdoor)

    Chicago Off The Beaten Path

    If you're in the University of Chicago area, have a look at this massive concrete sculpture (it was originally supposed to be carved in granite). It dates from 1915, sculptor Lorado Taft (whose workshop was nearby) and was intended to commemorate the first 100 years of peace between the US and the UK. The sculpture and its pool lie at one end of...

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  • Cemetery and Ghosts

    Key West Off The Beaten Path

    An African cemetery appears on an Army Corps of Engineers map drawn in 1861. It is labled "African Cemetery with nine small Xs. This location probably has up to 295 graves extending from under the West Martello Tower out onto the beach toward the east (i.e. toward Miami) According to the website below (melfisher.org): "Many of the Africans were...

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  • Downtown

    Los Angeles Off The Beaten Path

    OK, so, tourists that come to L.A. say that they want to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, the beach and the other usual sights. The tourist guides really cater to those but much to my chagrin, there is less mention of the downtown area. It DOES exist! Many locals in the L.A. are quite ignorant about downtown. This is changing...

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  • Cenotes

    Playa del Carmen Off The Beaten Path

    This cenote is in Puerto Aventuras not far south of Playa and can be easily accessed by colectivo, see my tip re transport. It's a beautiful crystal clear cenote, one part is open like a lake, the other is partly covered like a cave. The water is cool about 25' and very refreshing. It's a nice change from the beach, and usually there are very few...

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  • Outside Greater Toronto area

    Toronto Off The Beaten Path

    In VT the 1000 Islands are referred as an US attraction, and I believe they should be. But the fact is that they follow the border between USA and Canada, in St. Lawrence river, occupying both sides of the border. I didn't have time to visit them, and only saw some of them from distance, in our way from Toronto to Montreal. It seems (surfing VT...

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  • Nearby Towns

    Puerto Vallarta Off The Beaten Path

    As we were driving from our hotel to the restaurant for dinner, I sincerely enjoyed the transition from crowded city to thick foliage and quaint villages. At one point, I said, to noone in particular, "This reminds me of The night of the Iguana." The taxi driver responded, "We are about to enter the village where most of The Night of the Iguana was...

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  • Boston's Neighborhoods

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    This is my neighborhood and I love it dearly. Here are some reasons I've stayed in a 1 mile radius since I moved to the area: Inman Square, Cambridge: Easily accessible from Harvard Square or Central Square by public transportation or a pleasant 1 mile walk (north up Prospect St. from Central or east from Harvard Square up Cambridge St.). There...

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  • Mont-Royal

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    On the mount royal, Mon-royal park is one of the best parks in Montreal, actually the name of Montreal drives from Mont-royal, it is just 5 minutes from the downtown but once inside you totally forget that you are in a big city and from the top of the mount you can enjoy one of the best view of Montreal downtown with south shore and the east side...

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  • Wreck Beach

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    One of my favorite beaches in the world because the sub-culture and community that it embraces and its location in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. For the years that I lived in the area it was my weekend spot during the warm months and even in the fall/winter evenings a remote spot where we could have rituals, campfires, fire spinning,...

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  • Other Towns

    Cabo San Lucas Off The Beaten Path

    When you are tired of the fast paced Cabo San Lucas, rent a car and head north about 45 minutes to Todos Santos. About 5,000 people live here and is one of only 15 cities in Mexico with the destinctive label of "Pueblo Magico". This "magic town" is filled with great artisans, wonderful jewelry, mouth watering foods and of course many friendly...

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  • Downtown Seattle

    Seattle Off The Beaten Path

    Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most well known attractions. However, one part of the market that isn't well marked, unless you go down one level and out a door in the side, is a place called "The Gum Wall". This is a brick wall towards the south side of Pike Place Market where generations of people have left their chewing gum tacked onto...

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  • Point Loma/Ocean Beach

    San Diego Off The Beaten Path

    San Diego has lots of bakeries, but one that is just a slight bit different, is one that only sells cupcakes. Oh, and they are square, not round, so that you get more topping. Yummy. This business is open and the cupcakes are a sensation. The name of the bakery goes right with the product, Cupcakes SQUARED. The many varieties of flavors are all...

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  • Waterfalls

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Just a few short miles from Waikiki this 1.3 km hike is a great way to see some nature while on Oahu. The elevation is 800 feet. You're feet will definitely get muddy, so I'd definitely wear some shores instead of slipper or sandals. The trail can be quite slippery. Round trip took about an hour and a half. There is no fee and you can find free...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Off The Beaten Path

    1) Big parking lot at Las Olas and the beach. Lots of locals, lots of bars and some shops. Hidden local tip: Park for less under the bridge that carries Las Olas over the Intercostal, then walk three blocks to the beach. 2) For less noise, but still cool wide beach, walk South from Las Olas for 1/4 mile to the intersection of the side road...

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  • Pennypack Park

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road...

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  • North Georgia Mountains & Waterfalls

    Atlanta Off The Beaten Path

    Using Blue Sky Cabin Rentals (blueskycabinrentals.com) we snagged a last minute getaway to Ellijay and "The Cabin on the Pond", a one bedroom with 2 twin beds in the loft and a queen in the master, one bath, with electric/gas fireplace and huge hot tub on the porch overlooking the pond. Way back in the hills away from all traffic noise, situated in...

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  • Miscelaneous

    Miami Off The Beaten Path

    This cafe/bar is truly unconventional. Having lived in cities like Seattle and Chicago, where eccentric non-corporate cafes abound, I was dismayed to find nothing of the sort in Miami. Until I stumbled by chance into Luna Star Cafe in North Miami one day after I had visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a quiet neighborhood, you would think...

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  • Residential Areas

    Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

    "La mona" or "La mujer casa" (the doll or The house women) She looks as the statue of liberty, but is a home. The home of Armando Mu?os and Family. Mu?oz was a dreamer, and made of his dream a house. People from all the world came and offered him money to buy it, but he didn't want them to move it to another country, his dream was made it a kind...

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  • Ile d'Orleans

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    On a trip to Quebec City, a stoll down the Orleans island is a must. This island is not densely populated and it's people have preserved the atmosphere that the island has had for centuries. It's one of the first location of french settlement. The original settlers built schools, church and various shipyards that can still be seen today. There...

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  • Unique / Unusual / One-Of-A-Kind

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Just southwest of Houston is the George Ranch in Richmond, TX. I've never been but am including this tip because many travelers want to see an "old west" or "cowboy" side of Houston -- which nowadays, is hard to come by unless it's Rodeo time. According to the web site, the ranch offers vistors: - The struggles of early pioneers to Texas at the...

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  • Jerome

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Located just a mile out of Jerome, AZ is a unique "ghost town" that was once home to over 300 people working the mine. The location today is owned by Don Robertson who has been collecting motor vehicles and "stuff" for years. Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas you can easily spend an entire day...

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  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Niagara Falls Off The Beaten Path

    Arriving to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the guide pointed to our right and said: "There is Fort George". Nothing else, and, when we left the bus to visit the city, I went there to have a look. I didn't get too convinced, and moved back after a short glimpse. Maybe I did wrong. Reading about it, afterwards, I got the idea that it should deserve a few...

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  • Parks / Lakes

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    I decided to walk from West Village to Mansion on Turtle Creek. Tell you the truth I didn't see anything interesting about Mansion; however, I discovered nice park area along the creek with tall fashionable buildings. Try Turtle Creek Dr and Cedar Springs to see new condominium buildings with prices of condos counting in millions. I know I don't...

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  • Gatineau Park

    Ottawa Off The Beaten Path

    camping only crosses my mind as rare and special occasions in my hometown. here, canadians love to go camping during summer and it's a typical canadian must-do activity. all you need to do is reserve a camping site (online booking), buy a tent (if you go with 2 people, buy a 4 pax tent, trust me.. speaking from my experience), pack some food for...

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  • Hikes / Trails

    Yosemite National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The "Great Sierra Mine" sounds like a huge operation, doesn't it? Well, it's not much of a mine and certainly not great, but the trail up to it, which skirts the jewel-like Gaylor Lakes, is one of the best short hikes in Yosemite. Four miles round trip which can be done in 2-3 hours, you get a good heart-accelerating ascent then a pleasant meander...

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  • Parks

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    Come at the right time of year (late April to late May) and see spectacular, huge rhododendrons in bloom in this known-mostly-to-locals park. To get here take the number 6 bus (catch it across from the Dutch Bakery on Fort Street) and ask the bus driver to let you off near the intersection of Rock and Quadra. To get back to town walk back down to...

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  • Downtown

    Tampa Off The Beaten Path

    The Christopher Columbus Monument is located just south of the central business district along Bayshore Drive. The statue was created by Albert Sabas, and features a statue of Columbus atop a stone pillar. The statue is located in aptly named Columbus Statue Park which is the northern end of Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park.

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  • Disneyland

    Anaheim Off The Beaten Path

    Over the years new rides and attractions open at Disneyland and older ones close. This makes return visits almost as exciting as the first visit. Though some of our favorites are familiar, there is always something new to explore. One thing I learned after a few visits was to start the day at the back, far reaches of the Park and move forward...

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  • Peggy's Cove

    Halifax Off The Beaten Path

    Peggy's Cove might be to Nova Scotia what Tadoussac is to Quebec: a very well-known tiny village! Founded in 1811, Peggy's Cove only has a population of 40, and yet each year thousands of tourists flock to the village to admire its unique landscape and take a picture of the lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the...

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  • Parks

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has...

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  • Siteseeing

    Mazatlán Off The Beaten Path

    At the Cerritos end of the Cerritos/Juarez bus route is a lovely, fairly undeveloped (as of yet!) beach area, Bruja's, with a nice restaurant down one of the side roads, and down another side road are a number of beach palapa restaurants where one can get a nice cold beer for about 15 pesos, roughly $1.30 with a lovely view of the ocean. We haven't...

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  • Nogales, Mexico

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    I read several articles on Nogales Mexico, and not having traveled there for a few years, I was unsettled about whether to go on a recent trip to Tucson. I was told not to for safety reason, by two different businesses telling me to go to Tubac instead. Years ago I noted that Tubac while pretty was considerably higher in prices although you would...

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  • Grand Tetons

    Yellowstone National Park Off The Beaten Path

    If you can, fit in a visit to this neighboring national park, even if it is just a day to drive the park road. From Yellowstone’s South Entrance, the road leads directly into Grand Teton National Park. This park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country. The peaks in the Teton Range stand a...

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  • MOuntains

    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    In the winter, most "official" hiking mountains in Phoenix are packed, with long waits for parking and crowded trails (especially Camelback and Squaw Peak). But there is one official trail that is only used by locals and that has beautiful views... Lookout mountain, in North Phoenix. The trail to the top is just under a mile, and it is a quick,...

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Saint Augustine Off The Beaten Path

    Fort Matanzas is a small but beautifully located Spanish fort that was built in the 18th century, and the area has colonial history dating back to the 16th century. A free guided ferry tour can be undertaken from the visitor's center. There is also a short boardwalk nature trail here. We opted to approach the fort via Kayak, putting in at a...

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  • Outlying Areas

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    drewry's bluff is one of 13 sites managed by the richmond national battlefield park. this 90 foot bluff has a commanding view of the james river. at the begining of the civil war the confederates built a fort on this site and named it after augustus h. drewery. the confederates also sank boats in the james river to block the union navy from...

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  • Rural Alberta

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch...

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  • Other Points of Interest

    Death Valley National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The ghost town is located in the Bullfrog Hills, on the border of Death Valley National Park, and close to Beatty. A few ghosts (art from Belgian artists) along the road welcome the visitors. There is not much left, beside a a few ruins. Furthermore there is also an obligate traditional and renovated "Bottle House". The station building is still...

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  • Jemez Mountains

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    A short hike from the battleship rock picnic area, is a small and delightful waterfall. From the parking lot cross the bridge over the river, then turn left and follow the parking lot/picnic areas up along the river. At the end of the parking lot keep hiking up along the brook. If you follow the path along the brook you will find the waterfall...

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