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  • Chapman Ave sign, Orange, CA
    Chapman Ave sign, Orange, CA
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  • The Ferry Building
    The Ferry Building
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  • The sea lions have landed
    The sea lions have landed
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United States of America Favorites

  • City Tours - CityPass

    New York City Favorites

    New York has so much to see and a lot of it is very expensive and accompanied by long queues. One of the best things you can invest in is a pass that will let you see the sights you want for a discount, while letting you skip past some of the ticket queues. You need to shop around to find out which pass suits you best, as there are a lot of...

  • Gambling Advice

    Las Vegas Favorites

    I always find it difficult to tip dealers after I lose (which is most of the time). The last time I was in a casino playing Blackjack, I decided to "pre-tip" the dealer a dollar. The first 6 deck shoe was profitable (up about $25). So I decided to "pre-tip" as the dealer shuffled the next shoe. During the game, there was a time when the dealer had...

  • French Quarter

    New Orleans Favorites

    If you send out as many postcards as I do (friends, family, & an international postcard exchange - www.postcrossing.com), you will need to find postcards as cheaply as possible. When you are shopping in the French Quarter, most of the souvenir shops and drug stores will sell the standard size postcards for ~ $.35 cents, but if you walk into more...

  • Walt Disney World

    Orlando Favorites

    Arguably the second most iconic symbol of Disney World is the Monorail, a transportation system linking the parking lots, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the luxury hotels. Twelve trains traverse three lines, identified by the colored stripes on the side and built by Bombadier ( JFK Airtrain and others ). Each carries 360 passengers, six to eight in...

  • Fog / Weather

    San Francisco Favorites

    you've come to the right place! (especially if you want to see fog). i live here so check out my travel pages for tips, and feel free to email me for more direct questions. i hate to tell you, but october is one of our warmest months here. september is also warm. the weather changes not only from day to day, but it's a microclimate, so it changes...

  • Local Specialities

    Chicago Favorites

    Chicago is really a foodie paradise and they have many native food concoctions than the new yorkers hehehe and one of this really good native invention is the Italian Beef which I watched from the Discovery Travel Channel so thanks a lot Adam Richman for the info hence I must try this delight before leaving chicago right! Italian beef is a sandwich...

  • Essential KW

    Key West Favorites

    One of the most interesting ways to see Key West is from above. You can climb the lighthouse (photo 2) or to the top of another tall building such as the parking garage downtown (photo 3), or East Martello tower (photo 4) or one of the taller hotels. You can go Parasailing You can take a sightseeing tour by plane. I took the first and fifth...

  • Downtown

    Los Angeles Favorites

    Good food court/markets! Grand Central Market is a neighborhood treasure. Downtowners especiallyappreciate it for providing a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, exotic spices and more which would all be otherwise hard to get. If you happen to be downtown, this is the place to go for a filling meal without emptying the pocket. Various deli-style...

  • Freedom Trail

    Boston Favorites

    For Americans probably the most patriotic thing to do while in Boston is to tour the Freedom Trail. These are a collection of sites on a 2.5 mile trail that leads through historic Boston. Although many of the attractions on this trail have played a prominent role in the American Revolution some, like the U.S.S. Constitution do not. What you do have...

  • Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu Favorites

    what an ironic twist that most visitors to pearl harbor are japanese hehehe since japan is now a peaceful country and is a major ally of the United States. The Japanese tourist are awed by the sights in the pearl harbor area and the memorial. December 7, 2009 marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States'...

  • Beaches

    San Diego Favorites

    If it is the beach you're looking forward to, I'd suggest that which one you spend most time at would depend upon your income level and tastes. Ocean Beach is a "funky,""let it flow" type of place and the main street, Newport Avenue is full of restaurants and bars, and the Ocean Beach Hotel is just across the street from the Ocean. Mission...

  • Pike Place Market

    Seattle Favorites

    If you are heading to the Pike Place Market by a car, make sure to go early to get the Early Bird Special on parking fees. It cost only $6.00 per day. Otherwise, the parking fee is astronomical! The parking that has early bird special in Pike Place Market is located at the junction of Pike Place and Alaskan Way. I love Seattle because it is very...

  • The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Favorites

    A great place to let your inhibitions go. Walking down the beach in nothing but a thong or g-string swimsuit is the life and is quite regular. From time to time you will see topless girls soaking in the sun without problems. This applies to women and men. So go and enjoy yourself and work on the best tan possible.

  • Mutter Museum

    Philadelphia Favorites

    SEE THE MUTTER MUSEUM! It is something that most tourists don't go to because they've never heard of it! Also, you must go to Pat's Steaks in South Philly for a real cheesesteak -- trust me, those Steak 'Um sandwiches don't pass for the real thing! Other things that are a don't miss: The Mummers Parade (on New Years Day), the Mummers Museum (4th &...

  • Sights to See

    Atlanta Favorites

    This home located at 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was the birthplace and home of Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the American civil rights movement. This home is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and tours are given daily to visitors. Well worth it to learn about this great historical figure and the neighborhood he grew up...

  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Favorites

    South Beach is generally referred as "America's Riviera" because of its long and wide white sandy beaches, its historic art deco buildings, its multicultural atmosphere and restaurants. You don’t feel like you are visiting, there… you really feel like you’re on holiday. South Beach is just over the bridge from downtown Miami, but it is a world...

  • Information / Sources

    Houston Favorites

    Before Europeans came to what is now the Houston area (the first explorator of the region being the spaniard Cabeza de la Vaca in 1528), indians called Karankawas roamed the Gulf Coast area. The last Karankawas were killed in 1858. Karankawas were nomadic hunter-gatherers, living mainly on fish. More on Karankawas can be found in the Handbook of...

  • Town of Sedona

    Sedona Favorites

    The picturesque town of SEDONA lies at the mouth of beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm. Sedona is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy, because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Rising high above Sedona and its hallmark canyon is the Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot...

  • Architecture / Historic Buildings

    Dallas Favorites

    If you are anywhere near the West End or the JFK sites, you'll notice the old Dallas Courthouse sitting proudly on 100 S. Houston Street. The former courthouse, affectionately called OLD RED is a Romanesque Revival style building, which was erected in 1892 and is comprised of old granite and sandstone. Architects Orlopp & Kusener designed this...

  • Hikes / Trails

    Yosemite National Park Favorites

    After a lengthy break and snack, we pushed further up the trail with the crowds thinning out considerably. We reached the Little Yosemite Valley Campground in no time but had been told we would have to camp up the trail due to it being full. There certainly seemed to be plenty of open spots and one big group of boisterous guys told us to just set...

  • Wildlife

    Tampa Favorites

    Geckos in the Tampa area include the Indo-Pacific Gecko and the Mediterranean Gecko. These little creatures, typically ranging in size from one to five inches are everywhere. On the sidewalk, on walls, on fences, on people, being chased by cats. Yes, the cats love to harass geckos, but geckos are typically too fast and leery for the cats. Though...

  • Disneyland

    Anaheim Favorites

    If you are heading to Disneyland especially during the summer time when children are out of school, expect long lines up to a two hour wait! Make sure to take the Disney's Fastpass. This is available to the following attractions: California Screamin', Grizzly River Run, Soarin' Over Califronia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the RAdiator...

  • Information

    Memphis Favorites

    I stopped at this visitors center on my way into Memphis - just to use the bathroom, to be honest. What I found there was a full-service visitors center, complete with gift shop, information kiosks, and a very friendly an helpful staff member. As I was purchasing some postcards, the staff member asked me what I planned to do in Memphis. I told her...

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Tucson Favorites

    Driving along Arizona highways I occasionally saw these birds running across the desert. It's impossible to photograph them in open wild because they are so hyper so fast. In Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum I got the opportunity to see them in captivity. Even in the cage they are still hyper and hardly stay still.

  • Wildlife

    Yellowstone National Park Favorites

    Bison clean their hides by rolling in the dust. They often roll in the same location, over and over, killing off the grass in that area, causing a shallow, saucer like depression of dirt or sand. In the early spring, however, the moisture from the snow and early rains may have caused the grass to grow back within these depressions. When this...

  • Inner Harbor / Downtown

    Baltimore Favorites

    Baltimore has lots of monuments. They built the first monument in the US to George Washington back in 1829 (photo 5) The first photo is of a statue of John Mifflin Hood, early president of the Western Maryland Railway. Mr. Hood played an important role in shaping the Western Maryland Railroad (it became a "Railway" after 1911) into a strategic...

  • Skyline

    Richmond Favorites

    Another good vantage point is the observation deck of the new (in Richmond terms) City Hall. Since 11 September 2001, you sign in on the ground floor and then take the lift up to the 17th floor observation deck. As you can see on enlarging the 6-frame photo, on a clear day, you can get a good view of the city from all sides.

  • Peaks and Mountains in Phoenix

    Phoenix Favorites

    The view from Squaw (now Piestewa) Peak summit is breathtaking. You can see virtually all of Phoenix while lounging on the rocks and enjoying a cool breeze. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon, especially in the fall or spring when temperatures are hiking-perfect.

  • Old City

    Saint Augustine Favorites

    It really is impossible to see all St. Aug has to offer in a day or two. If that is all the time you are able to visit then plan a return visit... the city will definately call you back! The months of November thru January are especially beautiful because the city is decorated with lights. My best memory of St. Aug is living here and knowing all...

  • Other Points of Interest

    Death Valley National Park Favorites

    Corkscrew Peak is the towering sentinel of the Grapevine Mountains of northern Death Valley National Park. Corkscrew Peak derives its name from the twisting, corkscrew-like exposures of the Lower Cambrian Corkscrew Quartzite. It juts out from behind the Grapevine Mountains. There is a sign that points to it while traveling along 374 East toward...

  • Capitol

    Austin Favorites

    Like all Southern States, Texas is justly proud of the men from the Lone Star State who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending their homeland against the invading Federal armies during the War for Southern Independence. The inscription on the Confederate Monument in front of the State Capitol reads: . . . . . DIED FOR STATES RIGHTS GUARANTEED...

  • Information / Sources

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    At the south rim, the El Tovar has by far the best view of the canyon but it is pricey. It is very easy to get around the south rim either by walking or the free shuttle. When planning my trip to the grand canyon, I had the same problems that you are having with websites that are incomplete and no pictures of lodges and where exactly they are...

  • Near Albuquerque

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Arranged by: - In Albuquerque itself - Half days out of Albuquerque - Day trips out of Albuquerque - Overnight trips - Long trips Note! Original image was high resolution and very readable. I believe that it is still readable in the new VT picture format. However, the picture title sometimes covers part of the left side of the Overnight Trips...

  • 17 Mile Drive

    Monterey Favorites

    The community of Pebble Beach is actually an unincorporated area run by a corporation rather than by an elected government but it falls under a census designated place called Del Monte Forest. Del Monte Forest has an average house value of about $800,000, while the residents are 90% white, with average incomes of about $100,000 per year. You will...

  • Beach Activities

    Sanibel Island Favorites

    Algiers Beach -Algiers Lane Sanibel Bowman's Beach -Bowman Beach Road Sanibel Lighthouse Park Beach -Periwinkle Way Sanibel Tarpon Bay Road Beach -Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel i use this site to find dog-friendly places for my pooches: www.dogfriendly.com

  • Downtown

    Portland Favorites

    Part of the Local Improvement District for the MAX light rail ten fountains with twenty-five bronze sculptures of Pacific Northwest animals were installed in 1986. They were designed by Georgia Gerber. Here are just a few I was able to photograph.

  • Flowers, Trees and Wetland Plants

    Jacksonville Favorites

    If you're visiting in late April and May it could be the jasmine vines with their tiny fragrant flowers in full bloom. Then again, it could also be the ligustrum hedges that also bloom at this time, or perhaps the magnolia blossoms that emerge a couple weeks later. At any rate, by late spring the scents of the season are everywhere.

  • Mountains/ hiking

    Palm Springs Favorites

    Make a trip to Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the world in terms or volume thanks to the engineering wonder Hoover Dam. Avoid carrying suspicious looking bags in case you incur unnecessary delay to your fellow travellers when the security checks on you. We can't afford a burst dam after 9/11 can we?

  • Mall of America

    Minneapolis Favorites

    I hate shopping, especially in busy malls during the weekend, but Mall of America was a totally different experience. The mall is huge, but it is not intended only for shopping lovers. Inside the building there is big entertainment complex, for kids and for adults, unique restaurants, movie theater and so on.

  • The Beach

    Fort Myers Beach Favorites

    There really is not dunes to speak of here but they do have dune grass that helps to protect the beaches so please obey the law. This does help and maybe our grandkids can enjoy the beach when they have kids too. Thank you!

  • The Beach

    Naples Favorites

    I only lived here for about 3 months with my father. While I was down there however there was one thing i noticed. It rained, everyday. Not just a little dirzzle but huge thunderstorm kind of rain. Now this was during the summer, the perfect season for them. I can't say I disliked it. Take the morning to go out and do something, meanwhile the...

  • Fountains

    Kansas City Favorites

    Another one of Kansas City's many public fountains, this is also on the bike/walking path east of the Plaza. The piece was designed by the famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. (For another piece by Milles, see the page about the "Konserthuset" on my Stockholm page.)

  • Volcanoes National Park

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Visiting Volcanos National Park was worth the whole trip. The Drive from Kona was about 2 1/2 hours, so get started early and plan on a long day. Better yet, if your going to visit VNP stay in Hilo or at the Volcano House, which is perched on the edge of the caluldera. The sights here will take your breath away. the most memorable part of this trip...

  • State Capitol

    Denver Favorites

    My son and husband didn't visit the capitol per se but they did take pictures of the building and sculpture outside. The capitol building is a one of the key features in the memorable Denver skyline and looks somewhat like the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. One of the main features of the building is a round brass cap embedded in the west...

  • Renaissance Center

    Detroit Favorites

    The Renaissance Center is located right on the Detroit River downtown - and it's easy to appreciate the size and flow of this waterway as you watch the barges float past. The Detroit River links Lake St. Clair with Lake Erie, and is one of the major connecting links between Detroit and the rest of the world . . . That's the Ambassador Bridge in the...


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