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12 must-visits in California; freshen your travel bucket list!

Wildflowere bloom after winter rains in Death Valley National Park; photo taken in February, 2016.

Freshen your California travel bucket list with 12 months of suggestions! As we enter the new year, take time to tune-up your travel bucket list. Let’s start with 12 ultimate destinations in California, with suggested month by month schedule (next week we’ll bring you suggestions for the western US). Here are California’s best, as well [...]

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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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Pacific Northwest’s Crater Lake, Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls and Spokane make for wonderful week of exploring!

Wizard Island, a volcano within a volcano, floats in the cobalt waters of Crater Lake

Our destination: California to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada, via the Trans-Canada Highway and a return through the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and historic Rt. 66.  We sketch out a 9,000 mile, 69 day trip with a tiny Scotty teardrop travel trailer, fresh vistas to explore and new people to visit. Along the way [...]

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Epic western US travel destinations; update your “bucket List” for 2015

The Grand Canyon from Mather Point is a wonder of colors in the late afternoon!

        We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to the American West’s incredible spaces, all within a several day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations at your back door and a New Year, take the time to update your bucket list of western destinations.  Two weeks ago, we offered [...]

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Crater Lake National Park; azure blue waters, jaw-dropping vistas!

Wizard Island is itself an extinct volcano in the caldera of Crater Lake, now an island as the Mazama Volcano's collapsed volcano filled with water over the last 7,700 years.

  After visiting the park Visitor Center, the Crater Lake Lodge is a great place to start your tour of the 33-mile Rim Drive. Also a fine place to stay, and for fine food, too! The lobby of Crater Lake Lodge is just the place to curl up by the fire and catch up on [...]

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