We did over 15,000 miles of road tripping this year between California and Colorado. Of everywhere we went, these are the ten places we would recommend to others.
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Have you hiked the Narrows in Zion National Park yet? I visited Zion four times this year, and finally on the last trip made a shuttle reservation to reach the trailhead. It was amazing! I hiked seven hours with @divergenttravelers, up past Wall Street and back. It was a weekend but we headed out early (7am shuttles) and we stayed ahead of the crowds for most of the hike. Highly recommended! And yes, most of it looked like this!
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We've been road tripping between California and Colorado all summer, and have felt safe from a virus perspective (wearing masks everywhere). Here are our favorite spots.
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A required road trip stop between Las Vegas and the California border: the Seven Magic Mountains art exhibit. 9am was a perfect time to visit - very few other people there, and not nearly as hot as later in the day! And it's not far off the road, so an easy detour.
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Best hotel entrance ever! Almaha Marrakech is in the medina, down a side street with a barely-marked door. When you knock you’re let into this small room with a check-in desk and a wall of basket-lined shelves. They ask for your passports and then the shelves open to reveal the stunning riad. Thank you to Plan-It Morocco for finding Almaha for us - we loved it!
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We headed to Morocco from California for a one-week school break. It was a great trip, combining the culture of Marrakech, a lot of amazing riads, and the Sahara - all planned by Plan-It Morocco. A tip for other families: do not order meals for all...
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My suggestions of where to travel with kids in Europe - not including the obvious destinations of Paris, London and Amsterdam
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Havana, 6am. This was a quick shot during a pre-sunrise walk around Cuba's capital. It changed my life. When I returned from Cuba I saw that Conde Nast Traveler's $25k Dream Trip contest was open. I entered this photo and, out of 21k entries, won. The prize trip to Florence was amazing, but even better was that I was able to meet Conde Nast's writers, which inspired me to quit my job of 18 years and become a travel writer. Always explore early - you never know what kind of luck will follow!
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We've stayed at a lot of hotels in New York, and more often than not our views have been of brick walls 20 feet away. So I love when we have a room with an amazing city view! This is at Hotel Giraffe (Park/26th) looking towards Madison Square Park. And even better was that we had two connecting rooms for the five of us - not easy to find in the city.
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I keep seeing posts on St. Augustine! Am thinking it's finally time to plan a trip...
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, but don’t mistake that title for being antiquated and outdated. The city is a cultural mecca by day, and a vibrant wonder by night. From eco water tours to tasty treats, here are 10 cool and unique things to do in St. Augustine.
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For 10 years I've been asking each of my kids where he/she wants to go every year, and we go. They can choose literally any destination in the world for a one-on-one trip with me. We've had some disappointing trips, some ok trips, and some amazing adventures. These are our Top 10 trips. Hopefully there's something here for your own family travel bucket list!
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Just a reminder to head out at sunrise when you travel! I see so many complaints about how crowded cities like Florence get, and they do - in the middle of the day. So at least one morning walk around before the other tourists are awake. It's amazing to have one of the world's great cities largely to yourself!
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We visit Tuscany virtually every year, so this year I branched out and spent a week in Emilia Romagna. I loved it! Here's what I did that you may want to add to your next Italian trip.
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The view from our room last week at Marsa Malaz Kempinski in Doha, Qatar. We were in town for the FIFA Club World Cup - so fun seeing some of the world's best football teams play. The tournament is in Doha again next year, and then the World Cup will be in Qatar in 2022.
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Our favorite hike in the Faroe Islands this summer? This one, above the village of Gjógv. It wasn't even in our plans, but my son and I looked out from our hotel room and saw people hiking along an upper ridge line. We grabbed water and snacks and started walking. The path went up to the left along the cliff and then ended at other cliffs. Coming down we cut through the sheep pasture that's pictured. And we liked it so much that we did it again the next day. Always fun to be spontaneous...
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I've spent the past few days in Emilia-Romagna Italy exploring Ravenna and Rimini and eating my weight in pasta and seafood. And then yesterday I headed to San Marino - Europe's third-smallest country and completely surrounded by Italy. It's tiny but amazing! This is the view at sunset, standing near San Marino's second tower (Cesta) looking back at the first tower (Guaita). One of my favorite sunsets ever!
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