Tag archives for California

Travels on the Run: Carmel-by-the-Sea

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

Boutique Hotels in Classic College Towns

The summer break is winding down, which only means one thing: School is back in session. From moving day to parents weekend, this roster of grade-A boutique hotels has you covered.

The Scoop on L.A. Food Trucks

Before he kept the Traveler office on task, staffer Kevin Kunitake earned his chops on a Los Angeles, California, food truck. Here, he gives pro advice for these meals on wheels.

Rails-to-Trails America: 7 Urban Escapes

The economics and technology of transportation have changed dramatically since the golden age of train travel, leaving myriad railroad corridors derelict and overgrown with weeds. Fortunately, many of these vestiges of America’s past have been repurposed as bicycle and walking paths, a movement spearheaded by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. These seven scenic trails, all located in or near popular U.S. cities, offer quick, bucolic escapes and a glimpse at simpler times.

Just Back: Napa Valley

Navigating California’s Napa Valley and its profusion of fine restaurants and upper-crust wineries can be intimidating. Thankfully, National Geographic’s Andrew Coleman (on Instagram @awc007) is a repeat visitor to the oenophile wonderland and can offer fresh insight gleaned from his latest tour. Here are some of the high points of Andrew’s trip, in his own words.

Airstreaming the Pacific Coast Highway

A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to embrace a different kind of travel. Despite having spent two decades traversing more than 100 countries in all manner of ways, I had never been in an RV. And yet, hitting the road in one of these self-contained mobile domiciles is exactly how thousands of fellow travelers see the world. What was I missing?

The Last Best American Beach Towns

America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish shore. But too many of the towns along our coastlines have become charmless and generic. They feel like shopping malls with sand. Then there are those that shine. Here are seven of the best.

Countercultural California Dreamin’

I’d never come close to a shotgun before. Or a bear. To me, a girl from New York City and the mother of a five-month-old son, that bear was as terrifying a threat as Godzilla. Luckily, it didn’t attack us, but it did eat the Naugahyde window padding off our parked camper before my then-husband’s…

A Taste of Everywhere in L.A.

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I enjoy eating out in L.A. more than any other city in the world. That’s a bold statement, especially coming from a New Yorker, but the combination of superior produce grown in a Mediterranean climate, fresh (and inexpensive) sushi, comfort food at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, and authentic Mexican cuisine spilling over the border holds…

Worry-Free Santa Monica

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While I have an unabashed appreciation for all things Los Angeles, it’s carefree Santa Monica that hooks me every time. I don’t worry about what I’m eating, what I’m breathing, or about the carbon footprint I’m leaving behind when I’m in in Santa Monica, where sustainability and organic, healthy living are top of mind.

American Classic: Coronado Island

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In 1888, two things I love were born: the National Geographic Society (obvious bias here) and the Hotel del Coronado. I realized the coincidence as I stood in the Del’s wood-paneled lobby, where, on the surface, little appears to have changed in the past 126 years except for the attire of the crowds passing through. But this American classic isn’t frozen in time.

SoCal’s Mid-Century Pads

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The next time you’re traveling through Southern California, think about making one of these fab mid-century modern pads your home base.