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Been There, Do This: The Park in Las Vegas

Been There, Do This: The Park in Las Vegas

Back in Las Vegas’ “glory days,” the emphasis was on keeping visitors inside, where they could spend their dollars at the casino, in the restaurants or by going to a show. Moving sidewalks famously brought guests into hotels — but not out of them.

Been There, Do This: Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua

Been There, Do This: Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua

As I peered over the edge into the caldera of Masaya Volcano, my eyes stung from the sulfuric air, and my hair whipped back and forth across my face from the warm Nicaraguan wind. A stubby brick wall was the only thing between me and a plunge into the depths of this hellish hole, in which locals say you can see glowing lava on certain nights.

Been There, Do This: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia

Been There, Do This: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia

I had been following Tourism Western Australia’s popular @WesternAustralia Instagram account for a long time. So, when I finally began planning my trip to WA, crystal-clear water and sandy beaches were among my list of expectations. There was just one catch — my visit was to occur during July, Australia’s winter, so the beaches in Perth and Rottnest Island would not suffice.

Been There, Do This: Broken Spoke Dance Hall in Austin, Texas

Been There, Do This: Broken Spoke Dance Hall in Austin, Texas

For an authentic take on the Texas two-step, head over to Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas. Austin may be a bustling capital city, but after setting foot in Broken Spoke, which is known to locals as the last true dance hall in the Lone Star State, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was transported back to the days of the wild, Wild West.

Been There, Do This: Sketch in London

Been There, Do This: Sketch in London

With just one foot in the door at Sketch, wide-eyed visitors abandon the humdrum of ordinary life. A complex of sorts, the London establishment encompasses five restaurants and bars: the Gallery, the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade and the East Bar. From the Lecture Room’s more relaxed vibe with eccentric art and fixtures to the sleek modernism of the East Bar, each room twinkles with a distinct and whimsical personality.

Been There, Do This: Frozen Custard in Boston

Been There, Do This: Frozen Custard in Boston

It might have been very cold when I visited Boston — and it didn’t help that I’m used to California’s sunny weather — but that didn’t stop me from getting a sweet treat at Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Located in the charming, student-friendly neighborhood of Brighton, Abbott’s is the place to be.

Been There, Do This: Ometepe Island in Nicaragua

Been There, Do This: Ometepe Island in Nicaragua

An island on Lake Nicaragua formed from two volcanoes, Ometepe is picturesque dreamland. It may even inspire prose, as it did with Mark Twain, who wrote about the island in “Travels With Mr. Brown,” a series of letters to the Daily Alta California newspaper in San Francisco. And like Twain, I, too, was utterly enchanted by Ometepe.

Been There, Do This: Fuerza Bruta in Buenos Aires

Been There, Do This: Fuerza Bruta in Buenos Aires

Visitors to Buenos Aires will probably want to take in a tango show in one of the city’s many clubs, but when they are done with that traditional option, agents should recommend they head over to Centro Cultural Recoleta theater to experience something a bit more eclectic: Fuerza Bruta.