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Been There, Do This: Sutro Baths in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Sutro Baths in San Francisco

Built in the 19th century, Sutro Baths in San Francisco were once part of a privately-owned swimming-pool complex. But after an unsuccessful run, the complex was abandoned and now lies in ruins. The swimming pools were never fully removed, however, and visitors can freely walk around the surrounding area.

Been There, Do This: Stanley Park in Vancouver

Been There, Do This: Stanley Park in Vancouver

Besides failing to bring home a bag chock-full of Rosemary Rocksalt bagels, my only other regret following a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, was not devoting more time to discovering Stanley Park. Located about 2 miles outside of downtown Vancouver, the urban park is massive, encompassing some 1,000 acres.

Been There, Do This: Forsthaus Sattelbach in Oberhof, Germany

Been There, Do This: Forsthaus Sattelbach in Oberhof, Germany

“Violent grandma kitsch” is the first phrase that popped into my head when I thought about how I would describe Forsthaus Sattelbach to someone who asks. The quaint, lodge-like eatery is unassuming from the outset. It’s located in a remote spot in the forest in Oberhof, Germany, in the state of Thuringia; nature is literally its backyard, separated only by a fence.

Been There, Do This: Diego Rivera Murals in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Diego Rivera Murals in Mexico City

Without a doubt, Mexico City is the place to learn about and fall in love with Diego Rivera’s art. His work is on display in some of the city’s most-visited sites, such as Palacio de Bellas Artes, Palacio Nacional and Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.

Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Here’s what I intended to do on my trip to Mono Lake in Mono County, Calif.: take a couple of pictures, enjoy the scenery and climb up on a few of the lake’s beautiful salt deposits — they are, after all, what Mono Lake is known for.

12 Tips for Queen Mary 2 Trans-Atlantic Cruises

12 Tips for Queen Mary 2 Trans-Atlantic Cruises

Crossing the ocean onboard Queen Mary 2 with Cunard Line is a unique cruise experience. With a very rich mix of nationalities offering a complete world at sea, the ship is a hive of activities from enrichment lectures and classes to shows in the Planetarium, special meals and celebrations, dancing and much more. Knowing these 12 tips in advance will add a great deal to your clients’ enjoyment onboard.

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Some novels are best read with a glass of whiskey, served neat, to assist in punctuating long chapters and sweeping narratives. Regrettably, I’ve found that most literary establishments do not follow this pleasure-mixed-with-more-pleasure tactic — that is, until my friends and I stumbled upon Bookstore Bar & Cafe while strolling around the streets of downtown Seattle.

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Tubing down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels, Texas, is a favorite pastime of Lone Star State locals and visitors alike. Bring your own tube or rent one from one of the many nearby companies that provide scheduled trips, shuttles and even coolers available for rent. (Yes, you can sip a beer while bobbing down the river — it’s kind of the whole point.)

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

If you are a museum fiend like me, London is a fantastic city to visit. In addition to Tate Modern, British Museum and the National Gallery, travelers would be wise to add Victoria and Albert Museum to their list. Also known as V&A, the museum houses a wealth of ancient and contemporary objects.

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.