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American Queen: Loafing on the Front Porch

American Queen: Loafing on the Front Porch

A few days into an American Queen cruise, I realize that the social hub of the ship isn’t the ship’s stunning Mark Twain Gallery. It’s actually the Front Porch of America, a front porch for the entire ship that’s filled with people from very early morning and well into the night.

Been There, Do This: Off the Beaten Path in Highland Park

Been There, Do This: Off the Beaten Path in Highland Park

There’s a reason why Highland Park has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for LA locals and visitors in the know: Stroll down York Boulevard in Highland Park, Calif., and you’ll find everything from horchata coffee at Cafe de Leche to shiny comic books at Thank You.

Been There, Do This: Havana's Coco Taxis

Been There, Do This: Havana's Coco Taxis

Visit Havana, Cuba, and you’ll feel as if you’ve journeyed back in time. For many tourists, Cuba’s decades-old automobiles are a highlight — a rainbow of shiny Chevrolets and classic Model Ts are often seen zipping through the streets.

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.