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Been There, Do This: Brazos Bend State Park in Texas

Been There, Do This: Brazos Bend State Park in Texas

If you have never seen a gator while visiting Texas, then you haven’t truly been to the Lone Star State. At Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas, some 40 miles south of downtown Houston, visitors can observe alligators up-close in the wild — really, really close.

Been There, Do This: Jasmund National Park in Germany

Been There, Do This: Jasmund National Park in Germany

Jasmund National Park is a hidden Narnia in the far northeast of Germany. Just 30 square kilometers, this may be Germany’s smallest national park, but its beauty is vast. Though famous for its chalk cliffs (the largest in the country), the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 because of its primeval beech forest.

Been There, Do This: Latacunga, Ecuador

Been There, Do This: Latacunga, Ecuador

Most visitors to Ecuador spend the majority of their time in Quito and the Galapagos Islands, but if you’re already in the capital city, set aside a day or more to explore the nearby highlands accessible via the Pan-American Highway.

Been There, Do This: The High Line in New York City

Been There, Do This: The High Line in New York City

An unexpected oasis encircled by a concrete jungle, the High Line lifts visitors above the sprawling city of Manhattan. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 23th street, between 10th and 12th Avenues, the roughly 1.45-mile elevated greenway was once a forgotten railway.

Been There, Do This: Sequoia National Forest

Been There, Do This: Sequoia National Forest

Located just a few hours outside Los Angeles in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains is Sequoia National Forest, my most recent choice for a remote getaway. Best known for its namesake giant trees, the area covers more than 1 million acres and has the greatest concentration of sequoia groves in the world.

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Any visit to Tuscany mandates a trip to the Uffizi and Leaning Tower of Pisa. When I visited Lucca, Italy, however, I came across a more obscure attraction — a simple mercatini dell’usato (second-hand market) — and was pleasantly surprised by the extraordinary cultural experience that awaited me.