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Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Music festivals are only for college students, right? Think again. Sure, you see youthful faces at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, but you’ll also find the young at heart rocking out . That’s because Outside Lands doesn’t just offer Top 40 musicians: Nearly every year, one of the headliners is a music legend.

Been There, Do This: Carl Schurz Park Conservancy in NYC

Been There, Do This: Carl Schurz Park Conservancy in NYC

Finding a patch of green in the bustling borough of Manhattan is easier said than done. While Central Park offers its fair share of open space, visitors looking to escape the crowds will find a haven in Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, a 15-acre park located in Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East Side neighborhood.

Been There, Do This: The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

Been There, Do This: The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

Though the 120,000-square-foot, $140 million honeycombed building of The Broad impresses visitors at first glance, it’s the remarkable postwar and contemporary art collection housed inside that truly inspires. Consisting of some 2,000 pieces, the collection covers two floors of gallery space and is free for visitors to admire.

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

During a recent visit to Mexico City, there were several times when I thought to myself: Wow, I wish we had a dining experience like this in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find many locations where the ambience impressed me as much as the food. One such place was Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, considered by many to be Mexico City’s most “hipster” ‘hood.

Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

If Lauterbrunnen looks like something from “Lord of the Rings,” that's because the Swiss town — with its steep waterfall, cliff-lined valley and views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains — served as inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth sagas.

Been There, Do This: Yelapa, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Yelapa, Mexico

Leaving the resort can be a tough sell for anyone — especially when it means taking a one-hour boat ride and being surrounded by several seasick people. But when the destination is the fishing village of Yelapa, the trip from Nuevo Vallarta is completely worth it.

Been There, Do This: Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Connecticut

Been There, Do This: Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Connecticut

My family prides itself on a strong sense of tradition. Sundays, for example, have always been reserved for homemade buttermilk pancakes. Saturdays are for little league baseball games. But perhaps my favorite tradition of all is an annual one: a summer’s day at Lake Compounce, an amusement park in Bristol, Conn.

Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

I’ve long lost count of the number of flights under my belt, but I still find myself staring in wonder through the plane window each time. Despite this gratitude, I’ll (sheepishly) admit that a flight lasting 10-plus hours is not my favorite thing. However, when I flew from Dallas to Doha, Qatar, with the award-winning Qatar Airways, a part of me actually didn’t want to leave the plane.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.