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Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

A New York trip doesn’t feel quite right without a visit to its mecca. But when I’m visiting my family out on Long Island, I’m not always afforded time for a solo train ride out to Manhattan, or I can’t convince my mostly elderly relatives to tag along. What’s more, it can be difficult to interest my grandma — who is still considerably spritely at 87 years old — in anything too adventurous.

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.