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Been There, Do This: Cheap Eats in Rosarito, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Cheap Eats in Rosarito, Mexico

If you aren’t looking carefully, you could easily pass Charly’s Place, a tiny eatery off the side of the Transpeninsular Highway in Rosarito, Mexico. Just a few miles from downtown, Charly’s is a simple, brightly decorated taqueria that offers delicious and inexpensive Baja-style Mexican food

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Now, I’m no barbecue expert by any means. But I do know that my heartbeat accelerates when I spot the words “pulled pork” on a menu. Plus, when I was a college student, my mom would unabashedly bribe me to visit by promising a plate piled high with ribs upon my arrival. (It worked.) Though Austin City Limits may have been the initial reason for my trip to Austin, Tex., satisfying my deep craving for authentic Texas barbecue was, in truth, my top priority.

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

When I was a kid, I used to have this dream where I was flying over my neighborhood, high enough to safely clear the roofs of houses, but just low enough to brush the treetops. The canopy walk at Hainich National Park, located just outside Eisenach, Germany, brought me pretty close to reliving that dream.

Been There, Do This: Street Food in Tlaquepaque, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Street Food in Tlaquepaque, Mexico

I’m a bit of a foodie. So when traveling to a new place, I always jump at the chance to try the local cuisine. On a recent trip to Tlaquepaque, a town just outside of southern Guadalajara, Mexico, I again found myself searching for good eats. My grumbling stomach eventually led me to a street-food cart in the town’s main square.

Been There, Do This: Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito

Been There, Do This: Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito

It’s not unusual to visit an ancient basilica when traveling to a destination rich in Roman Catholic tradition, but Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador, is not just another historical attraction. It’s the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas and promises a tantalizing view of the surrounding city, including El Panacillo and its statue of Virgin Mary.

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

On the fourth day sailing onboard Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, I stepped off the ship for a shore excursion that promised a leisurely morning — and boy, did it deliver. About a 30-minute drive from our port in Dikili, Turkey, and a brief boat ride along the town’s coast is Kalem Island, a privately owned islet that boasts just one property: Oliviera Resort.

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

This may come as a surprise to some, but there quite a few worthwhile things to do in the Midwest — especially on scenic Highway 61, a designated Great River Road for much of its 1,400-mile stretch. For a spot with a view and a dip in the Mississippi River, stop at Lake City, Minn.

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.