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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: 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.

Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Here’s what I intended to do on my trip to Mono Lake in Mono County, Calif.: take a couple of pictures, enjoy the scenery and climb up on a few of the lake’s beautiful salt deposits — they are, after all, what Mono Lake is known for.

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Some novels are best read with a glass of whiskey, served neat, to assist in punctuating long chapters and sweeping narratives. Regrettably, I’ve found that most literary establishments do not follow this pleasure-mixed-with-more-pleasure tactic — that is, until my friends and I stumbled upon Bookstore Bar & Cafe while strolling around the streets of downtown Seattle.