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Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Before 1592, the people of Munich had to import their beer from the town of Einbeck some 340 miles away. Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, simply would not stand for this, and ordered his royal court to come up with a solution. Their plan: build Munich’s own brewery.

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

This particular afternoon — which I’ll never forget — almost didn’t happen. It began innocently enough. Our Windstar ship dropped us off at Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio, a small port town that is good for a quick walk but not an entire day, especially when other parts of Corsica are within reach.

Been There, Do This: Bart’s Books in Ojai, California

Been There, Do This: Bart’s Books in Ojai, California

Bibliophiles can get lost at Bart’s Books in Ojai, Calif., for hours. More than 1 million used and new books are tucked in every nook and cranny of the open-air establishment. Some are even displayed in shelves on the exterior of bookstore, and after hours, readers can drop money through a slot to purchase any of those selections.

Been There, Do This: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Two celebrities are in Mexico City on the same day. It’s a sprawling area, so are they likely to ever tread the same ground? Well, the day I was at Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology), both musician Robert Plant and “Saturday Night Live” head writer/cast member Colin Jost were both spotted poking around the museum’s 23 permanent exhibit halls.

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.