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Been There, Do This: The High Line in New York City

Been There, Do This: The High Line in New York City

An unexpected oasis encircled by a concrete jungle, the High Line lifts visitors above the sprawling city of Manhattan. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 23th street, between 10th and 12th Avenues, the roughly 1.45-mile elevated greenway was once a forgotten railway.

Been There, Do This: Sequoia National Forest

Been There, Do This: Sequoia National Forest

Located just a few hours outside Los Angeles in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains is Sequoia National Forest, my most recent choice for a remote getaway. Best known for its namesake giant trees, the area covers more than 1 million acres and has the greatest concentration of sequoia groves in the world.

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Any visit to Tuscany mandates a trip to the Uffizi and Leaning Tower of Pisa. When I visited Lucca, Italy, however, I came across a more obscure attraction — a simple mercatini dell’usato (second-hand market) — and was pleasantly surprised by the extraordinary cultural experience that awaited me.

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

A railway station turned museum, the Musee d’Orsay is home to a plethora of priceless works from the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. When you’ve had your fill of impressionist art, make your way to the fifth floor for a different kind of masterpiece. The Cafe Campana is a blend of the old and new, with a modernist interior that pays tribute to art nouveau and a glass clock through which diners can peer out and catch a glimpse of the Seine.

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and it’s easy to see why in the village of Vik. Located about 110 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Vik lies beneath Myrdalsjokull Glacier and the infamous Katla Volcano, responsible for a devastating eruption in 1918, which extended the southern coast more than 3 miles.

Been There, Do This: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Been There, Do This: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Most seasons in Southern California emerge quietly — palm trees stay green in the fall, sunshine is abundant year-round and rainfall is seldom to none. But at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, Calif., spring seems to burst into song as it arrives. Countless California poppies bloom, transforming the Mojave’s rolling hills into a vibrant orange landscape and imbuing a sweet fragrance into the air.