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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.

Off the Grid in Big Pine Lakes, Inyo National Forest

Off the Grid in Big Pine Lakes, Inyo National Forest

Going “off the grid” to some means turning off their cell phone for a few hours. For me last fall, it meant driving 9 miles up a mountain road with absolutely no cell reception, staying in a Wi-Fi-less cabin powered only by hydroelectricity and then hiking 10 miles farther into the wilderness.

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.

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.

Camping Under the Stars in Big Sur

Camping Under the Stars in Big Sur

When you visit Big Sur, leave the smartphone, the laptop, the iPad and all other technology, save for a camera, at home. There simply cannot be any trifling distractions to alter your experience of the Central Coast region. I grasped this fact as soon the stunning terrain came into view during my first visit to Big Sur in February 2013.