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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: 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.

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Tubing down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels, Texas, is a favorite pastime of Lone Star State locals and visitors alike. Bring your own tube or rent one from one of the many nearby companies that provide scheduled trips, shuttles and even coolers available for rent. (Yes, you can sip a beer while bobbing down the river — it’s kind of the whole point.)

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.