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Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Now, I’m no barbecue expert by any means. But I do know that my heartbeat accelerates when I spot the words “pulled pork” on a menu. Plus, when I was a college student, my mom would unabashedly bribe me to visit by promising a plate piled high with ribs upon my arrival. (It worked.) Though Austin City Limits may have been the initial reason for my trip to Austin, Tex., satisfying my deep craving for authentic Texas barbecue was, in truth, my top priority.

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

This may come as a surprise to some, but there quite a few worthwhile things to do in the Midwest — especially on scenic Highway 61, a designated Great River Road for much of its 1,400-mile stretch. For a spot with a view and a dip in the Mississippi River, stop at Lake City, Minn.

Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

A New York trip doesn’t feel quite right without a visit to its mecca. But when I’m visiting my family out on Long Island, I’m not always afforded time for a solo train ride out to Manhattan, or I can’t convince my mostly elderly relatives to tag along. What’s more, it can be difficult to interest my grandma — who is still considerably spritely at 87 years old — in anything too adventurous.

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: 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.