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California, USA

Flying Lessons: The Wright Brothers Made Me Do It

Celebrating almost a century of flight, the author hang-glides over Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The Magic of the Desert and the Rumbling of the Ground

"The Practical Traveler" whisks us away to the Euro-American Riverside County and William Cody’s Palm Springs for some serious R & R.

A Moving Target

A neighbourhood on the rise: San Francisco’s New Bohemia has begun the cyclical process of gentrification. Better get there quickly before it passes its peak.

Leave Your Heart, Not Your Wallet, in San Francisco

San Francisco is gorgeous. Like any other gorgeous dame, it's easy to spend all your cash on something as pretty as she.

Summer in Santa Fe: High Culture in the High Desert

Tuxedo shirts top blue jeans and the orchestra plays on.

21 Offbeat Things to do in San Francisco

Suzie sizzles through San Francisco.

H.M. Bark Endeavour

Go back in time aboard an exact working replica of a 1760s sailing vessel.

Mystic Mendo

The Northern California Coastal highway undulates through a sweep of dramatic coastline like a contortionist in a traveling circus.

Orr Hot Springs

Dust off your bell bottom jeans and acoustic guitar and be a hippie for the afernoon...

Givenchy Hotel & Spa

Palm Springs, CA. You’ll say wow, the second you set eyes on this classic ode to European luxury.

Spa Hotel & Casino

The once fashionable, later crumbling, spa in the Spa Hotel & Casino in downtown Palm Springs California has reopened.

Desert Hot Springs

Palm Springs, CA. More than 40 spa hotels and the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.

Street Cars Tie City Together

There is nothing like an old-fashioned streetcar-ride in San Francisco. Our "Urban Traveler" tells you what you’re riding.

Backyard Getaways

Our "Practical Traveler" steps into his own backyard and discovers Coronado, California.

Review: Danger! True Stories of Trouble and Survival

These true stories are truly a vicarious thrill.

More Backyard Getaways

Based in La Jolla, our Practical Traveler rolls into the Four Seasons Aviara Resort in nearby Carlsbad, California, for a weekend of five-diamond luxury.

Handlery Union Square Hotel Review

Family owned and managed, San Francisco’s Handlery Union Square Hotel has a fantastic location and soft-on-the-wallet rates. It’s our kind of place.

The Past is Always Present in California's San Luis Obispo

"History is everywhere you look in this handsome place, resting comfortably beside the present."

Funky Fungi and Fulsome Wines Call for a Harvest Fest

California’s Mendocino County is wild about its mushrooms and proud of its wines. Suzie Rodriguez bags recipes from top chefs.