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California Day Trip: Santa Barbara in One Day

Santa Barbara street

We made a day trip to Santa Barbara, California and explored this pretty Spanish-style city on the Californian coast. What did we see in Santa Barbara in one day? Purple trees and whitewashed houses, a lot of them. I can guess Santa Barbara looks good at all times of the year but in May jacarandas in flower make the city look like something ...

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Coastal Drive from San Francisco to Monterey

Capitola pier

The coastal drive from San Francisco to Monterey is one of the top scenic drives in the US. So we took the spectacular Highway 1 south from San Francisco to see what this world-famous route is like. This post shows you the Highway 1 sights, driving from San Francisco to Monterey. The Monterey area is definitely worth a vacation trip. The city itself is ...

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Day Trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest, California

Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail

California is famous for its giant redwoods but redwood forests have almost disappeared from Californian shores. To see giant trees I made a day trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest that is the only remaining redwood forest in San Francisco bay area.   The trip was a half day self drive tour and I was traveling with my husband. Muir Woods ...

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Touring the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, California

Santa Ynez Valley vineyard view

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country is one of the new wine regions of California. In addition to vineyards and wine tasting the valley offers pretty small towns like Solvang, Los Olivos and Los Alamos.  The Santa Ynez Valley is in the Central Coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We toured this new wine region on our road trip ...

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Porto de Galinhas, Brazil: Beach and Rock Pools

Porto de Galinhas jangada reef tour

This post shows you Porto de Galinhas, Brazil that has amazing coral reefs just offshore and the best beaches of Brazil. Porto de Galinhas is an isolated tourist resort that is internationally pretty unknown. But the Brazilians have many years in a row voted it the best beach in Brazil. What makes Porto da Galinhas in Pernambuco, Brazil that special? Is it the huge expanse of soft, white ...

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San Francisco Golden Gate Area Sights

Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is for many people the thing they know about San Francisco. We went to see what the bridge is like. In addition we wanted to see the other Golden Gate area sights. We walked across the bridge and along San Francisco coast and had a great day out. And there was so much more to see in the area. There was a large green area ...

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San Francisco Sightseeing: A Driving Tour

Alamo Square and San Francisco downtown

This post tells you how to make a San Francisco sightseeing driving tour. Driving in Central San Francisco is super easy if you can visit on Saturday or Sunday when there is less traffic. Parking may be a problem but we found good solutions for that. We spent a sunny Saturday driving around Central San Francisco and reserved the Sunday for Golden Gate area attractions. Both days were ...

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Exploring The Historic Sonoma Plaza

Sonoma center

The small town of Sonoma one hour north of San Francisco is the center of the valley with the same name. Sonoma’s main attractions are its wineries and the historic Sonoma Plaza. This post is a small photo gallery of the historic Spanish-style Sonoma, California.     Sonoma History It all started when Sonoma Mission fathers planted the first vineyards in Sonoma Valley in 1824. ...

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Napa Valley Day Trip from San Francisco

Napa Valley Winery California

This post shows you a Napa Valley day trip with a route map and photos. We spent a sunny day driving around the scenic Napa Valley, California and visited top wineries tasting their best wines. Here are my top picks for a Napa Valley day trip. Napa Valley is a beautiful stretch of valley north of San Francisco and home to about 300-400 wineries. A day ...

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Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro

Tourists at Christ the Redeemer

This post tells about a day of sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro. What sights should you see on your first day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? And what is Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games like?  Rio de Janeiro is a city with a really unique setting. Rio is both a lively city and a tropical resort and it ...

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