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Monterey Pensinsula: History for the taking

When I’d set aside part of the day to explore the Monterey State Historic Park, I didn't have the weather in mind. I was hardly enthusiastic about spending part of this glorious day in a museum.

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Monterey Peninsula: Carmel's architectural masterpieces

Stroll through the tree-lined neighborhoods of Carmel-by-the-Sea and you’ll pass dozens of eye-catching houses, from froufrou gingerbread Victorians to thatch-roofed bungalows straight out of a fairy tale.

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Hwy. 1: Beer, views, and more in Half Moon Bay

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Pillar Point Harbor, Calif., popular among locals, is famous for more than its beer.

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Hwy. 1: Gloriously foul elephant seals

A highlight of my trip up Hwy. 1 for my VIAmagazine.com story was a stop at Ano Nuevo State Park, home of seals, sea lions, otters, and the animals for which the place is best known—the massive elephant seals.

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Hwy. 1: Stand up (and fall down), a paddleboarding adventure

I stopped at the Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. in Pillar Point Harbor. While they specialize in kayaking (as the name suggests), they are also at the forefront of the newly popular sport of standup paddleboarding.

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Hwy. 1: Exotic berries galore at the Swanton farm stand

Driving north on Hwy. 1 between Santa Cruz and Pacifica isn’t all about staring at the views over the ocean to the west. Look to your right and you’ll see acres of cropland, with many family-run farms that have been in the area for generations.

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Flaming Gorge: Beauty worth pausing for

The sign at the Sheep Creek overlook promises “300 million years at a glance.” Looking north from this perch off of Scenic Byway 44, I asked my husband if he saw any Jurassic or Entrada or Permian formations.

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Fort Vancouver: Photo essay

Standing on the frosty, hard grounds of Fort Vancouver, you can’t help get a sense of the history there. Photographer David H. Collier paints a winter portrait of the historic spot.

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Relaxing Vacations: Everyone Comes Around Eventually

When traveling, one should partake in things that make a destination distinctive. I’ve even gone so far as to defend active travel at VIAmagazine.com.

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Oregon's Enchanted Forest, where childhood dreams come true

I have a distinct childhood memory of heading north on Interstate 5 through Oregon.

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