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Frank McGinity: Amsterdam’s Allure Flows Easily with Canals, Bikes, Food and Museums

For drought-weary Santa Barbarans, the presence of water is a welcome sight — but a vital part of the historic city’s identity

Judy Crowell: June Is Bustin’ Out All Over in Los Olivos

From its abundance of tasting rooms to its fields of lavender, the small town serves as a delightful spot for a change of pace and scenery

Judy Crowell: Oregon’s Cannon Beach and Its Famous Haystack Rock

The charming coastal town boasts natural beauty, distinctive shops and some of the very best places to eat and socialize

Judy Crowell: High Society Never Goes Out of Style in Newport, Rhode Island

Salvaged, luxurious Gilded Age mansions along Bellevue Avenue are among the many treasures awaiting visitors to the seaside city

Judy Crowell: A Weekend in the Country at Glenmere Mansion in New York

The recently restored retreat in Chester, less than 50 miles from New York City, features luxurious amenities and a glorious view of Glenmere Lake

Judy Crowell: Hudson Valley Faves — A Castle, Storybook House and Sprawling Estate

The Castle Hotel & Spa, the Rockefellers' Kykuit estate and Washington Irving's Sunnyside all make this historic New York area worth the trip

Frank McGinity: Guatemala Reveals a Priceless Time Capsule of Maya Civilization

Temples and tombs at Tikal, Yaxhá park and Lake Atitlán are among the must-see stops on a journey back in time

Judy Crowell: Baxter’s Paso Robles Vacation

This is a little town that packs a huge punch — for humans and their canines alike

Judy Crowell: New York City’s Times Square and Its Round Table

From Broadway and other touristy hot spots to its 24/7 digital signage and towering skycrapers, this crazy destination should be on everyone’s bucket list

Judy Crowell: A Gilded Age Christmas in Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House mansions deck the halls, the grounds and more with grandiose decorations

Judy Crowell: The Majestic Mountains, Rivers and Waterfalls of Portland, Ore.

An amazing array of natural wonders includes Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls — all in a day's drive

Frank McGinity: Pilgrimage to Molokaʻi Reveals Extent of Father Damien’s Ministry

Committed priest transformed leper colony while helping to raise awareness, response to disease

Judy Crowell: The Queen Mary — Ghostly, Gorgeous and Going Nowhere

The floating hotel and museum docked at Long Beach offers an eerie visit back in time

Judy Crowell: Astoria, Ore., ‘Historically Hip’ and Not to Be Missed

The quaint town beautifully balances its storied maritime past with contemporary restoration

Judy Crowell: Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Amsterdam

This capital city in the Netherlands has much to offer visitors in early spring — or any time of year

Judy Crowell: Santa Monica an Urban Oasis

Boasting its famous pier and much more, the beachside California city is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike

Judy Crowell: A Bird’s-Eye View — Cardinal, Of Course — of St. Louis

There's no shortage of things to do and places to explore when visiting this diverse city in Missouri

Judy Crowell: Feel Right at Home in Pasadena’s ‘Bungalow Heaven’

Aside from the residential area showcasing beauty and craftsmanship, the Southern California city boasts other attractions not to be missed

Judy Crowell: Bainbridge Island — Seattle’s Own Bali Ha’i

A 35-minute ferry ride from downtown, the scenic escape boasts one-of-a-kind boutiques, mouthwatering eateries and charming inns

Judy Crowell: Solvang Boasts Proud Danish Heritage

'If you build it, they will come' proves true in this faux Copenhagen town, from its windmills to its statues of Hans Christian Andersen

Judy Crowell: San Sebastian, Spain — A Basque Country Slice of Heaven

With stunning natural beauty, the beach resort along the Bay of Biscay has become an acclaimed destination

Judy Crowell: Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Missouri Botanical Garden

The 79-acre oasis in St. Louis serves as a center of science, conservation, education and horticultural displays

Judy Crowell: Lucerne, Switzerland and Circus Knie — a Summer Tradition

From Lake Lucerne to the breathtaking mountain views and many restaurants in between, a feast for the senses awaits

Judy Crowell: In Sequoia National Park, the Trees Are the Kings of the Forest

Experience the splendor of Mother Nature amid the vastness of this national wonderland

Judy Crowell: In Search of Pompano, Papaya and ‘Papa’ in Key West, Fla.

There's plenty to do to keep busy, but don't overexert yourself; set aside time to kick back, relax and immerse yourself in the island life

Judy Crowell: The Grandeur and Glory of Yosemite National Park

From its majestic views and an endless array of sights to see and things to do, the 747,956-acre reserve is not to be missed

Judy Crowell: Lompoc the Land of Wildflowers and Wild Horses

But there's more to this city and its surroundings, including wine tasting rooms, a vibrant art scene and outdoor adventures

Frank McGinity: Angkor Reveals Cambodia’s Rich Past Amid Its Rocky Present

One of the world's greatest empires is today a shell of its former glory and grandeur, but hope remains

Judy Crowell: Soaking Up the Views in Vancouver, B.C.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel provides a breathtaking vantage point for enjoying this slice of Canadian heaven

Judy Crowell: The Road Less Traveled Runs Through Kansas’ Flint Hills

This quiet, subtle land is worth seeing any time of the year, providing a reminder of the purity and simplicity of times gone by

Frank McGinity: Exploring the Four Great Wonders of China

The Great Wall, Xi'an warriors, Humble Administrator's Garden and the Three Gorges leave a lasting impression

Judy Crowell: Joyeux Noël En Quebec

But you don't have to speak French to experience the Canadian city's long history, rich culture — and magical Christmas spirit

Judy Crowell: From Humble Beginnings, the Spirit of Omaha’s Boys Town Lives On

The holidays are reminiscent of the work of Father Edward Flanagan, who opened his heart and door to burdened children

Judy Crowell: Discover a Trove of Treasures in Sonoma County

From wining and dining — or even doing nothing — soak up the charm and beauty of the area

Judy Crowell: Stroll Through History at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The 'shining city on a hill' follows his life's journey, from boyhood to his final resting place, with his love for Nancy at the heart of it all

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