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San Francisco’s storied place in American song and culture is well-deserved. This gem of a city overlooking picturesque San Francisco Bay is built on seven hills. It is a must-visit place for its beauty alone. Add in a really great restaurant scene, a fascinating mix of cultures and neighbor…

Next time you are in the San Francisco Bay area, make time for a day trip to Oakland, just across the bay. Better yet, spend a few days there to explore its charm. Just as New York has its formerly somewhat seedy, but now-trendy Brooklyn, San Francisco has its Oakland, a vibrant sister city …

Santa Rosa, Calif., is a beautiful city of 175,000, just 55 miles north of San Francisco. It is a delightful urban enclave that serves as the gateway to the world-renowned Sonoma Valley wine country. The biggest city in Sonoma County, it is an ideal base and jumping-off point for a wine-coun…

Yosemite National Park is one of the most precious gems in the spectacular wilderness necklace of America’s national parks. It is justly famous for its enormous and impressive cliff faces, gigantic granite monoliths that rise thousands of feet straight up from the valley floor, breathtakingl…

If you love Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll, there is no doubt that you will love Memphis, the home of Graceland and the Sun Recording Studio, where he was discovered and made famous. Wherever you go in town, Elvis memorabilia and his music are not far away. No wonder Graceland and …

Do you like pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise blue water and gorgeous ocean sunsets? Do you dream about unwinding and experiencing a laid-back “island time” vacation? Do you enjoy good food with a water view? If so, you are in luck. The island paradise of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf o…

The 761 mile Rhine River has played a huge role in European history as it flows from the Swiss mountains to the North Sea. It is a major water and rail corridor, tourist attraction and home to medieval castles, battlefields, vineyards and commerce.