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Tahoe’s West Shore is the ‘Best Shore’


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Lake Tahoe’s West Shore boasts spectacular views, above, and a host of beach activities, below.

For approximately 20 of the past 30 years, I have spent the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe. My family stays in a log cabin on the West Shore in a little community called Tahoe Pines, a few miles south of Tahoe City. We do all sorts of fun and relaxing things while visiting the “Best Shore.”

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British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

We’d visited Victoria briefly on a cruise stop but never fully explored the city – our gaffe. Friends recommended that when we flew into Vancouver International Airport – located in the city of Richmond – and before heading off to Victoria, we should check out Richmond’s culinary scene and the nearby revitalized fishing town of Steveston. Those recommendations proved spot on.

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Simple strategies can help make road trips run smoothly


Courtesy of Costanoa Lodge
Consider a road trip along the coast to Pescadero, where the Costanoa Lodge awaits. The resort also features tent cabins for under $100 per night.

If you’re hitting the road this summer, take time to plan your adventure to reduce agony levels later on.

Whether you’re driving to a Tahoe cabin or touring the Icelandic outback, road trips can save money and get you closer to points of interest.

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They had me at hello: RedCap service offers private drivers

He showed up at my door at the appointed hour, carrying a Starbucks tray with a large dark-roast coffee, my favorite. Several Equal and sugar packets spilled out of the cup holder.

“I didn’t know if you liked nonfat or low-fat, so I brought both,” he said eagerly.

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Ayers Rock: Mega monolith rises from Australian desert


Photos Courtesy of Voyages
Ayers Rock Resort, above, offers four hotels with a range of accommodations near Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Activities include performances by indigenous Wakagetti dancers, below.

Australia’s Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as the indigenous people call it, rises 1,200 feet above the desert floor, one of the world’s largest monoliths. The nearly 6-mile walk around the rim provides ecotourists glimpses of sacred water springs, rock cave art and a plethora of flora and fauna not seen in these parts.

It’s such an amazing Northern Territory landmark that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William, visited Uluru last month to meet with students at the National Indigenous Training Academy. Body-painted Wakagetti dancers greeted the young couple.

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