Seaside, Oregon is an hour west of Portland. This cute town boasts beachy shopping, sandy beaches, and all the saltwater taffy a person could want. Its 1.5 miles of oceanfront promenade, built in 1921, is particularly distinctive. There is also the Seaside Aquarium where you can feed seals. The town is divided by the Necanicum River.
On days with nice weather, tourists can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats shaped like swans to tour the waterways.
Seaside is proud of the historic visit by members of…
The English county of Essex is so named after the Saxons (Circa 600 CE) settled east of what would become London. It has a population of 1.8 million and boasts two cities, Chelmsford—the birthplace of radio—and Southend-on-Sea.
Because Southend is the most populated area in Essex (Chelmsford merely the third) and it is autonomous from Essex’s overall county council, the argument was put forward that it deserved city status. Bureaucracy and convoluted government tick-lists aside, it has direct train routes to London, the world’s longest pier, its own amusement park, theatres that attract performers like Sir Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson, casinos, restaurants, and a bustling miles-long sea front…
About an hour north of San Francisco lies the little coastal town of Bodega Bay, made famous for its portrayal in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds. As a fan of the film since childhood—it was the first horror film I ever watched and one of the only ones my mother will watch—I decided it would be fun to take her on a short trip to visit the town for what I call “The Birds Tour.”
It’s a small trip, but one well worth taking if you have an interest in the film, the California coast, or just simply enjoy a day trip of driving and exploring a new place.
The drive from San Francisco is scenic, especially in the late winter and early spring months when everything is a particular shade of green that can be seen in the Bay Area and up and down along the coastlines…
I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Springs for some well-needed wintertime sun. The greater Palm Springs area includes the Coachella Valley and is known for its blend of nature, style, and kitsch.
In Southern California, the classic city of Palm Springs lives up to all expectations as a fashionable desert city with striking architecture and unique botany. Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive away. There, you can see the distinct differences between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The Joshua trees make striking silhouettes against the clear sky. Unique boulders give hikers and rock climbers good reason to visit. At lower elevations, the cholla cactus and each oasis of California fan palms offer welcome interest to the desert…
The Oregon Coast is a well-known destination for anyone living in a western state. Unlike Washington and California, the state of Oregon passed the Oregon Beach Bill in 1967.
The bill ensures beaches along the Pacific Coast remain accessible to the public, making the white sand and basalt outcroppings a perfect place for a family vacation.
Located in the center of the Oregon Coast, Florence is particularly known for America’s largest sea cave and the sea lions that come to lounge on the rocks inside. For a fee, visitors can take an elevator…
Over 8000 years ago, a city was born on the banks of a mighty river. Settled by Bronze Age man and conquered by Romans, today it has a population of nearly 9 million people.
A diverse and vastly multi-cultural society with over 300 separate languages spoken, London generates over £132 billion into the UK economy every year. The City of London itself is only 2.9 square kilometres with 10,000 inhabitants. It’s called locally the ‘square mile.’ The rest of what is known as “London” used to merely be a county—the County of London—with the City of London at its center. Now, it’s called Greater London but generally “London” is the confirmed name for the entire region.
At the mountainous feet of the Wairarapa, in the southeast region of the North Island of New Zealand, sits the town of Masterton. It is home of the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Competition (a sport still trying to get a foothold in the summer Olympics), as well as native home to film director James Cameron and Nobel-winning scientist Maurice Wilkins, who discovered DNA…
Santa Cruz, is a lovely central California town a little over half an hour from the South Bay.
As a college town, it’s home to UC Santa Cruz, a world-class research institution. Its lush two thousand-acre campus is covered in gorgeous Redwood trees.
Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many fine eateries, bookshops, record stores, bars, and a kava shop. Wednesdays from 1 to 6 there’s a Farmer’s Market. First Fridays showcase the creative side of Santa Cruz, hosting local artists and artisans…
A vibrant city of 2.7 million people, Toronto, Ontario sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario, approximately eighty miles from Niagara Falls and the US border.
One of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has over two hundred distinct ethnic origins. While English is the primary language of most Torontonians, over 160 languages are spoken there.
From the Royal Ontario Museum to the Ontario Science Centre (both places I hung out at in my misspent youth) Toronto is full of museums and galleries large and small. Culturally, it’s home to dozens of ballet and dance companies, a half-dozen opera companies, symphonies, and world class theaters… To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.
Montezuma Castle is located near Camp Verde roughly in the middle of Arizona.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Montezuma Castle as one of the first four national monuments, describing them as “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Because of looting, there were few artifacts left to study the Sinagua people until 1933 when Castle A was discovered with a wealth of artifacts left by the people who lived there six hundred years ago….Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.