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Been There, Do This: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Been There, Do This: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Most seasons in Southern California emerge quietly — palm trees stay green in the fall, sunshine is abundant year-round and rainfall is seldom to none. But at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, Calif., spring seems to burst into song as it arrives. Countless California poppies bloom, transforming the Mojave’s rolling hills into a vibrant orange landscape and imbuing a sweet fragrance into the air.

Been There, Do This: La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain

Been There, Do This: La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain

If you’re a “foodie” like me, you understand what I mean when I say that no trip is complete without at least one serving of the best meal in town. That’s why when I discovered Barcelona’s Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (or La Boqueria), I felt that I had entered a Catalonian paradise.

Been There, Do This: Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Been There, Do This: Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Visitors to Cambodia come from across the world to tour the Angkor Wat temple complex, which is the largest religious monument in the world and one of its great wonders. Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the Angkor Archaeological Park, but it represents only a fraction of the architectural marvels left behind by the Khmer Empire.

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known for its rowdy nightlife, but if you prefer more sunlit events, it also has its share of wild daytime parties to choose from. With that in mind, I hopped on a moped and zipped away to Paradise Beach (not to be confused with nearby competitor Super Paradise Beach) for a little fun in the sun.

Been There, Do This: Waikiki Beach in Washington State

Been There, Do This: Waikiki Beach in Washington State

I've always loved Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, but there's another Waikiki Beach that calls my name. It’s part of Cape Disappointment State Park on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. On this moody, stormy morning, waves crashed against steadfast sea cliffs below a lighthouse first lit in 1856.

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

If you’re going to cut costs on a Galapagos Islands trip, don’t skimp out on a guided diving trip. As bumpy as my Galapagos adventure was (due to a choice to explore the islands without the comfort and convenience of a live-aboard boat), the few hours I spent underwater were unbeatable.

Been There, Do This: Royal Street in New Orleans

Been There, Do This: Royal Street in New Orleans

On my first day in New Orleans, I followed my ears to the French Quarter's Royal Street, one of the oldest strands in the city. I ended up face-to-face with a toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing jazz band, led by a singer who did double duty on a mean clarinet.