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The Getty Center Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Getty Center is a free museum in Los Angeles, and one of the top attractions in California. This post offers our review of the Getty, along with some tips for making the most of your visit. If you’re a tourist who is thinking, “oh, it’s just a museum–I should do something better with my […]

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Dolby Theatre Tour Review

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

The Dolby Theatre, located in Hollywood, California is the permanent home of the Oscars and various other events. Guided tours of the Dolby Theatre are available multiple times per day, lasting around 30 minutes each. In this post, we will review our recent experience on the Dolby Theatre guided tour. In theory, the Dolby Theatre […]

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Review: Is the Go Los Angeles Card Worth It?

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  5 Comments

The Go L.A. Card is an unlimited, all-inclusive pass offering admission to 31 Southern California attractions, museums, and tours, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Sony Studio Tour, Discovery Science Center, The Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, Aquarium of the Pacific, […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Super Bloom

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  9 Comments

Thanks to an abnormally rainy winter in Southern California, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is in the midst of a rare wildflower ‘super bloom’ resulting in miles of normally barren land awash with vibrant color. We made the trek to Anza-Borrego (which, despite its remote location, is convenient to both Los Angeles and San Diego) over […]

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Things To Do in Sequoia National Park

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Tips  •  5 Comments

If you only have 1-day in Sequoia National Park (and Kings Canyon!), here’s what I recommend seeing. Everything on this list can be accomplished in a day or under as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. In fact, that’s the only way I’ve ever visited Sequoia National Park–driving up from Bakersfield, […]

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Oahu, Hawaii: Where to Stay

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  18 Comments

The island of Oahu is a popular destination in Hawaii, and with several distinct “regions” including Waikiki Beach, the North Shore, Ko Olina, and more, you might be wondering where you should stay in Oahu if you’re planning a trip. In this post, we’ll provide some insight into our favorite places, and also compare hotels […]

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Tips for Visiting Pearl Harbor

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  20 Comments

Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii, and the USS Arizona Memorial is a particularly moving experience. This post offers our tips and ticket recommendations for seeing the memorial, and also some info for visiting. If you’re visiting Oahu, it’s pretty much a must-do. Operated by the National Park Service, Pearl […]

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Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (+GIVEAWAY)

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  58 Comments

Recently, we hiked out to see the “firehose flow” at Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean lava entry in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This post is about our experience hiking out to the viewing area, along with some photos of the lava entering the ocean. I’ll also provide some lava viewing & photography tips, and recommendations for […]

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Paradise Cove Review & Luau Tips

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining, Points of Interest  •  18 Comments

In this post, we will review Paradise Cove Luau, and compare it to other luau options in Oahu, Hawaii. We’ll share photos from our experience, discuss whether we think the luau offered good value for money, and provide some other tips and thoughts about attending a ‘traditional’ Hawaiian luau in Oahu. If you’re like us, […]

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The Real Highlight of Wailuku River State Park (Hint: It’s Not a Waterfall)

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  9 Comments

Wailuku River State Park on the Big Island of Hawaii is well-known for Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), a neat waterfall just outside of Hilo. From the parking area at Wailuku State Park, there is an easily-accessible viewing area that gives guests a view of the 80-foot Rainbow Falls, which derives its name from the frequent rainbows […]

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