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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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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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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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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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Dole Plantation Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  23 Comments

The Dole Plantation advertises itself as Hawaii’s preeminent “pineapple experience” and one of the most popular draws on the island of Oahu, welcoming over one million visitors per year. In this post, I’ll share some of my photos from Dole Plantation, thoughts on whether it’s worth your time, and what’s worthwhile here. First, I want […]

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Seeing Space Shuttle Endeavour

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  8 Comments

The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit at the California Science Center is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles, and an experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. In this post, I’ll share some of my photos and thoughts on the emotional (really!) experience of beholding Endeavour in person. Few things capture our […]

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Himeji Castle Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

One of my all-time favorite experiences in Japan was our visit to Himeji Castle during cherry blossom season. In this post, we’ll detail our experience making a day-trip from Osaka to Himeji, as well as review the castle relative to other comparable places in Japan (including whether it’s worth your time if you have to […]

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

Sacré-Cœur Basilica or “Sacred Heart” is a Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre that offers sweeping views of Paris. While Sacré-Cœur is downright modern as compared to Notre Dame de Paris, this is exactly what we had in mind when recommending an alternate destination for a more ‘spiritual’ experience in our post about Notre Dame being […]

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