Things to Do

Points of interest and things to do when you travel. Includes photos, tips and tricks for making the most of each location so you know how much time to spend there and more!

Alcatraz Island Tour Review & Tips

Wondering if the Alcatraz Island Tour is worth it, or which tour of the former prison you should take during your San Francisco visit? This post provides info for getting tickets to visit Alcatraz, plus photos of the island, jail cells, and other random tips for making the most of your time on “The Rock.” […]

Killer Sea Cave Shot or: Almost Being Killed in a Sea Cave

One of the many reasons why the California Republic is the greatest nation in the free world is its wonderfully diverse geography. I witnessed this firsthand a couple of weeks ago, shooting dawn and sunrise in the freezing temperatures of Yosemite National Park before finishing the day shooting sunset in 90-degree weather at El Matador State Beach in […]

Hearst Castle Tips & Review

Hearst Castle in San Simeon is a popular and easy stop on a California road trip up Pacific Coast Highway. Is it worth the time and money, though? In this post, we will consider those things, and I’ll offer some tips for visiting, along with some photos I took on our recent tour Grand Rooms Tour […]

Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar

Corona del Mar is an affluent area of Newport Beach, California. South of the main harbor, CdM has beautiful, jagged coastline that puts its beaches among the best in Southern California. A lot of the best coastline is difficult to access here, as there’s almost no public access between Crystal Cove and Little Corona Beach. […]

Nature’s Neon in Shinjuku, Japan

Shinjuku is an interesting ward within Tokyo, Japan. By day, it’s a business district, where salarymen carrying suitcases, wearing trimly-cut suits scurry from meeting to meeting. It’s not all concrete and towering buildings, as people enjoy the natural world in Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. As day turns to night, it’s […]

The Zen of Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking for a serene spot to enjoy or photograph the sunset at Lake Tahoe, there are few better locations than Bonsai Rock. It’s one of the hidden gems of Lake Tahoe, and a really unique photo location. This is because the distinctive feature of this location is a large rock with some plant […]

Old Mission Santa Barbara: Tips & Photo Tour

This post offers a photo tour and review of Old Mission Santa Barbara Mission in California, north of Los Angeles. This was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions that was founded by the Spanish Franciscans on December 4, 1786. That’s right–this mission has been around for some 230 years. Pretty impressive stuff. Before we delve […]

Worlds Collide at Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul

Bongeunsa Temple is a Buddhist temple in the heart of Seoul, South Korea’s Gangnam district, constructed centuries ago and now in the midst of an economic boom that has brought skyscrapers to its perimeter. In this post, we offer a look at this unique temple, share photos from our experience, and offer some thoughts on […]

Hiking Mt. Inwangsan and Seoul’s Old Fortress Walls

On our third day in Seoul, South Korea, we decided we had enough of the scene in Gangnam (there is only so many times I can do that dance! 😉 ) and the temples north of the river. So, we consulted our trusty Seoul Selection Guide, and saw that there were four recommended options for hiking: […]

California Beaches: Laguna’s Pearl Street Beach

Continuing my series of the best beaches in California is Pearl Street Beach in Laguna Beach. This post contains photos of Pearl Street Beach, tips for finding it, and some info about the beach. Pearl Street Beach is a small spot with reefs comprising both the north and south rims of the beach. I previously […]