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When in Maui, it’s the one thing everyone says to do. You need to do it. You must do it. It’s the Road to Hana. Tropical rainforests, beautiful plants and flowers, a black sand beach, lava caves, waterfalls, and more. Every mile there seems to be an attraction to pull over and see. It’s definitely a full-day experience. What is the Road to Hana? Hana Highway (Highway 36, which becomes Highway 360)… Read More

After three nights in Honolulu, it was off to Maui. We made Kihei, in south Maui, our home base for the next four nights. Only about 30 minutes from Kahului Airport – Maui’s main airport – Kihei is on the dry side of the island, has nice beaches and restaurants, and is just north of the Wailea resort area. We stayed at Maui Coast Hotel. It was close to everything, including good… Read More

Relaxed in Waikiki for three days after arriving in Hawaii. While it may not be a “quiet corner” of Hawaii, I enjoyed the beautiful stretch of beaches, watching the surfers, and visiting the upscale shops and restaurants. A few tips: Hotels: Do you really need an on-the-beach oceanfront view? If you’re like us and you usually just use your hotel room to sleep, you’re better off booking a room a couple blocks… Read More

Cannon Beach is the perfect little Oregon coast town. Walkable, cute shops and galleries, good restaurants, and nice hotels. Oh yeah…and it’s home to Haystack Rock and breathtakingly beautiful views. I spent three nights here just relaxing, walking around town, visiting some of the area’s state parks, hiking the beach, and exploring around during low tide. I opted to stay at the Inn at Haystack Rock which put me within easy walking… Read More

The Pacific coast has many “must see” spots. Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon has to be in the top 10. Visitors are treated to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean at Ecola Point and Indian Beach, plus lots of great hiking. I did the 2.5 mile Clatsop Loop Trail with stunning views of large trees and breathtaking views of the ocean. There’s also the Oregon Coast Trail that traverses the… Read More

Seaside, Oregon is a family friendly beach town. Equal parts saltwater taffy and carnival games. What it really has going for it is its wide expansive beach with room to spread out, dip your toes in the water, sunbathe, play volleyball, or fly a kite.

Along the Oregon Coast, between Astoria and Seaside, lies Fort Stevens State Park. One of the more interesting spots in the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. It ran ashore in 1906 and you can walk right up to the rusted hull.

Key West is a lovely place, but it’s not known for its beaches. However, there’s one place that is perfect. It’s the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. I’ll even call this beach “secret” — ok, not really. But it wasn’t particularly crowded and there was plenty of room to spread out on the beach. Why am I calling it a “secret’? Well for one thing, you need a good… Read More

Ahh…summer in Milwaukee. Time to take advantage of the nice temps and sunny skies. There’s lots to do. Three of my favorite places include the Milwaukee County Zoo, the lakefront at Bradford Beach, and some food at the Northpoint custard stand.

After two long theme park days (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), we needed a break. It was off to Seal Beach, California. Since we didn’t have (or want) a rental car, we took the regional bus right from our hotel on Katella Avenue in Anaheim to Seal Beach. It cost less than $5, had to make one transfer, and took about 1 hour. Seal Beach is a gem. Not too crowded, places… Read More