Venice, Italy

Rialto Gondoliers - by Saffron Blaze - WikipediaVenice, the city of canals, is a dream destination for many travelers. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and maze of canals, it's a city that promises romance, adventure, and a touch of mystery.

Whether you're wandering through its narrow alleys, crossing its ancient bridges, or gliding through its canals, Venice never ceases to enchant. In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through Venice, highlighting both its iconic attractions and some lesser-known treasures.

Later in this guide, I will share three proposed itineraries to help you discover the best of Venice, but first let us explore the main attractions. 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sd Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Rugged CliffsMy wife and I love to discover new hiking places and visit some of the most breathtaking destinations around the world. However, few places have captivated my heart and imagination quite like Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California. This stunning coastal park, known for its rugged cliffs and awe-inspiring ocean views, especially at sunset, is a must-visit for anyone seeking a blend of adventure and natural beauty.

Southern California Theme Parks

nullResidents and visitors of southern California can enjoy several theme parks in the area. Whether you like thrilling rollercoaster rides or you prefer a relaxed stroll among sea creatures you will find the right park for you and your family.

If you are visiting southern California for the first time, Disneyland is probably on the top of your list to see. But don't forget about the other great attractions like Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

During the long California summer, don't forget to visit one of the great water parks like Raging Waters and Knott's Soak City.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Central Aven - Wikimedia - JCordovaPhoenix, one of the largest metro areas in the USA is also known as the "Valley of the Sun" due to its warm weather and sunny days.

Before you enter the city center you will encounter the usual American urban sprawl but with desert landscaping, a lot of cactus trees, and stark black hills. 

If you love the hot-dry desert climate, then you will enjoy living in or visiting Phoenix. A lot of people do, and that is why it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

Castle Rock Trail, Big Bear, CA

Castle Rock by daveynin - FlickrHiking up the Castle Rock Trail to the viewpoint is tough but rewarding. Once you get to Castle Rock, you'll have sweeping views of Big Bear Lake and the mountains surrounding it.

Did you know? The Castle Rock Trailhead is just 1.1 miles east of the Big Bear Dam, offering a steep climb with an elevation gain of 500 feet. This trail is not only a physical challenge but also a visual treat, showcasing a variety of local flora including pines and cedars.

Since the whole hike is under two miles, I've included an easy extension to a hidden mountain lake, Bluff Lake, which also features ruins from an 1890s mountain resort. There's a lot to see packed into this short hike, and it's worth the effort.