On a recent trip to Chicago, I learned some fun facts about the Windy City that totally blew my mind (I’m so punny, I know). Since I have a weird talent for retaining useless information, below are 13 things you probably didn’t know about Chicago.
From riding elephants to tiger selfies, tourist attractions that exploit animals for human entertainment are becoming unnervingly popular. Fueled by social media, these intimate interactions with wild animals may seem like a great bucket list experience. However, most people don’t consider the abuse and suffering behind these seemingly harmless wildlife tourist activities (many of which masquerade as conservation). READ MORE
Though Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches and winning wine scene, most visitors overlook the destination’s rich history and cultural offerings. The heritage and authenticity of Santa Barbara is unparalleled to any other California coastal towns and is definitely worth exploring.
The Oregon coast has a rugged, wild beauty that is unparalleled to any other beach in the nation. While there are numerous beautiful beach towns that line Oregon’s coast, Florence is one of my absolute favorites. Situated between miles of sand dune and the Siuslaw River, Florence may not be the most popular or touristy costal town, but it holds a special place in my heart.
From city escapes to nature retreats, the west coast has numerous destinations that are ideal for a quick weekend vacation. Regardless of where in the west you reside, these 7 fun weekend west coast getaways are worth the trip. READ MORE
A huge perk of living in and around Portland is the availability of numerous activities or escapes just a short drive from the city. When I want to get away without going far, Oregon wine country is my go-to destination. In less than an hour, I can exchange city commotion for country serenity as I sip a glass of world-class wine and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding vineyards and green, rolling hillsides.
Getting a glimpse of the world’s largest mammals breach the ocean’s surface is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Fortunately, spotting these sublime sea creatures is merely a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Therefore, planning is of the utmost importance when it comes to a successful whale watching trip. While you can join whale watching tours in over 119 countries, below are 7 of the top places in the world to go whale watching. READ MORE
Considering the quirkiness and diversity of Oregon’s residents, it’s no surprise that Oregon is also home to some beautiful and unique AirBnbs and vacation rentals. If you’re planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, save yourself the research and check out these awe-inspiring retreats for a getaway you won’t soon forget.