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Findery members find and leave notes around the world and tell stories about the places they've found and loved. Locals and visitors share personal stories, hidden histories, celebrity gossip, interesting facts and tidbits, and make the world around you come alive. Did you know that Janis Joplin lived on this street? That a wild horse sanctuary is nearby? That the place where you are now standing used to be the bottom of a very deep lake? People keep memory maps, diaries of their trips, or share the interesting places they've found. They leave notes for friends and family to find when they visit a certain spot.

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8 Broadway Musicals to Catch this Winter

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 3:24 PM

As the temperature drops in NYC over the next few months, it's a good time to venture to Broadway to sit in a warm theater and take in a play.

There are Broadway musicals out there that will rock your world. We have a list of eight to catch this...

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London: Classic, Contemporary, and Utterly Delightful

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 9:49 AM

Undisputedly one of the world's greatest cities, London is simultaneously the heart of the United Kingdom and a truly global city with influences gathered from around the world. It is both historic and modern, sprawling and diverse -- full of cozy corners, neighborhood pubs, and British charm, while remaining an...

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Costa Rica: The Ideal Wellness Getaway

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 9:06 PM

Figuring out where to go in Costa Rica is no easy task. There are several regions to choose from, all offering vastly different experiences. Once I'd discovered that Costa Rica was a great destination for a wellness trip I still needed to decide where to go. That took time, research,...

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Experience the Best of the Lone Star State

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Texas, aka the "Lone Star State," is an unexpected family vacation destination. The total area of Texas is a sprawling 266,807 square miles, with much to offer visitors of all ages. Whatever you're looking for -- big cities, deserts, forests, hills, or rivers (the Rio Grande, borders Mexico),...

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Your Guide to Island Hopping in Fiji

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:59 PM

There are over 300 islands that make up the South Pacific Republic of Fiji. Not all of them are populated and not all of them have the infrastructure to accommodate tourists, but what I learned in my time traveling around is that every island offers a little bit of the...

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Learn & Play: Exploring the San Francisco Bay Area With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 4:23 PM

For years, whenever we had a free day to spend together as a family, either my husband or I would say, "What do you want to do?" To which the other would respond, "I don't know. What do you want to do?" After a lengthy search online and/or the careful...

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Why I Travel

(4) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:43 AM

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The quiet stillness of Lake Arenal in the Arenal region of Costa Rica.
Images by Tawanna Browne Smith.

It's been exactly one thousand one hundred and ninety three days since my 7-year-old was first diagnosed with leukemia. In June 2012 our lives took...

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How We Survived 5 Weeks in Spain with Kids

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:49 PM

This summer, our family spent five weeks traveling around Spain. The four of us visited Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, Valencia, and Barcelona, spending about a week in each city. Now, we are not exactly new to the whole extended family travel...

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Savannah: Love at First Sight

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:50 PM

At first light, I have her all to myself, aside from one lone jogger and a trash collector. I start to feel the lure of Savannah, Georgia, that sweet sickness that the French call le mal doux. I need to sip her slowly, like a dry martini. I...

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Travel is the Best Education: Start Teaching Your Kids Today

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 7:21 PM

In the northern hemisphere, it's back to school season. As you get back into school routines and slip back into your everyday grind, I'd like to entice you to think about how you're going to give your kids the world. Summer might be coming to a close, but...

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A Toast to the Champagne Houses of France

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:10 AM

"Come quickly, I am drinking the stars," - quote from a print advertisement in the late 19th century.

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A Toast to the Champagne Houses of France. Images by Points and Travel

As I raised my glass for a sip, the effervescence...

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What Makes Kauai Magical

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:35 AM

I had a humble childhood in a small Northern California gold rush town where not much went on. Though we at times went on short family road trips, some are surprised to hear (given that I now work in travel) that I didn't grow up traveling very much, if at...

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Seeing the Best of Stockholm, Turku, and Helsinki in a Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 7:44 PM

Are you looking for recommendations for the ultimate Scandinavian road trip to visit Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Turku? I've got you covered. If you want to start from Copenhagen and tour Southern Sweden, read my previous post and see my recommendations for where to stop before heading to...

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Come for the Border Run, Stay for the Food!

(21) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 5:40 PM

In case you hadn't heard, Thailand is cheap. Like, dirt cheap. Like, $10-a-night-beachfront-hotel cheap, and $3-a-day-food-budget cheap. I'm not even joking. In fact, it's so cheap here, we've been in the country for three months. Oh sure, it's beautiful, what with the endless supply of secluded beaches, stunning waterfalls, and...

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Austin, Texas: The Ultimate Quirky Family Travel Destination

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:52 PM

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Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world. Photo by Katja Presnal

The "Keep Austin Weird" slogan seen displayed prominently all around town was launched in an effort to promote quirky (some might say weird) local small businesses....

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Non-Touristy Places in San Francisco

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 3:11 PM

San Francisco is known all over as a popular tourist destination. With visitors from around the world seeking out famous landmarks, it can be tough to see the city's sights through the bustling crowds. For those seeking non-touristy places to visit in San Francisco, I have a few suggestions.

Now, before I get to those, it's important to know that "non-touristy" does not mean "not busy." San Francisco is a fairly small city so even if tourists aren't gathering in a particular spot, the locals might. So, really, here are a few not-as-touristy destinations to check out.

Twin Peaks Summit

Take the scenic Twin Peaks route to climb high above the crowds and find an impressive 360° view of the city atop one of two mounds on the northern peak. Or, drive just a bit further to the parking area lining a paved and fenced overlook. Your family will get a kick out of pointing out the city's landmarks and you'll get some amazing photos.

Lands End

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Photo by TerriAnn van Gosliga

Different portions of Lands End will appeal to different people. Choose from the beach area, the Cliff House restaurant, Camera Obscura, or ruins of the Sutro Baths built in the late 1800s. The main attraction is above, near the new Visitor Center. From there you can take the coastal trail and snap gorgeous photos of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can easily spend a whole day walking all the way out to the labyrinth at Eagle Point, along the full route, and back.

Battery Godfrey

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Photo by TerriAnn van Gosliga
The abandoned military site, Battery Godfrey, was actually stumbled upon by accident. However, it turns out to be a fantastic vantage point to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge. Cement buildings offer plenty of exploration and climbing on the rooftops allows a clear overlook to the other side of the bridge.

Stow Lake

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Photo by TerriAnn van Gosliga

On the west side of the famous Golden Gate Park sits the man-made Stow Lake. A short distance from the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum, this area tends to see more local traffic than out of town tourists. Visitors can rent row boats or paddle boats for 2-6 people and spend an hour or so going around the lake. Walking paths circle the lake and pass across it. Make sure you give yourself enough time to watch the many ducks and turtles in and around the water. Then, when you're done, I highly suggest renting a surrey or bike to see the rest of the less crowded west end of the park.

Boat Rentals (per hour): $20 Row Boats; $25 Pedal Boats; $34 4-6 Passenger Pedal Boats; $34 Electric Boats

Walt Disney Family Museum

You know you've always wanted to learn more about the man behind the mouse. This family tribute (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company) is located in a renovated portion of the Presidio and is quite unassuming on the exterior. Through the exhibits you'll learn the story of Walt Disney from childhood on and discover memorabilia collected from his life and career. Don't miss the entertaining moving 3D model of Disneyland. Special exhibits are often featured so check the official site for the latest visit information. In case the museum part is too dry for the little ones, let them run out their energy on the huge outside lawn.

Tour prices: $20 adults; $15 seniors (66+); $15 student; $12 children (ages 6-17); Free for ages 6 and under

Angel Island State Park

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Photo by TerriAnn van Gosliga

Angel Island can only be reached via ferry. However, the island is perfect for a memorable half- or full-day excursion for all ages. There are plenty of hiking trails and open areas for picnics. But the real treasure lies in the rich history found on the island. Get a glimpse into the past at the U.S. Immigration Station Museum or take a guided tour of the military past including Camp Reynolds and the Nike missile base.

Tram tour: $15.50 adults; $14.00 seniors (65+); $10 children (12 and under)
Segway tour: $68 per person

United States Immigration Station Museum: $6 per person

Don't be scared off by the city itself

If you have never been to San Francisco, add it to your bucket list today! There is so much to see and do in and around the city -- not all of it touristy! Even if you have visited before, numerous return trips are needed to discover and get fully acquainted with the charm each individual neighborhood.

This post was written by TerriAnn Gosliga of Cookies & Clogs on behalf of Findery. See more of her travel adventures around the bay and beyond on Findery....

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A Disney World Experience for the Whole Family

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:28 PM

There was a time when I thought that only little kids would enjoy a vacation at Walt Disney World. I remember my first visit fondly, but as a young adult I didn't understand the appeal and, so, it wouldn't be until I had kids of my own that

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So Cal Dreaming: A Staycation Guide

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:17 AM

Living in Southern California doesn't suck. I'm reminded of this every time I see an orange streaked sky over the Pacific.

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Friends and relatives sigh over my sun and surf filled snapshots, "Do you know how lucky you are? You're living the dream!"...
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5 Tips for Planning a Fun Cruise With Kids

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 8:51 PM

After our latest fun and relaxing cruise with our kids, I've come to the realization that I wouldn't mind cruising with them at least once a year. This is our third cruise as a family, my 10th in general, and, I have to say, each year cruising together gets easier....

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5 Things You Don't Know About the Dinaric Alps

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Have you heard about the Dinaric Alps yet? If not, it's about time. This mountainous region of the northwest Balkan Peninsula is gorgeous and its nature is still mostly preserved and intact - although that could change soon if many of the planned hydropower plants are built across...

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