Writer and editor, formerly of Lonely Planet and Airbnb. Travel, food, outdoors, hiking, science, biotech, sustainability, green tech, climate, nature, botany, California and the Western US, islands.
Ready for a botanical adventure you won’t forget? From vast sweeps of color to brief bursts of brilliance, take your pick from these prime flower-spotting destinations across America.
California has more than twice as many guitar makers as any other state. That’s good news for guitar players, woodworkers or anyone who’s simply curious to see how things are made, because many of these guitar makers are happy to show you their craft up close, from the traditional art to how California continues to shape the way the world sees and plays guitars.
The places that hit peak beauty at the chilliest times of year are at their best for a short length of time. So grab your parka, embrace the chill and be one of the few to see these rare moments of winter wonder.
If you browse through lists of the most popular family destinations, you might notice a few patterns: many are purely kid-focused and you’d be excused for not being able to tell some of them apart. But popularity isn’t everything.
Looking for the best of both worlds? With these US cities, you can have your cake downtown and eat it too, then work it off on the trail, kayak across the bay or hit the mountain bike — action and adventure are right on the doorstep.
Everybody and their brother’s barber seems to have an idea about where you should go in 2019. How do you make sense of “Best of” lists?
Are you a plant lover? If not, it might come as a surprise that flower power draws millions of travellers to botanical gardens every year, with the most famous of them attracting more than a million visitors each.
When Osamu Shimomura isolated a unique glowing protein from a jellyfish, he had no way of knowing the breakthrough it would spark over 20 years later.
America’s national parks are more popular than ever before. The number of visitors to 51 of the 60 national parks increased between 2008 and 2017, with some of the best-known experiencing a surge in footfall: Glacier up 82 percent; Joshua Tree up 104 percent; Bryce Canyon up 146 percent. But not every park is seeing those crowds.
Many rural towns in California once had small Chinatowns; Locke is unique in that it’s nothing but Chinatown.
Where can you ride a car ferry in Northern California for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?