Tag Archives: California

things to do in Torrance California. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

Fun Things to Do in Torrance California

Please enjoy this McCool Travel summary of cool, happy, and fun things to do in Torrance California. Torrance is home to some amazing museums, hundreds of restaurants, and a magnificent stretch of California beach that is the beginning of The Strand. Torrance High School just turned 100 years old this year and serves as the […]

Malibu beach, near Conejo Valley

Cool Things to Do in Conejo Valley California

Please enjoy this McCool Travel look at some fun, happy, and cool things to do in Conejo Valley California. The Conejo Valley region includes Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills and it is a short distance to the glorious Malibu beaches and Hollywood—the movie capital of the world. Conejo Valley is home to amazing hiking and natural […]

things to do in Napa California. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Cool Things to Do in Napa California

Please enjoy this McCool Travel look at some cool things to do in Napa California. Downtown Napa recently hosted me (and other travel writers) in order to discover and explore things to do in Napa and share my findings with the McCool Travel network. Cool Things To Do in Napa California Getting to Napa California Downtown […]

Smith Fork Ranch, Colorado: Credit Philip Van Nostrand Photography. digital detox

Travel Happy at These No-Tech Destinations

U.S. Travel Association reports that over half of US workers did not use all of their vacation days last year. In total, 222 million vacation days remained unredeemed last year. Here at McCool Travel, we like to create Happy Travelers and help solve this perplexing problem of people not taking their allotted and earned vacation time. Even when people do take […]

Great Ice Cream Places in US to Cool Off. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Great Ice Cream Places in US to Cool Off

This article lists some great ice cream places around the United States. I included my favorite ice cream place and suggestions from some travel writer friends. These are merely suggestions—a starting point—and I encourage you to explore the local ice cream scene wherever you live and visit. Let me know what you discover and like. […]

Palm Springs California

Palm Springs Getaway: California Desert with a Modern Vibe

A Palm Springs getaway offers the sunny skies and desert vistas you expect, plus excellent hiking, tasty dining, gorgeous lodging, and a cool mid-century modern vibe found nowhere else. Whether you are escaping winter’s cold, or just escaping hectic LA, you can craft a Palm Springs getaway that is relaxing or active, budget or luxurious, comfortable or adventurous, or maybe a […]

Road Trip Sign

California Road Trip Signs

Thinking about my all-time favorite road trip signs this morning, I realized that at least three of my top five are from California. I love California and road trips in California. So, how about a quick virtual trip around the Golden State and a peek at my favorite California road trip signs? California Road Trip […]

JUCY camper van kitchen

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

For my latest California road trip—mostly through the Monterey Peninsula and down Big Sur—I experienced the funness of a JUCY campervan. JUCY is a New Zealand company that started operating in California about 5 years ago. JUCY USA currently has three locations: San Francisco (San Leandro), Los Angeles (Lawndale), and Las Vegas. With its eye-catching logo, color scheme, fun layout, […]

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California During a recent visit to Palm Springs, California, we stayed at Amin Casa and were completely and pleasantly astonished by the magnificent property. Known as the Gloria Swanson Residence (the silent film Hollywood actress owned the property)—and more recently known as Arenas Gardens Hotel—Amin Casa has been impeccably refurbished, modernized, and improved by […]