Tag Archives: California

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 Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

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 […]

American Wind Power Center, Windmill Museum, Lubbock, Texas

Fascinating Small Town Museums in Western US

This article covers museums in western US, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. I know there are wonderful museums in the other states but I need your help. Please suggest fascinating museums to visit in Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Washington—or any of the states for which I have entries. Thank you! Please […]

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 […]

8 Great Decisions to Help You Travel Happy

15 Fantastic Sunrise and Sunset Photos

In the #ExpediaChat Twitter travel chat last week, Rick Griffin (a chat host) and other fun travel friends were sharing beautiful sunrise and sunset photos. I tweeted a few of my photos and, of course, everyone was in awe of my photos and said they were the best (wink wink). Anyway, I joked we should have our own […]

Sunrise at Waterfront Hotel, Jack London Square, Oakland, California

15 Hour Stopover in Oakland, California

On a recent trip to Kona Hawaii (from my home in Virginia), I opted to make an interim stopover. I arranged the itinerary to fly into San Francisco and leave from Oakland the next morning. This allowed us to arrived relatively fresh in Hawaii (in early afternoon, after one long six hour flight) rather than frazzled late […]