Tag Archives: California

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 […]

Petite Auberge room

Petite Auberge, San Francisco Hotel Review

For my trip to San Francisco last month, here is how I decided to stay at Petite Auberge and my thoughts about the property. My goal was to find a hotel in a central location so that I could walk everywhere without relying on public transportation. Another goal was use a $500 prize I was fortunate to win from Expedia […]

Quirky SF Tenderloin

8 Great Fun and Quirky San Francisco Scenes

Looking through pictures from my trip to San Francisco last month, I am reminded that the city offers a wide variety of activities, viewpoints (scenic and political), cuisine, cultures, and more. Countless resources show you the mainstream tourist spots (including me here, here, and here) but I hope to show some fun and quirky San Francisco scenes in this article. […]