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The best hidden gems and secret spots in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that can excite you forever — it's one of those wonderfully dynamic places that's always ready to surprise. It's why, despite the rising costs and million other complaints, the city sticks with you.<p>But even the most beloved places can get a little worn. You've been to the …

San Francisco by shore, the 10 best (story & gallery)

If you are not going away for the July 4 holiday, a good time can be had just by staying close. The San Francisco shoreline can provide a series of world-class recreational options that are free or low-cost.<p>Many are well known, like kayaking into McCovey Cove or riding a bike over the Golden Gate …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

California drought: Central Valley farmland on its last legs

Years of irrigation have taken toll on San Joaquin Valley<p>Even before the drought, the southern San Joaquin Valley was in big trouble.<p>Decades of irrigation have leached salts and toxic minerals from the soil that have nowhere to go, threatening crops and wildlife. Aquifers are being drained at an …

San Joaquin Valley

Road Trip: California's Pacific Coast Highway

Travel<p>Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.<p>An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. …

Pacific Coast Highway

Photographer Captures the Vast Beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge

Photographer Ali Ertrk has been capturing the striking beauty of a variety of landmarks since 2006. Based in San Francisco, the talented artist has specifically focused much of his attention on the Golden Gate Bridge, the massive, bright red suspension bridge in California that spans almost two …

5 Best West Coast Road Trips

There’s something about warm weather that makes us want to hop in the car and drive into the sunset (preferably in a red convertible). While …

Wonders of the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada mountains offer ample opportunities for outdoor adventures, stunning sightseeing and quiet contemplation.<p>This article originally appeared on Sunset.com: "Top 23 wonders of the Sierra Nevada"<p>Subscribe to Sunset Magazine todayand get 2 free preview issues!

The Best Bars in America, 2013

It's a tricky time for bars: are they places to escape reality, or are they places to marvel at how a drink gets made? So, as well as adding to our ever-growing list, we assess the state of things: the bars, the bartenders, the drinkers. Drinking itself.<p>It's a tricky time for bars: are they places …

Trulia Adds New Maps To Visualize U.S. Rental Prices, Earthquake And Flood Risks

For a while, it looked like Trulia, the online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals, was going to cede much of its ground to Zillow, Redfin and other newcomers. Lately, however, the company has been making a bit of a comeback, with a successful IPO, …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

The New Discovery Route in Wine Coast Country

The Discovery Route is perfectly situated along the California coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is the ideal getaway for vacationing families or couples seeking the experience of a lifetime.<p>I was thrilled to stumble upon the newly unveiled "Discovery Route" which spans 101 …

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An App That Maps The Entire Universe Of Beer

What if you knew whether you’d like a beer before you even took the first sip? This incredible visualization can make that possible.<p>One night, Kevin Jamieson sat at a bar and drank a beer that was particularly delicious. Maybe he even had a few or a few too many, because the next day, he couldn’t …

The Coolest Adventure Destinations in America

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America's Best Doughnuts

As emporiums across the country continue to invent novelty confections, we can't help but think these gourmet delights are replacing cupcakes as the go-to sweet indulgence.<p>Nothing beats a doughnut, whether they're glazed, jelly-filled or dressed up in crushed Oreos or a crunchy strip of bacon. …

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China’s longest river is running out of fish

Overfishing, pollution and infrastructure projects are quickly depleting the amount of fish in China’s Yangtze River, according to Chinese environmental officials. The consequences are environmental and economic–without enough fish the river’s eco-system could collapse, threatening industry and …

What is the Difference Between a Porch, Balcony, Veranda, Patio and Deck?

Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, it’s also great to enjoy the outdoor, even if it’s only from your balcony, porch, veranda, patio or …

Top 10 Places to Eat Ice Cream

Travel<p>Globe-trotters can experience flavors that go far beyond the standard chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. Experience eel ice cream in Japan or green tea in Florence.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Food Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</b><br>Made with the freshest …

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The countries with the most travel warnings from the US and Canada

So, which countries should foreign travelers avoid, or at least be especially careful in?<p>Statistics for attacks on tourists are hard to come by, but …

You know you’re a real Peninsulan if…

Our real locals series moves to catch some rays on the Peninsula, a place that doesn’t quite match what appears on the map.<p>Geographically, San Francisco forms the tip of the giant thumb that separates the ocean from the bay, but the city isn’t considered part of the Peninsula. By our definition, it …