While air travel has much of its roots in America, it has been other countries around the world that have been innovating the flying experience. Nonetheless, the latest U.S. airport terminals show encouraging signs. The recent opening of SFO's Terminal 2 is a good example and represents a shift in America to make the flying more enjoyable. Here are a few of the best airport terminals in the U.S.
A national park named after a tree, and one that's said to have reminded people of the prophet of the same name in the Bible. Can't we do better than that? Here in the U.S. we have national parks named after volcanoes (Lassen Volcanic), caverns (Carlsbad Caverns), and an eruption that formed a beautiful lake (Crater Lake); yet in Southern California, in the desert nonetheless, there's a national park named for a tree? However, before you dismiss it like I was ready to, let me give you a better introduction to Joshua Tree National Park.
What, like meat on a stick? This is sometimes the quizzical response I get when I talk to people about street food. While some may like it and talk about it too much, many others just don't quite get it. This idea that you can pick up gourmet food on the same busy street corner like you pick up a newspaper or some cheap flowers.
Beer is inherently quirky and our culture only amplifies it, such as the fact that amidst duvet covers and juicers at Bed Bath & Beyond, you can buy a home brewing beer kit. It's the theme of many a country song, including Todd Snider's "Beer Run", which as you may have guessed, is about a beer store run. And then there is the town of Boonville, California, home to Anderson Valley Brewing Company, whose mascot is named Barkley, part deer and part bear, but really nothing more than a bear with antlers on top.
Surfers, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, adobe buildings, and oil rigs in the distance off the coastline; these are some of the things that may come to mind when you think of Santa Barbara County. But what about windmills, pastries as big as your head, stagecoaches, and Native American caves? This and much more make up what is a fusion of cultures in Santa Barbara County, only adding to the unique melting pot that is California.
Most people who have traveled by train in the US would probably agree that train travel leaves something to be desired, whether it's just a commuter train or traveling between states. America doesn't depend on train travel like other destinations, such as many parts of Europe. That was at the forefront of my mind upon my first trip aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, but it may change how you feel about train travel as it did me.
Whenever there's a discussion about Northern California wine country, it typically revolves around Napa or Sonoma. However, just north of Sonoma is an often-overlooked wine region: Mendocino County.
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