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Marina del Rey sunset. Photo by Yesenia Hinnaoui via Trover

Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Marina Del Rey

Disclosure: I am a writer for Hipmunk, and wrote the following article for the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project. Los Angeles is one of those places that everyone wants to visit someday, to see the stars on Rodeo Drive, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or see the original Disneyland. The city is very spread out, though, and…

Carmel mission graves

California’s overlooked mission history

We often forget that California history goes further back than the “49-ers,” the gold prospectors who hurried to California once gold was discovered in 1848. The first European settlers in California were not “49-ers;” they were Spanish. California belonged to Spain from 1769 to 1821, and then to the Mexicans until the US got it back in 1848 after winning the Mexican-American…

view over Lake Tahoe

A quick trip to the Sierra

Old Sacramento You’ve probably seen it in a hundred cowboy films: a main street lined with wooden buildings, fronted by a wooden sidewalk shaded by a roof. The storefronts say “Bank” or “General Merchandise” in formal, old-fashioned lettering. Cowboys stumble out through the swinging doors of the saloon. Women of ill repute beckon from a…