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It was too early— in the season and in the morning— to go to the beach. But I was in Pensacola on a blindingly sunny day with six hours to kill, so I headed over the bridge to Santa Rosa Island...

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As a native New Yorker, I'm sometimes unsure of how famous Ellis Island is. All New Yorkers know it. Do all Americans know it? What about the Irish, who lost a remarkable percentage of their population to American immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries? Or the Italians, who followed close behind?

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Old news: Detroit is a wreck. The downtown area looks like any American city— A hundred years of variously styled skyscrapers that seem to jostle each other for space in the skyline...

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Coney Island, the strip of land at the southernmost end of Brooklyn, is one of the most nostalgic places in New York City. The amusement park, which has been around in some form since the mid-1800's, still has that run-down, old-timey quality to it that defies the modern steel rollercoasters and refurbished boardwalk...

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The Art Murmur First Friday art walk was one of my first bonding experiences with Oakland back when I mostly lived and breathed in Berkeley, and it remains one of those things I keep meaning to do more often.

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Croton Point Park is iconic in Westchester County. A long walk out to the grassy and partially forested peninsula yields stunning views of the Hudson River, south to New York City and north to Bear Mountain. The park is home to bald eagles in the winter, public campgrounds in the summer, the famous annual Clearwater Festival, and also 8.8 million square meters of garbage.

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Took a walk in Mountain View Cemetery this weekend for some prime Bay viewing. It was too hazy to see across the water, but it is arguably the best place to go for views of downtown Oakland.

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One foggy San Francisco Sunday, I finally made it to the Marin Headlands. Stupidly inaccessible by public transit, the headlands have been the single most elusive day trip of my five-year Bay Area existence. It's a beautiful area, a straight 20 minute drive from where I live near Daly City, and now I own a car so there are no more excuses.