48 hours in Joshua Tree, California

On the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

What first comes to your mind when you think of Joshua Tree? Given that you may have at least heard of the National Park located in California’s southeastern region, the first words may be hiking, camping and wildlife. Of course, it’s all those things. However, you may be surprised to learn that Twenty Nine Palms Highway, […]

Summer in Spokane, Washington

Monroe St. Bridge over the Spokane River at sunset. (Credit: Visit Spokane)

My adventure to Spokane, Washington came at the perfect time. The month of July in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles can be overwhelming. The malls and theme parks are flooded with kids on summer break. School’s out, but the freeways are jammed with tourists flocking to the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, I longed […]

The Takeaway: Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel

Photo by Trishna Patel

Last June, I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I’d always heard stories of the quirky city—often endearingly described as “Vegas with a shoreline”—and I was especially curious to see where it was in the rebuilding process post-Hurricane Sandy. Turns out, the slot machines were […]

The Flats District: Greater Cleveland Aquarium


The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which sits along the Cuyahoga River, opened its doors in January 2012. The 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility has 36 exhibition tanks, filled with millions of gallons of water, and is home t0 more than 5,000 fish. The aquarium is designated into 10 exhibition areas including The Tropical Reef, Exotic Freshwater, and the Florida Keys, […]

Quirky Cleveland: Big Fun

Big Fun

The plaque outside Big Fun fittingly reads that it’s listed on the National Registry of Hysterical Places. From the extremely wacky to the mildly inappropriate, Big Fun is a “a warehouse of nerda-bilia and nostalgia.” Everything and anything from your childhood can and will be found. Don’t think there’s a store that carries that vintage He-Man lunchbox […]