Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Hollywood Forever Cemetery!

Odd as it may seem, outdoor movie screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery have become synonymous with Los Angeles summers. Yes, that’s right – watching movies in a cemetery. People are actually buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and continue to be buried there today. But before you start thinking this is disrespectful, the movie screenings take…

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Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach is a fun beach, and has a variety of activities everyone can enjoy. There are shops and restaurants right next to the beach, and there are even more places to eat and buy things right across the street in the city. Imperial Beach is a more commercialized beach, so if you are looking…

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Border Field State Park

If you want an experience that is truly like no other, I recommend heading down to Border Field State Park. This is the southernmost beach in CA, right on the border of Mexico. Sure, there are lots of places you can visit throughout the southwest United States that border Mexico, but this one is unique,…

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There is Such a Thing as a Bad Day in Hawaii

On our last day in Hawaii, we had a few hours to spend before catching our red eye flight back to LA, so we decided to venture out of the Waikiki/Honolulu area and check out the other side of the island. Honestly, everything about this day turned out to be a complete disaster. With my…

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Journey to Waimea Canyon

I first heard about Waimea Canyon a few years back, when reading an issue of National Geographic about the most beautiful places in the world. So when I saw that a round-trip excursion to Waimea Canyon was offered through the cruiseline, my family and I immediately signed up! And even better, it was  offered on…

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Luau Kalamaku

No Hawaiian vacation is complete without attending a luau. Roasted pigs, hula dancers, leis…we’ve all been to luau themed parties, I’m sure, but getting to attend a real luau is a whole different experience! When searching for a luau in Kauai, all sources direct you to the same one: Luau Kalamaku. So we bought our…

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Kalapaki Beach and Shopping in Nawiliwili

No more than maybe 10-15 minutes on foot from the port of Nawiliwili you can find lots of fun shops, bars, and restaurants. They aren’t all cute and touristy like some of the other port cities, but look more like where the locals would go to spend an evening or run their errands. So is…

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Kayaking to Hidden Valley Falls!

When booking this cruise and hearing it would be stopping in Kauai, I had one objective: kayak through the rainforest. There are many different ways to make this happen, but for the ease of not having to worry about anything, we decided to book an excursion through the cruise ship. There are several excursions that…

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Snorkeling in Kona

Our second day on the big island brought us to the port of Kona. We didn’t have any specific plans for this day; all we knew was that we needed Kona coffee, shave ice, and snorkeling time, in no particular order. And our parents had booked a tour for Kona, so we were going to…

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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory!

We didn’t mean to come here. My family and I aren’t really “factory tour” kind of people. We didn’t even know this place was in Hilo. But when we finished in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park earlier than planned, and drove past a sign advertising Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory tours and gift shop, well, we…

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