Hiking The Panorama Point Trail Loop [Via The JMT] (Yosemite National Park, CA)

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In terms of which trail is “the best day hike in Yosemite National Park”, Half Dome may get all the press, but I’d argue the best day hike in Yosemite is easily the Panorama Point Loop Trail. It is quite simply, as others have noted, “the ultimate Yosemite day hike” (H/T yosemitehikes.com). Hiking The Panorama […]

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Review: Half Dome California Wheat (California)

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One of my favorite things about visiting the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks (and the Sierras for that matter) is the chance to try out new beers from the Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. These local brews are usually readily available at the general stores and restaurants inside these Californian National Parks. Years ago, my introduction to […]

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Review: Firefall Red Ale (California)

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One of my favorite things about visiting the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks (and the Sierras for that matter) is the chance to try out new beers from the Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. These local brews are usually readily available at the general stores and restaurants inside these Californian National Parks. On my last trip to […]

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Hiking The Bridalveil Fall Trail (Yosemite National Park, CA)

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Yosemite National Park has some of the best hiking trails in the world. Period. However, some trails can be incredibly difficult, long, or logistically demanding. Luckily, there is a trail in Yosemite Valley with one of the Park’s most iconic waterfalls that also happens to be one of the easiest and most accessible trails in […]

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Review: Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

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Along California’s Highway 41, lies the mountain town of Oakhurst, California. Oakhurst is not just any ol’ town – far from it. For many, Oakhurst is the gateway to one of the world’s greatest treasures and the birthplace of perhaps America’s best idea, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite National Park. Though I […]

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Review: Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach

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As you know, I’m a huge fan of Hyatt hotels. So I’ll admit it’s strange that although I’ve stayed at some amazing Hyatt hotels around the world (Paris, Bali, Costa Rica), I’ve never actually stayed at a Hyatt Centric branded hotel. That is, until now. So how did the Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach […]

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Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, California)

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As a Californian, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never visited any of the historic California Missions. I finally got the chance to correct that oversight on a recent family trip (on the way back from San Diego), when we decided to stop by Mission San Juan Capistrano. Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan […]

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Why I Ditched The Citi Prestige And Went With The Citi Rewards+ Instead Of The Citi Double Cash Card

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From my previous post, “Call Results: My Surprising Retention Offer For The Citi Prestige Credit Card (2020),” it was apparent that the best retention offer Citi had for me and my Citi Prestige card was no offer at all. Why I Ditched The Citi Prestige And Went With The Citi Rewards+ Instead Of The Citi […]

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Call Results: My Surprising Retention Offer For The Citi Prestige Credit Card (2020)

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Once upon a time, the Citi Prestige was my favorite credit card of all. Years passed by, and through devaluation after crippling devaluation, I kept it. Although the credit card had become all but useless for travel (due to the annihilation of its travel benefits), I thought I had found one good reason to keep […]

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Good News! IHG Extends The Date For No-Penalty Cancellations

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Last night, I went to bed dreading the fight I thought I was going to have with IHG this morning. Way back in February of this year [pre-COVID-19], I booked a non-refundable, two-night stay at a luxury IHG hotel in California. Well, since then, the pandemic happened and I noticed that IHG changed their cancellation […]

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Review: La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Palm Springs, CA)

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Palm Springs has long been known as one of the paramount destinations in SoCal. I’m pretty sure that an annul weekend getaway to Palm Springs is a mandatory legal requirement for residents of Los Angeles. And if it’s not, then it darn well should be. On my latest trip out to “the desert”, I had […]

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Hiking The Adventure Loop Trail At The Living Desert Zoo|Garden (Palm Springs, CA)

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On my first trip out to The Living Desert Zoo|Gardens in many years, I rediscovered a true gem of a zoological park. I also discovered that the park had developed its own trail system on the extreme east end of the park (near Bighorn Mountain). Naturally, I had to at least check it out. Hiking […]

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Visiting The Living Desert Zoo|Gardens (Palm Springs, CA)

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When last I visited The Living Desert Zoo|Gardens (sometime in the late 80’s), it was actually called “The Living Desert Museum“. Then, as now, I had a keen interest in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), and in my memory, the Living Desert Museum had an amazing collection of desert reptiles. So I wondered, […]

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Hiking The Perimeter Loop Trail, Idyllwild Nature Center (Idyllwild, CA)

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On a whim, I decided to do a last-minute road trip out to Palm Springs to do some hiking and check out the La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. I’ve hiked Mt. San Jacinto, but I’ve never really checked-out the areas surrounding the town of Idyllwild, so I began looking for some […]

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Hiking The Round Valley Trail Loop To The Wellman Divide, Mt. San Jacinto State Park (Palm Springs, CA)

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Years ago, I summited Mt. San Jacinto in one day via the Marian Mountain Trail, and let me tell you, that thing kicked my @$$. Since then, I’ve been meaning to return to try something a little less strenuous – riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to explore the hiking trails East of the peak. […]

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Review: Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley (San Diego, CA)

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We just took a look at the brand new TownPlace Suites San Diego Central. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley. Review: Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley (San Diego, CA) Editor’s Note: This article is part of my ongoing series on the state of California and […]

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Review: TownPlace Suites San Diego Central (San Diego, CA)

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Yes, “vanilla hotels” may not be the “sexiest” use of points in the travel-hacking universe, but they can often provide massive outsized value, especially when you just need a place to crash that’s close to major tourist attractions in a great city like San Diego. So, continuing with the “vanilla hotels of San Diego” theme, […]

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Call Results: My Retention Offer For The Citi AT&T Access More Credit Card [2020]

Written by Flying High On Points @ Flying High On Points

Another year has come and gone with Citi AT&T Access More card. Although this card is one of the most valuable and lucrative cards I have – as with every card – it’s time to evaluate whether this card is worth keeping or closing before I’m on the hook for the $95 annual fee. Call […]

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Yes! My First Travel Blogger Feud! (Sort Of)

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I should have titled this post, “Travel blogger who gives his opinions and reviews stuff thinks you should be careful about trusting travel bloggers who give their opinions and review stuff“. Yes! My First Travel Blogger Feud! (Sort Of) I’m not exactly sure why, but fellow travel blogger, Your Mileage May Vary, chose to single […]

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Review: Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown (San Diego, CA)

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After my prior stay at the upscale and trendy Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego, I opted to try another IHG hotel located in downtown San Diego. This time, I chose the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown primarily for its location and IHG Rewards Club redeemability. But was it a good choice? Review: Holiday Inn […]

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