Astoria, Oregon, sits at the mouth of the Columbia River, smack dab between Oregon and Washington, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Judging by location alone, you’d think Astoria would fit the mold of a classic beach town, but if you go there expecting a plethora of pastel ice cream shops and “Life Is Good” t-shirts, well, you’re going to be surprised. Astoria is much different than the other tourist traps that dot the coast. So different, in fact, that it’s often referred to as “Little San Francisco.”
Astoria is home to many of the things people love about Portland (great coffee, microbreweries, artsy culture), combined with a few coastal town perks you can’t get in the city (salty sea air, clam chowder, shockingly aggressive seagulls). And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, “The Goonies” and “Kindergarten Cop” were filmed there. Packed your bags yet? It’s about an hour’s drive from Portland, and here’s what to do once you get there (besides the truffle shuffle, which is a given): Keep reading »
Congrats! You just won the lottery … you bastard. Now you can finally support that jet-setting lifestyle you’ve always wanted. After all, you endured the trek to the local 711 and chose your (winning) numbers. You worked hard. You deserve a taste of the good life.
If boatloads of money was burning holes in our pockets, we would take a year off and bounce between these eight fancy pants vacation destinations that were previously out of our reach. Keep reading »
I generally feel pretty “meh” about tourist attractions, unless the tourist attraction in question is an upside-down house that gives you a chance to live like a cartoon character. Turns out just such a house exists in Moscow, and it’s drawing tourists from all over the world who have always longed to jump on the ceiling without breaking their necks and/or getting yelled at by their parents. Adding this to my travel bucket list right away. After the jump, check out a few more photos of the topsy turvy abode, complete with an upside-down Mini Cooper parked outside! (Life dream status.) Keep reading »
Photographer Kilian Schonberger grew up in a wooded area of rural Germany, and was surrounded by the same dark, desolate landscape that had inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their famous fairytales a century earlier. He’s managed to capture images of modern central Europe that look like they were ripped from a dusty tome of Grimm tales, and now I’m dying to visit these eerie locales in person. Possibly while wearing a velvet cloak and practicing spells. See a few more of Schonberger’s spooky snaps after the jump… Keep reading »