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As a kid I wanted to remotely visit exciting places—to navigate through an area to see its scenery, architecture and attractions and to learn about its history.

Now you and I can have that experience in many beautiful, exciting and historic destinations, from London and Oxford in the UK to New York City and San Francisco in the US, by navigating the pages of this online magazine.

You'll find more pictures, panoramas and historical information here than on most other vacation destination travel websites.

All of the photos on this website and much of the writing are my own, but I also contract with knowledgeable, usually local, authors. Scroll down for more details and a very brief overview of what you'll find on
Whether you are researching a destination for an upcoming vacation or just like to learn about distant locations, enjoy your visit.

Photo Essays

I typically shoot thousands of photos every year, most of which don’t get included in the articles included in the sections listed below so I’ve added a new section called Photo Essays. This growing collection includes many essays that fit into the National Parks and Monuments category so they will be listed there as well.


New York City tour, travel and vacation guide
NYC Sightseeing Tours
Statue of Liberty in NYC pictureVisit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the observatory at the top of the Empire State Building or Top-of-the-Rock, historic Brooklyn Bridge and other sites in Brooklyn such as Coney Island and the Botanic Garden.
Read about the fascinating history of New York City as you view our many pictures of Broadway and Times Square, the South Street Seaport, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, many neighborhoods including the Flatiron District, Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, Morningside Heights and more.


Tour San Francisco, California
San Francisco Tours | Hotels
San Francisco pictureTake a virtual tour of San Francisco before you arrive and you'll enjoy your visit even more!
Visit Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, North Beach, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Nob Hill and much more. A Yosemite National Park day tour from San Francisco is a popular side trip for visitors to The City. Also even closer to San Francisco and home to Coast Redwoods is Muir Woods National Monument.
After your virtual tour of The City you'll want to try one of many exciting San Francisco Tours.


Wine Tours of California's Napa Valley
Wine Tasting and Winery Tours
Nearly seven out of ten visitors to San Francisco also visit the wine country. We profile hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Carneros and Livermore Valley with maps to wineries, pictures, history and wine tasting information.
San Francisco visitors have many wine tasting tours to choose from.
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Yosemite National Park pictures guide, lodgingView panoramas and other pictures while on your virtual tour of Yosemite National Park. Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, Tuolume Meadow, Tioga Road and more are included. Information about, and links to, Yosemite lodging and a map of Yosemite are provided.


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London Tours | Day Trips/Coach Tours
London UK England tours, pictures, historyVisit London UK - England attractions such as Big Ben and Parliament, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square and Kew Gardens, Covent Garden, climb the Monument and fly the British Airways London Eye, cruise the River Thames and cross London's famous bridges or enjoy an informative double decker bus ride through the streets of this historic city. There is a lot to see and do in London and nearby including Stonehenge, Oxford and Windsor-Eaton.


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San Diego's Balboa ParkTake a virtual tour of San Diego including La Jolla, Coronado with the famous Hotel Del Coronado, Point Loma, Balboa Park with its museums and Botanical Building. Relive San Diego history at Old Town and Heritage Park. Tour the Embarcadero's Maritime Museum and USS Midway. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter and Horton Plaza downtown, Mission Valley, Mission Bay and Mission Beach and San Diego's new baseball park for the Padres — Petco Park.


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Sightseeing Tours | Hotels
New Orleans French QuarterTake a virtual tour of New Orleans including the French Quarter, and the famous French Quarter Balconies, huge homes and Victorian mansions in the Garden District and along the St. Charles Streetcar line, a Mississippi River Cruise and more including Mardi Gras/Carnival. Lots of panoramas, pictures and maps illustrate the architecture and history of the worlds second busiest seaport.
When you've completed your virtual tour of New Orleans you can reserve a real sightseeing tour, mississippi river cruise or French Quarter walking tour on-line. Hotel reservations in the French Quarter, Garden District or nearby can be reserved on


Tour Washington DC
Washington DC Sightseeing Tours
US Capitol Building domeVisit the Capitol Building, US Supreme Court and Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and the White House as well as monuments to Presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington. See War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and Smithsonian Intuition Museums along with much more.


Visit Chicago, Illinois
Chicago IL Cloud Gate sculptureVisit Navy Pier, Museum Campus, Chicago Beaches, Little Italy, Chinatown, Chicago Cultural Center, the Magnificent Mile, Willis (Sears) Tower, John Hancock Tower and other Skyscrapers, Oak Park, Printers Row, Rooftop Bars, Lincoln Park Zoo and Garfield Park Conservatory, and more.


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CA Coast - Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel pictures & historyVisit California's beautiful Central Coast including Monterey and Monterey Bay, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Mission Carmel, Pacific Grove and 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Morro Bay and San Louis Obispo. A Map, history and many pictures and panoramas are provided for each area.


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Sightseeing Tours
Hollywood SignEnjoy a picture and history tour through Los Angeles; Hollywood, Downtown, New Chinatown, Little Tokyo, historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street and more including nearby cities like Malibu, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Anaheim—home to Disney Resorts and Disneyland.


New York City Tours, travel and vacation guide
The Strip
Welcome to Las Vegas signVisit all the Casino Resort Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and other attractions including Golf Courses, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Mount Charleston, Auto, and Educational Museums and animals on the Strip.

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