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Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Day hikes among the giants of Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration of the namesake trees.

Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)

Travel: Exploring the wilds of Siberia and Lake Baikal

Civilized roads would remove some of the wildness of this Siberian gem, Lake Baikal.

A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)
The entryway of The Ojai Ranch House restaurant is Eden-like. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The oasis that is Ojai

Relaxation, recreation, great dining at Ventura retreat

The entryway of The Ojai Ranch House restaurant is Eden-like. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Those who know only Yosemite Valley’s scenic waterfalls miss out on watery wonders elsewhere in the park, such as White Cascade. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three hikes to escape the crowds in Yosemite

Aficionados know about rewarding outings outside the valley most visitors never see

  • Aug 14, 2019
Those who know only Yosemite Valley’s scenic waterfalls miss out on watery wonders elsewhere in the park, such as White Cascade. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Montreal’s Observation Wheel, Canada’s highest at 180 feet, is located in the city’s Old Port. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three marvelous days in Montreal

Canada’s second largest city offers European flair, plentiful art

Montreal’s Observation Wheel, Canada’s highest at 180 feet, is located in the city’s Old Port. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The view of cloud-fringed Molokai from an oceanfront room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is gorgeous. (Courtesy Peter Lawrence Kane)

Far from the cruel sun, at Maui’s Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

From poke a ride on an outrigger canoe, KBH is exactly as remote as a relaxing vacation should be

The view of cloud-fringed Molokai from an oceanfront room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is gorgeous. (Courtesy Peter Lawrence Kane)
Historic buildings and lamp posts near modern skyscrapers balance Toronto’s old and new. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three terrific days in Toronto

Melting pot city has historic treasures, great art, architecture and restaurants

Historic buildings and lamp posts near modern skyscrapers balance Toronto’s old and new. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 2-month-old mountain gorilla infant clutches to her mother’s back. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The unexpected pleasures of Uganda

Seeing mountain gorillas thriving an unforgettable experience

A 2-month-old mountain gorilla infant clutches to her mother’s back. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kendwa, on the north shore of Zanzibar, boasts magnificent white sand and calm, turquoise waters. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Zealously relaxing in Zanzibar

Unique history, fine beaches make for a great place to rejuvenate

Kendwa, on the north shore of Zanzibar, boasts magnificent white sand and calm, turquoise waters. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rothschild Giraffes amble along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Travel: Can’t get enough of Kenya

Unforgettable safari offers an experience of a lifetime

Rothschild Giraffes amble along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rippling pools bordering the Arabian Gulf under the Abu Dhabi Louvre’s dome near the gallery entrance are ethereally reflective. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three days in Abu Dhabi

Largest Emirate offers something for art lovers, adrenaline junkies, foodies

Rippling pools bordering the Arabian Gulf under the Abu Dhabi Louvre’s dome near the gallery entrance are ethereally reflective. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A cruise down the Amazon offers the opportunity to witness glorious reflective sunsets. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Ambling on the Amazon

Flora, fauna on Peruvian river cruise inspires awe and amazement

A cruise down the Amazon offers the opportunity to witness glorious reflective sunsets. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Qingdao is a romantic somewhat European city and a preferred destination for weddings. (Lark Gould/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Qingdao: China’s Land of wine and beer is immersed in ancient wisdom

New flights from U.S. make visits to Shandong province easy

  • Apr 21, 2019
Qingdao is a romantic somewhat European city and a preferred destination for weddings. (Lark Gould/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The east facing guesthouse on the grounds of the Taj Mahal is striking at sunrise. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)

India’s Golden Triangle: From Delhi to Jaipur

Traveling in India can often be a tumultuous dance of noise, color…

The east facing guesthouse on the grounds of the Taj Mahal is striking at sunrise. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)
(Photo courtesy flySFO)

Therapy pig to bring holiday cheer to airport travelers

San Francisco International Airport officials are hoping travelers during this holiday season…

(Photo courtesy flySFO)
(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)

5 million Californians predicted to travel by car this Thanksgiving weekend

More than 5.8 million Californians are predicted to travel 50 miles or…

(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Roadway, walkway closures at SFO during Terminal 1 renovation

San Francisco International Airport closed several areas in and around Terminal 1…

San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
BART is hoping that 10,000 people will join the perks program and 1,200 people shift their commute. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

BART to offer perks for off-peak commute riders

BART is launching a program offering cash rewards for riders who commute…

BART is hoping that 10,000 people will join the perks program and 1,200 people shift their commute. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Fog prompts delays of up to an hour at SFO

Delays of up to 60 minutes are affecting travelers through San Francisco…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Richmond, British Columbia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Farm-to-’Burbs: A Canadian Food Destination, Shaped by Immigrants

If you’re in the Vancouver area, you might wonder at a detour…

Richmond, British Columbia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)