Winter time in Santa Cruz, California supplies some of the most beautiful (and crisp!) days with blue skies and low temperatures. West Cliff Drive is a top spot for locals and tourists alike, for obvious reasons. The six-mile round trip sidewalk (spanning from the Dream Inn to Natural Bridges) provides some of the best views of the Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Municipal Wharf. Along the way, you will see the world famous point break surf spot Steamer Lane, the state beach and butterfly grove Natural Bridges, and a dozen more hidden coves and beaches.
Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest ancient temple, dating back to 645 AD. It’s stunning, dramatic and a major attraction for international and Japanese tourists alike. The pedestrian-only lanes leading up to the temple are as packed as a sold out concert with hundreds of pop-up shops with the best gift/souvenir shopping in all of Tokyo. Inside the temple courtyard, you can get your “Omikuji” for a donation of 100¥ (equivalent of $1 USD), which literally translates to a “fortune-telling paper.” Sensō-ji is iconic and one of our favorite spots in Tokyo — well worth the cover photo of the Lonely Planet Tokyo Pocket book guide!
The iconic Eiffel Tower, an image synonymous with Paris itself. Although it’s a little pricey and definitely time-consuming, it’s a must-do, must-see and 100% worth it. Towering over the city at 984 feet, it’s an unbeatable 360° view.
One bottle of merlot, one fresh baguette, some delicious chèvre (goat cheese) and jambon serrano (thin sliced ham) makes for a romantic sunset on Pont Neuf. A picnic in Paris along the Seine River… Could it get any better than this?