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Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Time-Lapse Video

Sep 4th, 2013 at 2:30PM: EarthCam put together this video documenting the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge via time-lapse – and it's amazing! The video captures over 42,000 hours of the construction work that took place over this four mile span in San Francisco. EarthCam's videos were on site gathering footage of the project since 2008. Enjoy. [Thanks, Laughing Squid]...

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the series has generated new interest in jail. (From the outside, at least.) Here are five notable prison museums around the world...

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes Jul 23rd, 2013 at 9:00AM: Anna Brones Why spend your summer vacation on subways and buses when you could be out exploring places on two wheels? Thanks to an explosion in bike-share systems and a general appreciation for bike culture, making cycling a central part of your travels is becoming easier and easier. You don't have to throw down, pack your bicycle and head off on a full cycle tour to get the pleasure of...

Photo Of The Day: Nighttime Traffic

Photo Of The Day: Nighttime Traffic Jun 23rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: Jason Rodman, Flickr In the modern world, it's easy to become immune to traffic. We spend so much time in and around cars that seeing them becomes second nature. Instead of standing out, they simply create the background. Nighttime is different. That time of day when lights shine and glitter and the urban jungle takes on a whole new look. Flickr user Jason Rodman snapped this nighttime traffic...

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through San Francisco's Potrero Hill With Caroline Paul And Wendy MacNaughton

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through San Francisco's Potrero Hill With Caroline Paul And Wendy MacNaughton Jun 23rd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Rachel Friedman, AOL One afternoon in 2012, Caroline and Wendy's cat slipped out the door and never returned. Until he did, that is – five weeks later, fat and happy, unperturbed by or unaware of the grief he'd caused his owners during his absence. "It was a devastating experience," says Caroline. "I'd had Tibby for 13 years and when he came back, I was like: I don't know this cat. He can...

Photo Of The Day: A Peek Of San Francisco

Photo Of The Day: A Peek Of San Francisco Jun 20th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Flickr, Nan Palmero One of the great pleasures of exploring a hilly city is a constantly changing, often surprising, landscape. One minute you are trudging along a crowded sidewalk, huffing and puffing up a big hill, and suddenly you glimpse it between buildings: the Bosphorus. The Acropolis. The Prague Castle. Today's Photo of the Day from San Francisco reminded me of the moment of magic. From...

24 Almost Perfect Hours In San Francisco

24 Almost Perfect Hours In San Francisco May 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM: A pair of hairy middle-aged Chia Pets are blasting Wham's "Careless Whisper" from a new age boom box. A cluster of Latino immigrants is fishing and drinking cans of Tecate just steps away from a male paddleball player in a tight speedo with a Taliban-style beard and his long hair pulled in a Samurai-style bun. A teenager with a map of Bosnia and Herzegovina tattooed on his chest is enjoying a...

Saying 'No' To Add-Ons At The Car Rental Counter

Saying 'No' To Add-Ons At The Car Rental Counter May 4th, 2013 at 11:00AM: I'm a rental car company's worst customer. I always refuse all the additional insurance coverage options, the pre-paid fuel option and the toll pass. I bring my own GPS and car seats for my little boys, I tend to say, "no thanks" when they tell me I can upgrade for a fee, and I often prepay for my rental cars on Priceline. Usually car rental agents size me up as a cheapskate and quickly hand over...

Photo Of The Day: End Of The Line

Photo Of The Day: End Of The Line May 2nd, 2013 at 6:30PM: Public art can take many forms: a mural, a street performer, even a tank as "sculpture." Then there is the many forms of graffiti. How do you differentiate between art and vandalism? This photo of a broken down Muni bus was taken by Flickr user JRodmanJr in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, presumably in the junkyard. It's hard to say when the bus acquired all of its "artwork," perhaps some...

Photo Of The Day: The Signs Of San Francisco

Photo Of The Day: The Signs Of San Francisco Apr 21st, 2013 at 6:00PM: Over dinner recently, a fellow Gadling blogger, some other travel lovers and I were discussing the merits of San Francisco. We decided that our favorite part about it was that it just has that special amount of "funk" that is hard to find in other cities. It's hard to describe, but if you have been to San Francisco, you know what I am talking about. That feeling is perfectly captured in...

FlightCar Makes Peer-To-Peer Rentals More Convenient

FlightCar Makes Peer-To-Peer Rentals More Convenient Mar 8th, 2013 at 1:00PM: If you can get comfortable with the idea of a stranger driving your car - or if you have the capacity to not think about it while the vehicle is out of your sight - it might make sense to rent your wheels while you're out of town. But the leading peer-to-peer rental agencies leave a lot of the logistics to the car owner. List your car with a service like Relay Rides, Getaround or Jolly Wheels...

Photo Of The Day: Surfing Near San Francisco

Photo Of The Day: Surfing Near San Francisco Mar 5th, 2013 at 6:30PM: "Sometimes in the morning, when it's a good surf, I go out there, and I don't feel like it's a bad world," Nobel Prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis famously said. Today's Photo of the Day from Flickr user Jason Rodman captures the essence of that quote. Somewhere north of San Francisco, a lone surfer prepares to enter an ocean devoid of worries and distractions. There aren't any surf-worthy...

Video Of The Day: San Francisco Longboarding

Feb 20th, 2013 at 6:00PM: The reason I'm fascinated by extreme sport-type videos, like this one, has nothing to do with my own predisposition or lack thereof toward these types of activities. In fact, I don't longboard at all, let alone longboard like the skater featured in this video, Sean Spees. Rather, I enjoy these videos because, when artfully shot, they excel in staying quiet and letting the shots do the talking....

San Francisco's Mobile Eateries: SOMAny Food Trucks, So Little Time

San Francisco's Mobile Eateries: SOMAny Food Trucks, So Little Time Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:00PM: In a city like San Francisco, there's so much to love, it's easy to veer into bad poetic cliche (the fog rolling in on the Golden Gate; how, on unseasonably warm days, the entire city appears to be picnicking on every available patch of green; the dreamy views of the bay from the top of Pacific Heights). There are other things about SF that rock, however, despite an obvious lack of...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Budget Guide 2013: San Francisco

Budget Guide 2013: San Francisco Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:00AM: San Francisco has a well-deserved reputation for being expensive, but that's not to say you can't enjoy it to the fullest on a budget. The joy of this compact, walkable city is that you don't need your own transportation. Remember, though, that food is the soul of San Francisco. That means loads of pop-up restaurants, street food, food trucks, farmers markets and ethnic bites for cheap. The...

The Best Places In The US To Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Best Places In The US To Celebrate Chinese New Year Jan 22nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival as it's also known – is a Chinese celebration that marks the start of new life. Each year is associated with an animal from the Chinese zodiac and 2013 will welcome the year of the snake. New Year is the most important holiday in China (a lot like Christmas is in the West), and Chinese families celebrate by buying gifts, food and clothing....

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

Video: Take A 5000-Photo, 3-Minute Road Trip Across The USA

Dec 2nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: One of the great travel experiences of all time is the good old-fashioned road trip. There really is nothing like hitting the road with friends with no particular schedule or agenda. The video below captures that feeling oh so well, using more than 5000 photos to sum up a cross-country journey in a little more than three minutes. The video, which is entitled "Roadtrip USA," was shot by Mike...

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