Natalie Akers
Road Warrior

Natalie Akers

Sisters, Oregon, USA

Western Mass transplant. I like small towns with big ideas, preferably under snowfall.

March 31, 2016
Rated 3.0

I'm always shy around brass sculptures on platforms - a look but don't touch fear conditioned into me. This one lets you break the rules though. Check out where people have climbed and touched this statue. It's an awesome photo op if you've got kids...and if you don't.

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March 31, 2016
Rated 4.0

Plenty of people taking photos of this if you hit it midday on the weekend, since this is THE icon of THE 17-mile drive. Take the drive for the drive's sake not the tree.

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March 31, 2016
Rated 4.0

Quaint and beautiful at sunset, just like the rest of the town. A good place to stroll the touristy (but inoffensive) shops and chow down some seafood samples.

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March 31, 2016
Rated 3.0

If you stumbled on this place, you've found a cultural icon. If you're searching for it though, I don't encourage friends to go out of their way for this. It's easy to stroll by it when you're doing Venice Beach the right way and check out the dudes / chicks using the facilities seriously. No seriously, they're serious. But if you're really going there to people watch for muscles, hit your nearest crossfit instead :)

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March 31, 2016
Rated 5.0

This is one address for (arguably) the country's most beautiful National and State Park. Even though it's a global destination you can spend a quiet day here with the giants. Communicating the experience of seeing the Redwoods truly isn't meant for a keyboard. No excuses, go if you're in the area. Share the experience or clear you mentality in solitude. Feels awkward to rate this one...

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March 29, 2016
Rated 4.0

Pretty much the only spot for a grab and go lunch in Over-the-Rhine! They're open early but not late. I've got a morning routine here that stretches the wallet but is delicious (and healthy). They make two main smoothies (think Kale+Lime or Coffee+Chia seeds) that are super tasty and some great morning bars. I'm also a huge fan of their coconut curry soup for lunch. Pro tip: you can ask for "yesterdays" smoothie and get one for $3 if they have any mixes left. Otherwise smoothies are $5. They have wifi and great local coffee.

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March 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

If you find yourself near a Tochy's, go.

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March 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

Yeah just an absolute classic. If you asked somewhere where to go in Austin, I'm 90% sure you've already got this recommended to you. If you haven't asked, I'm telling you. Hit Torchy's! Luckily it doesn't matter too much which Torchy's you choose supposedly. I hit this one and was SO satisfied. I crave this place. The diablo ain't that spicy so go for it.

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March 24, 2016

The Dells are a crazy saturated place and a WHOLE lot of fun. They're literally a bucket list for Wisconsin-ers every summer. You can tell by the amount of highway signs pointing you in their direction every which way. If you're looking for a Dells experience (aka plastic kids fun - waterworld meets disneyland) you should probably go big and hit this place. I mean who can pass up an elevator waterslide!

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March 21, 2016
Rated 4.0

This is a big breakfast diner with a total college atmosphere. If you head there on the weekend, expect ~30 min wait or sit at the bar. There are some TV's and a beer selection too so it's not a bad decision to come late-night or watch some good ol' college ball. The kind of place where you'll meet bros in USA tanks and physics grad students after their morning run. Good patio out back that lines up next to Bogarts - seriously delicious place to hang in the summer. I get the breakfast sandwich here but their Garden Omelet (with side of Goetta) is super good. Dirty Sanchez (no lie) is a famous one. Their coffee does the trick!

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