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This Sunday, August 25th, one of the most prominent, unique, and talked about annual events in the country, Burning Man, will take place for the 33rd time. If you’ve never been there, it can be tough to wrap your mind around what, exactly, the event is; in fact, many people who have been there will say the same. That’s because Burning Man is sort of its own living organism, evolving and shifting each year depending on who attends and what they contribute. But there are a few common themes and activities that you’ll find no matter what year you attend. 

The event takes place each year in Black Rock City, a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada that’s erected solely to serve the event. The Burning Man mission includes

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Crestwood Hills is an LA neighborhood that was developed in the Santa Monica Mountains above Sunset Boulevard in 1946. The way it came to be makes Crestwood Hills among the most unique neighborhoods in California. In postwar LA, four veterans and musicians decided to pool their money to buy an acre of land and build homes on each of the four corners surrounding one communal pool. 

The idea of these friends coming together as a community to afford land and amenities that they couldn’t afford alone caught the interest of more and more people. What started as four friends grew to include 500 people, many of whom were artists of various types, who wanted to create a sort of utopian commune. These 500 people came together to form

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For a lot of people, camping is the antidote to the stresses of everyday life. It allows you to temporarily disconnect from your responsibilities and become one with Mother Nature. For others, however, the inconveniences of traditional camping, like uncomfortable sleeping quarters, subpar shelter, and a lack of hairdryers, only causes more stress. 

Fortunately, if you’re in the camp (pun intended) that likes the idea of connecting with nature but hates the lack of comfortable amenities, then you’ll love glamping. Glamping combines all of the best parts of traditional camping—beautiful scenery, peaceful vibes, and unique locales—with everything you need to feel comfortable, clean, and cool. 

There are a wide variety of luxurious glamping destinations

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Angel City Brewery; Source: atlasobscura.com

The Los Angeles Arts District is located downtown and bounded by the Los Angeles River, Alameda Street, First Street, and Violet Street. The district is among the most creative hubs of LA, largely thanks to a group of artists in the 1970s who were priced out of Venice and Hollywood, establishing homes and studios in the forgotten warehouses of downtown, albeit mostly illegally. 

These artists founded several art galleries, such as The Art Dock, a street gallery in a loading dock of then-called Citizens Warehouse (now the Pickle Works Building) and the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions center on Industrial. There were also a number of artist-fueled hangouts established during that time, including Al’s

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The Orange County Fair has a long history that dates back to 1890, just a year after Orange County was founded. Since then, the OC Fair has evolved from a small, five-day event to a 23-day festival that celebrates the OC’s communities, interests, agriculture, and heritage. 

This year, the OC Fair truly has something for everyone. Music enthusiasts will love the killer lineup of musicians playing throughout the festival, including Smokey Robinson, Kool & the Gang, and Weird Al. There are also a ton of tribute shows and parties for classic bands, such as Bee Gees Gold - A Tribute to the Bee Gees, which takes place on August 7th, and Zeppelin Live - A Live Rock Tribute to Led Zeppelin that happens on August 3rd. 

Orange County Fair Monster Trucks

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San Rafael is a city in California located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city used to be the site of several Coast Miwok villages, including Awani-wi, Ewu, and Shotomko-cha. It was named after Mission San Rafael Arcangel, a hospital founded in the early 19th century to treat sick Native Americans. 

Mission San Rafael
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Today, San Rafael is the oldest and most culturally diverse city in Marin County, boasting a thriving music, culinary, and shopping scene. It also features a strong creative industry, largely thanks to George Lucas choosing to film the movie THX 1138 in the city in 1970. Lucas ended up loving the location,

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On July 18-21, Comic-Con International is coming to San Diego and the event is shaping up to be among the best yet. If you’re not familiar with Comic-Con, it’s an annual convention that began in 1970 after a group of comic, movie, and science fiction enthusiasts came together to create the first-ever comic book convention. What began as a one-day “minicon” has evolved into a four-day extravaganza with hundreds of thousands of attendees—last year, around 130,000 people attended the convention. 

The convention features everything a comic lover could want, including speaking panels comprised of prominent comics creators; science fiction authors; and film and TV directors, actors, writers, and producers. There are also a ton

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July 4th is here again, which means if you haven't already, it’s time to secure your barbecue, pool party, and, of course, fireworks plans. There are a lot of places that claim to offer some of the best fireworks shows around, but there are only a few that really hold that designation. To take the guesswork out of your 4th of July plans, we rounded up the tried and true spots to watch spectacular fireworks shows from San Francisco to Miami. 


San Francisco 

Berkeley Marina

4th of july  at berkeley marina

The 4th of July party at Berkeley Marina is great for everyone, but the family-friendly event it’s particularly ideal for folks with kids. In addition to a front-row seat to a beautiful fireworks display over the water, party-goers are

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You probably already know that big cities like San Francisco and New York offer extensive public transportation systems that make it a easy to get from point A to point B without a car, but these cities also come with some of the highest costs of living in the country and super saturated job markets. 

That’s why Money Crashers rounded up a list of alternative cities that typically offer more job opportunities and lower costs of living than their more popular counterparts in addition to public transit and bike-sharing systems that make bopping around the city car-free a breeze.

If you love the idea of being free from the cost and energy burden of a car, then consider calling one of the following cities home. 

1. Minneapolis,

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Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Centered on Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, the neighborhood boasts a rich history and highly influential culture.

In the mid-19th century, Chinatown was a port of entry for Chinese immigrants, particularly those from Guangdong province. These immigrants settled near Dupont Street, now called Grant Ave. However, the U.S. didn’t welcome them with open arms; in fact, the neighborhood was the only region where Chinese people were allowed to inherit and inhabit dwellings in the city.

Historical Chinatown San Francisco

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Early Chinese immigrants were predominantly men, with the reported Chinese population in California

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