Jody Vandergriff


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  • Places I've been

  • Things to do in San Francisco with Kids

    San Francisco is a bustling city full of incredible attractions and activities for the whole family. If you're planning a trip to the City by the Bay with your kids, there are countless things to do that both adults and kiddos will enjoy. Here are my favorite kid-friendly things to do in San Francisco.
  • Most Instagrammable Spots in Bellingham and Whatcom County

    Bellingham and Whatcom County are a photographer’s dream! From small boutiques and local restaurants to waterfront parks and catching mountain views while on breathtaking hikes. Just 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver B.C., Bellingham is the perfect destination for a photogenic vacation, worthy of sharing across all of social media. Now start capturing some memories!
  • Rooftop Bars in San Francisco

    Surprisingly, San Francisco has been late to the rooftop bar scene, but alas, they have arrived!
  • Best things to do in Carson City

    Carson City, the vibrant capital of Nevada, offers a wide range of activities and attractions that will captivate locals and tourists alike. From exploring the city's fascinating history to indulging in adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures, this list compiles the very best things to do and see in Carson City. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply someone in search of a memorable experience, this guide has it all. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to discover the hidden gems and must-visit spots that make Carson City a true gem of the Silver State.
  • Family-friendly things to do in Mesa, Arizona

    Whether you're a local or just visiting, Mesa, Arizona has plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. From exploring fabulous outdoor spaces to discovering interactive attractions, Mesa has it all. Get ready to embark on unforgettable adventures, making lasting memories with your loved ones. So, grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and let's dive into this exciting list of family-friendly things to do in Mesa, Arizona!
  • Top sights for the history buff in Carson City

    If you're a history buff and find yourself in Carson City, you're in luck! This charming city has a treasure trove of fascinating attractions that will transport you back in time. Whether you're interested in the wild west, territorial politics, or the silver mining boom, Carson City has got you covered. From historic state buildings to intriguing museums and even the occasional ghost tour, there's something here to pique the interest of all history enthusiasts. So, grab your walking shoes and get ready to dive into the rich history that Carson City has to offer!
  • The ultimate romantic weekend in Coronado

    So, you're in desperate need of a romantic getaway, huh? Well, look no further than the charming coastal town of Coronado. Nestled just across the glittering waters of San Diego Bay, this little slice of paradise is the perfect destination for a memorable weekend with your special someone. From strolling hand in hand along the pristine beaches to savoring delectable candlelit dinners overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Coronado has it all. So buckle up, lovebirds, as we embark on a journey to discover the ultimate romantic experiences on this enchanting island. Ready? Let's dive into pure romance!
  • Outdoor activities near Mesa, Arizona

    Mesa and its surrounding areas are a playground for nature lovers, offering a plethora of outdoor activities to satisfy every adventurer's craving. Whether you're into heart-pumping hikes, serene lakeside retreats, or supercharged adrenaline rushes, there's something for everyone in this desert paradise. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your sunscreen, and let's dive into the exciting world of outdoor activities near Mesa, Arizona!
  • Best stadiums to visit in Mesa, Arizona for the sports enthusiast

    Welcome to Mesa, Arizona, a sports enthusiast's paradise! Whether you're a die-hard fan of baseball, soccer, or even BMX racing, Mesa has got you covered with its incredible stadiums. Here, you can experience the thrill of being in the midst of the action while cheering on your favorite teams. From the beloved Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs, to the electrifying atmosphere of the Mesa Amphitheatre, where BMX riders defy gravity with their mind-blowing stunts, Mesa offers a variety of amazing sports venues that are sure to make your heart race. So, grab your jersey, put on your game face, and get ready to dive into the pulse-pounding world of sports in Mesa, Arizona!
  • Best pumpkin patches to visit this October in Mesa, Arizona

    October in Mesa, Arizona means the arrival of cool breezes, vibrant foliage, and of course, the search for the perfect pumpkin. Whether you're on a mission to find the most beautifully shaped pumpkin for carving, or you're simply in search of a fun and festive fall experience, Mesa has got you covered. From family-friendly farms with petting zoos and hayrides to pumpkin patches with breathtaking mountain views, there's no shortage of options to choose from. So grab your flannels, put on your boots, and get ready to explore the best pumpkin patches Mesa has to offer this October.
  • NYC Mom and Daughter Trip 2023

    Taking my daughter to NYC in April 2023 to celebrate the big 1-0!!!
  • Oregon Trail Historic Byway

    Before roads were paved, before railroad tracks were set, and before most people knew exactly what lay beyond the Rocky Mountains, if you wanted to head west, you boarded a wagon and took the Oregon Trail. Stretching 1,932 miles from Missouri to Oregon, it took up to five months to travel in its entirety, on a route that did not make for an easy journey. Food was scarce, weather was unpredictable, and the terrain was bumpy, wet, mountainous, and often dangerous. But despite these harsh conditions, in just the three years between 1849 and 1852, over 150,000 intrepid pioneers went “westernizing” on the trail. By the time the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, nearly half a million settlers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and families had traveled west in search of fertile land, better jobs, and a new life. Today, there is no better way to experience the lasting pioneer spirit of America’s westward expansion than by following the original trail, a 57-mile route paralleling the North Platte River through southeast Wyoming. Deep gouges from thousands of wagon wheels are still visible, along with the names of travelers inscribed into landmark rocks along the way. Walk in the footsteps of history while following this iconic route of American pioneers.
  • Magical Mexico City: The best things to eat, see and do

    Mexico City is a magical place! From the stunning architecture of the Palacio de Bellas Artes to the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Anthropology, there is no shortage of cultural experiences. As if that's not enough, the food scene in Mexico City is RIDICULOUS! From $1 street tacos to out of this world fine dining, you will be eating from the moment you arrive until your last bite of fresh guacamole on the way to the airport. Here are my favorite spots for a first timer in Mexico City.
  • Country Western Things to Do in Aurora, Colorado

    Explore the geography, history, and tall tales of the American frontier that began in Colorado and beyond. From authentic western wear to bison viewing, plan your western-inspired visit with these stops along the way.
  • Historic Downtown Grapevine

  • California's Most Beautiful Beaches

  • Tropical destinations where you can get your party on

    For those that can only tolerate peace and quiet for so long (🙋‍♀️) here are some tropical destinations that come to life after the sun sets.
  • California Road Trip 2020

    This summer we are hitting the open road in an RV and exploring California’s National Parks and the coast.
  • Route 66 Road Trip

    Ready to get your kicks on route 66? This route 66 road trip route and map covers all the best sights and attractions along America's Mother Road.
  • Jordan in 2 days

    There is so much beauty in Jordan and 2 days is not nearly enough, but if you are looking for a taste of this magical country, here is our 2 day itinerary. I highly recommend staying at a Bedouin Camp as the experience is magical.
  • Wineries in Livermore with Tasting Rooms

    While most people think of Napa or Sonoma for a wine country vacation, California has many other under the radar wine destinations. Just 30 miles east of San Francisco, is Livermore Valley, one of the oldest wine producers in all of California. The town of Livermore is an underrated, charming spot for a weekend getaway, with over 60 wineries to choose from. With its picturesque rolling hills, Livermore Valley offers a beautiful setting for a wine tasting excursion, far away from the crowds of Napa and Sonoma. In addition to its impressive wine scene, Livermore is also known for its rich history and cultural attractions, making it a perfect destination for those looking for a well-rounded vacation experience. Here, I share some of my favorite wineries in Livermore Valley.
  • Wilderness Cabins in and around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    Glamping while surrounded by some of the largest trees in the world? Yes, please! These lodging options offer many of the comforts of home while still connecting with the mighty sequoias and giant redwoods that make Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks so breathtaking.
  • Glamping Bucket list

  • Glamping in California

    A bucket list of all the best glamping sites in California.
  • Beaches in Hilton Head with lifeguards

    Set your kids loose and relax at these beaches offering the added safety of a lifeguard. 🌊
  • Local’s Guide to Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley is the birthplace of tech and home to corporate giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple and prestigious institutions such as Stanford. With beautiful weather year-round, hundreds of parks and pathways buzzing with academics and dreamers and rich history around every corner, theres a reason I’ve called Silicon Valley home for the past 20 years. #seekerchallenge

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