Santiago is within striking distance from wonderland seaside cities and towns brimming with character. If you have an extra day or two, use the capital as your homebase for these worthwhile daytrips.
The seaside town of Valparaiso opened its arms to street artists from all over South America, welcoming them to decorate the once-neglected streets with colorful murals and artwork. This graffiti is now a major draw to the city for Chilean natives and curious travelers alike. Key stops include the Cerro Concepcion street bursting with street art, riding an elevator from the late 1800s up the steep hillside, visiting the second home of Pablo Nerdua at La Sabastiana and wandering the cemeteries lined with streets of marble house-like tombs.
Otherwise known as wine country, Colchagua Valley boasts dozens of wineries on the outskirts of the quaint, sleepy little town of Santa Cruz. Use Casa Pando as your homebase to explore; the family-run hotel will help you make reservations for everything from private picnics in the vineyards and electric bike rentals to fine-dining meals and horse-drawn carriage wine tours. Be sure to check out Fuegos de Apalta for lunch at Montes Winery for incredible food from a previous Top Chef winner.
The coastal town of Isla Negra offers visitors winding roads lined with pine trees and hippie-style 1960s homes to admire. Use this destination to get some R&R in the sunshine by laying out at the rocky beach, listening to the waves crash against the nearby coastline.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
One of Georgia’s greatest cultural gifts might be coming to an end. The Redneck Games, which began in 1996, have seen a dip in attendance in recent years. A lack of sponsors means many of us might never know the joys of “bug zapping by spitball” unless an influx of travelers can help revive the event.