A Big Bear Getaway

Editor’s note: another lovely trip recap from TRT’s newest writer, Jackie, to a place I haven’t been since I was a little kid. For more of her travels, click here to visit her index page. Living in the Los Angeles area, we thought that a few days near Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino…

Los Angeles’ Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple

From inside the complex, it’s hard to remember that I’m less than a half hour from downtown Los Angeles. The Ming Dynasty style pagodas and shrines of the Hsi Lai Temple gleam in the sun. The gardens, ornate and calming, stand in contrast to the literally dozens of statues lining almost every passageway. Brown clothed…

Los Angeles History in Highland Park

There is never a bad day to visit an outdoor architectural history museum. Even on a slightly cool and overcast June day in Los Angeles, the buildings of Heritage Square Museum shine. The exteriors are beautifully restored and/or preserved, and while the interiors vary from fully furnished and restored to states of semi-ruin, the history…

Exploring the Treasures of Diamond Hill Mine: A Gemstone Adventure in South Carolina

Editor’s note: I’d like to introduce you all to Morgan Meredith. Morgan’s writing combines passions for geology, culture, and authentic experiences. Her remote work as a consultant for coaches (AccountableHero) allows her to explore often. It is my hope that she becomes a semi-regular contributor here at The Royal Tour, teaching us about the world…

Utah’s Goblin Valley

Editor’s note: like Sam, I have been to Utah’s Mighty Five. However, I haven’t had many opportunities to explore the rest of the natural beauty of the state. This is a place I’d never heard of, and am grateful to be able to add to a future itinerary. For more of Sam Spector’s writing, click…

Why You Should Visit Savannah

Editor’s note: Like Sam, I also visited Savannah and Charleston in a single trip. However, my opinions are a bit skewed since I had a beautiful day in Savannah and nothing but rain in Charleston. Regardless, both are great, and it is wonderful to have these articles back to back from Sam Spector. For more…