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Travel at Random Anniversary: A Look Back

It's hard to believe, but it's been one year since we started Travel at Random.  In the past year we've travel around the globe, from hiking a glacier in Alaska to laying on a beach at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos and we've been happy to have our loyal readers come along for the journey.  

This article is going to take a look back at where we've been and some destinations you might have missed.  We're all about the adventure and proving some helpful reviews and tips along the way.  

Hearst Castle

On my recent visit to California I went with some friends to Hearst Castle.  I've seen video and photos of the estate, but I've never ventured up the coast to check it out in person.  The estate belonged to the late William Randolph Hearst.  Hearst made his fortune in the newspaper business as founder of the company that still bears his name The Hearst Corporation.  The company donated the property to the state of California and the state now operates it as a state park.  

California's Central Coast

The Central Coast of California is a very different place than the rest of the state. Spanning the area from Santa Maria to Atascadaro, the central coast is about equidistant from San Jose and Los Angeles. I grew up just north of Los Angeles and as a kid we often visted Pismo Beach to go to the Sand Dunes. Going back as an adult, there are plenty of other activities that make this region appealing.

AAA Announces it's 2013 5-Diamond Hotels & Restaurants

The list is out.  Today AAA announced it's 2013 list of the best hotels in the US, Canada and Mexico.  Best as in hotels earning AAA's coveted Five Diamond desigation.  The list of top hotels includes 125 hotels and 53 restaurants.  Thirteen of those are new to the list this year.  

Among the additions, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico.

Here are the nine new hotel additions:

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