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San Francisco’s ice cream shrine
The Museum of Ice Cream is “14,000 square feet of whimsy and bright colors that’s supposed to make you feel like a kid again,” said Urmila Ramakrishnan in Thrillist.com. “And it succeeds.” After stops in New York City and Los Angeles, this shrine to frozen dairy delights has taken over a historic bank building near San Francisco’s Union Square—its home through February. Each of the museum’s nine themed rooms is “unique and cartoonish.” At the allpink, 1950s-inspired Mary’s Diner you can pull up a stool and snarf sundaes from Bi-Rite Creamery. In the Rainbow Room, you can hang with a unicorn and grab a mini cone filled with “unicorn ice cream” dipped in a delicious strawberry sauce. Afterward take a dip in a swimming pool full of tiny plastic rainbow sprinkles, then hit the shower: an air hose that looks like a water pump and “frees you of any clinging jimmies left from your sprinkle dip.”
The end of the road in Maui
If you drive out to Hana, “you should really stay the night,” said Bethany Jean Clement in The Seattle Times. Many tourists who visit Maui make time for the 64-mile ride from Kahului to the tiny coastal town, because the famous two-lane road delivers intoxicatingly gorgeous views. But “time slows down in Hana, in the best possible way.” A friend and I spent a day there recently and found the town’s rhythm by sitting at a picnic table near one of Hana’s acclaimed food trucks and enjoying beers and delicious ahi tacos. “Naps happened, then walking and talking, and throwing rocks on the beach.” The century- old family-run general store had everything we needed, and our condo’s balcony offered a postcard view. Only one place in town serves dinner, but so what? Our day was rejuvenating, and the overnight gave us time to stop as often as we liked on the stunning drive back past “incredible ocean vistas” and “unbelievably green valleys.”