The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

Washington's Kalaloch Lodge


Old-time flavor

At Olympic National Park this past summer, we stayed at Kalaloch Lodge inside the park. We heated our room with a wood stove. It was like stepping back in time.

Kalaloch Lodge, 157151 U.S. 101, Forks 98331; (866) 525-2562, Cabins for two from $119.

--Hope Mulbarger, Studio City


Police escort

One of the best experiences a traveler will have in Panama City is a personal tour at the ruins of Panama Viejo, or old town, by one of the uniformed Tourist Police (Policia de Turismo), usually outfitted in black shorts and a tan polo shirt. It's only offered if an officer has the time. There is no charge, but tips are welcome.

--Jim Overend, Los Angeles

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