18 Best Hotels Along the Pacific Coast Highway (To Rest & Recharge)

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The most beautiful, unique, and overall best hotels along the Pacific Coast Highway to rest and recharge during your road trip. Spanning most of the California coastline (around 700 miles to be exact), the Pacific Coast Highway is easily the most beautiful coastal road trip you can take in the Golden State.  There are endless […]

50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe, California (From a Regular Visitor)

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The best things to do in Lake Tahoe, no matter what season you decide to visit. Even though I grew up in California, only a few hours southwest of Tahoe, I didn’t visit Lake Tahoe for the first time until I was 27. I heard fond anecdotes about Lake Tahoe trips from other friends throughout […]

55 Things to do in San Jose, California (From a Bay Area Local)

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The best things to do in San Jose, California – one of the most overlooked cities in the Bay Area. Often neglected in favor of San Francisco and other Bay Area cities like Oakland or Napa, you may be surprised to know that San Jose actually has a larger population than any other city in […]

Camping at Parsons Landing Campground (Full Guide)

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Your full guide to camping at Parsons Landing Campground, whether you’re hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail or just looking for a unique getaway on Catalina Island.  Located at the “Wild West End” of Catalina Island, you’ll find one of the most remote and secluded campgrounds on the island – Parsons Landing.  Even with its hard-to-reach nature, […]

Catalina Island Hiking Guide: Best Trails & Viewpoints on the Island

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Your complete Catalina Island hiking guide! These are the best trails and viewpoints to discover a completely different side of the island.  Dusty hiking trails, calf-burning hills, coastal views everywhere you look, palm trees framing scenic bays, ocean breezes, wildlife, and civilization that’s never too far away – this is what you can expect with […]

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve: What to Know Before You Go

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Explore Oakland’s extinct volcano at the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. This guide gives you everything you need to get the most out of your visit.  Tucked away in the Berkeley Hills, you’ll find Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.  This is one of the East Bay’s most unique regional parks with features like an extinct volcano, labyrinths, […]

11 Best Beaches on Catalina Island: From the Hidden to the Most Popular

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Looking to discover the best beaches on Catalina Island? These are my picks for the best beaches on the island, from remote to easiest to access.   As soon as you arrive on Catalina Island, it feels like you’ve been transported to a tropical island, minus the humidity.  You’ll find swaying palm trees, a laidback culture, […]

California State Parks List (Every Park Organized By County)

Mendocino, Russian Gulch State Park

Use this California state parks list to plan your next outdoor adventure in the Golden State.  California is known for its outdoorsy culture and natural beauty, so it’s no surprise that there are a ton of state parks and beaches to visit throughout the state. This is the full list of every single California state […]

14 Fun Things to do in Julian, California | Bucket List

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The best things to do in Julian, California! Explore this charming mountain town, from its apple pie to its Gold Rush history.  The first time I visited Julian, I was doing a day trip from San Diego with a few of my college friends.  As we were navigating the winding Highway 79 to get up […]

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: Driving California’s Most Scenic Highway

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The perfect Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip, including where to stop, eat, and stay. Plus, four sample itineraries you can use for inspiration!  When I was abroad and missing California, the first image that would come to mind besides seeing my friends and family was the Pacific Coast Highway.  The reason? It’s the most beautiful […]