Epic California National Parks Road Trip: 2-Week Itinerary (With Variations)

California National Parks Road

The perfect two-week California national parks road trip to see the most highlights and experience the Golden State’s outdoor nature to the fullest. I vividly remember my first introduction to each national park I’ve visited in California.  The first time I saw a Joshua Tree up close and experienced the next-level nature of desert stargazing.  … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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

Things to do in San Jose California

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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, … Read more