30 Things to do in Orange County, California | The Ultimate Bucket List

Best Things to do in Orange County, California

The best things to do in Orange County! Enjoy everything this sunny part of California has to offer with this Orange County bucket list.  Known for its stunning coastal views, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous weather, Orange County is the quintessential image that most people think of when they think of California.  Spanning 34 cities and […]

100+ Things to do in San Francisco, California (From a Local)

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The best things to do in San Francisco! From the best places to eat to iconic attractions and local experiences. These are my recommendations after 20+ years of visiting and living in the city.  Known for its ridiculous hills, tech scene, and mouthwatering sourdough, San Francisco is easily one of the most eclectic cities in […]

3 Outdoor Date Ideas in the Bay Area (To Enjoy During Quarantine)

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My favorite quarantine-friendly outdoor date ideas in the Bay Area to enjoy year-round!  This post is sponsored by CamelBak, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If there’s one thing I’m thankful for in 2020 it’s the reminder to slow down and get outside more. I’ve always been fond of outdoor adventures, […]

Best Big Basin Hikes & Campgrounds | Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Your complete guide to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. From the best Big Basin hikes to the best campgrounds and everything you should know before you go.  Big Basin Redwoods State Park brings back fond memories from my childhood of hiking through the quiet redwood forest and being immersed in nature from a young age.  […]

50 Best Things to Do in Lake Tahoe (For Every Season)

Things to do in lake Tahoe

From summer to winter, these are 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 […]

17 Best Weekend Trips From San Francisco (From a Local)

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The best weekend trips from San Francisco! These are my favorite weekend getaways from the city as someone who grew up in the Bay Area. One of the best parts of living in San Francisco is how centrally located it is in California. There are endless opportunities to get out in nature, take a drive […]

Where to See the Redwoods Near San Francisco (Within a 2-Hour Drive)

where to see the redwood near San Francisco

The best places to see the redwoods near San Francisco, from a local who grew up hiking through them.  Walking through a hushed coastal redwood forest in California is perhaps one of the most magical experiences you can have. It’s damp, quiet, and peaceful, and you’re surrounded by some of the tallest and oldest trees […]

35 Best Things to do in San Jose, California

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 its artsy sister, San Francisco, you may be surprised to know that San Jose actually has a bigger population than the Golden Gate City. And although it may not have […]

14 Best Hikes in San Francisco, California (From a Local)

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The best hikes in San Francisco! These are the best hiking spots around the city for good views and getting the good kind of lost in nature. No driving necessary.   Although there are various hiking opportunities and parks around the Bay Area and beyond, a lot of people don’t realize how many hiking opportunities there […]

101 Best Things to Do in Santa Cruz, California (From a Local)

Things to do in Santa Cruz

The best things to do in Santa Cruz from someone who grew up in the city! These are my favorite places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my hometown. Having grown up in the city, my list for things to do in Santa Cruz could go on and on (especially in terms […]