18 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 […]

5 Best Lake Tahoe Beaches (And What to Know Before You Go)

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The best Lake Tahoe beaches – including all of the practical info you might need and why they’re where you should be on a hot day at the lake. Most people don’t think of the Sierras or high altitude lakes when they think of the beaches in California, but stunning alpine beaches are one of […]

9 Places to See Redwoods Near San Francisco (Local’s Guide)

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

101 Things to do in San Diego, California (From a Local) | Bucket List

101 things to do in San Diego (from a Local) | The Ultimate Bucket List

From exploring unique neighborhoods to finding the best beaches and tacos, these are the best things to do in San Diego, CA at least once. San Diaaago! “America’s Finest City,” Ron Burgandy’s place of work, and one of the sunniest places in California. There’s a lot to love about this city. And one of the […]

North or South Lake Tahoe: What’s the Difference?

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Should you stay in North or South Lake Tahoe? In this post, we break down the main differences and which side might be right for you.  What’s the difference between North and South Lake Tahoe? This age-old question has been one that has stumped many travelers to this beautiful part of the Sierra Nevadas over […]

Pinnacles National Park Guide (What to Know Before You Go)

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Your guide to Pinnacles National Park, including what to see, which trails to hike, and what to know before you go. When I first planned a visit to Pinnacles National Park, I’m not sure what I was expecting. Mostly, I thought it would be a dry, almost desert-like landscape with spiraling red-tan pinnacles. Maybe it […]

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

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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.  […]