How to Lazy Float the American River (American River Tubing Guide)

Floating the American River

A full guide to floating the American River, including everything you should know, what to expect, and how to have the best day out on the water.  There are a lot of great places to go tubing (aka lazy floating) in California, but one of the most popular spots is on the American River With … Read more

19 Best Restaurants on the Pacific Coast Highway (Top Foodie Spots)

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The best restaurants on the Pacific Coast Highway to taste your way through the highlights of California cuisine. It can make all the difference to have a string of fantastic restaurants to keep you going and fueled up on a road trip. Car snacks only go so far and one of the best aspects about … Read more

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

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

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 … Read more

Berkeley Fire Trails: Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail & Claremont Canyon

Berkeley Fire Trails - Berkeley, California

A tucked-away gem right next to UC Berkeley, this is everything you need to know to hike the Berkeley Fire Trails. The first time I hiked the Berkeley Fire Trails, my boyfriend told me we were going on an easy hike that he used to do in college. He was wearing flip-flops and it was … Read more

California Hot Springs Guide (11 Best Hot Springs to Soak in)

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A detailed California hot springs guide! From free natural pools to the best resorts and spas, these are the most scenic spots to soak in the state. One of California’s best-kept secrets is its natural hot springs. Located along the Ring of Fire, one of the most active geothermal areas in the world, California has … Read more