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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 are within San Francisco as well.

If you’re not looking to go too far from the city, especially right now with shelter in place orders still in effect indefinitely, there are plenty of options to get out in nature without having to leave the city.

With its hilly nature and almost never-too-hot climate, San Francisco is truly an ideal city to go hiking around.

Yes, San Francisco can be chilly, foggy, and windy at times.

But as long as you dress appropriately, it can be an enjoyable place for urban and coastal hikes near the bay.

Plus, hiking in San Francisco means you’ll get a good calf workout AND great views pretty much anywhere you go because of the city’s famous hills.

These are my picks for the best hikes in San Francisco for those looking to get out in nature without having to drive outside of the city.

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101 Things to do in Sacramento | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Sacramento, California | The Ultimate Bucket List

The best things to do in Sacramento! From popular attractions to historic sights, craft beer, and where to stay and eat, there’s a lot more to California’s capital than just politics and cows.

When deciding where to stop on a California road trip, it’s easy to pass over the state capital.

Sacramento might not be as popular as San Francisco or Los Angeles with tourists, but that’s where its charm lies.

You would be amiss to think there aren’t enough things to do in Sacramento, just because of its focus on politics and farming (weird combo, I know).

If you’re having a mental tug-of-war about whether it’s worth going so far inland for a visit, do it.

There is so much to explore and experience in Sacramento, and it’s well worth the journey inland from the coast to check out everything that this sleepy big city has to offer.

At the very least, you’ll be able to see Arnold’s smiling portrait in the capitol building and look back on that time when California decided to elect the terminator to public office.

In Sacramento, there are politicians everywhere and suits walking the streets as you would expect, but the city is more layered than most people realize as well.

Most notably, there is endless street art, a delicious local craft beer scene, and history around every corner.

These are my picks for the top things to do in Sacramento, whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor.

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46 Things to do in San Francisco at Night (From a Local)

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The best things to do in San Francisco at night, whether you’re looking for nightlife, romantic activities, or family-friendly options.

San Francisco is an interesting city at night. Depending on which neighborhood you’re in once the sun sets, you might think of the city as completely dead or a great place to party.

San Francisco isn’t like New York where you can go anywhere and find nightlife options or events going on in the majority of the city, no matter what day of the week it is. Sometimes you have to know where to look for fun things to do in San Francisco at night.

That’s one of the great things about the city though, there’s a little something for everyone around San Francisco.

With locals who are as equally into outdoor activities as they are with going out to trendy new bars on the weekends, there’s a good mix of options for things to do around the city.

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