McWay Falls in Big Sur California

McWay Falls, Big Sur: How to Visit This Cool Waterfall by the Pacific Ocean!

McWay Falls in Big Sur is an 80-foot cascade that makes the perfect picture postcard. In a state known for its numerous beautiful waterfalls, McWay Falls holds its own as a must-see year-round ribbon of water along the famous Pacific Coast Highway. A part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, McWay Falls is one of only two … Read More

Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park is one of the best hikes in Big Sur, California

18 Best Hikes in Big Sur, California (+ Tips for Hiking Big Sur)

Big Sur, on California’s Central Coast, is famous for its spectacular scenery, but it is also renowned for its hiking. The best hikes in Big Sur range from accessible or easy to super strenuous, so there’s a trail for every visitor that wants to hike in this beautiful region. Whether you wish to chase waterfalls, walk sandy beaches, climb for … Read More

Carmel Highlands, California

Carmel Highlands, California (Things to Do + Travel Guide!)

Carmel Highlands is a community perched high above the Pacific Ocean, at the northern tip of the famous Big Sur coast in Central California. While you will find fun things to do in Carmel Highlands, its chief draw is its seclusion and serene beauty, away from the more touristic parts of the region. Lush canyons with every shade of green … Read More

View from the Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail in Big Sur, California

Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The short but spectacularly scenic Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail is a must-do Big Sur hike near Carmel-by-the-Sea. The coastline here is some of the most scenic you will see along the Big Sur coast. Soberanes Point to the south. The colorful cliffs of Garrapata to the north. The mighty Pacific Ocean to the west. And the scenic Santa Lucia … Read More

Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California

Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

The beautiful Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is one of the most scenic short hikes you can do at the northern end of the Big Sur Coast. The park is located just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. One of our favorite hikes in Point Lobos, Sea Lion Point Trail is among the most popular trails in the … Read More

11 Charming Things to Do in Carmel Valley, California

Carmel Valley is, simply put, charming. Not in a cute way, but it is pleasantly rustic and scenic: the perfect place for a relaxed weekend getaway. If you are planning a trip to the Monterey Peninsula, be sure to add picturesque Carmel Valley to your itinerary. Known for its wineries, Carmel Valley is one of the sunniest places on the … Read More

Palm Trees in Santa Barbara, California

30+ Splendid Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California

Looking for the best things to do in Santa Barbara? Santa Barbara is the quintessential California beach city, with tall skinny palm trees, endless ocean views, and beautiful sandy beaches. But Santa Barbara isn’t just a beach destination. Home to stunning architecture, fascinating historic landmarks, a vibrant arts and culture scene, hikes and outdoor activities aplenty, and delicious food and … Read More

Paso Robles, CA

16 Delightful Things to Do in Paso Robles, California!

Considering a visit to Paso Robles? The heart of Central California wine country, Paso Robles is a compelling destination for oenophiles, but foodies, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts will also find plenty to like in Paso Robles. Paso Robles, officially El Paso de Robles, means The Pass of the Oaks. A sleepy pastoral place not too long ago, Paso Robles … Read More

Sunset at a Beach on the California Central Coast

15 Central California Coast Towns You Must Visit!

The towns of the Central California Coast are picturesque, laid-back, and full of charm. They also pack a punch when it comes to things to see and do. And you will find great food and drink to enjoy as well. The California Central Coast stretches from Santa Cruz County in the north to Ventura County in the south. Along this … Read More

A view of Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey California

25 Exciting Things to Do in Monterey, California!

Considering a trip to Monterey? Whether it’s just the city you plan to visit, or the Monterey Peninsula as a whole, you will find a wealth of recreational opportunities to enjoy. With one of the most diverse marine environments on the planet, Monterey is famous for its whale watching, which you can do year round, and for the Monterey Bay … Read More