Ryan Mountain Trail Joshua Tree National Park

Hike the Ryan Mountain Trail in Joshua Tree National Park, California!

The Ryan Mountain Trail in Joshua Tree National Park is a spectacular hike that offers panoramic views from the second-highest point in the park. Ryan Mountain is one of our favorite hikes, not just in Joshua Tree National Park, but in all of Southern California. We’ve done it twice, and enjoyed it immensely each time. Since Ryan Mountain is centrally … Read More

Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful wine regions in California!

Beautiful Wine Regions in California You Must Visit!

Looking to visit the best wine regions in California? California’s wine regions produce a wide variety of wines, influenced by the soil and climate in each growing area. From cool coastal regions shrouded in fog to the sunshine-soaked valleys of the interior, California boasts many microclimates suited for viticulture. Did you know that more than half of the American Viticultural … Read More

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs, CA: Things to Do (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in California. Located in the Colorado Desert in Southern California, Anza-Borrego State Park features spectacular desert landscapes, outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and a variety of flora and fauna. At around 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego is the largest of California’s state parks. Its name is a combination of the last … 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

Sequoia National Park in California

22 Best Things to Do in Sequoia National Park (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Sequoia National Park offers spectacular scenery, a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, and the chance to walk among giant sequoias, the largest known trees on the planet. Located in the Sierra Nevada of California, close to Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park should definitely feature on your Golden State itinerary if you love nature and … Read More

Rhine House Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley California

Visiting Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Beringer Vineyards should be at the top of your itinerary for Napa Valley. Not just for their wines and tasting experiences, which are superb. But also for the art and architecture, the gorgeous gardens and grounds, and the rich history of the vineyard. One of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley, Beringer Vineyards is located in Saint Helena, in … Read More

Manzanita Lake, with Lassen Peak behind, in Lassen Volcanic National Park in northeastern California

22 Best Things to Do in Lassen Volcanic National Park (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to striking hydrothermal features, volcanic peaks, and many beautiful alpine lakes. If you enjoy the great outdoors, put Lassen Volcanic National Park on your itinerary for the Golden State! Located in the Shasta Cascade region of northeastern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the lesser visited national parks in California. Which is … Read More

Driving Tioga Road Over Tioga Pass in California

Tioga Road: A Beautiful Summer Road Trip at Yosemite National Park

Tioga Road is a spectacularly scenic drive through Yosemite National Park. The drive should definitely be on your itinerary for Yosemite if you visit the park when the road is open. Officially California State Route 120, the Tioga Road drive between Crane Flat and Lee Vining goes over Tioga Pass, the highest highway pass in California. It features diverse and … Read More

Redwood National and State Parks in California

23 Best Things to Do in Redwood National and State Parks (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Redwood National and State Parks offer you the chance to discover some of the most scenic redwood groves on the planet. But they also offer an astonishing variety of other beautiful landscapes to explore and many fun things to do. Located in Northern California, close to the Oregon border, Redwood National and State Parks comprise four parks: Redwood National Park, … Read More

Garrapata State Park in California at Sunset

Garrapata State Park in Carmel, CA: Things to Do + Tips for Visiting!

Located along scenic California Highway 1, at the base of the Santa Lucia mountains, Garrapata State Park features spectacular scenery, a variety of hiking trails, and a sandy beach. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you will love Garrapata State Park, and all it offers. Acquired by the State of California in 1980, Garrapata State Park is one of a … Read More