Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park is one of the must-visit state parks near San Francisco, California

18 Spectacular State Parks Near San Francisco (+ Map!)

Looking for the best state parks near San Francisco to visit? California has a very robust state parks system, with beautiful parks scattered all over the state, and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to state parks around San Francisco. From mountains to coast and redwood forests to wildlife havens, there are many beautiful California state parks … Read More

Napa Valley California

8 Best Airbnbs in Napa Valley for an Incredible Wine Country Getaway!

Planning a visit to Napa Valley? If you are looking for accommodation options for your wine country trip, we’ve rounded up the best Napa Valley Airbnbs for you. One of the easiest and most fun weekend getaways from San Francisco, Napa Valley has it all: world class wine, fabulous food, pretty countryside, great shopping, and a charming ambience. You will … Read More

Pinnacles National Park in California

Pinnacles National Park: The Ultimate Guide

The smallest national park in California at 26,606 acres, Pinnacles National Park is worth visiting for its unique geological features, its excellent network of hiking trails, and the opportunities to see birds and wildlife, as well as wildflowers in season. Located in Central California, just around 120 miles south of San Francisco, Pinnacles National Park is one of the easiest … Read More

Artesa Winery is one of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley!

14 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley, California (+ Map!)

The best Napa Valley wineries offer exceptional wine, plus something more: art or architecture or gardens or great views. Especially if it is your first time visiting, you will want to stop at some of the most iconic and beautiful Napa Valley wine estates, for an unforgettable wine country experience. Over the years, vintners from many parts of the world … Read More

14 Fabulous Joshua Tree Airbnbs for Your Next Desert Getaway!

Looking for a break from the stress and noise of the city? A stay in one of these Joshua Tree Airbnbs may be just what you need! Just 2 to 2.5 hours away by road, Joshua Tree makes for one of the easiest and most relaxing weekend getaways from San Diego, or from the LA area. As one of the … Read More

Mono Lake Tufas Eastern Sierra California

Mono Lake Tufas: How (+ Where) to See Them!

The Mono Lake tufas have been fascinating visitors to the Eastern Sierra of California for many years. A part of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, the Mono Lake tufa towers are not only beautiful to view and photograph, they are also a habitat for birds and wildlife. Mono Lake is an old lake: over a million years old! Covering … Read More

Cholla Cactus Garden Joshua Tree NP

9 Awesome Joshua Tree Hikes (+ Tips!)

Looking for the best Joshua Tree hikes? Hiking is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do in Joshua Tree National Park. The Southern California desert park is home to a wide variety of hiking trails, and hiking is a great way to explore its unique landscape. Whether you are looking for a short and scenic family-friendly Joshua Tree … Read More

Mesquite Sand Dunes Death Valley

Death Valley National Park: Where to Stay

Considering a visit to Death Valley National Park and wondering where to stay in Death Valley? If you plan to spend two or more days exploring the park, you have many options for where to stay. Death Valley National Park is a spectacular desert national park in Southern California. It is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, … Read More

Napa Valley in November

Napa Valley in November: The Ultimate Guide!

Napa Valley in November makes for a wonderful getaway. If you want to experience California’s premier wine country destination in a less crowded, more relaxed time, plan a November visit. With fall crush done and the weather still pleasant, Napa in November will charm you. We’ve visited Napa Valley many times, but mainly in the summer. Until a couple of … Read More