Best Things to Do in Napa Valley Besides Wine!

30+ Exciting Things to Do in Napa Valley Besides Wine!

There are so many fun things to do in Napa Valley besides wine, from scenic drives to shopping and hiking to historical landmarks! So if you are wondering if a visit to Napa Valley is worthwhile if you don’t have wine on the itinerary, then hear us: absolutely, yes! If you enjoy the outdoors, you will love exploring all the … 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

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

Bird Island Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel California

Bird Island Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve: A Beautiful Walk!

The short and scenic Bird Island Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve features beautiful views, access to a sandy beach, and lots of birds in season. The park is located along Highway One, just three miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. We walk the Bird Island Trail every time we visit the park. It is one of the most popular Point Lobos … Read More

Things to Do in Death Valley

21 Best Things to Do in Death Valley National Park (+ Map)!

Planning a visit to Death Valley National Park? Discover the best things to do in Death Valley, from must-visit scenic overlooks to sensational hikes and drives through the magical landscapes of the park. From hiking the golden Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes to walking across the white Badwater Salt Flat, and from hiking beautiful badlands at Zabriskie Point to admiring colorful … Read More

Rock formations Hidden Valley Joshua Tree NP California

Hike the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park!

The Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park is a spectacular and easy nature trail, perfect for anyone that wishes to experience Joshua Tree’s signature rocks and trees in a not-too-long walk. Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail is one of my favorite things to do in Joshua Tree National Park, and so far, we’ve done this hike on each … Read More

El Capitan in Yosemite: Inside California's National Parks

The Nine Incredible National Parks in California (Top Things to Do + Tips for Visiting!)

There are more national parks in California than in any other state in the United States. And together, the nine California national parks offer one of the greatest wilderness aggregations on the planet. From Yosemite to Death Valley, California’s national parks inspire infinite wonder, and you can’t help but feel an almost aching appreciation of their untamed beauty. Dramatic landscapes, … 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

Bluff Trail Montana de Oro State Park Central California

Hiking the Bluff Trail in Montana de Oro State Park

The Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park is a stunning, easy hike, perfect for anyone that enjoys beautiful views. So if you are planning to visit the Central California Coast, add this great hike to your itinerary! Likely the easiest trail in the beautiful state park, the Bluff Trail is also one of the most popular Montana de … Read More

Hiking the Barker Dam Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

If you are looking for a fun short hike to do when you visit Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, consider the Barker Dam Nature Trail! Featuring the enormous boulders for which the park is known, plus the historic dam and a little cave with petroglyphs, the Barker Dam Trail definitely deserves a top spot on your list of … Read More