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

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

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

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

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

Wall Street Mill Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

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