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

Pinnacles National Park California USA

Pinnacles National Park: One Day Itinerary Ideas

One day in Pinnacles National Park allows you time to do some epic hiking, admire and photograph wildflowers (if you visit in season), and look for California condors and other birds and wildlife. Pinnacles National Park is the youngest and the smallest of California’s national parks, and a must-visit for its namesake pinnacles. While hiking is the major reason why … Read More

Artist's Palette on Artist's Drive in Death Valley

Artist’s Palette and Artist’s Drive in Death Valley National Park: Why You Must Go!

Artist’s Palette is one of the most photographed spots in Death Valley National Park. The viewpoint is the major attraction on Artist’s Drive, arguably the most scenic drive in all of Death Valley. Featuring beautiful desert landscapes along a winding road, Artist Drive is definitely deserving of a top spot on your Death Valley National Park itinerary, especially if you … Read More

Hiking in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Carmel California

Point Lobos Hiking: Top 6 Trails to Hike at the California Coastal Park!

Looking for the best Point Lobos hiking trails? If you are planning your first visit to the beautiful California state park, read on to discover the top 6 Point Lobos hiking trails to put on your itinerary! Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, located near Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Central California Coast, is gorgeous. All the hiking trails in the reserve are … 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

Things to Do Joshua Tree National Park

20 Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Joshua Tree National Park is one of California’s two spectacular desert national parks, and a fabulous place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors. Its unique landscapes will wow you with their stark beauty. Located in Southern California, under an hour from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park is most famous for its massive monzogranite boulder formations and straight-out-of-Seuss Joshua … Read More