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

Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley NP California

Hike Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley National Park!

Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley is a gorgeous hike offering up-close looks at the beautiful marble walls of Mosaic Canyon and the mosaics from which it gets its name. It is one of our favorite hikes in Death Valley National Park! Hiking Mosaic Canyon Trail is one of the more popular things to do in Death Valley National Park, and … 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

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

The Best State Parks in California

25 Stunning California State Parks You Must Visit (+ Map!)

California’s state parks are wonderful places to experience the Golden State’s scenic beauty and history. If you are planning a visit to the state, you’ll definitely want to look into weaving in a few of the best California state parks into your itinerary. Scattered all over the state, and running the gamut from coasts and forests to lakes, deserts, and … 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