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

Pinnacles National Park California USA

One Day in Pinnacles National Park: Itinerary Ideas, Best Hikes!

One day in Pinnacles National Park allows you time to do some epic hiking, explore talus caves, 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‚Äôs national parks, and a must-visit for its namesake pinnacles and must-do hiking trails. … Read More

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. If you are a nature lover, a landscape photographer, or an outdoors enthusiast, you will definitely want to put California’s national parks on your bucket list. From … 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. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve 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 … 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. The trail is easy to access and doable even on a day trip to Joshua National Park. Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail is one of our favorite … Read More

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

The Cholla Cactus Boardwalk Trail is one of the easiest hikes in Joshua Tree National Park, California

13 Best Joshua Tree Hikes (+ Tips for Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park!)

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 landscapes up close. Whether you are looking for a short and scenic family-friendly … 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

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California offers lots of things to do!

21 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