McWay Falls in Big Sur California

McWay Falls, Big Sur: How to Visit This Cool Waterfall by the Pacific Ocean!

McWay Falls in Big Sur is an 80-foot cascade that makes the perfect picture postcard. In a state known for its numerous beautiful waterfalls, McWay Falls holds its own as a must-see year-round ribbon of water along the famous Pacific Coast Highway. A part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, McWay Falls is one of only two … Read More

Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park is one of the best hikes in Big Sur, California

18 Best Hikes in Big Sur, California (+ Tips for Hiking Big Sur)

Big Sur, on California’s Central Coast, is famous for its spectacular scenery, but it is also renowned for its hiking. Big Sur hiking trails are a great draw for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and landscape photographers alike. The best hikes in Big Sur range from accessible or easy to super strenuous, so there’s a trail for every visitor that wants … Read More

View from the Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail in Big Sur, California

Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The short but spectacularly scenic Garrapata State Park Bluff Trail is a must-do Big Sur hike near Carmel-by-the-Sea. The coastline here is some of the most scenic you will see along the Big Sur coast. Soberanes Point to the south. The colorful cliffs of Garrapata to the north. The mighty Pacific Ocean to the west. And the scenic Santa Lucia … Read More

Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California

Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

The beautiful Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is one of the most scenic short hikes you can do at the northern end of the Big Sur Coast. The park is located just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. One of our favorite hikes in Point Lobos, Sea Lion Point Trail is among the most popular trails in the … Read More

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs, CA: Things to Do (+ Tips for Visiting!)

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in California. Located in the Colorado Desert in Southern California, Anza-Borrego State Park features spectacular desert landscapes, outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and a variety of flora and fauna. At around 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego is the largest of California’s state parks. Its name is a combination of the last … Read More

Garrapata State Park in California at Sunset

Garrapata State Park in Carmel, CA: Things to Do + Tips for Visiting!

Located along scenic California Highway 1, at the base of the Santa Lucia mountains, Garrapata State Park features spectacular scenery, a variety of hiking trails, and a sandy beach. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you will love Garrapata State Park, and all it offers. Acquired by the State of California in 1980, Garrapata State Park is one of a … Read More

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

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

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

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