30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter: Hikes, Closures, + Activities

As the other articles on this site about Yosemite describe, it is known that Yosemite is truly a treasure of America and the planet. From high alpine hiking to amazing scenery, Yosemite is a dream. It is a place of stories and lore. It is brimming with a rich history from its original Native American … Read more 30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter: Hikes, Closures, + Activities

30 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Fall (Including Fall Hikes!)

Yosemite National Park is open all year long, and each season offers something unique. Fall is an especially great time to visit the park as it will contain fewer crowds and ample opportunities for leaf-peeping (California has some great fall foliage!). Things begin to quiet down. The beauty is still, and always, mindblowing. Here are … Read more 30 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Fall (Including Fall Hikes!)

How to Spend a Weekend in Yosemite: 2 Day Itinerary

A weekend in Yosemite National Park is hardly enough time to cover everything to see. A lifetime is hardly enough time. I used to work in Yosemite, and there’s still more for me to discover. Yosemite spans over 1,100 square miles and offers endless vistas, lakes, creeks and waterfalls. It is built of granite slabs … Read more How to Spend a Weekend in Yosemite: 2 Day Itinerary

13+ Amazing Santa Cruz Hikes to Tackle

Santa Cruz is not only a beach and surfing destination, but it also has some of California’s best hiking. It’s easy to find adventure within Santa Cruz proper and the surrounding vicinity. From coastal hiking to redwood forests, any adventurer is sure to find excellent locations for short and long hikes. Choose from difficult, moderate, … Read more 13+ Amazing Santa Cruz Hikes to Tackle

Hidden Gems in Yosemite: 5 Secret Spots With No Crowds

In 1864, Yosemite National Park technically became the world’s first National Park. President Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias by creating a public trust with the state of California. He did so to keep it free from exploitation, as he understood the undeniable perfection of this scenery. Since then, … Read more Hidden Gems in Yosemite: 5 Secret Spots With No Crowds

Your Wonderful Weekend in Santa Cruz Itinerary!

Santa Cruz is a popular coastal town on California’s Central Coast. It is largely known for its surfing culture. It is an artist friendly location where much of the state’s counterculture has evolved. On top of this, Santa Cruz is extremely family-friendly and offers a wonderful classic beach town experience for all. There are many … Read more Your Wonderful Weekend in Santa Cruz Itinerary!

Hiking the Lost Coast Trail: Guide to Trekking California’s Wildest Stretch of Coastline

The Lost Coast Trail (LCT)  is a backpacking trail in the Sinkyone Wilderness, Humboldt County, California. It has a north and south section covering 60 miles of California’s beautiful coastline. Most hike the northern section: this is the section we will be covering in this guide to hiking the Lost Coast trail. The northern section … Read more Hiking the Lost Coast Trail: Guide to Trekking California’s Wildest Stretch of Coastline