How to Get From San Francisco to Napa Valley: 7 Easy Ways to Visit Wine Country

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If you’re planning a getaway to Napa Valley from San Francisco, this guide is your ticket to an easy, stress-free day out wine tasting. Located just 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, Napa Valley is the perfect day trip from the Bay Area.  Depending on traffic, you can be transported to the rolling hills of Napa’s … Read more How to Get From San Francisco to Napa Valley: 7 Easy Ways to Visit Wine Country

Black Sands Beach in Sausalito, CA: A Beautiful Black Sand Beach Near San Francisco

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Even though I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was surprised to find out that we have a black sand beach right here in the Bay! Located in the Marin Headlands, this beautiful beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an absolute stunner.  And surprisingly, in today’s time of overhyped and … Read more Black Sands Beach in Sausalito, CA: A Beautiful Black Sand Beach Near San Francisco

15 Joyful Things to Do in Japantown, San Francisco

The microneighborhood of San Francisco’s Japantown may be just a few square blocks, but it packs a lot into a small amount of space. Also called Nihonmachi, Japantown consists of a few blocks all centered around the Japantown Peace Plaza. It may not be nearly as big as Chinatown, but you’d be surprised: there are quite … Read more 15 Joyful Things to Do in Japantown, San Francisco

13 Vibrant Things to Do in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Home to skate and surf culture, Venice Beach has long been a major destination for fans of experiencing the outdoors in an urban environment. Tucked in between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, not only does Venice Beach have plenty to offer in the way of seaside outdoor activities, it’s also packed with oodles of other … Read more 13 Vibrant Things to Do in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

The 17 Most Instagrammable Places in Santa Barbara

Rows of palm trees, sparkling blue water, tiled stairways, succulents and plants everywhere you look, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture: no wonder there are so many Instagrammable places in Santa Barbara! This charming seaside city nestled at the junction of California’s Central Coast and Southern California offers so many wonderful photo spots in Santa Barbara … Read more The 17 Most Instagrammable Places in Santa Barbara

10 Fun Mountain Biking Trails in Lake Tahoe for All Levels to Enjoy!

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Sitting right on top of the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is known for its clear water and the endless outdoor activities it provides in all seasons. In the winter, the Tahoe area is known for its epic ski and snowboarding conditions, but don’t sleep on Tahoe in the summer! Lake Tahoe is a fantastic year-round … Read more 10 Fun Mountain Biking Trails in Lake Tahoe for All Levels to Enjoy!

Pfeiffer Beach: Exactly How to Visit the Purple Sand Beach in Big Sur

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You’ve heard of black sand beaches, white sand beaches, glass beaches, and maybe pink sand beaches. But what about a purple sand beach? I’ll admit it: before visiting Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, I was doubtful. A purple sand beach in California?  I was fully prepared for the purple to be just the subtlest hint … Read more Pfeiffer Beach: Exactly How to Visit the Purple Sand Beach in Big Sur

How to Hike to Pfeiffer Falls & Valley View in Big Sur, CA

Stunning rugged bluffs, towering redwoods, and brilliant cerulean sea: Big Sur is one of the most spectacular stretches of the California Coast. It’s the perfect place for a California road trip! While driving the stretch of Highway 1 that passes through Big Sur is a great way to appreciate the region’s beauty, there’s no substitute … Read more How to Hike to Pfeiffer Falls & Valley View in Big Sur, CA

Winter in California: 17 Phemenonal Winter Destinations

Festive decorations, snowy mountain peaks, and winter wildlife: contrary to popular belief, winter in California is a real thing. Depending on where you are in the state, winter may mean feet of snow or it may mean slightly cooler temperatures and chilly nights. It’s as varied as you get! I’ve gathered this list of awesome … Read more Winter in California: 17 Phemenonal Winter Destinations

33 Phenomenal Beaches in Northern California

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From rocky coasts to breathtaking sandy ones, Northern California’s beaches genuinely have it all! The rugged and beautiful Pacific coastline is unlike any other in the United States, and there’s a reason that people flock to it not only from all over the USA, but from all over the world. This post covers all of … Read more 33 Phenomenal Beaches in Northern California