13 Abandoned Ghost Towns in California: Gold Rush Boom Towns & More

California was a major center of activity during the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s.  Thousands upon thousands of people rushed into California in search of gold — both to make their personal fortune and help themselves to establish generational wealth for their families. While the Gold Rush itself ended fairly quickly, the boom and bust … Read more 13 Abandoned Ghost Towns in California: Gold Rush Boom Towns & More

The 21 Best Places for Snow in California

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, snow in California was an event, not something that simply happened each winter. Occasionally, it would snow on nearby Mt. Diablo in the East Bay, and we (and virtually every other family in the area) would drive up to the top of the mountain to enjoy some rare snow play close … Read more The 21 Best Places for Snow in California

The 9 Best Books About California: Novels, Essays, Stories & More

California can’t be beat for its array of recreational options. You can ski and surf on the same day, chasing it with a Michelin starred meal after. Zen out at a yoga retreat or be surrounded by people at a music festival in the desert.  But the best books about California pull back the fancy … Read more The 9 Best Books About California: Novels, Essays, Stories & More

10 Best Outdoor Things to Do in Southern California in 2021

Have you been wondering where to go and what to do in SoCal that’s outdoors, safe, and fun?  There’s the endless sandy shores, majestic mountains, dreamy ocean, and twinkling cityscape—the destinations are limitless if you’re seeking out outdoor adventures in Southern California! The sometimes undulating, sometimes rugged, and sometimes leveled terrains that are the fabric … Read more 10 Best Outdoor Things to Do in Southern California in 2021

101 Incredible Places to Visit in California

California has it all: palmy beaches, otherworldly deserts, magical old-growth redwood forests, rugged coastlines, alpine lakes, and mystical peaks. No matter what kind of adventure you seek, California has it. With nine national parks, 840 miles of coastline, nearly 500 cities, and countless small towns, there is the perfect place to visit in California for … Read more 101 Incredible Places to Visit in California

13 Incredible Hidden Gems in California: Off the Beaten Path Places You Can’t Miss

Planning to visit California, but want to make your trip a little more unique than your standard San Francisco, LA, and Pacific Coast Highway itinerary? This post highlights little-known redwood forests, beautiful wild beaches, lesser-known national parks, and other hidden gems in California that few people (save the locals) know about. So if you’re looking … Read more 13 Incredible Hidden Gems in California: Off the Beaten Path Places You Can’t Miss

75 Magical Things to Do in California (Bucket List Ideas!)

Young male scuba diver under the water, photo half above water, half under water, with the iconic Avalon casino (a white round building) above the dive on land.

California is a state so vast, so beautiful, so varied that you could spend an entire lifetime traveling it and still never get bored of its landscapes. With incredible cities, gorgeous vistas, delicious food, and a dizzying diversity of culture, even though California is my home state I still never get bored of getting out … Read more 75 Magical Things to Do in California (Bucket List Ideas!)

Christmas in California: 11 Festive Destinations to Get in the Holiday Spirit

A California Christmas can mean cold, snowy days or warm sunny beaches: we’ve really got it all in the Golden State. But whether your forecast is sun or sleet, one thing is for sure: Christmas in California means a lots of lights, festivities, and fun throughout the holiday season, whether you’re keeping in sunny in … Read more Christmas in California: 11 Festive Destinations to Get in the Holiday Spirit

5 Spookiest, Most Haunted Places in California

If you’re looking for some haunted places in California, you’re in for a treat! For being a land associated with sunshine and surfers, California hides a sinister history underneath its surface. From religious missions supposedly haunted by the ghosts of murdered Natives to haunted ships and bizarre labyrinthine houses built by eccentric and paranoid billionaires, … Read more 5 Spookiest, Most Haunted Places in California

7 Places in California That (Almost) Feel Like Europe

With most international travel out of the cards for the rest of 2020 and who knows how long into 2021, we’ve got to get creative. Luckily, the Golden State is so beautiful and diverse it’s almost like a world unto itself… literally. In this post, I’m going to show you 7 incredible places in California … Read more 7 Places in California That (Almost) Feel Like Europe