5 Spectacular Yosemite Winter Hikes for All Levels

hiking in yosemite in winter with beautiful waterfalls and snow on the ground and a peaceful creek

Get out of your winter blues and into the magic of Yosemite! While world-renowned Yosemite is typically a sought-after summer camping destination, there’s a special magic to its frost-covered hikes in the winter months. The scent of pine and freshly-brewed coffee in a Thermos swirling with the morning winter fog on a hike around a … Read more 5 Spectacular Yosemite Winter Hikes for All Levels

11 Things to Know Before Camping in Tuolumne Meadows​

the tuolumne meadows campgrounds are beautiful

High alpine meadows, turquoise-clear glacial lakes, granite domes erupting from the meadow grass: welcome to Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite’s pristine high country. Tuolumne Meadows is a great place to embark on a number of high-country hikes in Yosemite, and it’s also a fantastic place to camp! But camping at Tuolumne Meadows is a little challenging due … Read more 11 Things to Know Before Camping in Tuolumne Meadows​

Where to Find Giant Sequoias in Yosemite: 3 Serene Sequoia Groves

I’ve seen coastal redwoods my whole life growing up in the Bay Area, but I was not prepared for my first encounter with a giant sequoia. Impossibly large and neck-achingly tall, giant sequoias are the largest single-rooted trees by mass in the world. Over 20 million years ago, giant sequoias used to rule over a … Read more Where to Find Giant Sequoias in Yosemite: 3 Serene Sequoia Groves

30 Epic Northern California Hikes for Your Bucket List

person standing at the base of a redwood tree

If you love hiking, Northern California has just about every kind of hike you can imagine. Redwood forests? Check. Fern-covered canyons? Got it. Rugged coastline and black sand beaches? Yup and yup. There’s an astounding number of incredible hikes in Northern California for just about every difficulty level and location! We’ve grouped this post by … Read more 30 Epic Northern California Hikes for Your Bucket List

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

View of the foliage of Yosemite in fall with half dome in the distance on the Merced River

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 — and … Read more 30 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Fall (Including Fall Hikes!)

San Francisco to Muir Woods (With or Without Reservations): How to Get There & What to Do!

A path leading through a foggy redwood forest in Muir Woods, surrounded by tall red tree trunks of the redwood tree

Just about an hour north of San Francisco, you’ll find towering old-growth coast redwoods deep in a beautiful national forest, right in the heart of Marin County. Muir Woods, named for the famous conservationist John Muir, is one of the gems of the San Francisco Bay Area, located in Mill Valley, California.  It’s a popular … Read more San Francisco to Muir Woods (With or Without Reservations): How to Get There & What to Do!

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

7 Easy Yosemite Hikes for Beginner Hikers

Out of all the national parks in the United States, Yosemite is one of the most iconic! If you like the peace and quiet of a beautiful national park, this is an ideal stop on your next trip to California. You can breathe easy – (uh, provided you aren’t visiting during wildfire season!) – and … Read more 7 Easy Yosemite Hikes for Beginner Hikers

11 Best Redwoods Near San Francisco

Whether you’re a born-and-raised Californian or visiting Northern California for vacation, you can’t help but feel awe every time you’re in the presence of a mighty redwood. Redwoods are some of the tallest trees in the world, and some can live to two or three thousand years old. While you can indeed find a few … Read more 11 Best Redwoods Near San Francisco

15 Best Beaches in Southern California

Looking for the best beaches in Southern California? While there are quite literally hundreds of SoCal beaches to choose from, I’ve selected 15 of the best. These beaches are all located within an hour or two of Los Angeles or San Diego, making them easy day trips from virtually all major metropolitan areas in Southern … Read more 15 Best Beaches in Southern California