The 7 Best PCT Section Hikes in California

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) winds 2650 miles along the mountain ridges of California, Oregon, and Washington. The section through California is the longest, clocking in at 1,691 miles. The sections of the PCT in California are extremely varied, offering miles in the scorching but beautiful Mojave Desert, in the pristine Sierra Nevada mountains, and … Read more The 7 Best PCT Section Hikes in California

The Wonders of Redwood National Park: Itinerary for 2 Days

Each and every one of California’s nine national parks has something (if not a bunch of somethings) to rave home about and Redwood National Park is no exception. Dare I say that Redwood National Park is even one of the best national parks to visit? The National Park is combined in unison with three redwood-filled … Read more The Wonders of Redwood National Park: Itinerary for 2 Days

The Complete Guide to Seeing the Firefall in Yosemite (2022 Update)

Firefall cascading over the granite cliffs in Yosemite NP

Yosemite Valley is known for its grandeur, the ultimate escape into the natural beauty within one of the most iconic national parks on Earth. From the glacially carved granite monoliths to the alpine meadows abound with wildlife, the Yosemite Valley is 3,800 acres of awe-inspiring views of wonder. Hikers and rock climbers alike venture across … Read more The Complete Guide to Seeing the Firefall in Yosemite (2022 Update)

Weekend in Death Valley: Your Perfect 2 Days in Death Valley Itinerary

Death Valley National Park is one of extremes.  Home to two of the world’s hottest temperatures ever recorded, its lowest point sits at 282 feet below sea level — just a mere 150 miles from the highest point in the Lower 48, Mt. Whitney. Death Valley is so named for being inhospitable yet beautiful, located … Read more Weekend in Death Valley: Your Perfect 2 Days in Death Valley Itinerary

10 Wonderful Places for Whale Watching in California: Tips, Seasons, + More!

One of the most magical feelings in the world is getting to watch whales in their natural environment.  Whether it’s the feeling of seeing them spout off in the ocean from your position on the shore or getting to see them up close and personal from a small boat tour, whale watching in California is … Read more 10 Wonderful Places for Whale Watching in California: Tips, Seasons, + More!

30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter & Best Things to Do

Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a beautiful place to visit no matter the time of year, and a winter getaway to Yosemite is no exception. From high alpine hiking to amazing scenery, Yosemite is a dream come true for outdoor-loving people, and it’s not a surprise that Yosemite figures high on … Read more 30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter & Best Things to Do

What to Pack for the Pacific Crest Trail: PCT Gear List to Get Your Pack from Heavy to Ready!

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Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers may be the only people who agonize over a single ounce while packing for a trip. After all, you’ll have to carry everything you need to live for the next few months — in very few situations are the stakes this high! The decisions of what to bring for hiking the … Read more What to Pack for the Pacific Crest Trail: PCT Gear List to Get Your Pack from Heavy to Ready!

How to Plan a Joshua Tree Day Trip (From LA, the OC, or San Diego!)

the hidden valley trail in Joshua tree national park with lots of desert plant life surrounding it

No matter how undeniably exciting it is to live near Southern California’s Pacific Coast, sometimes a getaway is needed. Sometimes, visiting a destination that provides a vastly different experience and landscape is more than necessary.  After all, we are creatures of habit — and it’s important to break those habits from time to time. Fortunately, … Read more How to Plan a Joshua Tree Day Trip (From LA, the OC, or San Diego!)

5 Easy Ways to Get From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

the famous yosemite valley with lots of trees and cliffs and granite mountains

Climbers scaling the impossibly vertical El Capitan. Hikers craning their necks to see the canopy of giant sequoias. Photographers angling for the perfect shots of Half Dome. Yosemite National Park has something for everyone, and located just 170 miles away from San Francisco, it’s a popular day trip or weekend getaway for both Bay Area … Read more 5 Easy Ways to Get From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

One Day in Yosemite National Park: Itinerary for a Quick Day Trip (2022)

Whether you visit for the thundering waterfalls in spring, the seemingly endless sunny days of summer, the crisp golden colors of fall, or the snow-glittered winter, one day in Yosemite will make an everlasting impression. Yosemite National Park is home to giant sequoia forests, stunning granite rock formations that make every rock climber’s bucket list, and … Read more One Day in Yosemite National Park: Itinerary for a Quick Day Trip (2022)