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

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

view of pfeiffer beach in the middle of the day with people walking on the purple sand beach

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

The 5 Best Hikes in Muir Woods National Monument

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Imagine a place where you can experience the golden glow of the Golden Coast filtering through crisp, stained-glass green leaves and towering trees. A hikers dream, the mystical atmosphere of Muir Woods National Monument is filled with these rare old-growth coastal redwoods. Beyond these beautiful redwood groves, the protected lands of Muir Woods stretch over … Read more The 5 Best Hikes in Muir Woods National Monument

The Best Places for Stargazing in California: 13 Delightful Dark Sky Destinations

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While California may be the country’s most populous state, there’s no shortage of beautiful places in California to gaze at the night sky away from the light pollution of the cities. Whether you visit a national park, remote mountain town, or even a city observatory, there are plenty of spots where you can go stargazing … Read more The Best Places for Stargazing in California: 13 Delightful Dark Sky Destinations

17 Divine Things to Do in Death Valley National Park, California

If someone asks if you’d like to spend a few days in Death Valley, your first reaction might be….Why? Death Valley is the lowest, driest, and hottest location in the United States, holding the World Record for the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet (134.1 °F in 1913. Just a few weeks back, a temperature … Read more 17 Divine Things to Do in Death Valley National Park, California

23 Best Places for Fall Foliage in California

Fall is in the air, so it is time to start thinking about exploring where to find the best fall foliage in California for your next road trip in the state! The cool and dry air activates those changing leaves, so pay attention to the temperatures and check the local fall foliage reports to time … Read more 23 Best Places for Fall Foliage in California

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

9 Incredible Natural Hot Springs in California

Looking for a little dash of Iceland in California? There are many wonderful, relaxing hot springs in California — though many of them come with a steep resort fee. This post focuses instead on the best non-commercial public hot springs in California: ones you don’t have to pay a fee to use (although you may … Read more 9 Incredible Natural Hot Springs in California