Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail: How to Plan Your PCT Thru Hike

So you’re thinking about a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike… This probably means you know you like hiking, and you want to do it for a long time. Congratulations! You’ve made it this far. The decision to attempt a thru-hike is exciting and is the first step in your planning process. But what now? This preparation … Read more Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail: How to Plan Your PCT Thru Hike

7 Best Hikes Near Mt Shasta: Hiking Trails For All Levels!

Drive a little over four hours north of San Francisco and you’ll arrive in Mount Shasta – an enchanted city at about 3,600 feet above sea level in Siskiyou County. Due to its proximity to the Bay Area, it’s a popular San Francisco road trip destination for hikers in the summer. Known for the massive … Read more 7 Best Hikes Near Mt Shasta: Hiking Trails For All Levels!

Best Camping in Tahoe: 12 Campgrounds Perfect For Summer

Camping along the shores of Lake Tahoe means waking up to fresh mountain air, a day on the lake, or relaxing on the beach while sleeping under the alpine forest. These campgrounds are usually open between mid-May and mid-October and provide an affordable way of staying and kick up your heels, while refreshing yourself in … Read more Best Camping in Tahoe: 12 Campgrounds Perfect For Summer

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, from water sports to skiing to hiking to camping. In the winter, the Tahoe area is known for its epic ski and snowboarding conditions, but don’t sleep on Tahoe … 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

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

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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