5 Unique and Beautiful Mojave National Preserve Hikes

Nestled in the southeastern part of California, the Mojave National Preserve is one of the most underrated hiking destinations in the state. With Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park so close by, the Mojave can seem easy to pass up. But trust us: just one visit to its unique environment will have … Read more 5 Unique and Beautiful Mojave National Preserve Hikes

7 of the Best Tuolumne Meadows Hikes

While Tuolumne Meadows does, indeed, center around a large meadow, it also has roaring waterfalls, rushing rivers, and huge granite peaks and domes: Yosemite in miniature! Yosemite Valley’s slightly lesser-known cousin, Tuolumne Meadows offers similar scenery to the Valley itself, but with more of an alpine feel and best of all — with fewer crowds! … Read more 7 of the Best Tuolumne Meadows Hikes

Bats in California: Common Bat Species & 8 Great Places to Find Them!

California is a beautiful place with a gorgeous coastline, amazing wineries, and even huge theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm and of course, Disneyland. You might have gone to California to go surfing or to hike, but there are other unique things to do in California that you might not have heard about before. If … Read more Bats in California: Common Bat Species & 8 Great Places to Find Them!

17 Best Things to Do in Big Bear in Summer

Big Bear Lake, situated in the San Bernardino National Forest, is a popular winter destination for those who love the snow. Bear Mountain is known to be particularly crowded after a fresh snowfall, especially since it’s a popular winter weekend getaway destination from Los Angeles. If you have only been to Big Bear in the … Read more 17 Best Things to Do in Big Bear in Summer

Hiking the Kortum Trail in Jenner: A Beautiful Sonoma Coast Trail

I’ve hiked a lot in California, but rarely have I found a trail as richly rewarding as the Kortum Trail in Jenner-by-the-Sea, California. Traversing four beautiful beaches, uncountable sea stacks, so many wildflowers and kinds of plant life, and mystical boulders and washed up redwoods, there’s nothing else quite like it on the coast. Best … Read more Hiking the Kortum Trail in Jenner: A Beautiful Sonoma Coast Trail

How to Make the Most of One Day in Death Valley: A Quick Itinerary

Death Valley’s extreme temperatures and ethereal landscape make it one of the most alluring National Parks in the country. From waterfalls to desert dunes, Death Valley National Park has many places to visit and explore, even if you only have one day in Death Valley. Pre-planning and doing your best to stay on schedule is … Read more How to Make the Most of One Day in Death Valley: A Quick Itinerary

Quick Guide to Sonoma Coast State Park: 9 Best Hikes & Beaches

California is home to a jaw-dropping number of state parks — 280, in fact, one of the largest state parks systems in all of the country. Each offers something spectacular, but one particularly special park to my heart is Sonoma Coast State Park. It’s, quite simply, absolutely stunning. This gorgeous state park stretches from 4 … Read more Quick Guide to Sonoma Coast State Park: 9 Best Hikes & Beaches

12 Best Yosemite Valley Hikes for All Levels

Yosemite Valley – just the name alone conjures up images of magnificent views, taller than belief granite walls, and thundering waterfalls. Even a single day in Yosemite Valley will show you that Yosemite lives up to its reputation as a premier national park! Every year, nearly 5 million people visit Yosemite National Park. The park’s … Read more 12 Best Yosemite Valley Hikes for All Levels

All The Weird & Wonderful Things to Do at the Salton Sea

desert landscapes of the salton sea

If you’ve ever seen the Val Kilmer movie, titled The Salton Sea, my guess is you aren’t reading this because you decided, yes that’s a place I’d like to go visit! Now that I’ve scared you and filled your next Friday night with a really memorable movie, let me tell you a little bit about … Read more All The Weird & Wonderful Things to Do at the Salton Sea

16 Thrilling Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is arguably California’s most iconic National Park! With its towering granite walls, crystal clear lakes, and tremendous giant sequoias, it’s no wonder Yosemite was chosen as America’s first protected wilderness area under the 1864 Yosemite Valley Grant Act. The park stretches more than 1,100 square miles and is larger than the state of Rhode … Read more 16 Thrilling Things to Do in Yosemite National Park