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
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 Lost Coast Trail (LCT) is a backpacking trail in the Sinkyone Wilderness, Humboldt County, California. It has a north and south section covering 60 miles of California’s beautiful coastline. Most hike the northern section: this is the section we will be covering in this guide to hiking the Lost Coast trail. The northern section … Read more Hiking the Lost Coast Trail: Guide to Trekking California’s Wildest Stretch of Coastline
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. Known for the massive volcano of the same name, Mount Shasta is a popular attraction for outdoor enthusiasts across the nation. While mountaineers travel to … Read more 7 Best Hikes Near Mt Shasta: Hiking Trails For All Levels!
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
Just a short day trip away from San Francisco, you can enjoy the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. Drive a leisurely 1 hour north on Highway 101 to Manzanita, then continue north on CA-1 to Olema, where you will find the park entrance. Even though it is just a short drive, you may want to … Read more 13 Things to Do in Point Reyes: Complete Travel Guide + Tips
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!
The Golden State is famous for many things — its sky-scraping sequoias, its awe-inspiring mountains, its stunning beaches — but for some reason, people forget about all the beautiful waterfalls in California. Sure, McWay Falls in Big Sur may come to mind, but there are several hidden gem waterfalls in California few people know about … Read more 17 Incredible California Waterfalls Worth the Hike (+ Trail Info)
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
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