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Soda Springs & Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows

When visiting the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park, there are two quick and easy attractions that most people choose to see, Soda Springs and Parson's … [Read More...]

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Fort Ord National Monument: Hiking from the Creekside Terrace Trailhead

When I went to explore Pinnacles National Park a few weeks ago, I wanted to spend a little time in Fort Ord National Monument as well. There was almost no … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

High Peaks Trail to Bear Gulch in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is mainly known for the two caves that it has, but if you go and don’t visit the High Peaks, then you are missing out. The High Peaks Trail is one of the best hikes I have been on in a while; it is just so unique and beautiful at each turn. […]

Pinnacles National Park Guide: Caves, High Peaks and Condors

Pinnacles National Park is the USA’s newest national park, created in late 2013. This park is an amazing place to explore due to the fact that it still flies under the radar with insanely popular places like Yosemite and Sequoia nearby. It is worth a day of exploration though as it has two awesome caves […]

Bear Gultch Cave & Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is home to not one, but two unique caves; both of which are made by cave-ins and not by lava flow like most of the California caves are made by. I got a chance to explore Balconies Cave a couple of years ago but finally got to check off Bear Gulch Cave […]

Route 66 Attractions from Rancho Cucamonga to Santa Monica

The section from Rancho Cucamonga to Santa Monica is the last part of Route 66, and if you have been doing it all the way from Chicago, then it can be pretty bittersweet to make it finally to the end. I haven’t been able to do that yet but I have completed the entire CA […]

Sycamore Inn Restaurant Along Historic Route 66

If you are looking for a historic spot right along Route 66, then consider the fantastic steakhouse known as Sycamore Inn. Route 66 is pretty unrecognizable in this section of Southern California, so it is fun to be able to round a corner and see a spot that has been there since the 1800’s (even […]

Santa Monica Pier: LA’s 100 Year Old Carnival Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles County. As the end point for Route 66 and the iconic pier with the Ferris Wheel and rides, it is easy to see why it is so popular. I for one don’t go very often because of the crowds, but if […]

Southwest Museum of the American Indian: LA’s First Museum

The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, created by Charles Lummis in 1907, was the first museum ever set up in Los Angeles. So if for nothing else, then you need to see it to experience that unique history. The museum is currently going through a renovation, and there is only one main exhibit that […]

Big Basin State Park: Hiking Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls & Golden Cascade Falls

In California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the Sunset / Sky to Sea Loop is one of the park’s most popular spots to hike. This hike is not for the faint of heart through as it is around 11 miles and it gains almost 2,000 feet during that time. On the trail, […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin State Park

The Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is only six-tenths of a mile, and it passes some of the largest redwoods in the entire park. The trail is flat and is readily available from the parking lot near the visitors center. If you are looking for a quick taste of the park, […]

Castle Rock State Park: Hiking to Castle Rock & Castle Rock Falls

Located in the hills above San Jose, Castle Rock State Park is the lesser known of the three state parks in the area, but it is still very unique and worthy of a visit. This park is popular with climbers, and you will see why when you walk around and view all of the massive rocks […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

As the main attraction in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, the Redwood Grove Loop Trail is a pretty fantastic way to get immersed amoung these giants. The trail itself is less than a mile, but it could easily take you an hour as there is so much to see that you will want to take […]

Best Route 66 Stops in California & A Guide for Each Section of the Drive

Route 66, America’s historic Mother Road, travels over 2,400 miles connecting Chicago to Southern California. To this day the road still beckons travelers from all over the globe, encouraging them to drive the road and discover its secrets. The state of California is where the road ends, right on the Santa Monica Pier, and through […]

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