Yaks on the 5 In Dunsmuir: One of Northern California’s Best Road Trip Restaurants

Yaks on the 5 is one of the best restaurants along Highway 5 from Sacramento to the state line. It was even voted as one of the top in the United States when it made the Yelp Top 100 list in 2015, and I have confirmed it myself on multiple occasions. It doesn’t look like […]

Headwaters of the Sacramento River in Mt Shasta City Park

The Sacramento River is one of the most impressive natural resources in all of California, and if you are visiting the town of Mount Shasta, you can take this quick stop to visit its humble beginnings. Mount Shasta City Park, on the outskirts of town, features the start of the river and has become an […]

California Waterfalls List: 45 Waterfalls I Have Explored in the State

California is home to a countless amount of waterfalls, that can be found literally all over the state. Ranging from 10 feet to 1,000 feet these natural wonders are one of my favorite things to find when traveling around the state. While the below list is by no means a complete list of the state’s […]

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene

Cesar Chavez National Monument is an area dedicated to one of the most influential Latino leaders in the United States during the last century. Mr. Chavez was responsible for bringing awareness to the plight of farm workers and leading to the first agricultural union. This small area in the city of Keene, run by the NPS, protects some […]

Channel Islands National Park Guide: Exploring California’s Rugged Islands

The first two Channel Islands, Anacapa and Santa Barbara, were designated as a National Monument in 1938. The National Park as you see it now was created in 1980 when it expanded to include all five of the current islands. The islands are home to dozens of species of diverse wildlife, miles of trails and […]

Alcatraz: Touring San Francisco’s Infamous Island

Alcatraz Island, also known as “The Rock,” was home to some of the countries most notorious prisoners during its tenure as a penitentiary. Now it is an incredibly popular part of the National Parks System that draws thousands of visitors a day and often books out weeks in advance. It was one of those places […]

Oakland City Guide: Restaurants, Historic Saloons & Outdoor Activities

Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland is a city that has changed many times over the last hundred years. The sprawling metropolitan area has become an escape from the rising housing market in San Francisco and transformed into a community of arts, restaurants and outdoor activities. Here are some of my favorite things to […]

Santa Barbara Guide: Restaurants, Historical Sites & Hiking in this Famous Coastal Town

The coastal city of Santa Barbara on Highway 101 in Southern California is one of the drives best coastal cities. The town has centuries of history, large mountain ranges for hiking and some of the freshest seafood around. I have been many times, and it is still a spot that I go back to often […]

Coit Tower: San Francisco’s Historic Viewpoint

The 210 foot Coit Tower, which sits in the middle of San Francisco, is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. This memorial was built in 1933 after Lillie Hitchcock donated one-third of her estate to the city to help with its beautification. It has now become one of San […]

Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail & Abandoned Oil Well on Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park has lots of great hiking trails. However, if you are looking to see what the island has to offer on a day trip and don’t have the time/stamina to reach Smugglers Cove, then the Scorpion Canyon Loop is a great option (as is Potato Harbor). Here is […]