How to Walk / Bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic attractions in all of California. People come from all over the world to see it, and most only drive across it or look at it from one of the main viewpoints. It is actually pretty easy to walk or bike across the famous bridge though, […]

Boudin Bread Bowls & Museum Tour in San Francisco

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop by the city famous bread making establishment known as Boudin. This bakery has a storied history that spans over a century, and during that time it has become a staple in San Francisco. You can just stop by for a quick lunch, or you can […]

Gold Bug Mine and Stamp Mill in Placerville

On the way to South Lake Tahoe, in the town of Placerville, sits the Gold Bug Mine. This mine is a fantastic stop for the whole family as it has a self-guided, real gold mine tour you can go on, a historic stamp mill and a blacksmiths shop. If you 30 minutes to spare, I […]

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride from the Cactus to the Clouds

The Palm Springs desert can be a hot place to be in the summer, so being able to take a 15-minute tram ride up over 6,000 feet is a welcome escape. The Palm Springs Ariel Tram, located 10 minutes outside of town, is just that. This engineering marvel has been here for over 50 years, […]

Lombard Street: San Francisco Famous Crooked Landmark

Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of the most popular attractions in the city and something that people come from all over to see. The historic curved street was designed so that people could drive their cars down it in the early days of cars when they couldn’t do steep hills. You can still […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eagle Mine & High Point Gold Mine Tour in Julian

The town of Julian is a fun little hideaway that is visited often by people from San Diego and Temecula for the excellent pie. I have driven there on a few occasions just to get pie as well; it is that good. That being said, the town of Julian has a lot more to offer, […]

Historic Lummis House on the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles

Situated along the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which connects Los Angeles and Pasadena, are an incredible amount of historic spots for you to explore. Among them in the Lummis House which is one of the oldest structures in the area. Built around the late 1800’s, this house was home to the first city editor of the LA […]

Knapps Castle: Hiking Santa Barbara’s Famous Mansion Ruins

Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. The area is technically on private property so there is always the chance that the owner will revoke access to this popular spot but that has not […]