Scotty’s Castle: The Mansion of Death Valley

A trip to Death Valley is full of adventure, nature and desert. There are thousands of acres of bleak and hot country, abandoned mines and ghost towns, yet right in the middle is a mansion that was built almost 90 years ago and is called Scotty’s Castle. I can’t stress how strange it is to see a […]

Grauman’s Chinese Theater: Movies and Celebrity Footprints

I would put Graumen’s Chinese Theater as one of the quintessential Los Angeles landmarks along with the Hollywood Sign, but until recently I had no idea that the public could actual go on a regular day and see a movie there. It is a famous place where many of the Hollywood premiers are held and […]

World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker

Update Dec 2014 – The thermometer is now working and there is a full gift shop below it. You can still read my original post on this spot at the end of this post. When I made my way to Baker a few months ago I was surprised to see that the thermometer is now […]

Hollywood Sign & The Batcave: Hiking LA’s Famous Spots

One of the most iconic symbols of Southern California, the Hollywood Sign, is also very accessible and should be a go to destination at least once during your time in California. The hike is easy enough that any member of the family can do it, but still difficult enough to get your heart rate pumping […]

Exploring Mission San Juan Capistrano: A Photographic Guide

While growing up in Southern California I must have been sick during the school trip that takes you to this mission, as everyone that I have talked to has been here other then me. Since that was case, I decided make a full day out of it and to see the Mission San Juan Capistrano […]

Watts Towers in Los Angeles: History, Tours and Pictures

The Watts Towers is one of the those places I knew very little about before actually making the visit. It kept coming up whenever I would do research on the best places to see in LA but there was not a lot of information or photos on it other then just recommendations to go check […]

Ashford Mill in Death Valley

Ashford Mill is a short stop on the way to Badwater or eventually Furnace Creek located on Highway 178. At Ashford Mill, you can see the remains of what was once a small mining town built around 1914. Getting There Ashford Mills is pretty far away from everything in Death Valley. It is on the way […]

Lost Burro Mine in Death Valley

One of my favorite spots that I visited in Death Valley was the Lost Burro Mine. It is exceptionally well preserved and gives a great amount of insight into the life of the people that settled here and tried to make a living. I cannot even imagine how difficult it must have been. The Lost Burro […]

LA Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles

As part of  my recent trip to Los Angeles riding public transportation, I am doing a special post on LA Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Union station is a really cool place to visit in and of itself, whether ridding in via train, bus, car or by foot. The station has a unique history that […]

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA

By far, my favorite time of the year is the fall season. For us in Southern California, the fall season doesn’t normally mean the changing of colors or dramatic temperature loss, but it does give way to the many great traditions that make me excited for this time of year. Ever since moving to Riverside […]