Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride

The Mammoth Lakes area along California’s Highway 395 is one of the most beautiful places in the entire state. It is best experienced by setting out on foot and hiking along some of the area’s great trails, but if you don’t want to do that, then another fantastic way is to take the scenic Mammoth […]

Mt Hollywood: Hiking Above Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

While there is no shortage of great hikes in Griffith Park, it is hard to beat the 2.5-mile round trip hike to summit of Mt Hollywood. The trail is gradual, but will still get your blood pumping. Along the way, you will see some of the best views the city has to offer of the Hollywood […]

Dante’s View: Death Valley’s Best Viewpoint

Death Valley is the land of stark contrasts and amazing experiences. It can be hard to appreciate fully but when you visit a place like Dante’s View you can’t help but be blown away by how impressive this area is. Situated more than 3,000 feet above Badwater, Dante’s View gives you an almost bird’s eye […]

Elephant Seal Overlook Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

At the end of the road in Point Reyes National Seashore sits the beautiful Point Reyes Lighthouse and the short elephant sea overlook trail. When I was recently there it was incredibly foggy, and the lighthouse couldn’t be seen, but I was able to take the elephant seal overlook walk and marvel at the hundreds […]

Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes National Seashore

If you follow travel photographers on Instagram, then chances are good that you have seen the famous Cypress Tree Tunnel of Point Reyes sometime in the last few years. It is hard to beat a spot this beautiful as the Cypress trees do literally grow into a tunnel over the road. It is not on […]

Heavenly Scenic Gondola Ride & Heavenly Donuts

As one of the main staples in South Lake Tahoe, the Heavenly Village and Gondola are both huge attractions for skiers and vacationers alike. I had been to the village many times before but never rode the gondola to the observation deck, but on my most recent time, I decided to give it a go. […]

Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park

Beetle Rock is another good viewpoint in Sequoia National Park. It is accessed by a 3 minute walk from a parking lot, so this post is not very long. That being said, it is still a nice spot to check out, especially if you are already at the museum or Big Trees Trail. Details .1 […]

Zabraski’s Point: One of the Best Sunset Views in Death Valley

Zabraski’s Point is one of the best spots in Death Valley National Park to see a sunset, and at only 15 minutes drive from the main Furnace Creek area of the park it is a spot that you can easily get to and enjoy. It also looks down on the end of the Golden Canyon […]

Battery Spencer: The Best Viewpoint for the Golden Gate Bridge

If you are looking for the traditional photo you have seen hundreds of times, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground and San Francisco in the background, then look no further then the Battery Spencer overlook on the North side of the bridge. This viewpoint provides a jaw dropping vista of the famous bridge, as […]

Squaw Valley Aerial Tram to High Camp

If you spend any amount of time in Tahoe, it is worth the trip to head over to Squaw Valley as well. Squaw Valley has a rich Olympic history that you can read about here and features a village with shops and food. At the end of the village they have a tram that takes […]