Queen Mary Haunted Encounters Ghost Tour

The Queen Mary is a very popular tourist attraction in the Long Beach Harbor that attracts people for many different reasons. Some come for the New Years party, some come to stay on a boat, and others come to dive into the ships haunted history. I had done a lot on the boat but had never […]

Solstice Canyon Trail: Exploring the Waterfall and Ruins

Solstice Canyon is an easy 2-mile hike in the hills of Malibu that takes you to a small waterfall and a collection of ruins. It is an excellent way to get the blood moving, while also seeing some pretty unique sites at the same time. I got a chance to revisit this spot in 2017, […]

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 […]

Touring the Sriracha Factory of Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale

If you have been to a Chinese food restaurant, then you have no doubt seen/experienced the spicy goodness that is Sriracha. The iconic plastic bottle with the rooster on the front and the green top is one of the most popular condiments in the USA, and it is produced right here in Southern California. I […]

Griffith Park Trains: Holiday Light Festival Train Rides

If you are looking for a cheap and excellent Christmas attraction for the whole family, look no further than the Griffith Park Holiday Lights Train. For $4 a person you can ride this historic miniature train on a one-mile loop that takes about 15 minutes to complete. The ride takes you slowly through Christmas light […]

Malibu Wine Hikes: Meeting Stanley the Giraffe at Saddlerock Ranch

In the hills above Thousands Oaks, there is a fantastic property known as Saddlerock Ranch. This area has animals, rocks, cave paintings and vineyards and you can access it via safari car or on foot. I did the safari version previously which you can read about here, so I decided to connect with Malibu Wine […]

Visiting Dodger Stadium on Non-Game Days

While I am not a huge baseball fan, there is just something amazing about being able to see a massive stadium like this completely empty. Many people don’t know that you can actually visit Dodger Stadium on non-game days and go to the store, take a tour or sit in the upper deck. If you […]

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 […]

Abalone Cove Preserve: Beach Hiking & Tide Pools in Rancho Palos Verde

The hills of Rancho Palos Verdes have become one of my favorite places for coastal hiking in California. Of course, there is the epic shipwreck hike, but if you are looking for something relatively easy and family friendly then check out the stunning Abalone Cove Reserve with its miles of trails, beaches and tide pools. […]

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 […]