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Carbon Canyon Regional Park: Southern California’s Coastal Redwoods

The coastal redwood, one of California’s most beautiful trees, is usually only found outside of Southern California. That is why I was shocked to hear that there is … [Read More...]

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12 Things to do in Long Beach

Long Beach is a great Southern California coastal town with a lot to explore. It does have one of the largest shipping ports in the United States, so the city feels … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

Avalon Day Trip: What to do on Catalina Island

One of the unique things about Southern California is the quick and easy access to the coastal islands ranging from Catalina to the Channel Islands National Park. You can make a day trip out of visiting these, and doing so will give you insight into a culture and lifestyle that is similar yet different from […]

Ziplines at Pacific Crest: Southern California’s Premier Zipline Tour

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ziplines at Pacific Crest. All opinions are 100% mine. When you think of ziplining over the trees, you often think of tropical locations and not Southern California; however, only 70 miles east of Los Angeles, in the town of Wrightwood, Ziplines at Pacific Crest […]

Crystal Cove State Park: El Moro Loop Trail

Crystal Cove State Park is a beautiful area in Laguna Beach that includes 3 miles of coastline and dozens of miles of hiking trails. I set out to explore the most popular trail, the El Moro Loop Trail, which included hiking through a nice canyon and going along a ridge that overlooked the ocean. It […]

18 Things to do in Hollywood

Hollywood, CA is a huge tourist attraction that people come from all over the world to visit, and it can be overwhelming since there is so much to see and do there. I have been exploring Los Angeles and Hollywood for years and put together some places that many first time visitors would want to […]

Hearst Castle: Upstairs Suites Tour

Hearst Castle is one of California’s most popular attractions and a place that I always enjoy visiting. I have done the Grand Rooms Tour a few times, and you can read about that here, but on my most recent trip, I decided to try the upstairs tour. Honestly, it was probably even better then the […]

Mariposa, CA: Exploring the Historic Gold Rush City

Mariposa is a historic, gold rush era town built in the mid-1800s that you pass by when you take the El Portal route in Yosemite National Park. I hadn’t spent much time here, but on a recent trip to the park, I took a half day to explore Mariposa and quickly realized how much fun […]

8 Things to do in Yosemite Valley in the Winter

Yosemite National Park is one of the most amazing places in California. Each season the park changes and shows a different side of itself, with winter being one of my personal favorite times to visit. Here are some of my favorite things to do in the winter in Yosemite and let me know what I […]

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Blankets of Orange Poppys

Much like the amazing fall season, California shows its colors in the spring with its wildflowers. I was able to see some on my time in the Mojave last month but nothing like what was in Antelope Valley this April. If you hear that there is a super bloom (which only happens every couple of […]

Sabroso Taco, Beer & Music Festival in Orange County

When I first heard about this festival, which combines music and tacos I knew it was going to be something I needed to attend. Add to that the fact that the music was the perfect collection of bands from when I was in high school (Offspring, Sum 41, Lit, Unwritten Law) and you had the […]

Walker Canyon Poppy Super Bloom in Lake Elsinore

Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore is the home of the poppy super bloom for 2019 and by now you have no doubt heard all about this amazing event. For those that haven’t, the fields of Lake Elsinore along the popular Walker Canyon Trail are basically covered in orange poppies for as far as the eye […]

Snowshoeing to Middle McCloud Falls

McCloud Falls is a three-tiered waterfall that you can hike or drive to easily during the summer. During the winter, however, the road is not plowed, and these waterfalls are only accessible via snowshoe. This adds a few miles to get to each of the falls, but it also makes for an amazing and almost […]

Phantom Falls Hike in North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Phantom Falls is a seasonal waterfall in Oroville, California that is incredibly unique in the way the small creek feeds an impressive and tall waterfall. Add to this that Phantom Falls is one of three waterfalls you can see on the hike and you have the recipe for a pretty amazing adventure. Do note that […]

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