Charcoal Kilns of Death Valley National Park

The Charcoal Kilns of Death Valley are located on the West side of the park in an area that is only accessible via a four mile dirt road that is often only be passable via a vehicle with high clearance. These kilns are also in an area so remote and away from the normal attractions […]

Sundial Bridge in Redding

One of California’s best examples of modern architecture, the Sundial Bridge in Redding (AKA Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay), is truly a sight to behold. It is a fully functioning sundial that stands over 217 feet tall and is often said to be the biggest sundial in the world, although the truth of this has […]

Strawberry Peak Lookout

The Strawberry Peak Lookout is another gem I found simply by searching for a city + its attractions in Google. This outlook is open to the public seven days a week from 9-5 (during the fire season of Memorial Day to December) and provides amazing views of the area. In addition, I found that there are […]

Old Town Sacramento: What Shops, Restaurants & Museums to Visit

Old Town Sacramento is one of those spots that you have to visit at least once. Sure it is touristy and sometimes over priced, but there is a lot of character in its old streets, saloons and shops. I have been multiple times and each time I stumble on something new to explore. The shops […]

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 […]