Coit Tower: San Francisco’s Historic Viewpoint

The 210 foot Coit Tower, which sits in the middle of San Francisco, is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. This memorial was built in 1933 after Lillie Hitchcock donated one-third of her estate to the city to help with its beautification. It has now become one of San […]

Eagle Mine & High Point Gold Mine Tour in Julian

The town of Julian is a fun little hideaway that is visited often by people from San Diego and Temecula for the excellent pie. I have driven there on a few occasions just to get pie as well; it is that good. That being said, the town of Julian has a lot more to offer, […]

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 […]

Knapps Castle: Hiking Santa Barbara’s Famous Mansion Ruins

Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. The area is technically on private property so there is always the chance that the owner will revoke access to this popular spot but that has not […]

Victoria Beach: The Pirate Tower of Laguna

Laguna Beach is one of the most popular areas in all of Orange County, thanks in part to the TV show of the same name; however, Victoria Beach still feels like a relatively hidden gem. That is most likely because the parking is incredibly difficult, but if you are willing to wait for a spot, […]

Snoopy & Charlie Brown: Explore Peanuts History in Santa Rosa With These Four Stops

Santa Rosa has become the official home of the beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts, and in Sonoma County there are a bunch of fun things you can do as either a die-hard or casual fan. I would say that I have an appreciation for the characters since I grew up watching both the Christmas […]

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon

No trip to Oakland is complete without a visit to one of California’s best and most historic bars. Built in 1883, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon is a small one room establishment that was featured in a couple of Jack London novels and has a broken bar from the 1906 earthquake. It is the […]

Mount Tamalpais: Verna Dunshee Trail & Fire Lookout from East Peak

Mount Tamalpais is one of the tallest mountains in the San Francisco area, and it provides fantastic opportunities to view the surrounding region from above. It is also a favorite for photographers at the end of the summer as it is where you can get those fantastic views of the fog rolling in from above. […]

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Located in the town of Weaverville, about an hour outside of Redding, Joss House State Historic Park is a fascinating stop if you happen to find yourself in this area. The history of this unique temple and how well it has been preserved made it much more enjoyable than I even anticipated it being. It […]

Amargosa Opera House: Death Valley’s Historic & Haunted Hotel

Death Valley National Park has a ton of amazing natural wonders in its vast expanse, but for man made attractions it is hard to beat the crazy, fun Amargosa Opera House. Located on the east outskirts of the park, this hotel and fully functional opera house is a must stop on any visit to the […]