10 Weekend Road Trips Less Than 4 Hours From Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a destination in and of itself, but if you live there or have visited the area many times, then you should get out and explore some of the awesome adventures you can have within 4 hours drive of the city center. Whether it’s hiking, food, wine or just strange attractions, here are […]

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival: Participating in a Cannon Battle

Dana Point is a small coastal town in Orange County and once a year it has a half dozen tall ships descend on its harbor for the annual Tall Ships Festival. I saw the fliers for this when I was down in Dana Point a few weeks ago to write this post and added it […]

Randsburg Jail on Highway 395

Randsburg is often described as a living ghost town, and that is a pretty apt description. This small town off Highway 395 is a fun and historic spot to visit, and you can read about getting an old fashioned soda at the store in this post. One of the main attractions though is the small […]

Route 66 Museum in Barstow, CA

I have been a fan of all things Route 66 for a while now, even going so far as to drive the entirety of the California portion, read about that here. I hope to one day do the whole thing, but that is an idea for another time. Till then, I try to soak up […]

24 Hours in Dana Point: Exploring Caves, Beaches, Ships, Restaurants & Resorts

Nestled in between Laguna Beach and San Clemente, right on the outskirts of Orange County, Dana Point is a great beach community that is worth taking the time to explore. What I like about Dana Point most is that it feels more relaxed than many of its other coastal counterparts like Newport and Huntington Beach. […]

Dana Point Sea Caves: Hiking to Pirate’s Cave

While there are many sea caves up and down the California coast, the Dana Point Sea Caves are some of the easiest to access. This short hike takes you along the coast to a large cave with a great view of the water crashing on the rocks in front of you. It is a relatively […]

Desert View Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness from Palm Springs Tram

The Desert View Trail leaves from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Station and goes out on an easy 2.5-mile loop. It’s a great trail for the whole family as there is not much elevation gain and there are five notches where you can get different views of the valley below you. Here is all the […]

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride from the Cactus to the Clouds

The Palm Springs desert can be a hot place to be in the summer, so being able to take a 15-minute tram ride up over 6,000 feet is a welcome escape. The Palm Springs Ariel Tram, located 10 minutes outside of town, is just that. This engineering marvel has been here for over 50 years, […]

King’s Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant in Torrance

I am sure you have probably had the fantastic Kings Hawaiian rolls from the store, but did you know that the bakery is based in Torrance and that there are two restaurants where you can have some fantastic food made with the rolls, including French toast. If not then you must go, here is all […]

24 Hours in Torrance Itinerary: Restaurants, Beaches, Movie Locations & Malls

The city of Torrance is situated in between Redondo Beach and San Pedro. With its booming population and long history, the city has plenty to offer those that stop by for the day or stay for the weekend. I got a chance to spend a day there, and here are my recommendations for how to […]