Category: California

Travel planning tips and photos for visiting California

10 Best Day Trips from Los Angeles

Best day trips from Los AngelesFinding the perfect day trips from Los Angeles is not easy. On the one hand, Los Angeles has many tourist attractions by itself. Secondly, it all depends what you like to see in a day trip. However, I do believe that my list of day trips from Los Angeles will help you experience the California lifestyle from so many different angles. From the beach to the desert and unto the mountains, come along with me as we explore the best day trips from Los Angeles.

15 Best Santa Barbara Day Trips

Solvang is one of the best Santa Barbara Day TripsSanta Barbara is the quintessential California beach city. With many Hollywood stars calling this area home, Santa Barbara has always been the perfect weekend trip from the Los Angeles area. However, the area around Santa Barbara is gorgeous to explore, especially if you have a few extra days to spend in this gorgeous place. Come along with me as we explore my favorite Santa Barbara day trips that will take you to small villages and beach towns and give you a glimpse of California.

3 Beautiful Ojai Hiking Trails

Ojai, California - The Matilija Dam looks very lush during the springOjai is a small rural town surrounded by rolling hills, citrus and avocado orchards. Mainly known to locals, Ojai is located in a picturesque valley that provides access to some beautiful hiking trails. Being away from the busy cities of a Ventura County, the Ojai hiking trails are quiet and gorgeous especially in the spring. Come along with me as we explore our favorite hiking trails in the Ojai area.

7 Gorgeous Places to See Wildflowers of Southern California

Carrizo Plain National Monument is an amazing place for experiencing the wildflowers of Southern California
Southern California is hot in the summer and all the hills and mountains are brown in color. However, from the end of March through the end of May, especially after some good winter rains, Southern California turns green and explodes with wildflowers and color. There are many places to see the wildflowers of Southern California, but a few of them really stand out as being particularly beautiful and very large in size. Let’s explore together some of my favorite places to see the wildflowers of Southern California.

15 Best Drives in California

Big Sur, California - Beautiful secluded beach with waterfall at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park
California is well known for its amazing natural beauty especially on the Pacific Coast. As a result there are quite a few roads that can take you right to the most amazing California landscapes. From the amazing ocean views and towering Sequoias to tall mountain peaks, California offers it all. Come along with me as we explore 15 best drives in California.

6 Iconic Spots For Camping in California

Big Sur is a favorite camping spot
California is filled with scenic beauty and is home to some of the most diverse natural wonders. Being the third-largest state in the US and with almost half of the land surface covered with forest, the Golden State of California has a thriving $3 billion industry, the highest compared to any other state. Besides, it is also called the land of extremes being home to several snow-capped mountains, as well as hot dry desserts, breath-taking rugged coastal lines, and thousand-year-old trees.

6 Best Six Flags Magic Mountain Rides

Six Flags Magic Mountain - Crazanity roller coaster ride at night
Six flags Magic Mountain is a wonderful theme park filled with breathtaking coasters, mini games, and last but not least lots of family fun! Six flags is an ideal theme park for mainly children 10 and up, but there are still a variety of rides for younger kids also! The park tickets are conveniently priced and its location is acceptable. Come along with me as we explore the world’s most thrilling theme park!

Essential visitor guide to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood, is the quintessential Southern California attraction. This theme park is on everyone’s list of must see places when they visit California. I would say its fame is well deserved and it certainly lives up to all these expectations. I have asked my 12 year old daughter to give you a detailed visitor guide to Universal Studios, Hollywood.

7 Best Places to See Redwoods in California

Redwood National and State Park is an aggregation of California owned land which is managed jointly by the National and California Park Services. The official Redwood National Park is near the city of Eureka, but there are large clusters of giant California redwood trees scattered from far south at San Francisco to the north at Crescent City. Read on to see my favorite places to see the giant Redwoods in California.