escape from SF
Established in 1890, Sequoia is California's first National Park, and it, along with its impressive neighbor, King Canyon Park, offer a weekend's worth of exploring, hiking, and taking in the sights.
For this edition of Escape From SF, we headed 100 miles north along the ever twisting Route 1 to The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma Coast. The small, highly planned community sits on ten miles of rugged coast line, with miles of private trails, providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, massive rocks, migrating whales and spectacular sunsets.
This week, we escaped the Bay Area via a four-hour drive and a 5,980-foot trek up to the Calpine Fire Lookout in the Sierra Valley, just off Highway 89 near Truckee. A onetime forest fire tower that was used every summer until 1975, the Lookout costs $45 a night—a bargain for an evening brimming with stars and sweeping views.