The summer festival has become de rigueur. Hell, even Gap and Bloomingdales are sporting mannequins adorned in what’s become known as festival attire (short shorts, something crocheted, a reusable water canteen, a piece of cultural appropriation—you know the drill). As the series of annual rites of passage take place across the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, and, yes, Burning Man are among the largest), music festivals especially, are becoming interchangeable, featuring rotating rosters of the same bands (with a surprise must-see here and there) and offering much of the same experiences—artisanal culinary zones, locally grown booze camps, upcharged VIP retreats, and digital detox areas.
Big Sur is one of the country's most iconic road trips. Some folks wing it, driving the 90-mile stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel and taking in the views through the car window and stopping at popular spots, but some of Big Sur's best hikes and waterfalls are easily missed when you don't veer from Highway 1. Check out these hidden attractions next time you're in the area.
With its strong Sierra sun, enticing shoreline, and stunning natural beauty, Lake Tahoe just may embody the perfect locale for a summer mountain getaway. Whether you're looking for a picturesque beach from which to take a swim or paddle, a secluded cove for some clothing optional bathing, or a panoramic trail that is sure to get the heart rate going, Lake Tahoe has you covered this summer.
Sun and seafood shacks are what coastal dreams are made of. There's nothing better than biting into a soft abalone taco or slurping hot, creamy clam chowder when your stomach is growling after a day on the road. If you're thinking of hitting Highway 1, here are five of our favorite stops for seafood lovers between San Francisco to Los Angeles.
You’ve been there: A spontaneous trip to Wine Country leaves you guessing which among roughly 3,000 wineries (that all sound the same) will offer a setting inspring enough to coax a “jelly” or two from your Instagram pals. We're here to help.
The first time I became aware of a place called Sausalito was 25 years ago when Pepperidge Farm came out with a macadamia-chocolate chunk cookie named after the city. I never imagined that I’d eventually live in San Francisco, 10 minutes' drive away from that mythic place, which means 10 minutes away from warm summer days, 10 minutes away from paddle boarding on calm waters, 10 minutes away from the loveliest of lemon mousses, 10 minutes away from my favorite design shop, 10 minutes away from an invigorating morning jog to the ocean.
Whether you're headed to Nevada to gamble or to hike among the wildflowers, you're probably missing out on these offbeat attractions. Next time you're in the Silver State make sure to stop, pull over, and check out these unique photo ops.
Pacifica's reputation as that sleepy, foggy town off Highway 1—the one you only visit if you’re learning to surf the small waves off Linda Mar beach—is only partially true. Sweeping coastal views, gorgeous hikes, and small-town charm make the 20-minute drive from SF worth a day trip for non-surfers too. Plus, the fog typically burns off by noon.