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The Explorer’s Guide to Mendocino

When Marin is packed and Big Sur is feeling crowded, we like to take off for Mendocino County. Just a few hours drive north up Highway 1, this place is a NorCal dream with acres of redwood forests, hot springs, and long stretches of wild, untamed coastline. 

A Modern Guide to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

No longer just a sleepy SoCal enclave for posh retirees, Santa Barbara is getting in on the hipster scene with the rise of the Funk Zone, a warehouse district that's been transformed over the past few years by a new set of creative tenants—tattooed and Warby Parker–spectacled makers of all kinds.

Love Peace and Quiet? Explore California's Secret Beaches

Finding a little piece of peace along the California Coast isn't as difficult as it may seem, and the rewards are as infinite as the Pacific horizon. 

Five Star Spirituality: Energy Vortexes, Hiking, and Music Meditation in Sedona

On a New Year’s trip to Sedona, Arizona (a reward for spending an intense three days hiking in the Grand Canyon), I visited energy vortexes (vortices?), saw a tarot reader, and attended a music and meditation class—on Day One. While I’m naturally inclined toward New Age arts, dabbling here and there in oracle cards and crystal-healing treatments, this total immersion seemed a bit over the top, even for me. Which is not to say that I didn’t enjoy every last minute of it.

The Ultimate Road Trip Guide to Joshua Tree

If you’re not feeing the redwoods and are more in the mood for desert, there’s no better place to go than Joshua Tree National Park. It might be a full eight and a half hour drive south of San Francisco — or an hour and a half by plane — but believe us when we say that the hikes, bouldering, and night views are worth it. Here’s what to do in and around this arid oasis.

The Ultimate Road Trip Guide to Humboldt County

Peek behind the “redwood curtain” on a road trip to California’s wild north west, where the rest of the world simply drops away.

Explore All of NorCal's Redwood Forests on this Epic Road Trip

Redwoods are one of the greatest treasures California has to its name. If you’re looking to explore the redwood forests in Northern California, we’ve got just the road trip you need. 

You Can Now Fly SFO to Iceland for Only $99

Already thinking about your summer plans? Icelandic discount airline WOW Air just announced Tuesday that it will begin flights from SFO and LAX to Iceland for just $99 a way! Iceland, here you come! 

The Perfect Itinerary for Sequoia + Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state. With such a plethora of natural and national treasures, it may not come as a surprise that two of the state's most spectacular parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, are often overlooked.

Bay Area Waterfalls Return to Their Former Glory Thanks to El Niño

All this rain has done more than hit Tahoe with tons of snows, El Niño is also reviving hundreds of waterfalls across the Bay Area. Re-discover their majestic beauty. 

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