California is the most beautiful state in the USA (totally bias here!) and is filled with plenty of National Parks. We love the outdoors and wanted to share a short introduction to each park and our experiences at each one. Hopefully these will inspire you to visit one or more!
Good food and good music always make for a great time! Our recent trip to the birthplace of Jazz was just that. New Orleans got a jump start in this amazing genre of music because slaves were allowed to play music openly. The African beats were soon mixed with the brass instruments from Europe and Jazz was born. Along with it came delicious mixture of food, architecture, and culture which what makes New Orleans so unique today. We had the chance to spend a few days in this beautiful city and wanted to share some of favorite places with you.
This year we are lucky that the rains brought a spectacular showing of blooms to California. Southern California’s deserts blossomed and just last week the Super Bloom migrated north and graced Carrizo Plain National Monument with a wild array of flowers. Typically wildflowers can be found in this region from late March to mid April. The blooms are currently at their peak, so we decided to waste no time and headed down south.
One of the world’s most beautiful National Parks is located right in our backyard! More than 5 million people visit Yosemite each year, the majority of them spending all of their time in Yosemite Valley. The valley is a spectacular sight to see, but the park as a whole is 1,189 square miles! There is so much to explore and discover year round. We want to share with you some of our favorite Yosemite spots and hope to continually add to this list as we check more off our Yosemite bucket list!
There is something about a stay at The Ritz Carlton that is always a bit magical. Add a coating of snow and a cozy fireplace and you’ll never want to leave. Their Lake Tahoe location is truly a vacation destination in itself. Perched upon a ski hill there are plenty of experiences right at your doorstep. Adventure and luxury are two of our favorite things. They don’t always mix, but The Ritz somehow always delivers.
You’ve heard of them, you’ve seen awe inspiring photos of them all across social media. The Auroras, also known as the Northern Lights is an amazing experience that cannot be compared to anything else. The lights don’t just glow, they dance across the night sky. It’s elusiveness adds to the excitement!
We are so lucky to have a world renowned wine region right in our backyard. Napa Valley is 30 miles long, by 5 miles across (at the widest point). The valley is comprised of a variety of soil types and climates, which make it ideal for winemaking. Napa is the valley’s largest city, but along the 30 miles are plenty of smaller towns, each with their own unique characteristics and charm.
Road trip! Lucky for us, we live in California where the options are endless and the coastal views are a dream. We heard a new Airstream camp, Caravan Outpost opened in Ojai and since we had never been there, our destination was set! We took off from the South Bay and drove along Scenic Highway 1 to enjoy some sights in Big Sur. After a couple of restful nights at Rosehaven Cabins we continued down through San Luis Obispo and made a few more stops along the way before hitting our final destination.
We’ve had a busy year discovering new and amazing places in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Can’t believe another year has flown by already! We wanted to look back on the year and give a special shout out to some of our favorites and “bests”. Take a look and let us know what some of your favorites are in the comments below!
When it comes to powder skiing, nowhere in Tahoe has quite the same terrain. After a snow storm you’ll find pockets of powder all over the mountain and in between the trees.
Once and awhile we do leave the Bay Area! Our recent travel adventures brought us to New Zealand and Australia. We absolutely loved New Zealand, with stunning views wherever you look. It’s the perfect place for outdoor adventurers and thrill seekers.
Just a short plane ride away, we hitched a ride to Melbourne and explored the city before heading to Cairns and Port Douglas. Feeding kangaroos, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef…we checked off quite a few things off our bucket list!
Las Vegas is one of the least expensive flights out of the SFO, OAK or SJC. In under two hours you can land yourself in the city of sin. While bright lights, gambling, shows, gourmet food, and pool parties are great, sometimes fresh air, a little hiking, and glorious scenery can be even better. Las Vegas is a central jumping off point for some amazing outdoor adventures. Here are our recommendations for the 5 best outdoor weekend warrior trips from Vegas. Get your tush up off the blackjack table and venture outside!