Sitting on the median of Highway 101 in Crescent City, a few miles south of the Oregon Border, just as the road turns east, is a big chunk of concrete, which is worth visiting. It is a piece of rip-rap, a designed concrete piece, that looks like a child's jacks. It's purpose
Located about 90 minutes south of Los Angeles is one of the most beautiful, vibrant and exciting cities California has to offer. San Diego is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, and here's just a few of the reasons you should check it out.
As far as historic American highways go, the Pacific Coast Highway is second only to historic Route 66.
Originally started in the 1930’s, the Pacific Coast Highway extends from the tip of Baja, California to the
Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Since its completion, the Pacific Coast Highway has become a favorite
destination for RVers, and photographers alike.
Along its trek from southern California to northern Washington, the Highway winds along the coast.
The San Francisco Bay Area encompasses many beautiful locations. Although the world famous Golden Gate Bridge is California’s most recognizable landmark symbolizing this area, and perhaps the state in general, the gorgeous nature scenery equally deserves to represent this expansive west coast state. Despite having interconnected urban cities, there are reclusive spots where you can reconnect with Mother Nature on hiking trails. Bear witness to sunsets painting evening skies; nature intermingling with urban borders; redwoods growing high until the eyes can’t distinguish the tops. If you are traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area region, and you’re an outdoor hiking fanatic, then it’s required that you partake in a hiking adventure trip to the five locations described below.
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Love at first sight! These are a few simple words to describe my feelings about Death Valley. Who would have thought that you could love a hot and dry desert? I was one of the doubters that is until I saw Death Valley.
My family and I are traveling in our fifth wheel and in December we went to this desert. We were freezing in Oregon and Washington so Death Valley was an oasis for us. To put an image in your mind of this National Park think of mountains, sand, date trees, palm trees, water (yes water!) and blue skies. Below I will share my favorite spots in Death Valley and hopefully this will give you a picture of this gorgeous National Park.
There are 21 California Spanish Missions that reach from San Diego to north of San Francisco,
each with a unique story to tell. These missions represent the first contact the California Native
Americans had with Europeans and are a living history of the struggles and triumphs that each
culture experienced hundreds of years ago. The missions were all established as churches and
some are still active with mass held regularly since their founding. Others have become part of the
California State Park system. The buildings started as humble rooms and grew to the stately adobe
structures that are still standing today. They were started by the Franciscan order with the first one
in 1769 and the last in 1833. The El Camino Real, or The Royal Road, still links the missions from
San Diego to Sonoma, although it follows modern highways today. Each mission has a fascinating
founding story that is steeped in history and the politics of Spain at the particular time that they were
built. Some of the most interesting ones to visit today are:
California is a state full of amazing sites, natural wonders and history, so it's actually pretty difficult
to decide what you do when you get there, or even if you live there. Today though, I thought I would
ignore the more commercial attractions and look at the historic natural and man-made attractions
that are nearby.
Redwood National Park
3 hours north of San Luis Obispo is the Redwood National park. This park is full of trees (of course) as well
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We look to provide ideas to get folks away from the couch, and out exploring California. We aim to provide day-trips. We want to provide suggestions of things to do, in a single day. Whether you're from out-of-town, or looking to get to know the our magnificent section of California (and beyond) a little better....we want to inspire you to explore.