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
Approximately 1.5 hours north of San Luis Obispo, lies a granite playground to explore. By going across the Fort Hunter Liggett training grounds, you will access some pristine swatches of the Los Padres National Forest.
At one time, shortly after 9/11/01, you had to pass through a security checkpoint to access this natural wonder. These days they've done away with the pat-downs, allowing you to pass by tanks firing, troops organizing, even a mini Baghdad (with flipped over cars, like a movie set) unimpeded by security forces. While you're passing through the Army base, you'll also have the opportunity to see Mission San Antonio de Padua, but that's for another article.
Have you ever visited a place and felt a spiritual connection to that place? That is exactly how I feel about the Warner Wilderness, located in Northern California it offers mountain views, pristine lakes and streams.
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.
(Image: "Golden Gate Bridge at Night" art print. Click here to buy)
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 manmade 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
Heading from the Village of Arroyo Grande toward Lopez Lake, you will surely pass a road sign that leaves you scratching your head. "Who-as-na?", "Hue-snay?", "Oh-Susanna?"....
Huasna (wah'-znah) Road is a
Each time I travel from my home in Slo County, to Las Vegas, I take Highway 58 all the way to I15. We go to Las Vegas A LOT (I know what you're thinking, but I don't have a problem....I have an Italian wife. Her grandfather's company built all the old hotels). Each one of these trips, we come to a sign (just after the solar farms these days) that says "Carrizo Plains National Monument - Soda
I figured I'd start this website, the same place I start every day....(Guadalupe-Nipomo) Dunes. The dunes are my backyard, and are one of the most beautiful natural wonders Slo County has to offer.
Located just south of Pismo Beach, The dunes in Oceano offer the only
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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.