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The Sierra Nevadas refers to the mountain range starting from Sequoia National Park and workings its way up to Tahoe where it recedes into the hills of Plumas National Forest and shows itself again in the form of the Central Cascades. While Yosemite National Park is world-famous, the eastern face of the Sierra Nevadas is …

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San Diego is “America’s Finest City” for a reason.  Between the quick access to the desert, mountains, and beaches, plus year-round 70-degree weather, this city has so many outdoor adventure possibilities.  San Diego is a big, widespread city with so much to do so it’s hard to decide what things are worth seeing or doing, especially …

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California. The birthplace of modern surf culture. All the stereotypes are true. People say “dude” too many times in a conversation with a heavy California accent. Navigating the California coast for waves reveals an intriguing surf culture filled with intriguing contradictions. Amongst lineups bustling with surfers donning brands like Ripcurl, Billabong, Patagonia, and Quicksilver, the …

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This West Coast National Park Road Trip starts at Yosemite National Park and heads north to Crater Lake National Park and then finishes up in North Cascades National Park. This itinerary centers around hiking, rock climbing, and camping. Besides the West Coast National Parks, we also included stopping to check out beautiful waterfalls near Redding, …

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  Driving along Interstate 5 in Northern California can feel monotonous, but these 3 waterfall hikes are easy to do and are a wonderful way to break up your West Coast road trip. A detour between Redding and Mt. Shasta offers stunning mountains, forests, lakes, and waterfall hikes. It transforms a dull road trip into …

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Yosemite National Park, with its iconic granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and towering sequoias, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers. For those seeking a memorable day of exploration without the constraints of obtaining a hiking permit, you’ll love hiking the Four Mile Trail to Panorama Trail to Mist Trail in Yosemite that takes …

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Hiking Trip from San Diego, All my life, and I thought I knew everything there was to do in America’s Finest City, especially when it came to hiking in San Diego. That is until El Niño’s onslaught of storms kept our oceans polluted with runoff and the surrounding vicinity too wet to do much outside. …

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When I originally planned all the places we would visit during our travels, Yosemite was never even on my radar.  Even though it is one of the closest national parks to San Diego, I had no interest in visiting Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley.  Why would I want to go there, especially the week of …

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