Catalina Island is a mere 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, but it feels like a world away from the crowded city. The air seems fresher. Desert plants and wildlife give the island a more natural feel. Secluded coves are great for sunning, snorkeling and kayaking. Check out these new discount Ferry offers and special activity deals […]
Day Trips from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
From California's hub cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, you'll find no end of fun you can drive to for a day trip or weekender. We do it all the time. Just drive ... to the beaches or mountains, forests or deserts, for rest and relaxation or outdoor adventure. Here are a few ideas for planning your own chill escapes in the Golden State.
Palm Springs, home of the popular Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, is only a couple of hours from Los Angeles or San Diego, and a savvy getaway for SoCal locals. Why go? For the sun, of course, and the clean dry air. And you can save time and 17 percent per person with a special offer of Tramway discount tickets with a new coupon code. […]
Point Reyes National Seashore, in West Marin County, California, provides San Francisco Bay area hikers, bicyclers, and horseback riders with some of the best views around: waves crashing against rocky headlands, fern-laden canyons, open grasslands, lush hillsides, and shaded forests …
Lake Tahoe is a popular High Sierra, California getaway, especially for people coming form the San Francisco Bay Area. Tahoe is beautiful and fun any time of year, and especially during the winter ski and snowboard season. Savvy skiers and snowboarders are always looking for screaming lift ticket and hotel deals. So I’ve rounded up a few […]
As California day trips go, the Monterey Bay and Carmel area is one of my favorites (with or without a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium). When people come from out of state, this area is always on their list, and I’m happy to drive south a couple hours from San Francisco to spend the day on another […]
We only go kayaking occasionally, but my favorite place is in La Jolla, CA, in the San Diego area. We especially love the 7 caves tour. Here’s my review.
Balboa Park, not far from downtown San Diego, is one of the city’s main attractions, featuring museums, arts venues, a zoo, trails, many gardens, common areas, restaurants, and too many worthwhile places to list here. If you’re visiting the area, you can’t go wrong putting this on your to-do list on a sunny San Diego day. I […]
One of our favorite side trips from San Francisco is a drive up the coast to Fort Bragg along the Mendocino Coast. If you’re in the Bay area or anywhere within driving distance, this is a great way to escape the city, enjoy the outdoors, and simply relax. Although we live in a beach town, we always spend […]
SoCal may have bigger, glitzier theme parks, but if you enjoy the traditional vibe of an old boardwalk and amusement park, spend an afternoon at Belmont park. Scroll down for ride wristband & tour info. Although Belmont Park has been updated and improved since opening in the 1920s, a few vintage attractions have survived, hinting at it’s […]