Tag: California

Our 10 Favorite State Parks In The US

We’ve been to 13 US states. 17 national parks, 30+ state parks, 20+ other kind of parks (preserves, regional parks, recreation areas etc.). Yes, we love outdoors! And the United States is a huge country with a great variety of hiking opportunities. A lot of its national parks are world famous and for a good…
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Island & Twin Lakes Trail In California’s Desolation Wilderness

Lake Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness is one of the most popular protected areas among backpackers in the USA. Here sub-alpine and alpine forests, granite peaks and glacially-formed valleys and lakes take your breath away while you enjoy the solitude and peace of this deserted rocky landscape. Though most trails are multi-day trails, we have a spectacular…
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Best Late Spring Hikes In California

By the time when the weather gets really hot and dry at lower elevations and the green hills get yellowish-brownish, California’s Sierra Nevada starts to wake up from its winter dream. Also, by this time the cooler and rainier Northern California warms up a bit just to be pleasant for hiking. And this time is the…
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Hiking Lake Tahoe’s Rubicon Trail

If you are thinking about hiking in California’s Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe should be on your list. Tahoe’s best shoreline, the Rubicon Trail should also be on that list. Lake Tahoe has a special place in our hearts. It was our first hiking trip after we moved to California, and we fell in love with…
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Hike Sequoia’s Lakes Trail To Pear Lake

California’s Sequoia National Park is famous for its astonishing giant sequoias, but there’s much more to find in this park. Our favorite day hike is Lakes Trail which is a full day scenic hike with 3 lakes on the way. The views of Sierra Nevada’s so typical granite peaks are also gorgeous all the way.…
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Best Early Spring Hikes In California

Every season is hiking season with unique beauties in California. Early spring’s magic is the wildflower bloom! It starts as early as January and it’s over by April – at least at lower elevations (we definitely don’t think of the Sierra Nevada which is mostly covered by snow even in April). Also, early spring is your last…
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Whale Watching In Monterey Bay, California

California coast is incredibly amazing not only because of its wild coastline and ocean vistas, but also because of its rich marine life. It’s especially true about Monterey Bay in Central California. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the largest US marine sanctuary with a shoreline length of 276 miles (444 km) from just north…
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Hike Yosemite’s Big Waterfall Loop Trail

Yosemite is one of Sierra Nevada’s astonishing national parks and one of our favorites in the whole United States. It has several wonderful waterfalls and giant white granite peaks to make it special and Yosemite Valley, it’s iconic and most popular part is especially a ‘little garden of perfection’. There’s several short and long hikes…
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Best Day Hikes In The Sierra Nevada, California

California’s Sierra Nevada is home to some of the most amazing national parks and the most stunning trails within this large and diverse state. Having spent a year in the Bay Area and taking hiking getaways to the Sierras whenever we could, we’re here to show you the best day hikes we found. Whenever we…
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