Ahhhh. Spring. The season that signals winter finally coming to an end. And what better reason to get outdoors now that the temperatures are finally warming up then to go and see some beautiful spring flowers in bloom?
The west coast has some spectacular spring blooms from the desert regions to high alpine area's. Southern California's flowers will begin to bloom the earliest of course but is highly dependent on how much rainfall was received over the previous winter months while in the higher latitudes and elevations blooming won't begin until early summer.
Keep reading to see where some of the west coast's most spectacular spring blooms are. They are most definitely worth planning a trip around!
This one-day highlights tour through Joshua Tree National Park is great for those who are limited with time. If you are looking for a short day trip idea from Los Angeles or San Diego, or just want a quick detour on your road trip from or to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon than keep reading!
We recently took a road trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Unlike most of our other trips where we usually have an unlimited amount of travel time, this was only a short getaway due to new work commitments.
Believe it or not, we lived in Los Angeles for a year and a half and never got around to visiting this park! Now that we had moved two states away I was itching to explore the Joshua Tree area. When I received a low airfare alert from Skyscanner for flights to Long Beach I jumped on the opportunity. We booked car hire in advance online and you wouldn't believe the rate we scored... $80 for 4 days!!! Hell yeah!!!
Flying into Long Beach turned out to be a really good decision. It was a small and easy airport to navigate. And there was no traffic! No traffic on the way out to Joshua Tree on a Sunday morning on the Presidents Holiday Weekend!! Also, on our return during the week we were going against the traffic. I have included a list of airports below if your are flying in to visit Joshua Tree too.
Want to have a romantic getaway or relaxing retreat in a cozy A-frame cabin nestled among gorgeous sweet-smelling pine tree's? Then you need to check out this cute vacation home located in the charming village of Idyllwild! Don't know where Idyllwild is? That's a good thing! Unlike the more busier mountain towns such as Big Bear, Idyllwild has a much slower pace and relaxing atmosphere which is ideal if you're looking for a place to unwind.
Idyllwild is a charming little town nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains south east of Los Angeles.
Set amongst tall pine tree's, surrounded by stunning rocky mountains and a downtown area filled with locally owned stores and restuarants, Idyllwild has a cute small mountain town ambience.
Unlike some of the more popular mountain towns found north, you won't see any big chain store outlets or grocery stores here.
Idyllwild's scenery is somewhat reminiscent of Yosemite and is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway or romantic escape.
This past weekend we sailed on our friend's boat to Catalina Island for his 30th birthday. We booked three nights on one of the nine boat-in only campsites and it was an amazing experience! The weather was perfect and the water was crystal clear. Find out how you too can camp on your own private beach! It's a perfect idea for special occasions and celebrations... or maybe even pop the question on Catalina Island?
Big Sur is one of California's most iconic destinations! If you have a California Coast road trip or vacation planned and are heading to Big Sur then see this round up of the top 5 camping spots to stay at along this magnificent stretch of coastline.
Each year thousands of vibrantly colored Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach to escape the cold northern winters. These bright orange and black butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus Tree's at Pismo State Beach. Visitors from all over California come to view this annual migration and admire their beauty. Keep reading to see why you should stop to visit these wonderful creatures on your next trip to Pismo Beach or California's Central Coast.
The Eastern Sierra Mountains is California's backbone, and U.S. highway 395 which runs east of the Sierra Nevada range would have to be one of California's most spectacular drive's. The highlights of this driving itinerary include majestic mountain peaks, endless outdoor opportunities and unusual natural and man-made locations such as Mono Lake and the ghost town of Bodie. Try to spend at least a week exploring the area!
Everyone knows the beaches in Los Angeles county can get really crowded, but did you know it is possible to find more secluded beaches just north of Santa Monica?
Death Valley National Park is America's largest national park in the lower 48 states. Yes, this national park is larger than Yellowstone! In my opinion, it is also one of the best.
Welcome to the Golden State! Whether you are a sun worshipper, an outdoor enthusiast, into exhilerating sports, a foodie or love road tripping to see quirky attractions, California has it all!
A couple of weeks ago we climbed Mt Whitney. At 14,508ft, Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. The trail itself is 21 miles (33km) with 6000ft elevation gain and is not to be taken lightly.
I had wanted to climb Whitney ever since I was seventeen when I had stumbled across Galen Rowell's 'The Art of Adventure' at a second hand bookstore back in Australia, where nobody even knows where the Eastern Sierra's even are.
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