Painted Canyons Mecca Located about an hour southeast of Palm Springs, this is hands down one of the most unique California "hikes" you'll ever go on, largely because it's a LADDER hike (!) through a narrow and actually really refreshingly cold gorge formed years ago by the San Andreas Fault. The whole "Painted Canyons" name is thanks to the walls, which are washed with pinks, reds, grays, browns, and greens -- especially when you first pull into the canyon. Bonus: a few years back, some…

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

Painted Canyons Mecca Located about an hour southeast of Palm Springs, this is hands down one of the most unique California "hikes" you'll ever go on, largely because it's a LADDER hike (!) through a narrow and actually really refreshingly cold gorge formed years ago by the San Andreas Fault. The whole "Painted Canyons" name is thanks to the walls, which are washed with pinks, reds, grays, browns, and greens -- especially when you first pull into the canyon. Bonus: a few years back, some…

Enjoy all the NATIONAL PARKS in California - Road Trip: Exploring California’s Mountain National Parks. 10 days, 4 parks - road trip with kids

Road Trip: Exploring California's Mountain National Parks

Enjoy all the NATIONAL PARKS in California - Road Trip: Exploring California’s Mountain National Parks. 10 days, 4 parks - road trip with kids

The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed Alamere Falls Point Reyes Oh this? It's just a waterfall. THAT FLOWS DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. A rare "tidefall," it's found by following the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead on a 8.5-mile round-trip hike. Pro tip: stop at Bass Lake along the way if you're into rope swings. (Editor's Note: You're into rope swings.)

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed Alamere Falls Point Reyes Oh this? It's just a waterfall. THAT FLOWS DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. A rare "tidefall," it's found by following the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead on a 8.5-mile round-trip hike. Pro tip: stop at Bass Lake along the way if you're into rope swings. (Editor's Note: You're into rope swings.)

Bay Area Adventures: The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed. From Yosemite and Big Sur, to Joshua Tree and Santa Barbara, California is home to some of the most beautiful places on the West Coast. It's beautiful enough, that no matter how many Half Dome hikes you take, you're still never even going to scratch the surface.

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

Bay Area Adventures: The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed. From Yosemite and Big Sur, to Joshua Tree and Santa Barbara, California is home to some of the most beautiful places on the West Coast. It's beautiful enough, that no matter how many Half Dome hikes you take, you're still never even going to scratch the surface.

From fern canyons they used in "Jurassic Park II," to waterfalls that go directly into the Pacific, to enchanted freaking forests...

11 Things You Didn't Know About the LA River

From fern canyons they used in "Jurassic Park II," to waterfalls that go directly into the Pacific, to enchanted freaking forests...

From fern canyons they used in Jurassic Park II, to waterfalls that go directly into the Pacific, to enchanted freaking forests...

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

From fern canyons they used in Jurassic Park II, to waterfalls that go directly into the Pacific, to enchanted freaking forests...

Natural Bridges Vallecito Known to geology nerds as a “karst,” the Natural Bridges were formed when the rushing waters of Coyote Creek eroded through a layer of soluble bedrock and created this Aladdin-caliber Cave of Wonders. Best part? If you really want to explore this thing (and you can), you're gonna need a bathing suit. Basically if you're going to California Gold Country, you'll want to also be going to here.

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

Natural Bridges Vallecito Known to geology nerds as a “karst,” the Natural Bridges were formed when the rushing waters of Coyote Creek eroded through a layer of soluble bedrock and created this Aladdin-caliber Cave of Wonders. Best part? If you really want to explore this thing (and you can), you're gonna need a bathing suit. Basically if you're going to California Gold Country, you'll want to also be going to here.

SAN FRANCISCO CITY: THINGS TO DO. #1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is easily one of the most instantly recognizable bridges in the world. It is certainly the most adored bridge in California, giving it the top slot on our list of 25 Things to do and see in San Francisco. This bright red suspended bridge can generally be walked across in under an hour.

25 Epic Things to See & Do in San Francisco - Must-See List

SAN FRANCISCO CITY: THINGS TO DO. #1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is easily one of the most instantly recognizable bridges in the world. It is certainly the most adored bridge in California, giving it the top slot on our list of 25 Things to do and see in San Francisco. This bright red suspended bridge can generally be walked across in under an hour.

Fern Canyon Gold Bluffs Beach Steven Spielberg chose this as the location for The Lost World: Jurassic Park because 1) holy crap look at it, 2) it's an international Biosphere Reserve (what does that even mean???), and 3) it's a narrow gorge carved out by Home Creek with walls hugged by seven types of ferns, some of which date back 325 million years. It's a short trail, so double back on it. Twice. Okay fine, thrice.

The 28 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

Fern Canyon Gold Bluffs Beach Steven Spielberg chose this as the location for The Lost World: Jurassic Park because 1) holy crap look at it, 2) it's an international Biosphere Reserve (what does that even mean???), and 3) it's a narrow gorge carved out by Home Creek with walls hugged by seven types of ferns, some of which date back 325 million years. It's a short trail, so double back on it. Twice. Okay fine, thrice.

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