Outdoors

Best bets for your Joshua Tree weekend

Hiking, camping and reality-escaping in the closest national park.

As a recent transplant to Southern California, I've been anxious and excited to get out and explore what this part of the country has to offer. Joshua Tree has been at the top of my ...

I don't like to hike — so how do I love Denver?

Outdoor adventures for the risk-averse: the grass is greener in CO.

When you tell people you’re headed to Denver, they assume you have something green on the mind. Maybe it’s the emerald leaves of Boulder’s sprawling landscape, or perhaps it’s a plant of the recently legalized ...

America's largest park: Death Valley

Make the 5.5-hour drive now for the El Niño superbloom, while it lasts.

A visit to Death Valley can be a wonderful opportunity to clear your mind of some of the mental clutter we accrue in our daily routines and enjoy a digital detox while soaking in some ...

Exploring Virgin Gorda's Baths

The geologic wonder makes for a British Virgin Islands must-see.

Framing the aquamarine Caribbean along a pristine, white sandy beach, the British Virgin Islands' Baths invariably evoke a jaw-dropping reaction from those visiting this feat of Mother Nature. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, ...

See (and surf) SoCal's sand dunes

What to do, where to eat & stay on these close-to-home desert adventures.

I typically love the sea, sun and sand. Interestingly though, not all the sands I’m drawn to lie in coastal regions. In fact, most of the sand on Earth is stacked in massive piles in ...

Qamea, Fiji: paradise + misadventure

For newlyweds, love lessons come by way of travel.

Nadi, Fiji, is a 10-hour direct flight from LAX. It’s ideal for travelers – especially ones who sleep soundly on planes, as I do. The flight leaves at 11:30 p.m. via Fiji Airways and arrives ...

Overnighter in the Laguna Mountains

Noble Canyon Trail's alpine scenery is a quick drive and hike away.

There is no need for hiking trips to be epic. The Laguna Mountains, less than 50 minutes from mid-city San Diego, are a lovely alpine retreat and world away from the city. Even quick trips ...

From couch potato to Potato Chip Rock

Sunshine tax refund

Julian Duval is about to rock my world. The 68-year-old president of the San Diego Botanic Garden drives me around the garden in a golf cart talking my ear off and making me laugh with ...

The Baja bucket list

Road tripping on Highway 1 – Ensenada, Loreto, Todos Santos and more.

If someone handed you a travel itinerary that included crossing a dangerous Mexican border town to jump in the ocean with 30-foot-long beasts and wander a graveyard at night, what would you do? I mean, ...

Summer in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Regional food picks and outdoor fun – minus the snow – near the Canadian border.

Vermont’s storied "Northeast Kingdom" was given its name by former Governor and U.S. Senator George D. Aiken in 1949 for its special beauty. While lots of people think of Vermont in terms of a snow-covered ...

Altadena: a rustic Los Angeles

2.5 hours north, there's lots to discover for history & outdoor lovers alike.

Author Zane Grey said, "In Altadena I have found those qualities that make life worth living." Walking down Mariposa Street, “Millionaire’s Row,” where Grey’s home still stands – past the oversized craftsman-style bungalows and through ...

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