California

1-Day Santa Monica & Venice Beach Itinerary

If you’re visiting California and want to visit the best beach cities near Los Angeles, this 1-day itinerary for a morning in Venice and afternoon and evening in Santa Monica will help you have a great day. This step-by-step Southern California touring plan is almost entirely walkable, with and will allow you to have a […]

Yosemite Firefall Photography & Viewing Tips

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon visible for about 3 weeks each year in February. This post offers tips based upon my experiences, plus updates on the 2019 government shutdown, recent California weather patterns, and how both could effect the Firefall. (Last updated January 9, 2019.) First, the update. Despite […]

Ultimate Los Angeles City Guide

Our Los Angeles city guide offers tips to plan a Southern California vacation, including best things to do, transportation info, where to eat in L.A., hotel suggestions, and more. Los Angeles is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we’ll provide you insider tips to experience both the touristy highlights and hidden gems. […]

Annenberg Space for Photography Info: Free Los Angeles Museum

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a free museum in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California’s Westside. It showcases themed galleries of digital and print photography that rotate a few times per year as well as special programming that includes lectures, workshops, classes, and family-friendly events. The space’s galleries are curated to highlight […]

Keyhole Arch “Light Show” on Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur

For a few weeks each year during the Winter Solstice, the sunset casts an ethereal glow through Keyhole Arch on Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Beach that is absolutely breathtaking. This natural phenomenon doesn’t have fixed dates, but if you’re in Monterey, California in December or January, it’s a must-see. In this post, we’ll share tips for […]

1-Day Laguna Beach, California Itinerary

If you’re planning a day in Laguna Beach, California and don’t want to spend all your time soaking up the sun, our 1-day itinerary offers a step-by-step plan for the best things to do and where to eat & shop. It also includes several of our favorite beaches, hidden gems, and more. Having a step-by-step […]

2-Day Los Angeles Itinerary

Our 2-day Los Angeles itinerary offers a step-by-step touring plan for experiencing the best things to do in L.A., with a trip to the top beach, excellent California food, and free attractions. It’s an efficient plan-of-attack for Los Angeles, and while you’ll see and do a lot, we’ve also tried to allow for some relaxed, […]

1-Day “Best of” Los Angeles Itinerary

If you only have one day in Los Angeles and want to see the highlights of the city, this is the step-by-step touring plan for you. This is a jam-packed itinerary that covers the top 5 things to do in and around Los Angeles, and it also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although it’s an […]

Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Griffith Observatory is a planetarium and astronomy museum in California, a great free thing to do in Los Angeles, with excellent panoramic views (including of the Hollywood Sign) and a good starting point for hikes. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the […]

Shake Shack v. In-N-Out: The Time Traveler’s Guide

When flying from Japan to California recently, we did what some experts said was impossible: dined at Shake Shack and then traveled back in time to eat at In-N-Out on the same night. Others have compared these two fine burger establishments, but none have been scientifically reliable, carefully controlling important variables. No one else has eaten at […]