California

Things To Do in Sequoia National Park

If you only have 1-day in Sequoia National Park (and Kings Canyon!), here’s what I recommend seeing. Everything on this list can be accomplished in a day or under as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. In fact, that’s the only way I’ve ever visited Sequoia National Park–driving up from Bakersfield, […]

Seeing Space Shuttle Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit at the California Science Center is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles, and an experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. In this post, I’ll share some of my photos and thoughts on the emotional (really!) experience of beholding Endeavour in person. Few things capture our […]

Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

Yosemite National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful location in all of California (or even the United States) with great options for photography ranging from unique mountains to rivers to waterfalls to even gorgeous lodging. It’s truly an oasis for landscape photographers, and it’s no surprise that it draws us in herds. If you’ve […]

Southern California Whale Watching Tips

Whale watching season is upon us! November through April, Gray Whales pass along the California coast, and there’s no better place to watch them than in Southern California’s beach cities of Dana Point, Long Beach, and Newport Beach. If you’re visiting Los Angeles or Orange County, California in the winter, we think making the trek […]

La Brea Tar Pits Info & Review

Located in downtown Los Angeles on “Museum Row” within a short walk of the LACMA (one of the world’s largest art museums), La Brea Tar Pits & Museum scores big points among Southern California attractions for being unique. In this review, we’ll share thoughts and photos of the La Brea Tar Pits, and tips for […]

Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Burney Falls is a waterfall in the Cascade volcano range, located in California’s McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Upon seeing the falls, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed them “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” which is a pretty bold assertion, but who am I to question Teddy Roosevelt, America’s consummate badass? I went to see that Eighth […]

Alcatraz Island Tour Review & Tips

Wondering if the Alcatraz Island Tour is worth it, or which tour of the former prison you should take during your San Francisco visit? This post provides info for getting tickets to visit Alcatraz, plus photos of the island, jail cells, and other random tips for making the most of your time on “The Rock.” […]

Visiting Morro Bay State Park in California

Like the ocean? Enjoy quaint little beach towns? How do you feel about huge rocks? If you’re a fan of these things, might I suggest Morro Bay State Park and the city of Morro Bay itself, home of the Morro Rock. If you’re taking a Pacific Coast Highway road trip, Morro Bay is a great […]

Super Bloom at Death Valley National Park

Due to an abnormally rainy fall, Death Valley National Park is in the midst of a rare Super Bloom with millions of wildflowers coloring miles of the park that are otherwise barren. This is due to a confluence of events: an El Niño-fueled October brought more rain to the park than it sees in an […]