Northern California   Outdoor Activities



  • 04.15.10

    Whale of a Time

    The northern migration of gray whales is blowing up. Catch them in action along the San Mateo and Santa Cruz coast on any of these three whale-watching excursions. Good cetaceans!

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  • 04.8.10

    Roll Call

    Shake the winter rust and dust off the two-wheeler. It's time to visit any of these three college towns for a spring bike ride. Anyone can be a roads scholar!

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  • 04.1.10

    H2 Go!

    Whether canoeing, kayaking, or beachcombing, spring is a great time to be by the water. Whet your palate with one of these three adventures.

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  • 03.25.10

    Where the Wildflowers Are

    These aren't just any old wildflower hikes. No—we searched high and low (mostly high) for the best wildflower displays that also have amazing ridge-top views. Indeed, these are blooms with a view!  

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  • 03.18.10

    Urban Lakes

    Paddle it, hike around it, or just picnic on its shore. Get reacquainted with your local lake or explore a neighboring city's flagship oasis at any of these urban water worlds.

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  • 03.11.10

    Bonus Sherpa: City Walks

    Get a jump on spring without leaving the city. Here are five ways to put a spring in your step—San Francisco style.

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  • 03.11.10

    Tackle the Pinnacles
    You haven't seen California quite like this: rugged rock spires, deep cave waterfalls, valleys, streams, and a seasonal wildflower extravaganza—all packed into one small park inland from Monterey. This spring, take a weekend to explore one of California's coolest geological formations: Pinnacles National Park.
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  • 03.4.10

    Animal House

    With longer days and hints of spring it's time to hit the farm. But we're not talking about any old farm—we've rounded up three that have miles of hiking trails leading right from the barn door. Giddy up!

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