Northern California   Outdoor Activities



  • 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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  • 02.25.10

    North Bay Under Cover

    Bed and breakfasts get a bad rap, but they're not all filled with flowery wallpaper and potpourri. We found a few in the North Bay that blend cozy and modern—no doilies! Get under cover.

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  • 02.18.10

    Winter Fresh

    Winter's rain brings green to the hills, water to the creeks, and a few fresh surprises. Discover the season's wonders on any of these three hikes.

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  • 02.11.10

    Romance Ready

    A three-day weekend that includes Valentine's Day? Oh boy, are you romance ready? Here are some inexpensive last-minute ideas for turning up the love dial in the outdoors. Get sweet on 'em!

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