Northern California   Outdoor Activities



  • 02.5.09

    For the Birds

    The Bay Area lies smack in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, a rare sky-highway that's filled with feathers through the winter. Grab your binoculars and flock to any of these three Bay-side bike- or stroll-worthy bird-watching sites. Wing-time!  

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  • 01.29.09

    Super Soakers

    Don't get left out in the cold. Warm your bones with a soothing soak in any of these three Northern California hot springs. Say ahhhhhhhhhhh.  

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  • 01.22.09

    Winter Wanderland

    Visiting Yosemite in winter is like seeing a favorite band at a private venue—you can’t believe how lucky you are to be there without the crowds. Head to California’s beloved treasure for an off-season escape that will refresh your spirits and inspire some wintry whoop-dee-doos!  

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  • 01.15.09

    Good Migration

    They spend nine months of the year migrating nearly 11,000 miles, and the next few months are the best time to spot them off the Northern California coast. Yes, the California Gray Whales are back in action, making their journey from Alaska to Baja. Spot them while you can!  

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  • 01.8.09

    Peak Show

    Wondering what's up for this weekend? Look no further than these three Bay Area peaks—ripe for climbing right now. Start the new year in high style!

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  • 01.1.09

    Top 10 of 2008

    Happy New Year! We’re reflecting on our 10 favorite adventures from 2008, in no particular order. But, like last year, we could only narrow it down to 11. Here’s to more explorations in 2009! Eleven cheers!

    - Brad Day, Publisher

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  • 12.25.08

    Joy to the Wild!
    It's tough to wrap, but we think the gift of the great outdoors is…well…the greatest. It's also easily taken for granted. So Weekend Sherpa would like to give Merry Christmas cheers to three of the Bay Area's open space stewards: helping to keep our parks open, beautiful, and accessible. Long may you roam.
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  • 12.18.08

    Eastward, Ho!

    Whether it's backcountry horseback riding, bagging a big peak, or sipping small-batch wine, the East Bay packs some wonderful winter outings that'll leave the crowds at bay.  

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