All Stories from Greater California

  • Counting Sheep

    There's nothing stinky about Sheep Dung. As in Sheep Dung Estates, a 500-acre gem with a collection of secluded, modern cottages spread all across the beautiful rolling landscape o

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  • Garden by the Sea

    As one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the country, Fort Bragg's Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens makes a splash in more ways than its fabulous flora. Its 47 acres in

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  • Best Ghost Town in the West

    Located in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra, Bodie State Historic Park looks like a Hollywood set for a Western movie. But this isn't Hollywood magic—it's a gold-mining ghost

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  • Down by the River

    Carmel might be one of the best-known enclaves in the Monterey area, but its nearby Carmel River State Beach is much more of a local’s secret—especially the southern end of it. On

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  • Hello, Sur!

    Big Sur is home to numerous fantastic beaches and coves, so which one do you choose? Go for the beach that's quintessential Big Sur (and dog-friendly!). Pfeiffer Beach in Pfeiffer

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  • Walk on the Wild Side

    Joshua Tree’s California Riding and Hiking Trail traverses 35 miles through the entire park, but you don't have to hike all of it to see the good stuff. Get up close and personal w

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  • Take the High Road

    You don't have to rock climb to reach a brilliant panorama of Joshua Tree. A 3-mile (round-trip) hike up Ryan Mountain takes you to one of the highest peaks in the park. The trail

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  • Sister Act

    Nine sisters makes a big family, and it's even better when they're all good looking! San Luis Obispo is surrounded by nine ancient volcanoes known as morros, and affectionately cal

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  • Swinging Single

    San Luis Obispo's "serenity swing" earns honors for living up to its name and meeting high expectations! The swing hangs from a large, lone oak tree secluded on top of a hill high

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  • That's A-Morro!

    Most swing sets are found in a playground, but this set of swings is found in a grove of large eucalyptus trees overlooking one of San Luis Obispo's iconic formations: Morro Rock,

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  • Sister Act

    Nine sisters makes a big family, and it's even better when they're all good looking! San Luis Obispo is surrounded by nine ancient volcanoes known as morros, and affectionately cal

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  • Swinging Single

    San Luis Obispo's "serenity swing" earns honors for living up to its name and meeting high expectations! The swing hangs from a large, lone oak tree secluded on top of a hill high

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  • Gray Area

    Honking, quacking, whistling … we're not talking about a raucous night in the city. We're talking about an absolute bonanza of bird species when you visit Gray Lodge Wildlife Area,

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  • Aye Aye Capitan

    It's the world's largest granite monolith: gray and hulking and a spectacle for visitors who marvel at its massiveness (3,000 vertical feet of sheer rock!) and at the pro climbers

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  • Vantage Point

    What's the secret for spying gray whales during winter's migration season? Location, location, location! And location doesn't get any better than from the top of the tallest lighth

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  • Gorge-ous View

    "Over the meadow and through the woods" … no this isn't the start of a fairy tale … it's the start of a fairy trail! Tahoe's Royal Gorge is North America's largest cross-country sk

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  • Hot Saucer!

    Among six-pack chairlifts, supersized gondolas, and gnarly terrain parks, sometimes it's refreshing to experience something old-skool and quaint. Hello Granlibakken! In Norwegian,

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  • Solitary Bliss

    Visit D.L. Bliss State Park on the western shore of Lake Tahoe in the summer and it's bustling with people. But if you visit in the winter, the entrance gate is closed and the only

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  • Solitary Bliss

    Visit D.L. Bliss State Park on the western shore of Lake Tahoe in the summer and it's bustling with people. But if you visit in the winter, the entrance gate is closed and the only

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