All Stories from Northern CA

  • Peter Pan Comes to Mount Tam

    The Bay Area's best outdoor venue is gearing up for one of Broadway's musicals! For a few weeks this summer, the Mountain Play will feature the classic Peter Pan at the outdoor Cus

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  • Camp at Francis

    Bluff-top camping with easy beach access? You're not in SoCal. You're in Half Moon Bay's newly reopened Francis Beach Campground. The campground powered up last month, with electri

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  • Half Moon Bay Beach Hop

    What's better than a beach paradise on a sunny spring day? Five of them! And they're yours to connect along Half Moon Bay's Coastside Trail—a bluff-top asphalt path with beach acce

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  • Vote for Pedro

    Green marks the spot. A green gate, that is. Hidden off Highway 1, just north of Pacifica's Devil's Slide Tunnel, this unassuming entrance leads to a 2.2-mile (round-trip) hike wit

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    End of the Road, Beginning of Adventure

    Welcome to the end of the road: Your outdoor bliss is just beginning. Located on the farthest reaches of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the oceanside town of Tofino has righ

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  • End of the Road, Beginning of Adventure

    Welcome to the end of the road: Your outdoor bliss is just beginning. Located on the farthest reaches of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the oceanside town of Tofino has righ

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    Hola or Aloha?

    Mexico or Hawaii this spring? It's a win-win either way when you fly the West's best airline for affordable adventures. Alaska Airlines is all about connecting you with the best de

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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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  • Blooms A-brewin'

    Got anything for Mom, yet? Go botanical. Nestled between idyllic meadows and woodlands, Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park is anything but garden variety—with a collection that

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  • Mom's the Word

    Tucked on the western slope of Sonoma Valley's Mayacamas Mountains, Quarryhill Botanical Garden flies under the radar as people zip right past it on their way to wineries. They're

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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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  • To the Fort!

    It's found along one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world and surrounded by some of California's most iconic beauty—panoramic coves, redwoods, beach after glorious beach.

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  • Still Milling After All These Years

    It's hard to imagine anything other than wine grapes being grown in the Napa Valley. But thanks to the State Parks' historic preservation of the Bale Grist Mill, we get to peek bac

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    Water You Waiting For?

    There are only a few rivers in California that will be whitewater ready throughout the summer. Rafting season is a go on the American River, and O.A.R.S. is the leader when it come

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  • San Francisco A-Go-GoCar

    You've seen them: those wily low-riders in small bright yellow cars, zipping right past you, sightseeing San Francisco, just … gleeful. Don't knock it till you've driven it: On you

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  • Hill's Angels

    Admit it, you've always wanted to try a Segway. They're fun and goofy … kinda like the Hall & Oates of outdoor recreation. And the best place to give it a try? Where no cars go and

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  • Tandem to Tastings

    There are certain activities that really showcase the subtle and not-so-subtle interactions of a couple. Cue the tandem bike. And toss in some wine! There might be no better place

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  • Good Things Come in Fives

    Forget three, good things come in fives: fingers; the Jacksons; the 5-second rule … and now, The Mighty 5: five iconic national parks to explore in one spectacular state: Utah! Zio

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  • One Wine Day

    It happens to the best of us: you want to go wine tasting and you end up at a large-scale corporate tasting room. It's time for authentic wine country! It's time for the Wine Road:

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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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