Moon San Diego

Local surfer and writer Ian Anderson offers an insider’s view of San Diego, from surfing at San Onofre State Beach to exploring the expansive San Diego Zoo. Ian includes great trip ideas such as On a Mission, a tour of the city’s historical sights, and Surf and Turf, which covers recreational opportunities in and out […]

Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway

Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling travel guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of the Pacific Coast Highway, Jamie takes you from the dense green forests of Washington to the gorgeous beaches of Southern California. From logging towns to surfer lore, Road Trip USA Pacific […]

Anacapa Island at sunset.

Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip

If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, take a trip to Anacapa Island. Author Stuart Thornton shares information about how to get there and what to see.

Fog rising off of Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Island National Park. Photo © David Wan, icensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Explore Santa Cruz Island’s Sea Caves

Santa Cruz Island is the largest island within Channel Islands National Park, and the island’s most breathing features are the sea caves that riddle the coastline and can be explored by kayak. Here is some helpful advice on planning your kayaking adventure.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

View of the Golden Gate bridge on a clear day.

Coastal California’s Romantic Getaways

Crashing waves, breathtaking views, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels make the California coast perfect for romance. Author Stuart Thornton points you to some of the Golden State’s most romantic coastal destinations from north to south.

Light filters through the leaves and fruit of clustered purple grapes on the vine.

Santa Barbara Wine Country

At the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country are the towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Maria. These small farming communities are often overlooked in favor of the surrounding beach communities, but they have much to offer travelers. Learn about their history, lifestyles, and more.