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.

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Haunted History of San Diego

San Diego bills itself as the home of the “Most Haunted House in America,” and there are enough paranormal sites around the city to keep both believers and skeptics arguing about their veracity until they become ghosts themselves. Ericka Chickowski points you towards the best historic hauntings in San Diego.

Flowers bloom in the foreground while across the water the city skyline rises up.

San Diego: Sunny Beaches and Classic Charm

San Diego is less a place and more a state of mind. If there is one lesson to learn from the locals, it is that San Diego is meant to be enjoyed leisurely. Ericka Chickowski discusses the laid-back atmosphere, the temperate climate, the friendly people, and more.