S’mores around a crackling fire as stars twinkle overhead. Waking up at dawn to sip hot coffee and watch the sun rise. Camping is all about those quiet, peaceful moments, when you just breathe deeply and – is that a pack of racoons making off with your s’mores supplies?! OK, we admit it: not all of the moments in camping are peaceful. If we’ve learned anything over our years of outdoor adventure, nature ALWAYS wins – and the best thing you can do is to be prepared! So here is the ultimate list of car camping essentials and gear recommendations, plus a printable packing list to make sure you don’t forget a thing. Happy camping!
Snow-covered mountains. Rushing waterfalls. Secluded beaches. Otherwordly desert landscapes. If this description of Southern California surprises you, it’s time to head out and explore! Whether you’re looking for good views at the top of a mountain, cacti explorations, or breezy coastal walks next to the ocean, the hiking in Southern California is diverse, scenic, and one-of-a-kind. This guide to the best hikes in Southern California was contributed by a SoCal local.
Ice-capped mountains. Sweeping valleys. Aquamarine lakes spilling into gushing waterfalls. Welcome to Glacier National Park, one of the USA’s first – and best – stunning National Parks, and a playground for both outdoor enthusiasts … and bears. (And moose!) We designed the perfect 2-day Glacier National Park itinerary for folks with limited time to explore the park. A short getaway to Glacier National Park is one of the best ways to spend your weekend!
Ice-capped mountains. Aquamarine lakes. Down-home ranchers. Bears, moose, bison, and llamas. Wait… llamas?! Welcome to Montana, where there are two times as many cows as people and miles and miles of gorgeous, rolling wilderness to explore! Montana has so much to offer, including its crown jewel: Glacier National Park. We’ve designed the perfect 10-day Montana road trip itinerary through Western Montana, complete with all the details you need to help you plan each step of your trip. And yes, there are llamas. (You’re welcome.)
Snowy mountains. Powdery slopes. A shimmering alpine lake. Semi-creepy frontier history. Every year for the last 7 years, we’ve visited Lake Tahoe for a weekend of snowy fun, skiing, and hot tubbing! Although Lake Tahoe has a reputation for being pricey, it absolutely does NOT have to be! We’ve created the guide we wished we had when we moved here almost a decade ago, with ALL the things you need to know about planning a Lake Tahoe winter trip on a budget. From how to plan a trip to Lake Tahoe affordably, to which ski resorts to visit, to what to do if you don’t ski or snowboard, to all the things nobody tells you about visiting Lake Tahoe, this massive guide has everything you need! See you on the slopes this season *insert guitar riff and cringey 80’s ski montage here.*
We Californians like to joke that the only state we love as much as California is Colorado. (I say joke, but we’re being totally serious.) But I think it’s because we share a lot in common with our landlocked friend-state: legal weed (hayyy), glorious snow-capped mountains, and an unofficial state-wide obsession with rock climbing. Something else our states both share is an endless number of towns, villages, cities, and parks to explore on a weekend getaway! There are also tons of fun, beautiful, and downright weird places to explore on a weekend getaway in Colorado. We partnered with some of our favorite travel bloggers to create this list of the best weekend getaways in Colorado!