Just across the Bay from San Francisco, Oakland, California is an urban cultural mecca that stretches from the coast to redwood-covered rolling hills. Did you know that Oakland is home to TWO huge redwood parks, a lake in the middle of downtown, 3 historic Art Deco theatres, a food and coffee scene that rivals San Francisco, a system of hidden staircases, and over 600 street art murals? We’ve lived here for 8 years and we’re STILL discovering new things to love about our home city every day! Here are 29 things nobody tells you about Oakland, California.
The Sierra Nevadas are a rugged mountain range in eastern California containing several absolutely stunning and world-famous outdoor destinations, like Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park. Here, you’ll discover some of the best hiking in California AND one of the best places to view California’s fall foliage. Lace up your hiking boots or trail runners and head off for these 8 stunning day hikes in the eastern Sierra Nevadas!
Mendocino, California is located just a few hours north of San Francisco on California’s stunning Pacific Coast Highway. It’s one of the best weekend trips from San Francisco, and we’ve been up to visit multiple times. Mendocino is known for it’s world-class wine and stunning coastal views, and the area is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway or girl’s trip! The first time we visited Mendocino, we happened to go tidepooling the same day that some kind of Porsche Club had their annual kite outing? No, I’m serious – the beach was like, FILLED with rich old people flying kites. So for a while we had the weird impression that Mendocino was full of people who drive Porsches and fly kites. Which, it turns out, it isn’t … usually. Here are our favorite things to do in Mendocino!
Although Oakland and San Francisco are neighbors, located just minutes apart across the Bay, the two cities could not be more different. Oakland has its own distinct history, sounds, tastes, its own social movements. And so while visiting San Francisco is its own kind of rad, visiting Oakland is completely, totally different – and just as awe-inspiring. I’ve lived in Oakland for almost 7 years, and I’m still discovering new things to fall in love with daily. In this post you’ll learn about what makes Oakland tick, and discover all of my favorite things to do in Oakland!
Disneyland isn’t just one of the most magical places on earth: it’s also one of the most photographed. The Disney Parks regular top lists of the most Instagrammed places in the world, and for good reason – they’re designed to be freakin’ gorgeous! But capturing all of the magic isn’t as easy as you’d think: from harsh sun to crowds of brightly dressed people to that inevitable sticky, sweaty look everyone gets around 4pm, Disneyland photography is challenging. But don’t worry: our photography tips and picture ideas will have you snapping Instagram-worthy shots to capture your Disneyland vacation like a pro, no matter your level of expertise!
For years, Lia and I have been longing for a Disneyland Scavenger Hunt that we could play with our game-loving friends and family. We’re the kind of people who get aggressively competitive on game night. Like, Lia once faked an ankle injury during a game of Laser Tag on the streets of San Francisco just to slow down her brother in law, who had teamed up with me on the opposing team. It was the week of our wedding. And for the record, it worked.
We needed something to make our Disneyland trips EPIC. To give us an excuse to DESTROY one another. But sadly, we couldn’t find a Disneyland Scavenger Hunt that wasn’t either laughably easy (basically glorified games of I-Spy) and/or designed for kids. So, we made our own! In this post, we’ll be sharing our favorite do’s & dont’s for your next Disneyland trip, plus a taste of our epic 100-point Disneyland Scavenger Hunt.