THE BEST OF CALIFORNIA
OUR TOP PICKS FOR VISITING SAN FRANCISCO
Everything from floating houses, being above the clouds to hugging the oldest trees the world has seen. Visiting San Francisco was a surprisingly cool trip that didn't mean just visiting the city streets. Here we'll show you why visiting this perfectly climatized city can offer you more than the Golden Gate Bridge. Heres some great vacation spots in California.
DEYOUNG ART MUSEUM, San Francisco
Art matters. In fact this building matters just because of this magnificent steel building nestled in amongst the natural palm trees of the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. One of the most amazing places to visit in california, especially for architecture. Every trip is worthy of an influx of art and the de Young Museum is a big enough reason to go and visit.
WINDY HILL OPEN SPACE PRESERVE, San Matteo
All of a sudden we were above the clouds! We had just come across Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. If you are looking for off the radar places to visit around California, this is it. This Open Space preserve is truly a hidden treasure we just had to stop and see. The preserve consists of 1132 acres of protected land. At 1905ft, on a clear day the summit provides views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area to the north, east, and south, and the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean to the west. On a cloudy day, the view is still spectacular as you feel you are literally on top of the clouds (just like the picture above). And if you are lucky, you might get to see some Banana Slugs, Rattle Snakes and Mountain Lions hiking along the trails.
BIG BASIN REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, Santa Cruz
There are big trees, there are tall trees but its not often you get to see gigantic thousand year old trees that were around with the dinosaurs. The Big Basin National Park is proof that trees are NOT BORING, in fact pretty magnificent. If it wasn't for Andrew P. Hill who set out in the 1900's to preserve these magnificent Sequoia Trees - they probably wouldn't be here today and therefor a few, in fact many Tree-Hugs were in order. If you are passionate about keeping the big basin redwood trees alive and even want to buy and name your own redwood tree (pretty decent gift we might add) then savetheredwoods.org has everything you need to know.
FLOATING HOUSES, Sausalito
We had to double take when we came across these floating houses. Is a boat? Is it a house? No. Its a floating boat house or as we like to call them 'Bouses'! (We just made that up). These houses are pretty unusual. The tide comes in and out and the houses adapt. Sometimes sitting in thick sand and sometimes floating on top of the water but unlike boats - these houses don't sail away. Spend a fun time walking up and down the multicoloured piers looking at all the different shaped houses. A perfect afternoon getting lost at the marines and is surely one of the most unusual getaway places in california.
MUIR BEACH OVERLOOK, Point Reyes
We've mentioned John Muir several times before. We even created a trip around John Muir (Once upon a time...) and yet he keeps popping up with amazing trails across the country. Damn you John Muir - you're good! The Muir Beach Overlook is yet another one of his beauties. The hand railed trail over the cliff tops that leads you, to what it feels like the middle of the ocean - where you get a 180 degree view of the sea at Point Reyes. Not bad for an alternative day at the beach.