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Alcatraz Island San Francisco
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Alcatraz .... great trip over and the guides on the island were welcoming and knowledgeable .... the self guided audio tour was wonderful, giving you time to explore at your pace an...
Tours are well-run by knowledgeable and friendly staff, the buildings and grounds are well-preserved and maintained, and the ferry ride affords brilliant views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Redwood National Park Redwood National Park
The visitor center, both the main one a the southern coastal end of the park, and the one at Elk Prairie, were both wonderful, with great exhibits, and friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Big Tree and the trail to Cathedral trees is an iconic hike in the best of the Redwood Habitat- takes you back to the age of the dinosaurs- multiple trailheads leave the narrow- tree lined road north of Big Tree f...
The restored barracks, kitchen, etc. are both informative and chilling, and visitors center is replete with a very large exhibit area, clean facilities, and gift shop full of unique and exceptional gifts that all...
There are many powerful images present on the premises, including the remains of a park, the cemetery which contains the monument that embodies the site, a replica of the guard tower and guard houses, and of cours...
One of my favorite hikes is the Crescent Meadow Loop trail in Sequoia National Park, it's about 1.5 miles round trip on a well maintained, gently graded trail surrounded by the gorgeous Giant Forest grove of Sequo...
There are beautiful scenic views, roaring waterfalls and the picturesque Kings river - but the main attractions are the awesome Sequoias - among them, the two largest trees in the world, named the General Sherman...
We saw beautiful blooming trees, Moro Rock, waterfalls, snow-covered mountain peaks and and blanketed groves, giant sequoias, and General Sherman tree.
The drive up starts out as beautiful high desert views with live oaks and wild flowers and the higher you go in altitude, the more lush and dense the forest becomes until you reach the giant sequoia trees.
Skull Rock – great for photography stop off the right side of the road (quick stop or easy 2 mile hike) Cholla Cactus Garden (0.25 miles roundtrip flat trail; easy) - this was my favourite spot!
The geology and the flora, fauna, and wildlife of the park is so interesting that it is worth your time to stop at the visitor center and gather information to make your visit more enjoyable and educational.
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~ mountain bikers dream with bike bars to boot in Fairfax / base of mountain ~ hikers beauty all side of mountain trails, try alpine dam trail FFX, lake district or Bolinas ridge trails and west point inn for stun...
The Matt Davis Trail out of Pantoll Ranger Station Park HQ, for example, begins with a panoramic ocean view, but quickly descends into a series of deep canyons in permanent shade, featuring tall redwoods.
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Death Valley National Park Death Valley National Park
This park is truly amazing, from the moment we arrived the scenery was breath taking, So much to see, canyons, salt beds, devils gold course, we loved the Artists Drive, the colours were amazing, its definitely wo...
Yes, it is partly that but the site offers very interesting geological phenomena and stunning landscapes: sand dunes, a beautiful canyon with mosaic effets that are so incredible, a salt lake that is the lowest po...
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Whilst it was very foggy on the steep,switch backing road down, once in the woods, you feel so small amongst the huge redwoods and your camera doesn’t do it justice - a great hike and unforgettable experience.
We first drove some the the steepest hills in SF, drove down Lombardi Street, when out to the Golden Grate bridge Visitor Center to get great pictures of the bridge, drove over the GG bridge (a must) and then drov...
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Kings Canyon Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
The King's Canyon Visitor Center houses a wealth of information on the trails and the park's natural history, and there's excellent campgrounds (Sunset is our favorite), cafes, and a general store as well (look fo...
The massive trees, breath taking mountains, winding roads, calm meadows, and rustling streams & rivers---these truly helped to refresh the soul.
... shipbuilding in WW2 that made all the difference to us winning the war in the Pacific, is compelling Also, if you can time your visit to a day when Ranger Betty Reid Soskin holds court, you will LOVE your visit.
This is a must-see National Historic Park, allow 2 to 4 hours for your visit so you can carefully explore the exhibit halls, and see all 3 daily movies in the Visitor Center theater.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is another one of those massive national park recreation areas covering 82,000 acres from the Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County north of the bay, to Mori Point n...
I have spend the last 30 years exploring various pieces of the amazing Golden Gate National Recreation Area - everything from Alcatraz to Fort Point to the expansive Marin headlands area.
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Filled with glorious walking and hiking trails, the summits will give you a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of opportunities to spot quail, deer and hawks along the way.
There are so many areas within the Santa Monica Mountains to see while you're driving or to take the time to picnic or hike with friends, a group, moonlit hikes, a lover or significant other or your kids.
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This site features Native American history, pioneer history, geologic history that is unlike anything you may have ever seen of its kind, and amazing rock paintings and petroglyphs dating back to 2500 to 4500 year...
There are hundreds of caves, rock forts, petroglyphs, acres of lava, deer, cougars, bobcats, snakes and lizards, hundreds of species of wildlife, monarch butterfly migration, wildflowers.
Bridalveil Falls Yosemite National Park
It is always enjoyable to take this short hike to see the falls and enjoy the sights along the creek that it forms.
You can see the falls from the parking lot (which was full, we had to park down the road a bit) but then there is an easy, short trail to get closer to it.
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The Presidio has terrific trails to hike, Andy Goldsworthy sculpture here and there, the surprisingly good Disney museum, a historical museum at the Officer's club and just a lot of great views.
The Presidio is a well kept area, previously known for it's army base (check the movie Presidio with Sean Connery), nowadays just museum etc Lovely area, calm, serene and beautiful surrounded by some stunning trees.
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