11 Things to do at Point Reyes National Seashore
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by JoshMc
2w ago
Point Reyes National Seashore is a mesmerizing wonderland where rugged cliffs meet the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, hidden lagoons teem with wildlife, and waterfalls fall directly onto the sand. Nestled along the California coast, Point Reyes is captivating with its untamed beauty and countless adventures. I have visited the area frequently, and I wanted to share some of my favorite spots in the national seashore with you in this video. Let me know what I left off in the comments, and let’s jump into it. Point Reyes Lighthouse A historic landmark perched on the edge of a rocky cliff, th ..read more
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How to spend the perfect 24 hours in San Jose (Full Itinerary)
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by JoshMc
1M ago
San Jose is a town that is often overlooked in Northern California but really is a great spot to spend a few days. It has a lot of fun computer history, a great food scene and of course lots of outdoor adventures. We spent the better part of a week in the city and here is an itinerary we built to help you make the most of your visit to San Jose. Here is a video we made showing how we spent 24 hours in San Jose with our kids. San Jose Itinerary 9:00 am – Breakfast at Voyager Coffee in San Pedro Square Market Start your day with a delicious coffee at Voyager Craft Coffee, a local favorite in S ..read more
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French Laundry in Napa: What it is like to eat at the World’s Best Restaurant
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by JoshMc
5M ago
The French Laundry is one of California’s most coveted restaurant reservations and has been voted the best restaurant in the world in the past. If that doesn’t convince you to visit, famed chef Anthony Bourdain said it was one of the best dining experiences of his life and praised the tasting menu for its perfect marriage of flavors and made an entire episode on it. For the past decade, I have been traveling California, and it has always been a dream of mine to dine in these hallowed halls. However, the cost and the difficulty of securing a reservation have always kept me away, that is until m ..read more
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Kayaking Sea Caves on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park
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by JoshMc
11M ago
Disclosure: Channel Island Adventure Company provided the guided tour for me, all opinions are my own. Santa Cruz Island is one of the many Channel Islands, which are located off the coast of Southern California. The island is home to stunning coastal hikes, thousands of years of history, and many great kayaking opportunities. We got a chance to do a kayaking trip with Channel Islands Adventure Company in May 2023 and had a blast exploring the island’s coast and going into sea caves. Here is all the information if you want to have this experience yourself. Getting to Santa Cruz Island The eas ..read more
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Unique Painting Experience at Shot of Art in Downtown Los Angeles
California Through My Lens
by JoshMc
11M ago
Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Shot of Art LA is a unique art studio experience that just launched in Downtown Los Angeles. Amie and I visited the studio and took two art classes, Shooting and Spinning, and Fluid Art. We had a blast creating works of art in this fun and creative studio space. If you are looking for an unforgettable night in Los Angeles, consider visiting Shot of Art; here is all the information. Details Cost: The average is around $175 for three people, depending on your chosen class (Shooting and Spinning is more). Open eve ..read more
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How to spend the perfect 24 hours in Point Reyes National Seashore (Full Itinerary)
California Through My Lens
by JoshMc
1y ago
Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the most beautiful places in California. The park protects miles of stunning coastline, tons of wildlife and dozens of great hiking trails. While every trip to Point Reyes is different, I wanted to make this guide to help you plan a great visit to the national seashore. These are some of my favorite places to visit in Point Reyes, and should help you have a fun day in the park. I have a lot more recommendations in this Point Reyes Guide though if you want to go deeper. Anyways, here is my recommendation for a great day in Point Reyes National Seashore. D ..read more
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Marin French Cheese Company: Oldest Continuously Operated Cheese Company in USA
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by JoshMc
1y ago
The Marin French Cheese Company is a historic creamery, located just a short drive north of San Francisco and is a must-visit destination for cheese lovers of all ages. The Marin French Cheese Company has been producing artisanal cheeses since 1865, making it the oldest continually operating cheese company in the United States. The cheese shop sits on a beautiful property with a pond and many tables that you can sit on to indulge in some cheese and crackers. I had a blast visiting with my young children, who loved exploring the pond and finding rocks to throw in. If you are looking for an esca ..read more
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Mount Umunhum: Exploring San Jose’s Historic Cube
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by JoshMc
1y ago
Mount Umunhum is a prominent mountain peak located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is well known for the large rectangular building you can see from all over Silicon Valley up the hill. The mountain is accessed via a 45-minute drive from Downtown San Jose, which will take you to the top. You can also park below the mountain and hike to the summit, but I always have trouble getting myself to hike to a summit I can drive to. It is a fantastic adventure in San Jose, and here is all the information. Details Free to visit You can hike to the top if you want, more information on the hike here The ..read more
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How to spend the perfect 24 hours in Napa Valley (Full Itinerary + Costs)
California Through My Lens
by JoshMc
1y ago
Napa Valley is a picturesque Northern California region renowned for its beautiful vineyards, rolling hills, and exceptional wines. Located just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the area offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With more than 400 wineries, Napa Valley has become a paradise for wine enthusiasts, but Napa Valley isn’t just about wine. The region’s vibrant culinary scene celebrates fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You’ll find many Michelin-starred restaurants, charming cafes, and gourmet food trucks, each offering a unique culinary experience. W ..read more
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16 Things to do in San Jose
California Through My Lens
by JoshMc
1y ago
San Jose is the largest city in Northern California and full of fun adventures. It’s by no means as popular for tourists as San Francisco, but if you’re willing to look beyond the surface, it has a lot of hidden gems waiting to be explored. This post collects many of my favorite places in the city, including a haunted house, many different tech museum, art installations and even the world’s first mountain observatory. Check it out and let me know what your favorite spot is in San Jose in the comments! Winchester Mystery House The Winchester Mystery House is a peculiar mansion that was built b ..read more
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