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23 Best San Diego Beaches for 2022 (By a Local!)
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23 Best San Diego Beaches for 2022 (By a Local!)

Let’s be honest, San Diego beaches are legendary. In fact, when you think of San Diego, chances are sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and turquoise surf spring to mind. And with over 70 miles of coastline that range from long sandy beaches to rugged cliffs jutting out over the pacific, it’s no wonder that San Diego’s…

The Best Time to Visit San Diego in 2022 (By a Local)
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The Best Time to Visit San Diego in 2022 (By a Local)

The best time to visit San Diego is during the summer months when you can take full advantage of the stunning beaches, which are the city’s most prominent attractions. Late summer, especially September, tends to boast the best weather, warmest ocean temperatures, and smaller crowds. Most people come to San Diego for its beautiful beaches,…

15 Best Places to Go Camping Near San Diego (By a Local)
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15 Best Places to Go Camping Near San Diego (By a Local)

Camping is such a unique and wonderful way to experience a place! Often campgrounds are in prime locations for access to the best hiking, views, and sites in natural areas. Plus, there’s something so fulfilling about eating outside around a campfire, stargazing before bed, and waking up to nature sounds. I’m a San Diego local…

15 Best Hikes in San Diego County for 2021 (By a Local)
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15 Best Hikes in San Diego County for 2021 (By a Local)

A hike is the best way to enjoy the San Diego sunshine and beautiful landscape! San Diego is Southern California’s coastal desert gem that boasts some surprisingly high elevation mountains to boot. As a celebration of this unique landscape, the county has done a great job of preserving plenty of land for hiking and recreation…

Is San Diego Safe? (Honest Local Advice)
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Is San Diego Safe? (Honest Local Advice)

Receiving an average of 35.1 million visitors a year, San Diego is one of the United States’ top travel destinations. And for those of us lucky enough to call the city home, we live in the 26th happiest city in the country.  And with its gorgeous coastline, lively nightlife, awesome sights, and rich culture there’s…

San Diego Travel Guides (By a Local)

San Diego Travel Guides (By a Local)

San Diego Travel Guides Super useful & totally free travel guides, written by locals who love San Diego ✨Things to Do 🗺️ Where to Stay 🛎️ Best Hotels ⛱️ Beaches 🍽️ Restaurants 🚗 Day Trips 🏜️ Weekend Getaways 🏘️ Neighborhoods 🍸 Bars 🥾 Best Hikes 🆓 Best Free Activities 🏛️ Best Museums 🍻 Best Breweries…

Where to Stay in San Diego, by a Local (Best Areas & Places)
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Where to Stay in San Diego, by a Local (Best Areas & Places)

San Diego is a sprawling city consisting of a bustling downtown area and a collection of beach towns, each with its own unique personality and attractions.  So much variety can make deciding where to stay in San Diego challenging. But never fear, because I’m a San Diego local and I’m here to break down what…

47 Best Things to Do in San Diego in 2022 (By a Local) 
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47 Best Things to Do in San Diego in 2022 (By a Local) 

San Diego brings to mind spectacular beaches and great weather. But, while those are certainly highlights, you may be surprised by how many more fun things to do in San Diego you can find … if you know where to look!  Never worry, because I’m a San Diego local who is here to guide you…

21 Fun Day Trips from San Diego for 2022 (By a Local)
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21 Fun Day Trips from San Diego for 2022 (By a Local)

As a San Diego local, I’ve come to appreciate “America’s Finest City” even more for all of the incredible nearby places to explore. Whether you want to spend a day hiking, enjoying some beautiful sandy beaches, or exploring unique historical sites, you’re sure to find several day trips from San Diego to choose from.  Lucky…

San Juan to Rincon (3 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)
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San Juan to Rincon (3 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)

If you’re visiting Puerto Rico and wondering how to get from San Juan to Rincon, then you’ve come to the right place! Located on the west side of Puerto Rico, Rincon beaches and breathtaking sunsets make it the perfect destination for a Caribbean vacation. Beach lovers and surfers from all around the island escape to…

Where to Stay in San Luis Obispo, by an Area Local (2022)
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Where to Stay in San Luis Obispo, by an Area Local (2022)

When deciding where to stay in San Luis Obispo, there’s no shortage of incredible options.  Situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is a town surrounded by hills and mountains on California’s central coast, and is just a short drive away from the beach. It is a fun mix of laid-back…

35 Best Things to Do in Orange County in 2022 (By a Local)
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35 Best Things to Do in Orange County in 2022 (By a Local)

If you’re looking for a quintessential Southern Californian experience filled with theme parks, professional sports games, beaches, and more, then you’ll have a blast discovering the best things to do in Orange County. Located within the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area, Orange County encompasses 34 cities such as Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange, Huntington Beach,…

Where to Stay in Joshua Tree (Best Areas & Places in 2022)
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Where to Stay in Joshua Tree (Best Areas & Places in 2022)

Choosing where to stay in Joshua Tree completely depends on what you hope to get out of your visit. Located in Southern California, Joshua Tree is quickly becoming a trendy California travel destination. There are so many fabulous places to stay in Joshua Tree that choosing can be a difficult task. Each area is unique…

17 Best Hikes in California in 2022 (By a Local!)
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17 Best Hikes in California in 2022 (By a Local!)

With desert, mountain, forest, and coastline landscapes, there are endless opportunities for spectacular hikes in California. In fact, as a California local, I’d have to say that California is one of the best places for hiking in the U.S. (I’m totally not biased). Sure, visiting big cities like Los Angeles is great, but exploring the…

The Best Time to Visit California in 2022 (By a Local)
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The Best Time to Visit California in 2022 (By a Local)

The most popular time to visit California is between June and September, when the weather is perfect for the beach and summer music festivals are in full swing. California has good weather year-round, however, so when you visit depends on what you would like to see and do. I was born and raised in Southern…

Where to Stay in Las Vegas, By a Local (Best Places & Areas)
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Where to Stay in Las Vegas, By a Local (Best Places & Areas)

Picking where to stay in Las Vegas can be an overwhelming experience because there is so much to do and see that sometimes you don’t know where to base yourself. You want to see all the main attractions and more while staying on a budget, which makes planning a vacation more challenging. I am a…

Where to Stay in La Jolla (Best Places & Areas in 2022)
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Where to Stay in La Jolla (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

If you’re wondering where to stay in La Jolla, just read this guide to the best places and areas. La Jolla, which aptly means “The Jewel” in Spanish, is a lovely seaside village just north of San Diego. It’s one of the best areas to stay around San Diego. La Jolla attracts tons of visitors…

The Best Time to Visit Long Beach (When to Go, By a Local)
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The Best Time to Visit Long Beach (When to Go, By a Local)

The best time to visit Long Beach is June through October, when the weather and water are warm. Long Beach has activities and events year-round and has mild winters, so you can enjoy the city anytime. But when to visit Long Beach depends quite a bit on what you’d like to do in Long Beach…

19 Best La Jolla Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)
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19 Best La Jolla Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

La Jolla is a top San Diego destination and is worth a visit as much for its natural beauty as for its culinary scene. Many of the best La Jolla restaurants celebrate their proximity to the ocean by incorporating seafood, a beachy atmosphere, ocean views, or some combination of all three. From romantic, elegant restaurants…

27 Best Day Trips from Los Angeles in 2022 (By a Local)
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27 Best Day Trips from Los Angeles in 2022 (By a Local)

When it comes to day trips from Los Angeles, we’re spoiled for choice. There’s a bevy of awesome California destinations within driving distance of this thriving metropolis. As a Los Angeles local, it’s been my pleasure to explore the regions surrounding my home. From farmland in San Luis Obisbo to high deserts Palm Springs and…

21 Best Things to Do in La Jolla (in 2022)
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21 Best Things to Do in La Jolla (in 2022)

If you’re looking for fun things to do in La Jolla, you’ll find plenty of activities, sites & activities to fill your day. Located in Southern California, the small seaside community of La Jolla offers some of San Diego’s best attractions, views, natural beauty, history, culture, and wildlife. The town, though small, has tons of…

17 Best Things to Do in Solvang, CA (in 2022)
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17 Best Things to Do in Solvang, CA (in 2022)

In Central California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll find rolling vineyards, scenic farmland, and a small Danish town called Solvang. Between its traditional Danish architecture and food and its abundance of windmills, visiting Solvang feels like a tiny trip to Europe! If you’re looking for a unique weekend getaway in Santa Barbara County, you’ll find…

13 Best La Jolla Beaches (in 2022)
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13 Best La Jolla Beaches (in 2022)

La Jolla, Spanish for “the jewel” lives up to its promising name. The upscale town not only offers tons of high-end hotels, restaurants and shops, but its spectacular coastline also is the real standout, even compared to San Diego’s other awesome beaches.  Whether you’re hoping for a relaxing day tanning on the beach, exploring underwater…

55 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles (By a Local)
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55 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles (By a Local)

A vibrant, diverse metropolis, there’s a multitude of incredible things to do in Los Angeles, California. From spotting stars of the silver screen to viewing stars in the heavens from Griffith Observatory, this West Coast city has it all. You can relax on a balmy beach, tour premier art galleries, and see a celebrity headlined…

25 Best Hikes Near Fort Collins (for 2022)
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25 Best Hikes Near Fort Collins (for 2022)

Fort Collins, Colorado is an awesome hiking destination. There are endless hikes near Fort Collins to explore, the wilderness areas near Red Feather Lakes and Poudre Canyon are top-notch, and the mountains closer to Fort Collins are super unique even when compared to Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs. As a Colorado local, one of my…

33 Best Things to Do in Encinitas CA, for 2022 (By a Local)
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33 Best Things to Do in Encinitas CA, for 2022 (By a Local)

Encinitas is less than a 45-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport and is home to some of the most consistent weather and beautiful beaches in Southern California.  I grew up in this lovely town and, before I tell you all the best things to do in Encinitas, I think it might be helpful…

Where to Stay in Los Angeles, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)
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Where to Stay in Los Angeles, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Choosing where to stay in Los Angeles is one of the most important steps in planning your visit. This sprawling city of LA has a great deal to offer every visitor – beautiful beaches, glamorous rooftop pool parties, world-class restaurants, thrilling theme parks, and the Hollywood hustle. You’ll find legendarily good weather, notoriously bad traffic,…

27 Best Things to Do on Catalina Island (in 2022)
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27 Best Things to Do on Catalina Island (in 2022)

Just off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island awaits those looking for outdoor adventures or a relaxing getaway. Locally called Catalina Island or just Catalina, this charming place is perfect for a day trip or mini vacation to check out all the fun things to do in Catalina Island. As a Long Beach…

27 Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree (in 2022)
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27 Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree (in 2022)

One of the most iconic places in the American west, Joshua Tree offers visitors everything from tranquil desert sunsets and hiking trails to saloon dining and horseback riding.  As a Southern California local, I visit Joshua Tree frequently. It’s a place unlike any other, with gigantic boulder formations and hidden oases, and I hope you…

Long Beach – Ultimate Travel Guide (By a Local)

Long Beach – Ultimate Travel Guide (By a Local)

Long Beach Travel Guides Super useful & totally free travel guides, written by locals who love Long Beach ✨ Things to Do 🗺️ Where to Stay 🛎️ Best Hotels 🍽️ Restaurants 🚗 Day Trips 🏘️ Neighborhoods 🍸 Bars 🍺 Breweries 🏖️ Best Beaches ⛰️ Nearby Hiking 🗓️ Best Time to Visit 🚌 Getting Around 👉 Tips 🧳 What to Pack Why We Love…

23 Best Things to Do in Long Beach, CA (By a Local)
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23 Best Things to Do in Long Beach, CA (By a Local)

Just south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is a coastal city that offers much more than palm-tree studded streets and ocean views. You’ll find an urban atmosphere with a beach town feel – a unique combination that makes it one of the best places to visit in Southern California. If you know where to go,…

Where to Stay in Oceanside, CA (Best Areas & Neighborhoods)
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Where to Stay in Oceanside, CA (Best Areas & Neighborhoods)

Staying in Oceanside is always a great decision when visiting the greater San Diego. As a local who grew up in the next beach town over, I can tell you that Oceanside is a local’s best-kept secret for whale watching, dolphin spotting, and checking out San Diego’s annual bioluminescent waves. If you’re wondering where to…

Where to Stay in Nashville (Best Areas, By a Local)
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Where to Stay in Nashville (Best Areas, By a Local)

Each one of Nashville’s neighborhoods has a distinct character and vibe. It’s almost like visiting multiple cities at once. So choosing where to stay in Nashville really depends on the experience you want in the city.  No matter which neighborhood you choose, you’ll never be all that far from live music, trendy restaurants, cool bars,…

50 Places to Travel in 2022 (Best Emerging Destinations)
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50 Places to Travel in 2022 (Best Emerging Destinations)

Published December 15, 2021 Gone are the days when choosing where to travel was a care-free exercise of day dreaming and indulging our wanderlust. With ever-changing travel restrictions and the rise of new variants, picking places to travel in 2022 requires more thought, research, and planning. Perhaps there is a silver lining in that. Where…

Where to Stay in Long Beach (Top Places & Areas, By a Local)
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Where to Stay in Long Beach (Top Places & Areas, By a Local)

Located between the city of Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach is a lively coastal city full of palm trees, unique restaurants, and ocean views. With over 50 neighborhoods, it can understandably be hard to figure out where to stay in Long Beach! I am a Long Beach local. And I’m here to guide…

California – Ultimate Travel Guide (By a Local)

California – Ultimate Travel Guide (By a Local)

California Travel Guide Super useful & totally free travel guides, written by locals who love the state of California 🏙️ Destinations ✨ Things to Do 🗺️ Where to Stay 🛎️ Best Hotels 🚗 Best Road Trips ⛱️ Best Beaches ⛰️ Best Mountains ⛷️ Best Ski Resorts 🎢 Best Theme Parks 🖼️ Best Museums 🏞️ Best National Parks 🖼️ Best Wildlife 🗓️ Best Time…