Author: McKenna Mobley

McKenna Mobley is an avid adventurer, traveler, mountaineer, and writer from Southern California. Her goal is to climb some of the world's highest mountains and visit as many countries as she can. She loves Latin America and has been to almost every Latin country. She also has a thirst for solo adventuring and has hiked 400 consecutive miles by herself through the Arizona desert.
17 Napa Wineries & Vineyards (Best of Napa Valley in 2022)

17 Napa Wineries & Vineyards (Best of Napa Valley in 2022)

There’s no vacation quite like an escape to the rolling hills of the Napa wineries. Vineyards that are laden with mature purple and green fruit stretch across the landscape for as far as the eye can see. A trip to Napa Valley wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the region’s unrivaled wineries. I was…

California Road Trip (A Local’s Ultimate Itinerary)

California Road Trip (A Local’s Ultimate Itinerary)

A California road trip is the perfect way to explore the huge state. You’ll see California’s best destinations and landmarks that make it one of the most popular places in the world. It’s also one of the biggest states in the U.S., which makes planning an itinerary to visit the best California places overwhelming. As…

15 Best California Mountain Towns in 2022 (By a Local)

15 Best California Mountain Towns in 2022 (By a Local)

No trip to the Golden State is complete without exploring some of the best California mountain towns. The granite mountain ranges are responsible for a large part of the beauty and iconic reputation of California. I’m a mountain freak and spend most of my time exploring California’s jagged peaks. I’ve acquired a lot of experience…

75 Disneyland Tips (A California Local’s Insider Secrets)

75 Disneyland Tips (A California Local’s Insider Secrets)

Veterans and newbies alike are always learning new Disneyland tips. Disneyland California has changed a lot since its opening day in 1955, and guests are constantly developing more efficient ways to help every Disney adventure sail smoothly. As a Southern California local, I have spent hours upon hours at the Disneyland parks. From my first-hand…

Where to Stay at Disneyland (Best Areas & Places for 2022)

Where to Stay at Disneyland (Best Areas & Places for 2022)

As the most famous theme park in California, choosing where to stay at Disneyland will greatly impact your trip. It’s near impossible to explore all of Disneyland in one day, so you’ll make your trip as cohesive as possible by staying overnight near the theme park. I mean, planning a trip to Disneyland is a…

17 Best Things to Do in Morro Bay (in 2022)

17 Best Things to Do in Morro Bay (in 2022)

Situated along California’s central coast, there are countless fun things to do in Morro Bay. From whale watching to bird-watching, lounging on the Morro Rock Beach, and playing billiards in a downtown bar, you are guaranteed continual entertainment in Morro Bay. As a California local, I’ve visited this sleepy fishing village multiple times and want…

23 Best California Beach Towns (in 2022)

23 Best California Beach Towns (in 2022)

California’s iconic coastline is perhaps the most famous feature of the golden state. Laid-back California beach towns dot the coast of the entire state from north to south with unimaginable scenery. I spent my entire childhood exploring California’s beach towns; building sandcastles, staying in waterfront rental houses, and hiking next to jagged ocean cliffs. I’ve…

Camping in California (11 Best Sites & Tips)

Camping in California (11 Best Sites & Tips)

Many people stay at luxurious 5-star hotels when they visit California, but camping in California is made easy with the hundreds of breathtaking campgrounds. Camp at the beach to catch amazing sunsets over the ocean, under a redwood tree canopy, or among thousands of luminous desert stars in California. All options offer high-quality California camping…

San Gabriel Mountains (13 Best Hikes & Tips For Visiting)

San Gabriel Mountains (13 Best Hikes & Tips For Visiting)

The San Gabriel Mountains, located in Northern Los Angeles and Western San Bernardino, embody rolling peaks, the rushing San Gabriel River, and critical habitats for mountain animals. The San Andreas Fault slices through the northern portion of the San Gabriel Mountains and helped shape the characteristic peaks we see today. Some of the best California…

21 Best Towns in California for 2022 (By a Local)

21 Best Towns in California for 2022 (By a Local)

Gorgeous coastlines, redwood forests, and national parks are all surrounded by charming towns in California. Each California town has its own culture and unique atmosphere that is so different from the next.  I have lived in California for 26 years and grew up in a small mountain town just outside of Los Angeles. I am…

21 Best Yosemite Hikes (By a California Local)

21 Best Yosemite Hikes (By a California Local)

A trip to Yosemite National Park isn’t complete without hitting the hiking trails. There are trails rated for all fitness levels with great wildlife spotting opportunities. Yosemite hikes will take you to rushing waterfalls, through giant sequoia groves, and up steep granite walls. Yosemite is home to some of the best California hikes with almost…

51 Best Things to Do in California in 2022 (By a Local)

51 Best Things to Do in California in 2022 (By a Local)

A top destination for many travelers, there are so many incredible things to do in California. Spot a celebrity in Hollywood, hike to the top of the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S., and catch some of the best waves of your life in the golden state. I’ve devised this ultimate list of the best…

Where to Stay in San Bernardino (An Area Local’s Top Places)

Where to Stay in San Bernardino (An Area Local’s Top Places)

One of the biggest counties in Southern California, there are some great options for where to stay in San Bernardino. San Bernardino is just an hour from Los Angeles, and an entertainment mecca in the Inland Empire with some of the best Mexican food in California. There are endless options for things to do in…

27 Best Places to Visit in California in 2022 (By a Local)

27 Best Places to Visit in California in 2022 (By a Local)

It can be overwhelming to decide which places to visit in California on your upcoming trip. There are hundreds of great locations and attractions to visit in the state and you don’t want to miss the best ones. I’ve lived in California my whole life and want to help you choose the absolute best places…

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

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)

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)

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)

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…