The Point Reyes National Seashore is one of northern California’s most superb regions of coastal wilderness. We’re talking rocky coast, sandy beaches, green hills, hiking trails, birds, sea lions, and even whales! The region spans over 100 square miles and is chock full of history and breathtaking beauty. Where to begin? Start with this shortlist of the best things to do in Point Reyes.
Any visit to San Francisco should include a trip to see the Mission District’s Murals. Not only is this area famous for its amazing food, world renowned musicians, and street festivals, but it is the center of some of the most brilliant and powerful murals in the world. The murals portray social injustices, political issues, and cultural themes.The Mission District’s Murals are street art at its finest and because much of it changes frequently, you can keep going back for more!
What are the best things to do in Carmel? I love Carmel and know you will too! It’s a beautiful town with a relaxed and comfortable vibe making it perfect for a quick getaway or a longer trip. Some liken it to Brigadoon because it feels a bit magical when you visit. Carmel is famous for its star visitors and residents – Clint Eastwood, Doris Day, Jack London, George Gershwin, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and Charlie Chaplin. But just because it has a reputation for the lifestyle of the rich and famous, don’t be intimidated. Carmel is a comfortable beach town offering plenty to do without breaking the bank.
The Dipsea trails on Mt. Tamalpais are among the most spectacular in all of Northern California. I love the Dipsea, Steep Ravine, Matt Davis Loop hike because you get the best of everything; Ancient redwood forest, creeks, waterfalls, canyons, grasslands, wooden bridges, and views, views, views. Begin your day at the Pacific Ocean and loop into a magical forest, only to emerge to breathtaking hillsides that roll back down to the beach. This hike is a Mt.Tam favorite because it combines some moderate to heavy climbing with relaxed and easy trails. The trails are meticulously groomed, safe, and well marked. Whether visiting from afar, or living locally, put this hike on your list as a regular go-to.
Spend at least one day in Vienna! Vienna is the stunning capital of Austria, rich with history and culture, and it’s a must see on your European trip. Vienna was home to some of the world’s most brilliant talents such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, and was the seat of the Habsburg royal family who ruled until 1918. If you don’t have much time, here are 6 things to do in one day in Vienna. You will fall in love with the architecture, art, food, music, and royalty.
Lower Manhattan is like a city within New York City. There are so many things to do in lower Manhattan. The vibrant neighborhoods below 14th Street give NYC some of the most colorful character you will find anywhere. This is the part of NYC where the streets have names, not numbers, and the history of the island is deep. Find things to do in lower Manhattan by diving into Greenwich Village, SoHo, Tribeca, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Financial District, and of course The Statue of Liberty. SO much to do, so little time!
Are you planning a visit to London as soon as the pandemic takes a break? London has great food options in all parts of the city. The great food of London is found in the famous restaurants, the not so famous, and is family and gluten free friendly. We LOVE the food in London! Here are some great food of London spots in Putney, Chelsea, Westminster, and St. John’s Wood.
The Soldier Pass/Brins Mesa Trail is one of the top three hikes to take when visiting Sedona, Arizona. The beauty of this hike is that you encounter many special places along the way; the Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole, the Seven Sacred Pools, and the Soldier Pass Cave. These sights are within the Coconino National Forest, in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. This is a great hike if you want a real sense of the history of the region. You will see the red rock that Sedona is famous for, sacred Native American sites, and the results of millions of years of geological evolution. Not only was this area an ocean floor and a coastal plain, but it was also the home of dinosaurs!
The Devil’s Bridge Trail is one of the top three hikes to take when visiting Sedona, Arizona. It is a relatively easy hike finishing with a bit of a climb as you get close to the famous Devil’s Bridge. Devil’s Bridge in Sedona is a natural sandstone arch in the Coconino National Forest. The arch stands 54 feet tall and 45 feet long. This is one of Sedona’s most popular spots because of the ease in accessing, and of course, for the remarkable views and photo op that it offers.
The Boynton Canyon/Subway Cave Trail is one of the top three hikes to take when visiting Sedona, Arizona. It is a gorgeous hike, not very strenuous, and after a moderate climb, you arrive at a once in a lifetime spot. You will see the red rocks that Sedona is famous for, and experience one of Sedona’s treasures, the Subway Cave. Along the way, you will pass through some of Sedona’s vortexes within the Boynton Canyon and can visit the ancient Sinagua (pre-Columbian culture known for their cliff dwellings and petroglyphs) ruins.