Mount San Jacinto State Park: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

If you’ve ever driven to Palm Springs, either coming from the Inland Empire or the Los Angeles region to the west - or from Blythe and Arizona to the east - you cannot miss the magnificent, looming mountains that contain the peak of Mount San Jacinto. This is the first range of mountains you see …

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Laguna Beach Pirate Tower: Ahoy matey!

On Victoria Beach, in the famous city of Laguna Beach, right off the equally famous PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), stands a lone "pirate tower". Pushed up against the cliff and directly below homes costing an average of $4 million, it’s an interesting sight to behold. It’s obviously not a real pirate’s tower, but one constructed …

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Dinny & Mr. Rex: The World’s Biggest Dinos (Allegedly).

Mr. Rex. The overlords of the Dinos routinely paint them to match the season. For example, right now Mr. Rex is painted to look like the Easter bunny. Here he is all painted up for Valentine’s Day. On the edge of the Colorado Desert, mere feet away from I-40, sit two mammoth plastic dinosaurs named …

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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch: A California Desert Adventure.

Nestled in a back corner of the Mojave, about 15 minutes outside Victorville, sits an eccentric and creative “bottle tree ranch”. Mere feet from the iconic Route 66 Highway, aka “the Main Street of America” or “the Mother Road”, Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a sight to behold. You absolutely cannot miss it, even if you had no …

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The Vasquez Rocks: Home of the Bandido.

In the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, near the small town of Agua Dulce, California, sits a collection of rocks that is really cool, and really famous. Formally known as Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, many call it just the Vasquez Rocks (I will refer to it as such here). This 932-acre park is pretty much …

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Joshua Tree National Park.

I have wanted to visit Joshua Tree National Park for about 3.5 years. Since my time in California is ending, I figured it was now or never. Located in the Mojave Desert, it sits 20 minutes from the city of Joshua Tree, one hour from Palm Springs, and only two minutes from Twenty-Nine Palms (depending …

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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum: it’s really weird.

"I do not wish to be an artist. I only wish that art enables me to be." - Noah Purifoy **Note: This blog got a bit wonky when I added the photos, my apologies. This is not a wordy blog, but I still wanted to add as many photos as possible.** Nestled in a corner …

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Sequoia National Park: Largest Trees in the World.

"The big tree is Nature's forest masterpiece... the greatest of living things." - John Muir Out of the 61 national parks in the United States, California is home to 9, which is more than any other state in the nation. The most famous is the majestic Yosemite, but the others are just as wonderful. Some …

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Southern California: Concrete and Sunsets.

View when flying in from the East. When you think about Southern California, or just California in general, is it along the lines of: crowded, Hollywood, acting, Democrats, and tacos?  While California is generally all these things, it is also much more. I have a love/hate relationship with this state, as it is technically my …

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The Queen Mary: The Worlds Most Haunted Ship.

Magnificent and old, according to a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary (TQM), this ship is considered the SIXTH most haunted location in the U.S. Whether that is truly accurate is debatable, but nonetheless, TQM is reportedly extremely haunted. Located at 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, many guests staying on the ship (now …

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