Etiwanda Falls, Southern California.

Found within the North Etiwanda Preserve in Southern California, near the cities of Fontana, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga, the preserve is a fantastic place for a day hike. Located at the very tip-top of Etiwanda Avenue, in Rancho Cucamonga, it’s not hard to find (just get on Etiwanda Avenue and follow it up until it …

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Simi Valley, CA).

Given that California is the most populated state in the nation (and likely has been for quite some time), it’s rather surprising that only ONE president out of 46 was born and raised in California… and it wasn’t even Ronald Reagan. Nope, that honor goes to Richard Nixon. However, Reagan did hail from California when …

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Mount San Jacinto State Park: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

If you’ve ever driven to Palm Springs, whether coming from 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. It’s the first range of mountains you see when driving in from the barren Sonoran Desert, coming from …

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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 Desert in Southern California, sits an eccentric and creative “ranch”. Only mere feet from the iconic Route 66, aka “the Main Street of America”, Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is an interesting place. The closest “town” is Oro Grande, which is technically an “unincorporated territory” in San Bernardino …

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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 Fun fact: 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. Some well known ones include Yosemite, Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park.), Death …

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