Santa Cruz by Justine

When my friend and I were entertaining doing a day trip down to Santa Cruz, we had the following criteria that we wanted to include: a hike, a deliciously rewarding coffee, and some beach time. I don’t want to…

Merritt Street, Castroville  to Forrest Avenue, Pacific Grove seemonterey.com Description Stretching 18 majestic miles from Castroville on down through Pacific Grove, this waterfront (and car-free!) trail is an ideal way to Monterey and beyond sans gas guzzler. The Southern Pacific…

Central Park Dr. Berkeley, CA 94701 (510) 544-2233 ebparks.org Description Set just north of Tilden Park, the Tilden Nature Area is a vast 740 acres of grasslands, forests, and streams. Its 10 miles of hiking trails range from leisurely boardwalks…

1356 Bass Pro Drive Manteca, CA 95337 (209)825-8400 Description Boats, guns, bows, knives, tents, accessories galore. Manteca’s mammoth Bass Pro Shop is one of the best outlets for stocking up on outdoor gear. Complete with indoor archery range, “country…

96 Mitchell Canyon Road Clayton, CA 94517 www.parks.ca.gov (925) 837-2525 Description The Devil went down to California—he was looking for a view of the world. Presiding over Contra Costa County, Mt. Diablo may not stand all that tall, but…

21785 Almaden Road San Jose, CA 95120 (408) 268-3883 sccgov.org Description If you like to get a little history in with your exercise, then Almaden Quicksilver Park is the place for you. From the 19th century until the 1970s,…