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  • Exploring Alaska in 8 days: An Epic Journey through the Last Frontier

    I just got back after 8 days of an amazing adventure in Alaska! It was an unforgettable experience and one I will never forget! Alaska has been on my bucket list for a few years, so when I had the opportunity to go, I booked flights as soon as I could! When most people visit Alaska, they usually visit via a cruise ship, but we went by plane and visited our family in Anchorage. They have lived in Alaska for over 40 years and were our tour guides during this trip! I will share some highlights from my trip and itinerary in this post! Day 1: Roadtrip to Whittier, Alaska About 1 hr and 20 minutes southeast of Anchorage sits a quaint fishing village located in the Passage Canal. During World War II, Whittier was constructed and operated by the U.S. military, and a railroad tunnel was built to act as a main supply route for goods. The railroad tunnel named the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is 2.5 miles and is the longest highway tunnel in North America. It is still in use today and is the only way to access Whittier by land. Once you arrive at the tunnel entrance, you will have to pay a toll fee of $15 dollars. The fee gives you round-trip access through the tunnel. The town itself is pretty small and has a few shops and restaurants. They also have other activities such as jet skiing, fishing, and hiking. When traveling to Whittier make sure to stop along the way at Beluga Point, a scenic view of the mountains and Turnagin Arm. It's named for the white beluga whales that are often seen in this location from mid-July through August. Day 2- Day 3: Camping near the Susitina River and Exploring Talkeetna, Alaska. On our second day, we hopped in our Cousin's RV and took another road trip 2 hrs north to the Sustina River (locals call it "The Big Su") where we set up camp for the night. Our campsite was nestled along the river and offered beautiful scenery of the surrounding forest and mountains. This is a great place to camp that is not too crowded and offers great trails for four-wheeling. The next day we packed up the RV and drove to Talkeetna a small town located in the Mat-Su Valley. In 1910 Talkeetna was a riverboat steamer station during the gold rush that supplied miners. The town now offers visitors a bustling main street filled with shops and restaurants. When you go, stop by Roadhouse for some delicious pastries. There is also a riverfront park and on a clear day, you can see views of Denali. Day 4: Exploring Anchorage, Alaska We spent most of the day exploring Anchorage. During the Summer from May to September, the city hosts the Anchorage Market on Saturdays and Sundays. We spent an hour or so walking around, stopping at different tables to look at local art and goods. After we left the market we went downtown and did some souvenir shopping at Polar Bear Gifts before heading to our Trolley tour. We did the one-hour Trolley tour that took us through downtown and around the city all while the driver provided a narrated history and shared interesting facts about the city. Day 5: Hacther Pass and Independence Mine. Hiked Flattop Mountain. After a day of exploring the city, we decided to take another road trip and we drove about 1-hour northeast toward Hatcher Pass. Located in the Talkeetna Mountains, Hatcher Pass is a beautiful scenic mountain drive. On the journey, there stop at the Little Su, a viewpoint of a clear stream that flows out of the Talkeetna Mountains. It's a great spot to take photos or breathe in the fresh air before you continue the drive up the mountain. As you continue the drive you are surrounded by the most picturesque mountains. Toward the top of the mountain is a 272-acre abandoned gold mine, Independence Mine State Historical Park. This mine was built in the 1930s by the Alask-Pacific Mining Company and closed in 1951. It's free to explore the site and there are a few buildings that are still intact. After we returned to Anchorage later that evening, we decided to enjoy some more time in the outdoors and hike Flattop Mountain Trail. Flattop is a 3.3-mile strenuous trail located in Chugach State Park. It was a pretty tough hike but the views were worth it. The higher we climbed the steeper the trail was. Once you get close to the top, there is a section with rock scrambling. This is a very popular trail and can get a bit crowded. We went at around 8 p.m. and there was only a handful of people on the trail. Day 6: Visited the Alaska Wild Life Conservation Center The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located in Portage Valley about 50 min from Anchorage. The center works to preserve Alaska's wildlife through conservation, education, and animal care. It has over 200 acres of animal enclosures filled with bears, reindeer, buffalo, wolves, and more. It was a really cool place to visit and I definitely recommend a trip there during your visit to Alaska. Day 7: Biked Tony Knowles Coastal Trial The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile-long coastal trail and it is a popular trail for biking, running, and walking. We decided to rent electric bikes at a local bike shop called Alaska eBike and take a ride down the trail. It was very relaxing, offering beautiful views of the ocean and nature. We even saw a moose on the trail! Day 8: Rested We were tired from our week of adventures and we spent the last day getting ready for our flight home and enjoying our last meal with family. Overall, our trip to Alaska was one I will never forget. I hope to visit again and spend more time exploring other parts of the state. If you are thinking about visiting Alaska, go I promise you won't regret it!

  • 9 Apps and Websites for Effortless Trip Planning for Your Next U.S.A. Adventure

    Deciding on a vacation destination is fun and exciting, but let’s face it planning the itinerary can be overwhelming especially when deciding where to eat and where to stay. When I first started traveling, I didn’t know where to start with planning. I would be all over the web looking for information on the destination only to feel overwhelmed. Once I arrived at the destination I would end up eating at bad restaurants because I was fooled by the reviews on a site I thought was credible and overpaying for flights and hotels because I didn’t know it was the peak tourist season during my trip. After some trial and error, I found some great apps and websites that are now my go-to when I am planning a trip in the U.S.A. 1. Trip Advisor- This was the first ever travel resource I used and it is still one of my favorite resources. I like to use Trip Advisor when I am deciding on a hotel because the website makes it so easy to sort and filter a list of hotels. I am able to sort by price, location of the hotel, type of hotel (from budget to luxury), hotel brands, and amenities. The list goes on. When filtering by location, you can also see the walkability score. A higher score will mean that the hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and top tourist attractions. I also like that Trip Advisor allows guests to post photos from their stay so that you can get an idea of how the rooms look at the hotel. I have noticed that hotels will post their best-edited photos, and then when you check in to your room it looks nothing like the photo! 2. Expedia- This is my favorite site to use when I want to book a travel package (hotel + airfare). I like using Expedia because I find it very easy to use and I often find great deals when I bundle my flight and hotel. The site also offers other features where you can filter the location of the hotel by neighborhood, guest ratings, property type, accessibility, and more. Another feature that I like is after you select “packages”, and enter the departure and destination city, the site will provide you with a list of hotels, and on each hotel you can see the trip total (hotel+ flight). This feature is great for travelers trying to stay on budget because you can choose hotels and flights based on your set budget. One thing to note is that as you continue through the next few pages, you will have the option to select from different amenities, and adding amenities to your package may change or increase the price. 3. All Trails- If you are into hiking like me or maybe you enjoy a nice morning walk, this is the app for you. This is a great resource for finding trails near the city you are visiting. The All Trails app will provide the length of the trail in miles, the elevation gain, the average time it takes to complete the hike, and more! 4. Google Flights- I love using this website when I am searching for cheap flights to any destination. When using google flights, you can search months in advance and it will tell you if the flight price is high, low, or expected for your travel dates. My favorite part of this website is that you can enter the departing city, enter the dates you want to travel, and then add your destination city as “anywhere” and Google will show a map with flight prices to places all over the world. This option is excellent for flexible travelers that want to know where the cheapest destination to fly to is during their travel dates. 5. Yelp- I use this app when looking up restaurants in a destination. Over the years I have found that Yelp reviews seem to be more accurate when it comes to the taste and quality of food. When I first started traveling, I only used Google reviews all the time to find restaurants and I quickly realized that using multiple restaurant rating sites can be very beneficial. I also compare the reviews I see on Google with Yelp. Just a tip, If the ratings and the reviews match up, then most likely it's a good restaurant. Another thing I like to do on Yelp is create a “collection” for the destination I am traveling to. A “collection” is a list on Yelp where you can save all the restaurants you want to try. I recommend organizing the collections by city so you can easily keep track of where you went to eat. 6. Thrillist- Now this is a fun resource and is for all my foodies out there! When I travel I like to try food that I can only get in a specific destination or food that originated in that destination. For example, when you visit Maryland, you need to try the crab cakes! Trust me you won’t find crab cakes made like they make them in Maryland anywhere else in the U.S. If you search Thrillist you can find unique foods or dishes that are only found in or are really popular in that destination. They also offer other curated travel guides and lists that will assist you in finding activities to do on your trip. 7. Viator- This site is owned by Trip Advisor and can be a one-stop shop to find tours and activities in the city you're visiting. After typing in the destination and the travel dates, you can search through a wide range of options from food tours, site-seeing packages, outdoor activities, and more. I first used Viator when we traveled to Paris a few years ago. I booked a food tour with Secret Food Tours via Viator and it was simply amazing. We toured the beautiful neighborhood of Montmartre, nibbled on delicious chocolates, enjoyed crepes, and sampled delicious wine. When you add a tour to your trip it will only enhance the trip and create an unforgettable experience. 8. Eater- When I travel I like to eat locally and Eater is a great website resource to find local or trendy new restaurants. You can simply type in the destination, and you will find articles on the latest and greatest food scene happenings. 9. U.S. Travel News- This is a great all-in-one travel resource! Simply search for your destination on the site, and you can find a summary of the city, things to do, places to stay, the best time to visit, and getting around. I mostly use this site to get information on the best time to visit the destination. I have found that this site has the best breakdown of what to expect based on each month of the year and which festivals or events occur during those months. This is helpful information and can help you avoid traveling during peak season or at least be aware of when peak season begins at your desired destination. I hope you find these resources useful and they assist you with planning your next adventure! Let me know in the comments if there is a resource that you find helpful not listed on this post!

  • The Ultimate Guide to Sedona, Arizona: Your Complete Travel and Adventure Guide

    Sedona, Arizona is a beautiful city located 2 hours north of Pheonix and 45 minutes south of Flagstaff. Known for its stunning red rock formations and serene landscapes, Sedona makes for a perfect weekend getaway. In addition to the breathtaking red rocks, the city is also surrounded by the Coconino National Forest offering visitors many hiking trails to choose from. The city also offers different festivals throughout the year like the Sedona Hummingbird Festival held every July and the Red Rocks Music Festival held from September to October. When to visit: March-May: Average temperatures are in the mid-60s to low 80s and the flowers are in full bloom! With perfect weather expect higher room rates and larger crowds. There are also quite a few festivals happening in March like the Sedona Yoga Festival and the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, so room availability might be limited. June - August: Average temperatures are in the high 90s and this is the start of the rainy season so pack an umbrella. There are also fewer crowds so hotel prices are more reasonable. September- November- Fall is an extremely popular time to visit Sedona. The weather is perfect in the low 70s- high 80s making for amazing hiking weather. If you plan to visit in the fall, aim to go in November for fewer crowds and higher hotel room availability. December- February- Average temperatures reach the mid-50s but if you are looking for snow, only expect a light dusting as the average snowfall is around 3 ½ inches annually. Travel Tip: When I visited Sedona, I went around mid-June. The weather was perfect in the 80s, we had beautiful sunny days and the hotel prices were reasonable. Getting there: The best way to get to Sedona is to fly into a nearby airport and rent a car and drive the rest of the way. When I traveled to Sedona, I took a flight from San Diego to Phoenix, rented a car, and drove the rest of the way. The drive was very easy! Although there is a free shuttle that will take visitors to the most popular trails, I also recommend a rental car to get around the city. Drive distance from nearby airports: Las Vegas- Sedona: 4 hrs 30 min Phoenix- Sedona: 2 hrs Tucson - Sedona : 3 hr 30 min Where to stay: Sedona is a city with many relaxing accommodations from Bed and Breakfasts to luxury resorts to budget-friendly rooms. Here are a few places to check out! The Inn at Thunder Mountain $$$ Located near Thunder Mountain and Red Chimney Rock this beautiful Bed and Breakfast is perfect for your relaxing getaway in Sedona. Each room has a private bathroom, fireplaces, comfy beds, and views of the red rocks. They also provide a delicious made-from-scratch breakfast that is included in the price of the room. In addition, they also provide concierge service to help you make the most of your stay in Sedona! Sky Rock Sedona $$ This beautiful Marriot Hotel is located near all of Sedona’s best hiking trails! The hotel offers many amenities such as rooms with views of the Red Rocks and a complimentary shuttle that transport guests within three miles of the hotel to local restaurants and shops. There is a daily parking fee of $25.00 and charging stations for eclectic cars. Things to do: Explore Red Rock State Park: Visit this stunning park to hike its scenic trails and enjoy breathtaking views of the red rock formations. The park also offers guided nature walks and educational programs. When you go, try hiking Eagles Nest Trail! Eagles Nest Trail Length: 2.8 miles, Loop Elevation gain: 341 ft Level: Moderate Visit Slide Rock State Park: Beat the heat by visiting this unique park, known for its natural water slide formed by Oak Creek. You can slide down the smooth rocks and swim in the refreshing pools. The park also has picnic areas and hiking trails. Enjoy a relaxing spa day: Pamper yourself in one of Sedona's world-class spas. Indulge in massages, facials, and holistic treatments while surrounded by the city's natural beauty. Take a Helicopter Tour: If you are feeling adventurous soar above Sedona's red rock landscape in a helicopter for a breathtaking and serene experience. Enjoy panoramic views and capture memorable photos. Visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village: Explore this charming shopping area filled with art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. It's a great place to find unique souvenirs, and local artwork, and enjoy a meal or coffee. Stargazing: Sedona's dark skies make it an excellent destination for stargazing. Join a guided stargazing tour or find a scenic spot to observe the night sky, marveling at the countless stars and the Milky Way Take a Hike: Sedona has numerous hiking trails for all skill levels. The city of Sedona has a free shuttle that operates year-round, Thursday to Sunday that will transport visitors to popular hiking trails. Here are a few popular trails located in Coconino National Forest that are worth checking out: Cathedral Rock Trail Length: 1.2 miles, out & back Elevation gain: 741 ft Level: Hard Devil's Bridge Trail Length: 3.9 miles, out & back Elevation gain: 521 ft Level: Moderate Soldier Pass Trail Length: 4.5 miles, out & back Elevation gain: 839 ft Level: Moderate Go on an ATV adventure tour: Explore Sedona’s beautiful desert landscapes on an ATV-guided tour! This is a great tour for all ages! Tip: You will get pretty dusty while on this tour, so if you have sensitivities, it might be best to avoid this tour. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway: The Red Rock Scenic Byway is located in the Coconino National Forest and stretches for approximately 7.5 miles along State Route 179. The byway is renowned for its stunning red rock formations, which are characteristic of the Sedona area. The towering red cliffs, unique rock formations, and vibrant desert landscapes create a picturesque and awe-inspiring backdrop along the entire route. Along the byway, there are designated scenic pullouts where you can stop to admire the views, take photos, and soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Where to eat: Local Juicery $$: This local Juicery offers a variety of cold-pressed juices made from locally sourced, organic ingredients. They also serve smoothies, waffles, breakfast bowls, and specialty toasts like avocado toast. The Hudson $$$: Situated in the heart of Sedona, the Hudson offers a diverse menu that combines American and Southwestern influences. The focus is on using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients to create flavorful and innovative dishes. Some popular dishes include the Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad, Hudson Burger, Smoked Salmon BLT, Pork Verde Tacos, and Chicken and Biscuits. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. Dellepiane $$$: This Argentinean restaurant serves delicious farm-to-table plates like Argentinian steaks, empanadas, and burgers. Popular dishes include the El Paso burger and their empanada flight. Safety: Overall Sedona is a very safe city and we felt safe during our visit. As with any city, it is always best practice to use wisdom when traveling and be aware of your surroundings. Budget: When setting a budget for your trip to Sedona, consider the time of year you want to visit, as the hotel rates will be higher during peak seasons. Hotel prices can vary from $200- $400/night. If you plan to spend most of your time outdoors, then many of the activities will be free. If you want to go on an ATV tour expect to spend $250- $300 for a 2-seater. The cost of food in Sedona is about $15-$25/ person/meal. Wap up: I hope this Sedona guide is a helpful resource and inspires you to visit Sedona! If you are planning to visit Sedona and want assistance planning your trip or have questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post!

  • 7 Awesome Activities for Kids Free San Diego in October

    Fall is one of my favorite times of year! Although in San Diego it still mostly feels like summer until November, I still enjoy doing all the fall activities like visiting a pumpkin patch and partaking in all things pumpkin spice flavored! In San Diego Fall means the return of Kids Free San Diego the entire month of October! During Kids Free Month, many hotels, tour companies and restaurants offer free admission or free dining for kids. 1. Enjoy a scenic San Diego Harbor Tour Flagship Cruises & Events is offering a free cruise for children under 12 with the purchase of an adult fare. This offer is good for up to two children per adult fare. Photo credit: Flagship Cruises & Events 2. Go exploring at the San Diego Zoo Kids 11 years old and younger get free admission when accompanied with an adult. The adult must have a valid membership or a admission ticket. Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo 3. Blast off at the Air and Space Museum With the purchase of one full-price paid adult ticket , two children, 12 and under get free admission! Photo Credit: sandiegoairandspace.org 4. Explore the USS Midway Museum Children 12 & under get free admission with one paid full-price adult ticket! Photo Credit: midway.org 5. Go on a whale watching adventure San Diego Whale Watch is offering a free child ticket with a purchase of an Adult ticket. Photo Credit: https://sdwhalewatch.com/ 6. Free food at Carnitas' Snack Shack After a day of exploring at the USS Midway Museum, head over to Carnitas' for a tasty meal. Carnitas' is offering free kid's meals (12 yrs and younger) per paying Adult ($10 minimum purchase) Photo Credit : https://carnitassnackshack.com/locations/embarcadero-location/ 7. Enjoy a Historic San Diego City Tour The Old Town Trolley Tour is fun even for San Diego locals! This 2 hour tour covers over 25 miles and allows guests to hop on and off at stops throughout the city. The best part is with a paid Adult ticket you get one free child ticket. Photo Credit: https://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/hop-on-hop-off

  • 12 Free Things to Do in San Diego

    San Diego is a beautiful city, with so much to see and do! It is also an expensive city! Let's be real, with the high gas prices and inflation, sometimes it's nice to save money and do something free! Here is a list of 12 free things to do in San Diego. 1. Visit one of San Diego's Beaches San Diego is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in America, so why not grab your beach gear and soak up some sun! Trying to decide which beach to visit? Check out my, Best Beaches to Visit in San Diego post for ideas. Photo Credit: sandiego.org 2. Run/Walk/Skate/Bike on Mission Beach Boardwalk You can enjoy sweeping ocean views and admire the ocean front beach houses. The board walk is around 6 miles round trip give or take. I like to start at South Mission Bay and go all the way to Pacific Beach! 3. Stroll around a Farmers Market There are farmers markets almost every day of the week in San Diego! Two of my favorites are Little Italy Mercato on Wednesdays (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.) and North Park Farmers Market (Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Photo Credit: sandiegomarkets.com 4. Visit Mt. Soledad in La Jolla Located in La Jolla, Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited places in San Diego and offers breathtaking views of the city. 5. Check out the Seals at La Jolla Cove Move over San Francisco Bay and make room for La Jolla Cove. Just like the famous seals you might find in San Francisco; San Diego also offers visitors an opportunity to observe seals and sea lions up close! 6. Go for a hike San Diego offers trail options for all fitness levels. Check out my Unique Hikes in San Diego post to find out more! 7. Watch the paraglides at Torrey Pines Gliderport Grab a picnic blanket, some snacks and spend the evening watching professional paragliders soar high in the sky with the ocean as the backdrop. Photo Credit: flytorrey.com 8. Visit a Museum in Balboa Park on Resident Free Days Did you know that there are museums in San Diego that offer free general admission for residents on Tuesdays? Check out this link https://www.balboapark.org/residents-free to learn more. Photo Credit: Balboapark.org 9. Explore Seaport Village Take a beautiful walk by the bay and explore all the shops in Seaport Village. 10. Visit Old Town Travel back in time to the first Spanish settlement in California and explore Old Town State Historic Park. 11. Complete the 7 Bridges Walk The 7 bridges walks take you through the gardens of Balboa Park through the beautiful neighborhoods of San Diego. 12. Explore Balboa Park Take a stroll through one of the park's many gardens or visit one of the 32 House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, each one representing a different nation. Photo: balboapark.org

  • The Ultimate Road Trip Guide to Kauai

    Kauai, also called the "Garden Isle", is Hawaii's fourth largest island. This island is just breathtaking with beautiful landscapes, and pristine beaches, just a short 40-minute flight from Oahu, and one of the best places to visit during your Hawaii vacation. During my visit to Kauai, I was blown away by the natural beauty of the island. In this post, I'm going to share with you my 2-day road trip guide through Kauai. Photo: Pictures of my view of Kauai from the airplane Day 1: Westside of Kauai We landed at the Lihue Airport in Kauai around 10 am and purchased a rental car. We started our journey on Highway 50. We planned to explore the west side of the island, visit Waimea Canyon, and hike at least one trail. One of our first stops along the route was the Hanapepe Valley Lookout. Next, we stopped in Hanapepe Town. Hanapepe Town is known as "Kauai's biggest little town" and was once one of Kauai's largest towns.  The downtown is really cute and has charm. There were maybe 6 shops that you could go in and a few local eateries. We drove up Highway 50 until we reached Highway 550 and continued our journey. Must see stops along highway 550: Kekaha Lookout Niihaua Lookout Red Dirt Waterfall Hohonu Awawa Lookout Photo: Red Dirt Waterfall After leaving the Hohonu Awawa Lookout, we drove to Waimea Canyon State Park. Waimea Canyon is known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and is 14 miles long and 1 mile wide. This Canyon is spectacular! Photo: Waimea Canyon Tip: There is a lookout point, but it's $10 for parking and another $10 ($5/person) to see it. We paid the fee but I would recommend driving a little past the lookout point and there is another view of the canyon that is just as spectacular and it's free! Next, we headed to the Waimea Canyon Trail to get some hiking in. We decided to complete the Canyon Trail to Waipo'o falls. This popular 3-mile out-and-back hike was rated as moderate. I feel like there were a few challenging uphill sections on this hike, but the views were so worth it. Tip: According to All Trails this trail is 3 miles, but, there are a few trails that connect with this one, so you can easily go over 3 miles if you are not careful. Find out more about the trail here After hiking we headed to Kekaha Beach to catch the sunset. Day 2: Eastside of Kauai We started our morning in Lihue and headed to Kapa'a, HI for breakfast. Kapa'a is a charming beach town with local coffee shops, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Next up , we stopped at Kealia Beach We continued our trip up Hwy 56 and stopped at a few beautiful beaches and picturesque lookout points along the way. Hanalei Valley Lookout Hanalei Beach Waikoko Beach Wainiha Beach We drove all the way until we reached our last stop, Ke'e Beach. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do any hiking on this side of the island or visit the south shore so we will try to do that the next time we go. If you are thinking about visiting the Hawaiian Islands soon, check out https://www.gohawaii.com/  for more travel tips, travel guides, and the best time to visit the island.

  • 4 Fun Things to Do This Holiday Season in San Diego-2021

    The #holidays are my favorite time of the year! In #SanDiego there are so many exciting activities and events going on throughout the city. Here is a list of 4 fun things to do this holiday season in San Diego: 1. Go Ice Skating by the Sea The Hotel Del Coronado hosts Skating by the Sea from November 22, 2021- January 2, 2022. At this event, you get to put on your iceskates and skate to the tunes of ocean sounds. For more information on pricing and hours of operation, go to https://hoteldel.com/events/skating-by-the-sea/ Photo Credit :Hotel Del Coronado 2. Visit a Holiday Market Holiday Markets are a great way to support local businesses and find gifts for friends and family. There are many upcoming Holiday Markets: Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village Saturday , December 4th from 4 p.m- 8.pm For more information about the event visit https://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting Little Italy Holiday Markets Every Wednesday in December (except December 29th) from 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m For more information visit https://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting/little-italy-wednesday-holiday-market Holiday Market at Petco November 29th - December 24th For more information visit https://www.mlb.com/padres/tickets/events/holiday-market-and-trail Queen Bee Market Saturday, December 4th and Sunday December 5th from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m at Del Mar Fairgrounds , Bing Crosby Hall For more information visit https://thequeenbeemarket.com 3. Visit the Christmas Tree Trail According to Sandiego.org, there are 9 Christmas Trees on this trail. The trees can be found in various locations around the city. Click on this link for more information https://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/winter-holiday-in-san-diego/christmas-tree-trail.aspx Photo Credit: Sandiego.org 4.Attend a Holiday Parade Holiday Parades are always fun! Here are some upcoming Holiday Parades: Encinitas Holiday Parade December 4th from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m For more information visit https://www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/encinitas-holiday-parade.aspx La Jolla Christmas Parade December 5th at 1:30 p.m For more information visit https://www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/la-jolla-christmas-parade-and-holiday-festival.aspx Port of San Diego Parade of Lights, December 12-19th on Sundays at 5:30 p.m For more information vist https://www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/san-diego-bay-parade-of-lights.aspx

  • 2 Unique Hikes in San Diego

    Reading Time: 1 Minute One of the best things about living in San Diego is the weather. The near perfect weather all year long allows for endless opportunities to explore the beautiful #hiking trails in San Diego. This post lists 2 unique hikes to add to your San Diego bucket list! 1. Torrey Pines State Reserve This is one of my favorite hikes to do in San Diego and for good reason. Torrey Pines State Reserve has some of the best ocean view trails. One of my favorite trails is the Guy Fleming Trail, it's about a 2 -mile loop that offers scenic overlooks. Another great trail not to miss is the beach trail. Not only do you get beautiful ocean views, but you can take the trail to a set of stairs, that take you right to the beach. For more information on this hike visit torreypine.org 2. Annie's Canyon Trail This has to be one of the coolest trails in San Diego. This unique trail is located in Solana Beach and the trail takes you along a beautiful marsh land to a hidden canyon. As you continue along the trail, you get to a sign that tells you that there are two paths to take. The moderate trail takes you to the top of the canyon, but the difficult trail takes you through the canyon. I highly recommend taking the difficult trail, but as a warning, the canyon does get very narrow so if you have claustrophobia keep that in mind. More information about the trail can be found here https://thenaturecollective.org/location/annies-canyon-trail/

  • From San Diego with love

    Three years ago my husband and I moved to San Diego to experience living on the west coast. If you have ever visited or live in San Diego, then you know how easy it is to fall in love with this city. Old Town San Diego, 2021 Quick Facts about San Diego: San Diego was founded in the late 1700s by Spanish explorers but, the city was originally home to the Kumeyaay Nation for over 9,000 years prior to the arrival of the first settlements. The city is located on the southern most end of California near the Mexico border. In fact San Diego is so close to Mexico that I have met people that live in Tijuana, Mexico and commute into San Diego for work. It has the most perfect weather year round and is best describe as a mediterranean climate (the weather is so perfect that you can still find homes and apartments that were built without central air conditioning) San Diego County produces the most Avocados in the state of California San Diego was the original wine country of California Credit: https://www.sandiego.org; https://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/facts So what's to do in San Diego..... Well you will have to subscribe to my blog to find out more. Just kidding! No but for real, each week I will post new content about places to eat, visit and things to do around San Diego. I'm a huge fan of supporting locally owned restaurants/business in every city that I visit, so you will see many places that are only located in San Diego. If you know of any restaurants or unique places to check out in San Diego that are not listed on my blog , feel free to contact me. If you find my recommendations to be helpful, please comment and let me know!

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