Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR - Waterfront ParkPortland is an interesting cornucopia of beautiful nature, progressive culture, friendly people and delightful cuisine. 

Located at the confluence of 2 great rivers, the Columbia and the Willamette, the area was a magnet for early native tribes and more recent European pioneers. 

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA - Natural BridgesThe city of Santa Cruz, California is known for its moderate climate, natural beauty, amazing coastline and redwood forest. This sleepy beach town is within one-hour driving distance from San Francisco or San Jose.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley Merced River WinterIf you love nature and enjoy a little adventure in your life then you must add Yosemite national park to the top of your must-see list. The national park is located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and crosses 3 California counties. It spans an area of 761,268 acres (1,200 square miles) of mountains, steep granite cliffs, valleys, rivers, waterfall and lakes. It is home to groves of Giant Sequoia trees and many species of plants and animals. It is also home for the American black bear and California brown bears.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park-PANOThe first time I saw Joshua Tree NP I thought I just crossed through the twilight zone and into another planet. The eerie landscape, rock formations and the uncanny Joshua trees combine to transport you to a different state of mind. This 800,000 acres park straddles the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in California. It is home to the most stunning rock piles, mountain ranges, desert views and an unexpected oasis here and there. 

Channel Islands National Park

Santa Cruz Island, CAIt is hard to find a secluded area in Southern California to step away from civilization and commune with nature. But luckily for us, the Channel Islands are a short boat ride away with beautiful nature and great adventures.

The 8 islands making up the Channel Islands are only a few miles away from the coast of Southern California but they might as well worlds away. Those islands have never been connected to the mainland, so they have their own species of animals and plants. 

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