The California coast is breathtaking. I’ve been driving it all my life and I still can’t get over how beautiful the beaches and boulders are. Today I’m especially in awe because I’m heading up the Pacific Coast Highway to Mendocino County, one of the highlights of the state. My Mendocino road trip is part of an epic drive to Seattle, and there are three places I have to stop before I continue north.
Hiking is in my blood. My home town in Northern California has more trails than roads, and I spent my childhood roaming the golden hills. But if there’s one place I enjoy hiking more than home, it’s Yosemite National Park. Famed for its dramatic natural scenery, it’s one of the best places in the world to get outdoors. Given this year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, I’ve traveled out to take on the best hikes in Yosemite.