Santa Barbara’s Hidden Coast

For most weekenders and day-trippers, the allure of California’s Central Coast tapers off somewhere south of Pismo Beach. Those folks are missing out. Down the road, past the point where Highway 101 starts its climb into Santa Barbara County, endless rows of strawberries fill the air with the scent of fruit, rocket ships stand poised […]

Columbia in the Heart of the Mother Lode

There’s a lot of history to be found along Highway 49 from the Central Valley to Northern California, and Columbia is one point of interest well worth spending a couple of days. Located in Tuolumne County, just a few miles from Sonora, and about 150 miles north of Visalia, Columbia was founded during the Gold […]

Antiquing the Foothills Leading to Yosemite

The South Valley is well-known for an abundance of antique stores. But, for a change of pace, and an enjoyable out-of-the-area trip, the Oakhurst-Coarsegold area has a whole different array of shops. Located along Highway 41, Coarsegold Historic Village is home to a unique community of shops and vendors including antiques and collectibles. The Village […]

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Launches New Evenings on the Savannah Series

Fresno Chaffee Zoo officials are excited to announce the launch of a new summer event series, Evenings on the Savannah, which will feature live entertainment and gourmet dinner entrees at the Zoo’s African Adventure exhibit! Live entertainment will include performances by violinist Patrick Contreras, a karaoke night and more! In addition, the Zoo’s Kopje Lodge […]

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Launches Sale of Entrance Passes Online

In an effort to find the best solution to aid visitors and speed-up lines at entrance stations, the National Park Service now has a new pilot program where visitors can now get their entrance pass online prior to arriving at the parks. The “Your Pass Now” program gives the public the opportunity to purchase their […]

Secretary Zinke Previews National Park Week At Sequoia, Yosemite

On Friday, April 14, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is kicking-off National Park Week early from America’s second national park – Sequoia National Park – known for its sky-scraping giant redwood trees. The annual celebration of America’s national parks runs from April 15 – 23 and includes a variety of events including fee-free […]

Crystal Cave Upgrade Project Moves to the Next Phase

The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to improve the visitor services in the Crystal Cave area of Sequoia National Park. National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss approved the project by signing a finding of no significant impact statement (FONSI) in February. The public was provided a chance to review […]

The Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree, the General Grant in Kings Canyon

The Annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree is on Sunday, December 11, in Kings Canyon National Park at 2:30pm. Activities will include the Jubilation Singers, a non-denominational Christmas Message, and a War Memorial Ceremony will all be delivered at the base of the General Grant Tree. This tree has inspired thousands of people including […]