day trips

4 Things to Do Outdoors in Monterey

monterey bay coastal trail

With summer fast approaching and sweet sunny days ahead, there are plenty of good reasons to go play along the central California coast and visit HI Monterey hostel, which makes the perfect base (with free parking) for all manner of fun and adventure. While the town is known for its famous aquarium and John Steinbeck’s immortalized Cannery Row, the greater Monterey area offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in, from serene, scenic hikes to exhilarating action out on the Monterey Bay.

Where to See Wildflowers in Northern California

northern california wildflowers

Whether you’re used to warmer climates or quite content in the cold, there’s no denying that spring is a pretty wonderful time of the year. All the life that seems to have been hiding within the earth emerges, and the world seems to become a more colorful, brighter, livelier place. If you happen to be in Northern California during the spring and summer months, you’ll find that HI USA has some pretty sweet spots to do some Julie Andrews “Hills Are Alive” spinning around amongst beautiful blooms (or just regular viewing and photo snapping if you’re not the spinning type).

East Bay Escape for Sunny Trails & Picnics

Tilden park hiking

By Marguerite Richards 

If you’re beginning to curse the magical mist of San Francisco, we understand. This is California, people. Sheesh! Where’s the sunshine? We know our fairytale fog can start to feel comedic or even tragic after a while. So if you’re getting a hankering for heat, we suggest you head over to the East Bay for a hike in the sun. Check out East Bay Parks for many great ideas. 

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