If you don't think you can face another holiday weekend in a crowded shopping mall… then don't. Treat yourself to a more meaningful gift than a new toy: a day of wildlife watching in the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore.
Hunted to the brink of extinction at the turn of the 20th century, the northern elephant seal has made a strong comeback in the past 100 years, thanks in part to both government restrictions on hunting and their own secluded, deep-sea lifestyle. For just a few months each year, these unique creatures come ashore, returning to various spots along the California coast to compete, mate, and give birth.
If your idea of a "one-horse open sleigh" is a ten-speed mountain bike, then San Diego may be the place for your winter holiday.
Sacramentans know that summer weather doesn't end until Halloween. That means while visiting Sacramento this fall there's still plenty of time to pretend it's July. One of the best ways to extend your holiday is to visit a favorite local spot -- Lake Natoma, where the Nimbus Dam helps with flood control and salmon come to spawn. On a hot summer day, the water is calm and cool, a perfect place for practicing your kayaking, rowing, or sailing skills.