Weekend Getaways: Our Favorite Ways To Roam California

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Road trips may not have been invented in California but we’re pretty sure they were mastered here. True, being a California-based publication, we’re 200% biased.

But, tbh, our massive freeways, miles upon miles of coastline, and range of topography (after all, on opposite sides of the state, we have the lowest and highest elevations in the continental U.S.) just scream exploration. Because we have a case of chronic wanderlust, we end up traveling even when we don’t mean to and our weekends fill up with impromptu road trips. 

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So you can’t blame me that when Blundstone wanted to know #HowIRoam, a California road trip came to mind. To us, there’s something super refreshing and invigorating about heading off at a moment’s notice and there’s no place quite like California to do that. 

When I head off on an adventure, I try to pack as light and practical as possible. This time of year in California the weather can go from sunny to rainy in 5 seconds flat so it’s full-on boot weather. Because the day could bring anything from hikes in the Muir woods to a food crawl in downtown LA, I always pack something walkable and versatile like these lace-up Blundstone boots.

And, because I’m on the road most of the time, my shopping usually happens online at odd hours. Enter Zappos where there’s fast, free shipping, a 365-day return policy, and some of the best customer service around. That way when I get home, my shipment has arrived and I can turn around and head off on another travel without any stress.

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From north to south, we’re on a mission to get out and explore California here are our some of the best reasons and best places to roam in the Golden State:

San Diego’s Little Italy

Around here, taking the train to San Diego has become a pretty regular weekend trip. And, because the train station is right next to Little Italy, we always schedule a few hours to roam around and see what's new. 

Boho Beach Vibes in Venice Beach

Those weekends when we can't get away, we just try to travel our town and explore a new side of Los Angeles. And when the weather's good, it's hard to get better than a day of wandering around Venice Beach.  

Big Sur via California Highway 1

The most classic of California road trips, we try to drive up to Big Sur once a year because we like it that much. 

Santa Barbara’s Food Lover’s Itinerary

Yes, Santa Barbara is a total gem of a place where you can get in the water, hike, or just hang out and explore. But, being the food fiend I am, I always make time to check out the food scene.

Wine Country Chic in Healdsburg

When I lived in San Francisco, I made it a point to go up to wine country at least once monthly and my local friends introduced me to Healdsburg. This once sleepy town has now become ground zero for wine country chic.  

Bay Area Oyster Crawl

But to truly make like a Bay Area local, make time to do an oyster crawl. Some of the best oysters on the West Coast come from this region of NorCal so it's hard to go wrong.  

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Story shot at El Matador Beach, Malibu by Chris Kalima 

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