Making plans for a little Valentine's Day getaway? A month ahead is a good time to begin with ideas for a memorable celebration with your love...Consider these U.S. destinations for your travel plans with your sweetheart - Maui, Idaho and, well, of course, California!
The animals and wildlife we encounter on holiday can be one of the most, memorable and distinctive features of a trip. Any great holiday involves seeing some of the local residents up close - whatever their species! Even if it is not the entire focus of your trip, incorporating some time into appreciating local wildlife can be a unique experience. Your animal-loving travel companion will thank you for it or you may be the animal lover yourself! Browse the suggestions below for inspiration on how to enjoy and appreciate the animals in your destination.
This New Year’s Day 2016, California State Parks will kick-off the 4th Annual First Day Hikes, planned at more than 40 parks across the state. The First Day Hikes are a signature event designed to offer visitors the opportunity to connect to their parks and nature for recreation, and to promote a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. The events will all take place on Friday, January 1, 2016 with California State Parks offering more than 55 options to hike, paddle or off-road ride in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and on beaches. The First Day Hikes are guided by State Parks staff and volunteers. Distance and rigor will vary per hike/activity, so visitors are encouraged to check out details of start times and description of hikes. This is the fourth year California has participated in the First Day Hikes program. Last year, there were nearly 1,000 hikes across the nation, with more than 41,000 visitors participating in all 50 states. California offered the most hikes in 2015 at 53 with participants hiking more than 4,900 miles. Scheduled California State Parks 2016 First Day Hikes include (weather permitting): Los Angeles County
Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area (1 ride, 1 ride/hike)
Saddleback Butte State Park (3 hikes)
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park (1 hike) Marin County
Angel Island State Park (1 hike)
Mount Tamalpais State Park (1 hike) Mendocino County
MacKerricher State Park (1 hike)
Mendocino Headlands State Park (1 hike)
Russian Gulch State Park (1 hike)
Van Damme State Park/Spring Ranch Unit (1 hike) Orange County