6 California Gems You’ve Never Heard Of

This week we’ve rounded up some of the best unseen California “secrets” for you and a friend to explore. For exploring new sights and scenes we reccomend our newest Single Origin Reserve: Mountain Ranch CA, OG Kush

 


 

1. Natural Bridges

Vallecito

This watering hole is a located at the end of an easy downhill 2 mile trek. Yes that means an uphill hike out, but we are told the hike is “totally worth it!” The Natural Bridge is a cave that runs over Coyote Creek and is perfect for a summer adventure. Somehow this gem hasn’t been affected by the drought and we can’t wait to try this one for ourselves!

Bodey Marcoccia

Bodey Marcoccia

Pro Tip: Bring floaties to explore the cave from one opening to the next – it’s a relatively quick float from end to end.

 

2. Zabriskie Point

Death Valley

While the commitment level to get to Death Valley is HIGH, once you’re there it’s just a simple walk to this very rare vantage point. We recommend viewing Zabriskie Point at sunset for obvious reasons but at any time of day the view is something you won’t forget. While half the fun is usually finding the spot on your own – this time we’ve done the work for you: Zabriskie Point coordinates: 36.420834, -116.809798 (36° 25′ 15.00″N 116° 48′ 35.27″W)

Pedro Szekely

Pedro Szekely

 

3. La Tour

Laguna Beach

This is one of the most unique and mysterious landmarks in Southern California and is neatly tucked away beneath a cliff in Laguna Beach. It is a 60 foot castle inspired tower built in 1926 beneath a house built on the bluff. Inside is a intricate spiral staircase that was believed to be connected to the house, as a way to gain easy access to the beach. And to think this was just someone’s vacation home.. we can only dream!

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

 

4. Alamere Falls

Point Reyes

A waterfall on the beach!? Alamere falls is actually a rare “tidefall” in Marin County that flows directly into the ocean. The breathtaking hike along the coastline lead us into a forest trail. The lush vegetation eventfully opened back up to expose two cliffside waterfalls. The first waterfall provided a refreshing pool and current, which developed into the second, larger waterfall. This one cascaded off the edge of the dune and collected on the beach where we were able to wade in its stream that ran off into the ocean. Being surrounded by this natural display of power and beauty was a sublime and humbling experience.  If you go anywhere on this list – this is the one!

Andrew Kearns

Andrew Kearns

 

5. Venice Canals

Venice, CA

You thought you’ve seen all of Venice? Think again! Between the street performers, local art, and vendors you wouldn’t even imagine this tranquil place exists just a few minutes away. Created in 1905, the man made canals of Venice, California were made to resemble those of the city of Venice. Enjoy a completely different side of Venice you don’t typically hear about with a laid-back stroll through a beautiful neighborhood.

Aniresh Devchoudhury

Aniresh Devchoudhury

 

6. Cypress “Tree Tunnel”

Point Reyes

This “tunnel” Is hugely popular amongst photographers on Instagram – so if you follow any they’ve already spoiled the surprise! Even if they have, being there is a completely new experience. While sunset is best, (minus loads of photographers) the morning fog and being completely enclosed by trees, is like nothing else.

Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt

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Author: Evan Thompson

Evan ThompsonWith a proclivity for risk-taking and an intimate knowledge of San Francisco’s landscape, Evan goes the extra mile, shooting images that capture the mystique and majesty of the Bay Area.

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