Escape From Alcatraz: Or Rather Take A Day Tour!

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Alcatraz Island

When in San Francisco there is so much to do, however one of the must do’s is take a tour to Alcatraz Prison. I wasn’t particularly fussed about going but thought as we were here, I’d make an effort and I’m so glad we did. It was fascinating! From this history of the prison, the cell walk through to the bird life on the island, there is a lot to see and experience. The prison closed in 1963 and came under the management of the National Park Service in 1972; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and is now available for everyone to visit the fascinating museum.

Here is our experience of our Alcatraz Tour and some helpful tips for you:

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7 Ways To Do Napa Valley On A Budget

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Napa Valley is notoriously expensive and being on an around the world trip every penny counts. We managed to do two days in Napa spending $155. Here’s how we did it: read more

Hiking The Avenue Of The Giants, California

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I don’t know what it is about trees but I just love them and I love being in nature. It does something to me and makes me feel alive. Which is why I especially wanted to come to Humboldt State Park and the Avenue Of the Giants to spend some time hiking among these ancient beauties. read more

Save The Redwoods – Humboldt Redwood State Park, California

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”The redwoods, once seen, create a vision that stays with you always…they are not like any other trees we know, they are ambassadors of another time.” John Steinbeck

Coastal redwoods are the tallest trees on earth,

encompassing over 200 years of human history. read more

Whale Watching, Monterey Bay, California

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After attempting to go whale watching in Newport and only seeing dolphins (500 of them which was great) and a Minke whale that was apparently there but we didn’t really see it, I really wanted to see some proper whales, like breaching whales, and whales up really close. SO apparently Monterey Bay is the best place in the world for whale watching and they have it all year round. Turns out we were in Big Sur anyway so taking an afternoon off our road-trip was the perfect chance.

After a bit of research we chose www.montereywhalewatching.com and off we went. read more