#GoAltaCA | A lot of travelers will have already experienced the pleasures of California’s big four destinations -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego -- but the state is so varied and diverse that there is plenty of adventure to be found in breaking out to the smaller towns that dot the Golden State. From the redwoods of the Pacific Coast to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, California is full of unexpected, hidden towns rife with individuality. But where to go first?
Skip the beach and head to the Santa Monica Mountains this Black Friday to join us outside. Stretching over 65 miles, hike this iconic trail and discover lush woodlands, creeks and valleys. Used by hikers, trail runners and backpackers this trail is the perfect outdoor getaway filled with endless things to explore. Check optoutside.rei.com for other hikes in the area.
Tufa Towers at Mono Lake Geologists refer to these towers of limestone as "tufa", a series of formations that occurred originally underwater over hundreds of years as calcium mixed with carbonates in the lake around springs in the lake bed. Over the years, the water levels in Mono Lake have dropped and exposed these formations as water began to be diverted for irrigation starting in 1941.