All You Can Great Outdoors

Have a thing for foggy vistas? Maybe desert canyons are more your speed? We found five outdoor enthusiasts who shared insider knowledge of their local areas with us so you can go out and explore the great outdoors with confidence. Click the links below to get the lay of the land from a Localeur in five different cities.

Meet Our Localeurs

Oregon with Yume

@pretentiouspdx

Hey, y’all. I’m Yume. I’m a Portland native, photographer, blogger, as well as a self-proclaimed pop-culture aficionado and cocktail enthusiast. You can usually find me outside.
  • SAMUEL H. BOARDMAN STATE SCENIC CORRIDOR

    Located on the Southern Oregon Coast, just outside of Brookings, the Samuel H.Boardman State Scenic Corridor is one of the most beautiful places in the state, offering a nearly endless array of short hikes to breathtaking vistas.

  • MEMALOOSE HILLS

    Just west of The Dalles, the Memaloose Hills come alive with wildflowers in early spring. April is the best month to see wildflowers. When the weather is warm, make sure to wear long pants to deter ticks and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.

  • PAINTED HILL

    Located in central Oregon, the Painted Hills offer a glimpse into Oregon’s most distant past, where the exposed sediment recounts the eons in ribbons of red, yellow and black soil.

The Bay Area with Claire

@claire.currie

Hey there, I’m Claire! I’m an advertising executive, living in Atlanta but frequenting the California coast. I’m a live-music and taco enthusiast and love learning about people in both my professional and personal life.
  • SAUSALITO

    Located across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito has many water activities (paddleboarding and kayaking, just to name a few). If you're planning on doing water activities, be sure to call ahead to make sure they're open, as some places will close for the day if it's too windy.

  • KIRBY COVE

    The hike all the way down is about a mile, and it's worth every second. Try to go in the mid to late afternoon. Since you're right on the water, the fog will be in full force in the early morning.

  • SUTRO BATHS

    Make your way to the westernmost side of the city, Land's End, where you'll find the Sutro Baths. Here, you'll see tons of beautiful flora, succulents and birds. Bring strong shoes: you may encounter slippery or loose rocks.

Southern California with Esther

@Estarla

Hey everyone, I’m Esther. I’m a freelance food-and-drink writer based in Los Angeles. My work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Eater, Time Out, Thrillist, GOOD Magazine and more. I’m the founder of e*star LA, a Los Angeles food, events and nightlife blog.
  • DESERT ADVENTURE

    Head toward the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park off Highway 78. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center is a good start. Find a rock formation to climb and sit on for a perch. Bring lots of water, a hat, comfortable shoes and a warm jacket for nighttime.

  • HOLLYWOOD HIKE

    Head to the Mount Lee summit from the Wonder View Trail to see rabbits, lizards and fauna. Anywhere along the hike between the Wisdom Tree and the Hollywood sign has wonderful views.

  • MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN

    A six-hour drive north of LA you’ll find high-caliber skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Lakes. Head toward June Lake, 395 northbound from 14 N from Los Angeles.

Arizona with Priya

@pvij

Hi all, I’m Priya. When I’m not frolicking in Oregon, I can be found in all kinds of interesting places, from Arizona to Costa Rica. Mostly, I can’t sit still, love a good taco and am obsessed with corgis.
  • ANTELOPE CANYON

    The best time to go is during winter because you can break off and explore on your own without the crowds. When going in winter, be sure to wear layers and a warm jacket. No need for hiking shoes.

  • CATHEDRAL ROCK HIKE

    The Cathedral Rock hike is one of the most breathtaking and accessible hikes in Sedona.

  • WATCH FOR ICE

    With that said, the Cathedral Rock path gets steep and narrow as you get closer to the top, so be cautious in icy/cold weather and don't look down if you're afraid of heights!

Washington State with Carly

@c2avery

As a Seattle native, I still find new things to do, eat, and see here every day. Water, mountains, city, country...you name it and I'm there. @c2avery
  • BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

    Sneak behind the falls and be amazed by the 100-foot rock face and the streams of water that make up the bridal veil pouring beside them. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Honeymoon Mine, which brought the original 19th-century travelers to the Lake Serene area.

  • LAKE SERENE

    A wonderful jaunt to serenity. Patches of bunchberry and other shade-loving flowers will appear on the ridge as you make your way out of the dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for them.

  • MAILBOX PEAK

    Mailbox Peak is the stuff of legends. It’s not the easiest hike, but well worth the trip. At roughly 850 feet above sea level, your thighs will feel the burn once you start climbing, and it won't let up until you’re at the peak. If you’re in the mood to conquer, this is the hike for you.