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My name is Travis. I was born and raised in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona where I developed a love affair with the outdoors. The way I see it, I got my sense of adventure from my father, but my love for the state of California from my mother. As a child we traveled to California almost every year, where I would dream of the day I could make it my home. In my early 20’s, after graduating from Arizona State, that dream became a reality and I haven’t looked back. Since then, I’ve travelled to 24 U.S. National Parks, every state except Alaska, and throughout Canada, Central America and South America. I have my eyes set on Europe and Asia next, but I can’t wait for the day I can say I’ve set foot on each continent and swam in every ocean (yes even the Arctic!). In San Francisco, I am lucky enough to live and work with people who share my passion for travel and love for the amazing locations in and around the bay area. When I’m not working, I’m visiting favorite locations such as Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais, or Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco.
Trips Guided by Travis
- 1) Go Shopping - Californians know how to shop, and we love to do it in sunny outdoor spaces. The Vacaville Premium Outlets meet every expectation whether you're looking for a good deal on premium merchandise or simply hoping to spend a nice day outdoors with friends or family. I love finding great deals from my favorite brands.
- 2) Try In-N-Out Burger - I think that everyone, at one point in their life (and this is coming from someone who doesn't eat beef), should get their hands on an In-N-Out Burger, fries, and milkshake. It doesn't get much more West Coast than shopping and In-N-Out. Lucky for those who take the Shopping Tour, there is an In-N-Out at the mall.
- 3) Take a trip into Wine Country - this is a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Northern California. The beautiful rolling hills and scenic highways are amazingly peaceful and reminiscent of a simpler way of life. Taking a drive and looking at all the different vineyards and wineries always makes me happy.
- 4) Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge - I love riding my motorcycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and along America's most scenic stretch of road: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). You can catch a number of these awesome views on day trips to the Vacaville Outlets, Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey.
- 5) Hike in Muir Woods - if I'm feeling active, I love hiking in Muir Woods, among the coastal redwoods -- natures tallest creation. My favorite trail is Steep Ravine which promises lush canyons, thick forested paths and eventual sweeping ocean views.
- 6) Check out some wineries - if you're in the mood to get out of the car and go try some of the wines, here are my suggestions -- Chimney Rock has some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tried in my life (you better bring some money though this one is going to be on the high end of tastings in Napa). For those who don't want to spend their children's college fund on wine, try a tasting at Kieu Hoang Winery on the sunny back patio overlooking the vineyard -- still great wine, but the atmosphere can't be beat.
- 7) Visit Dolores Park - on sunny weekend days, especially for the younger crowd (20-40), an afternoon at Dolores Park is a staple activity for any San Francisco local. Bring some vino and snacks to keep you occupied while you take in the panoramic city views.
- 8) Get some ice-cream - while in the Dolores Park / Mission Neighborhood, be sure to hop in line for the cities most famous ice cream across the street at Bi-Rite Creamery.
- 9) Enjoy fine dining - everyone needs to eat, and everyone should try as many of the restaurants in the city as you can. My top picks are: Zazie for brunch and mimosas (Adele has eaten here twice), The Rotunda for lunch, and Marlowe for dinner. YUM.
- 10) Buy gifts - the outlet mall has a ton of different stores for everyone (even those who don't like shopping for clothes). One of my favorite stores is Restoration Hardware, their furniture and aesthetic is perfect for my home and all of my friends' homes. Whether I'm shopping for myself of looking for gifts, I can always find something I like there.