Pathfinder pics: California, USA

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Lonely Planet Pathfinder Nellie Huang gives us a new perspective of the Golden State through her latest Instagram posts.

‘California is best known for its sun-kissed surf beaches, bohemian lifestyle and outdoorsy pursuits, but don’t be fooled by its perpetually sunny outlook. California in winter is a whole different world.

Towering redwood forests are blanketed in sparkling snow and imposing mountains are flushed with thick layers of white powder for ski season. Surf bums have left their boards behind and are hitting the ski slopes instead, swapping their flip-flops for ski boots. This winter, I headed to three different parts of California to gain a different perspective of the Golden State.’

WINTER WONDERLAND

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Jan 5, 2016 at 10:26pm PST

‘Famed for the eternal sunshine and outrageous natural beauty, Lake Tahoe is one of the highest-elevation, deepest and clearest freshwater lakes in the USA. At 1905m high, the lake gets frozen almost every winter and the area transforms into a sweet winter wonderland.’

HEAVENLY SKIING

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Dec 30, 2015 at 10:55pm PST

‘South Lake Tahoe is by far the most popular tourist town in the Tahoe region. It may be popular with visitors but it’s got the best lake views and the most number of restaurants, hotels and ski stations. Heavenly Ski Resort is particularly popular with skiers thanks to its central location and well-designed pistes.’

EMERALD BAY

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Dec 31, 2015 at 6:19pm PST

‘You can’t come to Tahoe and not drive around the lake’s spellbinding 115 km scenic shoreline. Take your time and stop along the way to take in views of the lake shimmering in different shades of blue and green. My favourite view is at Emerald Bay where the hairpin bends reveal a striking panorama.’

THE ICONIC VIEW

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Jan 7, 2016 at 11:01pm PST

‘Covering an area of over 3000 square km, Yosemite National Park is an expansive area of wilderness riddled with granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, rivers and waterfalls. The most photographed part of the national park is probably this view of the Yosemite Valley and the famous granite monolith, El Capitan.’

FROSTY YOSEMITE

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Jan 10, 2016 at 9:52am PST

‘There was a winter storm warning during my visit to Yosemite and several roads in Yosemite National Park were closed. We ventured into the park right after the winter storm had subsided and it turned out to be quite an adventure driving through the thick snow. Engulfed in frosty snow, the rugged El Capitan granite monolith looming over redwoods in the Yosemite Valley looked even more dramatic than before.’

DESERT OASIS

A photo posted by Nellie Huang (@wildjunket) on Jan 15, 2016 at 1:56am PST

‘As a complete contrast to the snow we’d experienced, we were warmly welcomed by …read more


 

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