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Great Outdoors

Bring your bubble outdoors and explore a fresh side of Southern California with these great escapes.
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Half Moon Bay: A Peaceful Passage by the Pacific

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6 Exhilarating Mountain Drives You Can Take in a Day Around L.A.

No matter if your starting point is an inland valley or an oceanside beach community, here are six mountain drives you can take on a day trip from L.A.
A large cliff has a distinct rock formation that look like pillars, which create little crevices for people to go into and explore.
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SoCal Wanderer

9 Epic Volcanic Attractions and Hot Springs to Visit in California

If you enjoy living on the edge, and one of your greatest wishes is to see a volcanic event in action before your very eyes, you don't have to travel as far as Hawaii or Indonesia. California has an entire volcanic field that's ripe for exploring, east of the Sierra Nevada. Here are nine spots to explore.
A camping tent under a blanket of night sky on the Pacific Crest Trail.
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SoCal Wanderer

How Hiking This Trail May Change Your Life

Within an hour's drive of downtown Los Angeles and its suburbs, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) traverses the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests and is a way for many hikers to work out large issues in their lives.
Pacific Crest Trail signpost against the sandstone rock landscape of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.
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6 Hikes to Help You Up Your Pacific Crest Trail Game

You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy the scenery of the Pacific Crest Trail. Spanning over 200 miles along the northern edge the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests, the Pacific Crest Trail has a number of day hikes for every level of recreation.
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Six Stargazing Hotspots to View This Year's Perseids Meteor Shower

The biggest — and widely considered the best — meteor showers of the year will be peaking this week and weekend, starting around midnight on August 12 through 14. Here are the best places to catch this celestial show in Southern California.
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Camping Without Reservations? Head to the Sierra

The idea of pulling off a spontaneous, last-minute car camping trip seems impossible, but at Tom's Place — just a stone's throw away from Los Angeles — there are plenty of options to consider.
A grove of redwoods in Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Linda.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Find Majestic Redwoods in SoCal

Here are six fantastic places where you can enjoy the monumental grandeur of redwood trees in Southern California — from the Central Coast to North Orange County and beyond.
People walk along the beach at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
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Where to Explore San Diego Outdoors (And Even Cool Off A Bit)

In San Diego, you don't even have to hang around at the beach to stay cool. In fact, there's plenty of terrain to explore outdoors within city limits and just beyond without overheating.
A sign for Pine Ave Pier in Long Beach, California.
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Where to Explore L.A.'s Most Fascinating Piers, Both Past and Present

As Los Angeles heads into the summer, find some time to see this historical piers and beaches across the county.
The waterfall at Fish Creek in the Angeles National Forest.  To the bottom left corner are two hikers resting by the creek.
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Six Thrilling Wet Hikes to Try Now (and Two to Save for Later)

Be prepared to get your feet wet! Here are eight SoCal hikes featuring waterfalls, streams and other bodies of water for refreshing summer hikes.
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