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Rediscovering SoCal

Pandemic restrictions have finally been lifted — which means Southern Californians can celebrate by getting back out there and hitting the road, trekking a trail or escaping to the coast. Here are some of the best ways to explore somewhere new — or get reacquainted with some local favorites — upon SoCal's long-awaited reopening.
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Where to Feed Your Wanderlust as SoCal Reopens for Exploration

No matter what your comfort level is right now, there are plenty of ways to explore what Southern California has to offer — on the road, at the beach and even up in the air. Not sure where to start? We put our best ideas together in this one handy guide
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Five Playful SoCal Beach Escapes

While most people hit the ocean to catch a wave, here are five SoCal beaches that offer more than just the typical surf and sand.
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Five SoCal Road Trip Pit Stops That Will Rival Your Destination

From Amboy to Victorville, here are the five best pit stops along routes commonly traveled in SoCal.
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Where to Find SoCal's Most Fascinating Coastal Ruins

Here are five historic sites along our shores where you can explore the ruins of our recreation, our coastal defense, and even a maritime disaster.
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Explore Ventura, Gateway to the Channel Islands

This 152-year-old coastal city holds the key to unlocking secrets of the natural world as well as a variety of amusements and attractions.
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Five Lesser-Known Roadside Attractions Along Route 66

There’s a lot more to do on Route 66 in southern California than you might expect.
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Beat the L.A. Heat With These Night Hikes

Here are five great sundown hikes in L.A. to beat the heat and catch a glimpse of the city's wildlife and nature.
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The Best Places to Enjoy Air Sports in Southern California

If watching birds just isn’t enough for you — and you’d rather join their ranks up there in the sky — here are five of the most exciting ways to get airborne and pretend for a while that you may actually have wings.
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Where to Spot SoCal’s Coastal Wildlife

Here are five great ocean and ocean-side dwellers to look out for while visiting our coastal lands … and the places where you’ll be sure to find them, without interfering with their pupping, spawning, mating and other private business.
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Off the Beaten Path: Six Lesser-Known Gardens

One of the more intriguing ways to experience the world outside of Southern California without actually leaving it is by visiting its many gardens.
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