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Sandi Hemmerlein

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Sandi Hemmerlein is a writer and photographer. In addition to her work for KCET, she also contributes to Discover Los Angeles and Atlas Obscura. Constantly on the prowl for new adventure, she spends most of her time in L.A. nurturing her interest in birds, animals, neon, historic theaters, puppets, trains, folk art, and stained glass. Sandi is also a field agent for the Los Angeles Obscura Society, and she documents everything on her own website Avoiding Regret.

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Close-up view of cherry blossoms in Little Tokyo.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Find the Most Beautiful Blooming Trees in the L.A. Area

While L.A. may be more closely associated with palm trees lining its sidewalks and streets, this sprawling city and its surrounding municipalities is actually a horticultural delight of varied treescapes. Here are seven spots to get a glimpse of great blossoms.
The landscape along the Desert Willow Trail at Big Morongo Canyon.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore the Wonders of the High Desert Beyond Joshua Tree National Park

It's not too late to explore the High Desert this year, but you won't be the only squeezing in a last-minute trip. Here are five lesser-known destinations that offer all the the wonders of the High Desert without the big crowds.
A view of LAX airport with planes docked in the runway.
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SoCal Wanderer

Seven Tips to Travel Safely in the Pandemic

Travel might not be quite like the "Before Times" quite yet — or ever — but it's entirely doable. And it can still be wonderful. Here are seven tips for traveling during the pandemic as COVID-19 guidelines shift.
The view at the Slot Canyon Overlook.
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SoCal Wanderer

Six Easy, Lesser-Known Excursions at Anza-Borrego

There's more to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park than the wildflower blooms. Avoid the crowds and explore six of Anza-Borrego's lesser-known gems.
A silver jeep sits on a dirt path with a wide view of Death Valley behind it.
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SoCal Wanderer

8 Tips to Exploring SoCal Deserts Without Getting Stuck

Though breathtaking and spectacular, SoCal deserts present a special set of challenges even for the most seasoned traveler. Here are some tips to make sure that your next desert trip is a safe journey.
Locals walk along the coast of Victoria Beach as the medieval looking tower stands over them.
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SoCal Wanderer

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.
The landscape at Whitewater Preserve
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore the Coachella Valley Outdoors (Before It Gets Too Hot)

Whether you’re an off-roader, a two-legged trekker or even an earthquake tourist, here are five great outdoor destinations in the Coachella Valley — no festival pass needed.
Exterior of the Troubadour in West Hollywood.
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SoCal Wanderer

12 Fascinating Bikeable Spots to Explore in WeHo’s Rainbow District

Whether you’ve got your own wheels or need to borrow some, here are some fascinating points of interest along the first mile of West Hollywood — from intriguing public art to a cornucopia of architectural styles, and even some rock and roll history.
Two rows of colorfully lit Christmas trees at Hikari – A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms. | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

Six SoCal Holiday Lights Drive-Thrus and Drive-Bys for 2020

Haul out the holly and fill up the stockings. We need a little Christmas! Here are some of the best drive-thru holiday experiences in Southern California.
Ballona Lagoon “Lighthouse” Bridge | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore 5 of L.A.’s Great Footbridges

Here’s where to find five of L.A.’s most scenic bridge crossings — and why they’re fascinating destinations in their own right.
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