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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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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.
Malibu Wine Hikes take visitors through the Semler family’s Saddlerock Ranch vineyards | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

13 SoCal Open-Air Adventures That Are Off the Beaten Path

Looking for outdoor options beyond your local park or playground? Here’s a guide to going off the beaten path with some of the best open-air attractions SoCal has to offer. 
A stilt-walker poses at Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween. | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Find Frightful Family Fun in L.A. and O.C. This Halloween Season

Halloween 2020 is not canceled. It’s just a little different this year. Whether it’s established attractions or inaugural events that might become future Halloween standbys, here are five great ways to scare up some extra spooks this October. 
The Rialto's exterior. | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

20 Fascinating — and Walkable — Places to Discover DTLA’s Broadway Commercial District 

From department stores to hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and even makeshift churches, here’s a guide to the 20 most fascinating Broadway landmarks you can discover on foot.
A hummingbird flies near a coral tree flower. | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

How to Discover the Wonders of Elysian Park by Car

How many of these “hiding-in-plain-sight” gems in Elysian Park have caught your eye? Explore them via car.
Union Station | Sandi Hemmerlein
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61 Self-Guided Tours for Exploring L.A. on Your Own

Los Angeles and its surrounding cities are chock full of secrets to uncover and histories that unfold before your very eyes — if you know where to look. Here are 61 free self-guided tours you can take on your own terms. 
Vineland Drive-In's neon sign | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

8 Best Drive-In Theaters in SoCal

Here are the eight best drive-in theaters in SoCal where you can snuggle up to a blanket in your jammies and take in an outdoor flick under the night sky, without ever leaving your car. 
"Stay Safe, Recreate Responsibly" poster | NPS/Matt Turner
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SoCal Wanderer

5 Tips to Hike SoCal’s Trails Responsibly

Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hiker, here are five of the most important tenets of the trail that’ll help you get the most out of your hiking experience — without ruining it for yourself or anybody else. 
Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard | Sandi Hemmerlein
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SoCal Wanderer

Best Drive-Through Adventures in Modern-Day SoCal

Whether you’re looking to fill your belly, whet your whistle, or escape reality for a while, here are the best adventures you can drive to, through and into in Southern California. 
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