With the unofficial start of summer kicking off this weekend, head out for  any of these adventures right in our own backyard. Make it official!

Tar Creek Swimming Hole

Tar Power: A 2.25-mile hike in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary rewards with 3 cool, clean, and refreshing swimming holes tailor-made for cannonballs.

Bluff Stuff: Believe it or not, a remote seaside sanctuary with easy freeway access exists in Southern California on a 2-mile stretch of coast between Orange and San Diego counties.

Griffith's Got Game:
You don't have to travel far or aim high to reach one of the very best, and up-close, panoramas of LA's iconic skyline. Tucked in the southeast corner of Griffith Park is a shining example of LA's less-traveled treasures.

Malibu Mojo: Yes, there is a way to rise above the beach crowds at Malibu's Leo Carrillo State Park. Get your game-face on for an 8-mile (round-trip) hike climbing to a rare natural oasis set in a meadow.

Road Call: Palos Verdes Peninsula may be known for beautiful homes, but one of its greatest assets doesn't require a downpayment. Bike a 10-mile loop around the western waterfront for some of the best bluffside ocean vistas in Southern California.

Brue-yeah!: "We make wort, God makes beer." Combine an award-winning family-operated brewery and tasting room with a mellow bike ride around a 3-acre lake.

Sunny Side Down: Catching a sunset from a summit can be spectacular—especially when the hike back down doesn't leave you in the dark. Luckily, one of the tallest peaks in the Santa Monica Mountains can be reached via a 1-mile (one-way) trail that offers massive views across mountains and sea.