La Jolla Valley backpack

Beginner's Backpacking: A backpacking trip doesn't have to be epic. Go wild without going too far into the wild on a 2.4-mile (one-way) adventure to La Jolla Valley Hike-In Campground in Point Mugu State Park.

Two Thumbs SUP:
Malibu Surf Shack’s beginner-friendly stand-up paddleboarding tour is a splashing good time—cruising world-famous shorelines and taking in classic views.

Legg Up: When the heat's on, cool down with a mellow roll around LA's Legg Lake. This eastside oasis tucked in Whittier Narrows Recreation Area offers water, shade, and an opportunity to share the load on a pedal-powered quadracycle.

All the Wright Stuff: Get a double hit of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations on a 3-mile urban hike (and lunch stop!).

Grin and Bear It: Big Bear Lake, best known for winter skiing, hits its stride in the summertime as a high-altitude haven. The 7.5-mile (round-trip) journey to 8,200-foot Bertha Peak richly delivers the goods.

Fired Up: Tucked away on the northern edge of Surf City USA, Bolsa Chica State Beach has 80 fire pits ready for a s’mores roast! Load the sticks with marshmallows and join great horned owls with some hooting of your own.

Fireworks Perch: Hit it out of the park by watching the Dodger Stadium Fourth of July Fireworks show from afar. Tucked in the southeast corner of Griffith Park, Beacon Hill's 1,001-foot summit is a prime perch for your viewing pleasure.