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  1. Urban Art Walks of LA

    LA is home to the great artdoors, and these three urban walks dazzle with everything from historic downtown parks and art complexes to a magnificent great wall of mural art in North LA.

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  2. Game Plan for These Outdoor Adventures

    Whether it's booking wilderness permits, finding first-come, first-served options, or just setting a date for a trip, it's good to have a game plan for some top outdoor adventures. Here are several favorites to plan for this summer.

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  3. Woman taking a photo of the San Gabriel Mountains from a hiking trail at Azusa River Wilderness Park in Los Angeles

    Find Your Flow

    Refresh your spring with some hikes and bike rides alongside rivers, with bonuses like artwork, flowers, and beer! Here are three places where adventure includes a river running through it. Get flowing!

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    Glow Deeper!

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new exhibition is getting glowing reviews. Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean is an unparalleled living exhibition that includes an immersive deep-sea bioluminescence experience.

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  5. Hiker walking into the Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Eight Great National Parks

    Happy National Park Week! Choosing some favorites is like putting together a Greatest Hits album: We think it's all good! Here's a compilation of 8 great national parks and some of our favorite adventures within them ...

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  6. Hikers at Las Virgenes Reservoir in Triunfo Creek Park near Thousand Oaks

    Wildflower Hikes Less Traveled

    If your Easter Egg hunt includes wildflowers, we’ve got a few amazing places for you to check out soon. These hikes feature less-known trails with pockets and fields of florals bringing a confetti of color to the landscapes.

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  7. Urban Hike to the Shakespeare Bridge in LA

    Architecture Walks in Los Angeles

    Lace up your shoes for an urban walk through parks with beautiful art and architecture. These three options offer spiritual resonance, UNESCO beauty, some Shakespeare, and signature neighborhood styles.

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  8. Woman exploring Vanalden Cave in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    Cave Adventures

    Take your explorations deeper with these cave adventures across Southern California.

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  9. The Hollywood Sign Letters from behind overlooking the Los Angeles skyline

    Three Hikes, One Sign

    With the Oscars this Sunday how about a hike to the ultimate showbiz sign. Here are three different hikes with unique perspectives of the Hollywood Sign.

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  10. Hiker celebrating at Condor Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains

    Major Peak Hikes

    Now that we have longer days, it’s time for some longer hikes. These three peak-bagging hikes between 8 and 16 miles (round-trip) in the San Gabriel Mountains are truly challenging, with huge panoramic payoffs.

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  11. Three Hikes, One Preserve

    How much variety can you find on three hikes within one preserve? Find out at Rancho La Costa Preserve in San Diego County. It’s home to a secret canyon, a waterfall, and the tallest peak in Carlsbad. Three, two, one … hiking plan, done!

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  12. Wellness Hikes and Bike Rides

    In tumultuous times taking a break in nature can be helpful ... among trees, birds, and trails less traveled. Here are some hiking and biking recommendations for taking a wellness break outdoors.

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  13. Secret Trails of Simi Valley

    Can you keep a secret? These less-traveled trails in Ventura County's heavenly slice of Simi Valley are short and sweet with stellar mountain and skyline scenery and bonuses like wildflowers and beer stops. Simi sensational!

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  14. The Great Artdoors

    Ready for the great artdoors? SoCal has some beautfiul places to wander and see interesting, inspiring, and educational works, from murals and sculptures to installations and tasty food and drink bonuses.

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    2022-05-11

    Glow Deeper!

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new exhibition is getting glowing reviews. Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean is an unparalleled living exhibition that includes an immersive deep-sea bioluminescence experience.

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  16. Sweet Hikes, Bike Rides, and Bakeries

    Whether your relationship is new, or you’ve been together a long time, the outdoors makes a terrific companion. Gather your loved one(s) and head outside for these sweet hikes and bike rides, along with some post-adventure bakery treats.

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  17. Two hikers on the ridge hiking to San Gabriel Peak in Southern California

    Glow for It

    Fun fact: finding your glow doesn't mean choosing the latest facial serum promising shiny cheeks. The natural beauty of a winter sunset can get you glowing from the inside out! Here are some of the best hikes and viewpoints for watching one of nature's greatest lightshows. Shine on!

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  18. woman hiking Channel Islands

    California's Most Sea-nic National Park

    Blissful beaches, panoramic hikes, craft beer, and one of California’s wildest national parks—Ventura County Coast has the Southern California climate with its own distinct laid-back vibe. Here are five ideas for your adventure getaway.

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  19. Waterfall Way to Hike

    Wait for it, wait for it... now! Winter rains mean waterfall hikes are an actual thing to do this year, but get to them sooner than later while the flow is still good.

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  20. Surprise Views

    Surprise! These three hikes in North San Diego County are not only less traveled, they're filled with outdoor gems like Torrey pines, sandstone formations, wildlife, and vantage points with huge views.

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  21. Find Fresh Views in Malibu

    Happy New Year. Ready for some bu-tiful outdoors? Malibu still has a few secrets to explore and we’ve got three less traveled beach and lake hikes for you to try something new for 2022.

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  22. Top 10 Outdoor Adventures for 2021

    Backcountry explorations, riverwalks, secret beaches, and adventurous day hikes in national parks ... here's our list of the top 10 adventures of 2021. See you on the trails next year!

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  1. Urban Hike to the Shakespeare Bridge in LA

    Shakespeare Bridge + Secret Garden

    Romeo, Romeo, we all know how this goes, but do you know how to go to the Shakespeare Bridge and secret gardens? We’ve got the online do-it-yourself hiking route for you.

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  2. Hiker overlooking Bear Gulch Reservoir at Pinnacles National Park near Monterey

    Pinnacles of Spring

    Why hike at Pinnacles National Park? Spring's a beautiful time of year here. And you might spy the magnificent California condor soaring while you gain soaring views from the High Peaks Trail.

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  3. Hike Mount Tamalpais into Muir Woods

    Muir Woods Through the Backdoor

    A backdoor entrance into Muir Woods? Hike a tranquil trail that starts in Mount Tamalpais State Park and quietly leads into Muir Woods, letting you avoid the busyness of the main parking area.

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  4. Hikers by the reservoir at Triunfo Creek Park near Thousand Oaks

    Triumphant in Triunfo

    Go on a hike with a peaceful reservoir, charming meadows, and beautiful spring blooms at Triunfo Creek Park near Thousand Oaks.

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  1. Hiker on the SCA trail in Marin Headlands with view of the Golden Gate Bridge

    Headlands Over Heels

    People come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a dramatic and novel view of the bridge without all the people on this moderate 6-mile hike in the Marin Headlands.

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  2. Hiker at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve hiking amid lupine wildflowers

    Hidden Wilds of Healdsburg

    When you arrive at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, you may wonder what could possibly be tucked behind a subdivision. But within minutes of hiking in this 155-acre preserve, the beauty reveals itself: majestic oak trees, wetland, spring wildflowers, and wowing views of the Mayacama Mountains and Russian River.

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  3. Hiker on a trail with beautiful green hills and wildflowers on the grasses at Carr Ranch in Contra Costa County

    Carr Ranch

    Can’t decide between an epic hike or a relaxing nature walk? The 8.3-mile Carr Ranch Trail loop in the East Bay’s Contra Costa County is the perfect hike for rugged adventurers with a soft side.

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  4. Two women at the entrance of the Lavender Labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa

    Lavender Labyrinth

    Labyrinths are meditative meanders. Add fragrant organic lavender and you're at Bees N Blooms at the foot of Taylor Mountain near Santa Rosa, experiencing their “ancient pathway of peace” and more.

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