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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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    Stay Sunny!

    Minimize the screen time, maximize the great outdoors, and get the family on a trip to Sun Valley, Idaho! From pedaling the rails-to-trails bike path the locals love, to taking your pick of parks.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. LA Arboretum Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

    Happy Outdoors

    Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday. "Weathering the storm" has taken on multiple meanings recently—and something we can still be grateful for is the great outdoors as a respite. Here are a few ways to take it outside this season.

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  9. Two hikers making their way to the hike-in Secret Beach on the Oregon Coast

    Sand, Sea, Waterfalls: Get Coasting

    From the coast to the waterfalls, Southern Oregon is a road-trip-ready adventure. Hike to inspiring overlooks, adventure along miles of wide-open sand dunes that inspired Frank Herbert’s Dune, and see the Highway of Waterfalls.

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  10. Hiker passing the trailhead post and looking towards the mountains at Hillside Wilderness Preserve in Monrovia

    Merry Hiking in Monrovia

    Combine a wilderness wander with festive lights, find a trail less traveled for some peace on earth, and put some jolly in your step with an urban wander through Monrovia Old Town and up to the famous falls.

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  11. Wild Open Spaces: Oregon

    Mountain, forest, sand, sea, waterfalls, wine ... Oregon's seven distinct regions offer up one wondrous opportunity for adventures to remember. Check out the following region-specific itineraries in Oregon, get ideas and inspiration ... then go!

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  12. Under the Radar Desert Adventures

    Canyon hiking with cables, squeezing through slots, marveling at marbled red rocks and creative sculptures at an outdoor museum, find your best desert adventure on any of these great escapes.

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  13. Henninger Flats hike Castro Peak Lookout

    Feast on These Adventures

    Who's hungry? Not for food, but for an adventure! Get outdoors and trek to a lookout, step up to an urban hike, visit a historic suspension bridge, and find your way through a garden labyrinth. Not your standard turkey trot! 

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  14. Woman on a boardwalk at Buena Vista Lagoon in Carlsbad

    Under the Radar Outdoors

    Carlsbad may be known for beaches but there’s a whole lot more to the great outdoors along its less crowded 7 miles of coastline. It’s home to a historic state park (with an upcoming holiday lights event!) and meditative hiking trails for tranquillity and forest bathing.

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    Stay Sunny!

    Minimize the screen time, maximize the great outdoors, and get the family on a trip to Sun Valley, Idaho! From pedaling the rails-to-trails bike path the locals love, to taking your pick of parks.

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  16. Canyon Lands of LA

    Canyon dig it? Yeah you can—if you know the places to go for hidden canyon hikes found right within these three scenic LA neighborhoods. Add to your turkey-trot list!

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  17. Short Hikes to Savor

    With Daylight Saving Time ending this Sunday, it's okay to look on the bright side. Autumn days bring golden hues to horizons, and these short hikes are sweet for getting in some trail time and savoring the sunlight.

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  18. Hiker on the trail at Shadow Hills in Burbank

    Screaming Good Hikes for Halloween

    Hike these hills for a whole variety of thrills in more ways than stunning views: from creepy crawlies to growler treats (beer!), get out there and have a Happy Hill-oween.

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  19. Hiker at Horsethief Canyon on a trail overlooking the San Gabriels in San Dimas

    Views and Brews

    Easy magic trick: one, two, three ... San Dimas! This city tucked within the San Gabriel Valley is a gateway to glorious hiking trails less traveled, with stellar views and a few places to grab bonus brews.

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  20. Hiker on Grays Peak Trail in Big Bear

    Fall Color Hikes and Apple Cider Bonuses

    Fall colors, apple cider donuts, did we mention seasonal beer, too? Combine them all this fall with these fantastic harvest hikes filled with apple orchards, peaks, mountain views, and tasty treats.

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  21. Hike Elysian Park in Los Angeles

    Savoring Fall

    All aboard the wild train to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Not ready to board that train? We don’t blame you—take some time to enjoy the onset of autumn with one of these beautiful and chill fall adventures.

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  22. Wild Hikes

    So close, yet so far away. These cities in SoCal offer fantastic nearby hiking destinations where you can go wild without having to go to the wilds!

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  1. Two people smiling for a selfie on Santa Cruz Island Channel Island National Park

    Island Ahoy!

    Take to the seas on a weekend adventure to remote Santa Cruz Island (the largest among Channel Islands National Park) and an idyllic campsite coupled with a rugged 8-mile (round-trip) trek to a hidden beach.

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  2. woman on rocks at Salt Point State Park Sonoma Coast

    Sweet and Salty

    Located on Highway 1 about 18 miles north of Jenner, Salt Point State Park is wild, scenic, and one of the most beautiful places to do some classic coastal camping.

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  3. Woman biking the Ventura to Ojai bike path in Ventura County

    Ojai There!

    If a substantive and super scenic bike ride is right in your wheelhouse, do the 30-mile (round-trip) Ventura-to-Ojai bike path that begins (and ends) near the Ventura shoreline, pit-stopping in delightful Ojai for food and drinks.

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  4. Masterpiece Marshland + Beers

    San Dieguito Lagoon is one of the biggest wetland habitats in America. Uncover the magical marshland masterpiece on a gentle 3-mile out-and-back urban hike with a pit stop at a brewery.

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  1. Afternoon on the Island

    What is it about tiny islands in the middle of lakes? There’s something that just draws you in. It’s even more fun when getting there is half the adventure because you have to reach it by canoe, kayak, paddleboat, or a ranger guided boat tour!

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  2. Camp and Kayak at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest

    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent with the lake in the background.

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  3. Hiker in the forest at Mount Sutro in San Francisco

    San Francisco's Middle Earth

    No need to travel to New Zealand to visit Middle Earth. San Francisco’s Mount Sutro Open Space is practically Hobbiton—a hidden “shire” in the middle of the city. Okay, maybe not quite as magical, but still an incredible place to take a hike in city limits.

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  4. Woman walking down the stairs overlooking the ocean on the Coastal Trail in San Francisco

    America's Best Urban Hike

    Many years ago we dubbed it the “Grand Walk” and said it was one of the most scenic and stunning trails in the West. We were wrong. This is the most scenic urban hike in America!

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