All Stories from Southern CA

  • Golden Oldie

    Nominated for Best Picture in 1940, The Wizard of Oz became a classic. "Follow the yellow brick road" just beckoned an adventure. You too can follow a road and get to a happy endin

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  • Be Mine, Yosemite

    Sweetie. Honey. Baby. Looking to spice up your pet names this Valentine's Day weekend? Look to Yosemite for inspiration. El Capitan, Giant Redwood, Half Dome (maybe not). Celebrate

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  • Hero's Welcome

    If you're looking for solitude at Runyon Canyon Park, you're in the wrong place. With a central location, knock-out views of Los Angeles, off-leash hiking areas for dogs, and trail

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  • Solitary Solstice

    Malibu's Solstice Canyon often teems with visitors, and for good reason: its leafy ravine leads to a year-round waterfall and the captivating ruins of a home lost to a 1982 wildfir

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  • Undercover Wilacre

    Wilacre Park's Betty B. Dearing Trail is almost always packed. But there's an unnamed path paralleling it that feels near empty in comparison. Instead of battling the masses at the

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  • New Year, New Zealand

    Question: What's a closer flight—Italy, Australia, or New Zealand? Answer: New Zealand! You're just an overnight flight away from waking up in Middle-earth, minus the Orcs. With so

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  • Be Mine, Yosemite

    Sweetie. Honey. Baby. Looking to spice up your pet names this Valentine's Day weekend? Look to Yosemite for inspiration. El Capitan, Giant Redwood, Half Dome (maybe not). Celebrate

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  • Gray Area

    Honking, quacking, whistling … we're not talking about a raucous night in the city. We're talking about an absolute bonanza of bird species when you visit Gray Lodge Wildlife Area,

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  • Aye Aye Capitan

    It's the world's largest granite monolith: gray and hulking and a spectacle for visitors who marvel at its massiveness (3,000 vertical feet of sheer rock!) and at the pro climbers

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  • Vantage Point

    What's the secret for spying gray whales during winter's migration season? Location, location, location! And location doesn't get any better than from the top of the tallest lighth

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  • Ocean Sunrise

    Catch a sunrise at Point Dume Nature Preserve's vantage in Malibu. Watch the sky and ocean's transformation from grey to pink.

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  • Top of the Morning

    Secluded at 1,500 feet in the Santa Monica Mountains, Tuna Canyon Park in Malibu is quiet even on a gorgeous Saturday afternon, its stunning ocean views shared by few hikers. But v

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  • Crystal Coastline

    Captivating coastline, charming cottages, clear waters, and quaint wooden staircases: It’s just another day at the beach on this 6-mile (round-trip) seaside stroll in Crystal Cove State Park.

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  • Urban Gone Wild

    A cardio climb up a mountain. Check. Stunning views. Check. And located right in LA? How very chic! Urban hiking has a wild side and the proof is on Mount Washington just northeast

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  • Echo Friendly

    Music, art, hills, and hipsters. Get in on the scene—and the scenery—with an urban hike in Echo Park. This casual stroll features the Clinton Street Stairway, a stately mural-cloak

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  • Blue Looks Good on You

    Has anybody ever told you that you look really good in blue? Like deep dark blue … North Lake Tahoe blue, to be exact! This winter try something new by heading north to big blue: N

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  • Blue Looks Good on You

    Has anybody ever told you that you look really good in blue? Like deep dark blue … North Lake Tahoe blue, to be exact! This winter try something new by heading north to big blue: N

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  • Gorge-ous View

    "Over the meadow and through the woods" … no this isn't the start of a fairy tale … it's the start of a fairy trail! Tahoe's Royal Gorge is North America's largest cross-country sk

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  • Hot Saucer!

    Among six-pack chairlifts, supersized gondolas, and gnarly terrain parks, sometimes it's refreshing to experience something old-skool and quaint. Hello Granlibakken! In Norwegian,

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  • Solitary Bliss

    Visit D.L. Bliss State Park on the western shore of Lake Tahoe in the summer and it's bustling with people. But if you visit in the winter, the entrance gate is closed and the only

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