Captivating coastline, charming cottages, clear waters, and quaint wooden staircases: It’s just another afternoon at the beach on this 6-mile (round-trip) seaside stroll in Crystal Cove State Park.
Secluded at 1,500 feet in the Santa Monica Mountains, Tuna Canyon Park in Malibu at sunrise feels truly wild. Hike to a spectacular sunrise viewpoint marked by a spiraling labyrinth of stones, then get a coffee and pastries at Topanga’s Café Mimosa, a quirky local spot with French flair. Voulez-vous café avec moi?
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 of downtown LA.
Hiking to a mountain peak in the desert? You don’t even have to leave LA County to check out this butte! Saddleback Butte State Park gives you a taste of the Mojave Desert from Saddleback Butte, a solitary mountain rising 3,651 feet. Summit it on a 5-mile (round-trip) journey.
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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.View
Malibu Hike, Canyon, Beach
Get a highlight reel of the Malibu coastline on a 2.25-mile hike through Leo Carrillo State Park, featuring a canyon climb, Pacific panorama, and a beautiful beach.View
The Highway of Waterfalls
Ready for a totally refreshing road trip? Hit the Highway of Waterfalls! This stretch of road in Southern Oregon travels alongside the wild and scenic section of the North Umpqua River—and more than a dozen waterfalls.View
Suspension Bridge Surprise
This urban hike in San Diego connects two gardens by way of two spectacular bridges, including the awesome Spruce Street Suspension Bridge built in 1912.View
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Get Outdoors In Sonoma County This Fall
Sonoma County's great outdoors includes hike-in beaches, hidden redwoods, and a new zipline-to-treehouse stay. Here are 5 of the best ways to explore outdoors in Sonoma County.View
Ride and Seek
Oceanside breezes, beautiful beaches, a car-free pathway for biking, and beer at the end: You’re on a roll! The San Mateo Coast was made for beach hopping and beer tasting …View
Redwoods, Beach, Banner View!
Explore among the redwoods in Henry Cowell State Park on this magical 5-mile hike featuring the big trees, a beach, and a beautiful view from an observation deck.View
GOAT Coastal Hike + Sunset
GOAT (greatest of all time) Sonoma Coast experience? Hike the Kortum Trail, wine taste on a patio overlooking the Russian River, and catch a sensational sunset at, yep, Goat Rock Beach.View