Six Fall Adventures in SoCal

What’s your adventure go-to? From easy beach exploring to peak hikes and redwood groves, we’ve got some ideas to fill your fall weekends. Here are six great ways to spend your days outside.

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1) SoCal's Sequoias

Visiting an arboretum to go forest bathing is like going to a spa for a massage—it makes perfect sense! Though small in acreage, Heaps Peak Arboretum in Skyforest has a stellar collection of massive trees that include giant sequoias. Yes,…

2) Hidden Lake in the Dunes

It sounds preposterous: a lake in the dunes? That’s exactly why Oso Flaco Lake, in the Oceano Dunes south of Pismo Beach, is so cool. The 75-acre freshwater lake is surrounded by miles of dunes to the north and south,…

3) Tahoe to Yourself

Shhh … it’s North Lake Tahoe’s secret season, and the fall colors are popping. Elevate your leaf-peeping and get to the crisp mountain air for some colorful hikes and bike rides on uncrowded trails.

Tahoe Fall Adventures

4) Sunny Side Down

Sunny Jim Cave is anything but sunny. It’s what you want in a cave—cool and dark—and it has a nifty literary connection. It’s also the only sea cave in La Jolla that can be accessed by land. The entrance is…

5) Rolling Through the Robles

Corbin Canyon in Topanga State Park is a hidden gem of the Santa Monica Mountains with beautiful scenery and low foot traffic, yet it’s only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ventura Boulevard. The 2-mile (round-trip) out-and-back trail…

6) DTLA's Colorful Corazón

Olvera Street is always filled with pageantry, and the historic district of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the birthplace of Los Angeles, is worth strolling anytime to sample traditional Mexican culture and foods and to better appreciate the city’s…

7) Look Out—It’s Tahquitz!

The hike to 8,846-foot Tahquitz Peak in the San Jacinto Wilderness boasts awesome views and an intriguing legend. The peak was named by the Cahuilla Indians after a powerful, evil shaman who possessed an insatiable appetite for human flesh—and he…


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