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Meteor Shower Showtime!

A single shooting star is a thrill. Imagine nearly one a minute! That’s typical of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its peak this weekend. We have just the places to go to be awed—dark skies and cool campgrounds within an hour or two of the SoCal metropolis. A waning gibbous moon rises Saturday night around 11:45 p.m., which will wash out some of the shooters. But you’ll see plenty before then, and the brightest ones don’t care about moonlight! Even if you can’t make the big…

Week 08.10.2017
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White Tank Campground

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree National Park

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Heaven for star buffs: the best campground in Joshua Tree National Park for night-sky viewing, in a place named an International Dark Sky Park, with a full-on observatory just minutes away! White Tank Campground is at 3,800 feet in the eastern part of the park, far from the…
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What a Ride!

Top Bike Rides in Reno Tahoe

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The perfect landscape for bike rides—gorgeous desert surrounded by incredible mountains, hidden turquoise lakes, and no cars! Reno Tahoe is an under-the-radar destination for beginner-friendly trails and epic singletrack mountain biking. Ready to kick up some dust? For beginners…
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Malibu Creek State Park

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower at Malibu Creek State Park

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Yes, Angelenos, you can escape city lights and view the Perseid meteor shower at Malibu Creek State Park Campground—so close to the big city, but it feels like it’s a galaxy away. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek has low ambient lighting, no fog cover, and no…
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Laguna Campground

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower at Laguna Campground in San Diego County

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Star travelers can find dark skies and solitude for stargazing only an hour away from downtown San Diego at Laguna Campground in the Cleveland National Forest. Go on a weeknight to enjoy solitary communion with the stars, or pitch your tent over the weekend to become a part of an…
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