All "Relaxing" Stories in Southern CA

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    Victoria Lap

    Known as North America’s most English city, Victoria is so much more than high tea and crumpets. This energetic and stylish seaside city on Vancouver Island is home to the globally renowned Butchart Gardens and has more cycle routes than any other Canadian city. The good news is…

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    Victoria Lap

    Known as North America’s most English city, Victoria is so much more than high tea and crumpets. This energetic and stylish seaside city on Vancouver Island is home to the globally renowned Butchart Gardens and has more cycle routes than any other Canadian city. The good news is…

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    Who's Your Caddy?

    Love _Caddyshack? _Channel Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler, by doing the next best thing to golfing. Go frolfing! Also known as disc golf, the game has gained popularity over the years. You toss discs into chain-link baskets and move along to the next section of course…

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    Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens

    Lost in Translation? It happens. Here’s how to take a breather. Right in the heart of the city is the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, a relaxing retreat hidden in the historic West Adams district. This sun-drenched respite is found in the gardens of a lavish Italian…

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    Go Ghostbust!

    Located in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra, Bodie State Historic Park looks like a Hollywood set for a Western movie. But this isn’t Hollywood magic—it’s a gold-mining ghost town that’s as pure Wild West as it gets! Named after William Bodey, who discovered gold in the…

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    Fern Gully

    As Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm character famously said: Life finds a way. He may have been talking about a scary dinosaur takeover, but as California continues to face its worst drought in years, an abundance of tropical plant life tucked away in Griffith Park proves his…

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    Simply Tasty!

    Remember when wine tasting at all the good spots was free or only a few bucks? (Okay, that was quite awhile ago.) Anderson Valley never forgot! Who knows how long it will last, as this land of pinot noir is developing an outstanding reputation for premium wines, but currently you…

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    Garden by the Sea

    As one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the country, Fort Bragg’s Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens makes a splash in more ways than its fabulous flora. Its 47 acres includes a stunning bluffside hiking trail overlooking the Pacific, where cliffs drop dramatically to…

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    Best Ghost Town in the West

    Located in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra, Bodie State Historic Park looks like a Hollywood set for a Western movie. But this isn’t Hollywood magic—it’s a gold-mining ghost town that’s as pure Wild West as it gets! Named after William Bodey, who discovered gold in the…

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    No Ordinary Beach

    Want a beach that will really get you away from it all? Fort Ord Dunes State Park is just the ticket. This relative newcomer to the state park system gives an impressive perspective of the half moon–shaped Monterey Bay. Get a great view of it from the main parking lot and try to…

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    Echo-friendly

    There’s always something new going on in Echo Park, but there’s also a way to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. Strap on a life jacket and find a co-pilot for an afternoon of pedal boating on Echo Park Lake. It’s easy to make a couple of laps in a short amount of time, but what…

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    Hello, Sur!

    Big Sur is home to numerous fantastic beaches and coves, so which one do you choose? Go for the beach that’s quintessential Big Sur (and dog-friendly!). Pfeiffer Beach in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park recently re-opened, and its signature lilac-colored sand is waiting for your feet…

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    Two-che LA

    The hottest thing on two wheels isn’t a fancy new road bike: The hottest thing on two wheels is you—on a Segway. Surprise! Another Side of Los Angeles Tours isn’t just an out-of-towners’ thing; it’s actually a popular urban Segway tour for locals too. Instead of hitting up the…

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    Tour de Force

    Ready for a new spin on your next Griffith Park adventure? Explore it on a Surrey—the quirkiest four-wheel vehicle that’s powered by … you! Taking the helm, you’ll feel like you’ve boarded a private carriage, sans the horse. Nudge your pedal partner—it’s time to roll. Working…

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    Recess!

    Remember hanging upside down from the monkey bars? Indulge a blast from the past at a grown-up’s version of a jungle gym followed by lunch at a retro-themed airport diner. Santa Monica’s Clover Park is the place to break a sweat before breaking for lunch. It’s got a 1-mile…

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    Starring Leo

    The shores at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu have been the backdrop for such cinematic masterpieces as Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates. Of course, it’s also been the backdrop for true classics like The Karate Kid, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Clint Eastwood’s…

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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 lighthouse on the West Coast. The historic 115-foot Lighthouse Tower at Point Arena Light Station in…

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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 who conquer it. El Capitan has been in the headlines a lot recently since Tommy Caldwell and Kevin…

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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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