Beat the Rush: How to Make the Most out of a Los Angeles Adventure

While you may be excited about visiting the Universal Studios at Hollywood or the Griffith Observatory, once you enter the bustling city of Los Angeles you may be startled by the amount of traffic and people in this vibrant city. Visiting a place that has a lot of traffic can really start to cut into the amount of things that you can do in a day. You don’t have to skimp out on adventure time just because you’re in a heavily populated area. Here are some of the ways that you can get the most out of your Los Angeles adventure.

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Plan Accordingly

Develop an itinerary of the things that you want to do each day. This will help you to map out the best routes of travel. Avoid times of the day that are known to have heavier traffic. You may want to plan out your routes so that you’re spending as little time as possible on the road. Take to the streets and walk or rent a bike! It will be much more enjoyable to be seeing the sights while the traffic is the heaviest than being stuck on the road with everyone else. Also remember to pack a jacket—while it is extremely hot in L.A. in the summertime, the wind from the ocean is extremely cold at times. Continue reading “Beat the Rush: How to Make the Most out of a Los Angeles Adventure”

Break Away from the Crowds—5 Spectacular Things to Do in the LA Area

Los Angeles is home to many world-famous attractions, but there are other fun things to do that are less popular. Venturing off the beaten path will be a great way for you to experience a different side of the city and the surrounding area while still having the fulfilling vacation of your dreams. Here are five spectacular things to do in the LA area if you want to beat the crowds.

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Head to Runyon Canyon

This canyon encompasses many of the finest aspects of nature and will make you feel as though you’ve escaped to a wilderness paradise without having to venture far outside the city. Hollywood, Beverly Hills and other thriving communities are adjacent to Runyon Canyon, and you’ll have the chance to go hiking and see some of the most spectacular views of the Los Angeles city skyline when you hike through Runyon Canyon Park. Unique and quirky shops and restaurants can also be found along the roads that run through the canyon. Continue reading “Break Away from the Crowds—5 Spectacular Things to Do in the LA Area”

Surprisingly Affordable Family Trips you can Find Close to Home

One reason many families decide not to take vacations every year is the expense. While it is true that some trips can cost a small fortune and require time to save up, there are several surprisingly affordable family trips you can find closer to home. Take a look at these ideas and get your family out and on the road more often!

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Enjoy the Wonders of Nature

No matter where you may live in the United States, odds are good there is a national or state park within a day’s drive of your home. These parks are very affordable and offer a range of different activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and other outdoor sports. Many contain natural and/or historic wonders that can be explored and seen firsthand for much less than the cost of a single night in a hotel. Continue reading “Surprisingly Affordable Family Trips you can Find Close to Home”

5 Beer-Drinking Spots Los Angeles Locals Love

Los Angeles has no shortage of bars and clubs for visitors looking for a wild night out, but it’s also home to a burgeoning beer scene. Whether you’re a fan of imports or want a taste of local specialties, these breweries and gastropubs are tried-and-true favorites among Los Angeles beer aficionados. Pick one near your Los Angeles hotel, or make a night of it and hit all five.

Angel City Brewery

1. Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery features affordable beers brewed on site. Located in a converted warehouse, their Public House is a spacious casual hangout spot, especially if you’re staying in a hotel in Little Tokyo. Grab a beer and spend some time enjoying their fantastic murals by local artists. Be sure to check out the rotating schedule of food trucks that frequent their parking lot. Continue reading “5 Beer-Drinking Spots Los Angeles Locals Love”

Hidden Gems in the Golden State: 4 Under-the-Radar California Adventures

California has plenty of established and world-famous landmarks. Those are fun to visit, but sometimes an off-the-beaten-path vacation can create memories you just can’t get at Disneyland. If you prefer something a bit less traveled, check out some of these little-known adventures.

Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park

Don’t worry about being fried to a crisp in Death Valley. The perception of this desert is quite often skewed, and there are many parts of Death Valley that are actually pleasant to humans. If you love ghost towns, then there are quite a few to choose from in the valley. Visit the ruins of Pantamint City, which used to be known as the “toughest, rawest, most hard-boiled little hellhole that ever passed for a civilized town”. While not much is left of the town, the little that still remains echoes the town’s reputation. Bad Water Basin is also fascinating. It’s the lowest place in all of North America and the water that has long since disappeared has left behind intriguing traces of salt.

Little Naples, Long Beach

If you prefer a more languid adventure, consider this little-known area of Long Beach. This sleepy little town sits on three islands in Alamitos Bay. The canals that divide the islands give it a decidedly Italian feel while the large fountain in the center of town seals the deal on its Italian influences. Take a gondola tour through the canals or play in the bay on a stand-up paddle board. Enjoy authentic gourmet pizza at Russo’s before you watch the sun dip below the water from Overlook Park.

Cayucos, CA

Perhaps one of the sweetest little beach towns in California, it has escaped the tacky invasion of mass-produced souvenirs and the smog of the valley. The main street still retains its 19th century charm while the pier constructed in the 1800s still stands today. Head into Duckie’s Chowder House for some mouthwatering seafood or have a romantic dinner at the Historic Cass Inn and Restaurant. Fish off the historic pier or purchase freshly caught fish from the docked Bonnie Marietta.

The Secret Sea Cave of Cabrillo

After you’ve recovered from your San Diego Viejas Casino and Resort, put on some comfortable hiking shoes and head to Cabrillo National Monument at low tide. On the west side of the monument is a spectacular sea cave. This is a slightly intense hike but the end reward is more than worth it. You’ll carefully edge along the cliffs, cross a tide pool, and encounter two secret beaches before you find the sea cave.

California’s well known destinations are quite the treat, but your vacation will be even more unique if you get off the beaten path and try things fewer people visit. Whether you’re a loner or you like to have memories that will last you for years, these relatively untraveled spots are exactly what you’ve been pining for.