Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for new adventures. From the tame to the wild: skiing; 4wheeling (Off-road/ATV); surfing; Air Combat; Glider Rides; Canyoneering; just to name a few. This section will provide information about all of those activities and more.
Here is a list of my favorite adventure activities and places in California. You may have to drive an hour or more to get to some of those locations, but they are worth the time and the effort. See the specific pages for more details about those places.
- ATV rental - Palm Springs area (Ocotillo Wells)
- Off-Road - Hummer or Jeep
- Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure
- San Andreas Fault Small-Group Jeep Tour from Palm Springs.
Books about adventures in California
- Anza-borrego Desert Region: A Guide to State Park & Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert
- Fodor's Southern California 2009: with Central Coast, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and San Diego (Fodor's Gold Guides)
- Southern California SUV Trails: A Rough-road Guide to Thirty-two Interesting Four-wheeling
- Excursions in the Western Mojave Desert
- Where to Go Really 4 Wheeling in California
Scenic Zeppelin Flight in Monterey
If you've ever sat on a bench by the ocean, enjoying the salty air, watching the birds wheeling above and wishing you could join them, then our Monterey Bay coastal Zeppelin flight is the experience for you! Fly high above Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach, Carmel by the Sea and more on this scenic zeppelin ride in Northern CA!
A short boat ride away you can visit Avalon in Catalina and try the Eco Zipline Tour. It is a thrilling experience with breathtaking views. Read about it here.
Experience what it's like to be engaged in real aerial combat. What a fun thing to do, flying over sunny California in a retro fighter aircraft - or over the Nevada desert. Three locations: Fullerton, San Diego and Las Vegas.
ATV and Dirt Bikes
Be a daredevil for a day and experience the California desert like never before. Choose from a variety of ATVs or Dirt Bikes. You can also find ATVs for the young ones. See the detailed article about My favorite places for ATV fun:
This is a must in my opinion. Nothing beats the feeling of floating up slowly and watching the land recede under you. The excitement grows as you gain altitude and your horizon expands.
If you are willing to drive a little away from Anaheim, you get to choose from several guided tours in the San Diego area. Some tours are geared towards families with young children and others are more adventurous. My favorite is the La Jolla Plunge Bike Tour (mostly downhill).
Bungee Jumping Off Bridge To Nowhere
Imagine standing on the edge of a bridge with steep canyon walls rising above you. Looking down at the raging water ten stories below, you hear the encouragement of your friends standing next to you as the countdown begins. This is the ultimate thrill of bungee jumping in Southern California.
Imagine hiking up a mountain trail that parallels a deep canyon, where down below you hear water flowing over the rocky canyon bottom. You reach a point where the trail crosses the stream. After donning your repelling gear, you begin descent alongside the waterfall and down to the canyon. You may have to swim or wade through streams.
After you go soarin' over California at California Adventure, you may want to experience the real thing. Here is your chance to soar over San Diego County. Set, relax and enjoy your quiet
Here is another way to experience Southern California from the air. Take off from downtown LA and head towards Hollywood or enjoy a bird's eye view of the coast. If you are really adventurous, ask for your turn to fly the bird.
Ever wanted to jump out of a high flying airplane and experience the sensation of falling? Well, now you can experience most of the thrill of skydiving without the risks. You first take a quick skydiving lesson, then you get outfitted with your gear, then you jump into the vertical wind tunnel. The wind pushes upwards giving you the feeling of flying. Instructors are on hand to help achieve your flight. This is a family-friendly adventure. Bring the kids to enjoy their first flight. Read more here.
It is like riding a motorcycle or an ATV but on water. On hot summer days, being on the water might much more attractive than the desert.
This is the ultimate in human flight. You get to wear your wings, give yourself a running start, then jump and soar using the wind as your only motor. This adventure is dependent on weather conditions, so call ahead to confirm that your flight is on.
Step into an alien world and get close and personal with the creatures that live under the sea. Seaworld in San Diego is a great way to get introduced to sea life, but if you want real interaction take a snorkeling guided tour. One of the best places for Snorkelling is Catalina Island.
Learn surfing from the pros. Take a private class, group class or join a surf camp. Many locations to pick from including the world famous Huntington Beach. For beginner waves, head to Dana Point or San Clemente.
Another adventure that can be enjoyed by the whole family. You can start by taking a class at an indoor climbing facility. Then head to one of the most popular rock climbing spots in the world: Joshua Tree National Park.
Going ocean fishing is not easy when you don't have the right equipment. So leave to the pros to set you up with your gear and find the right location for you. Some of the best fishing can be had around Catalina Island, Newport Beach and Dana Point.