Newport Beach

Newport Pier at SunsetNewport Beach is a bustling coastal town in Orange County, California – full of sandy beaches, piers, bike paths, malls, and restaurants.

The beaches in Newport are known for surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, swimming, and fishing.

You can go walking on the beach, bike riding, visiting the shops and restaurants at the pier, spend time with the kids at the fun zone, or go on a Dolphin and Whale watching tour.

Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear Lake

Also known as Bertha Peak Trail, this is a challenging trail in the Big Bear Lake area with commanding views of the lake.
The hike is about 7 miles round trip and may take up to 4 hours to finish. It is considered moderate difficulty.
It starts from Cougar Crest trailhead neat the Discovery Center. If you park at the trailhead, you will need an adventure pass. Alternately, you can take advantage of the free parking at the center and walk to the trailhead. This will add 1-mile to your hike

Tuna Canyon Hike

Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Santa Monica Bay ViewTuna Canyon Park is a sprawling 1,255-miles preserve in the Santa Monica mountains – in between Topanga and Malibu. The hills and canyons in this park are covered with sagebrush, wildflowers and a sprinkle of Oak trees.

Many trails crisscross through the park, but most of them are hard to find – making them some of the least visited trails in Los Angeles. If you want to avoid the crowds, this is the trail for you.

Angel Island State Park

San Francisco - Bike Angle IslandThis state park is located on the biggest island on the bay - a short boat ride away from San Francisco. The whole island is set aside for recreational activities. 

To get to the island you will need to take a ferry or use a private boat. Ferries run multiple times a day but are limited during winter months. Check the schedules to make sure you don't miss the last boat.

You can start your visit by taking a tram tour of the island to familiarize yourself with the park. You can also take a Segway or a Diggler (a kind of scooter) tour. 

Carlsbad and the Flower Fields

Carlsbad Flower FieldsHome to Legoland, the flower fields, a waterpark, an Aquarium and beautiful beaches, this sleepy little beach town is becoming a major tourist attraction in Southern California.

Carlsbad sits between Oceanside and San Diego with a long stretch of beaches, several creeks and lagoons, making it a perfect spot for a weekend getaway or a rest stop on a long journey.  

Most families with children flock to Carlsbad to spend a day or two at Legoland. The theme park is filled with rides and experiences based on the popular Lego toy brand. And if a park full of thrills is not enough, you can go next door to the new Water Park and Sealife Aquarium.  

La Jolla

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La Jolla is a little town on the outskirts of San Diego with nice sandy beaches, coastal cliffs, hotels, golf courses, a state park and the famous University of California, San Diego. It is also famous for the La Jolla Cove and Caverns. 

The nearby city of San Diego and the greater San Diego County are home to beautiful beaches, popular attractions, hiking trails and many more adventures.  Read the full San Diego review here.