Explore: The Great Outdoors – California Edition

Get Outta Here!

Feeling the need for some fresh, cool ocean breezes?  Me too.

It's been hot the last couple of weeks here, and I've been dreaming of places to chill out.  So, with that in mind, I've thrown together a map with some of my favorite places in California; most on the coast, all guaranteed to delight.  Pack up the cooler with some refreshing cider, beer or a bottle of 2014 Weatherborne Pinot!  Bring some good food and of course good friends.  Or don't and just enjoy reading a nice book.  Either way, remember to get outside and enjoy the long summer days.  Cheers!


Stuck in LA

  • Silver Lake Meadow- Best picnic spot on the Eastside, bring a kite.

  • Victor Heights and Radio Hill- Nice viewpoints to watch the end of the day, for city lights too.

  • LA River Bike Path- 17 miles from Maywood to Long Beach. Start early to beat the heat and enjoy a well-deserved brew at Beachwood BBQ.


Central Coast

  • Point Mugu- Rest stop along the PCH, frequented by dolphins and whales.  Bring a boogie board to slide the dune just south of here.

  • Padaro Beach- Quiet, flat and sandy beach in Carpinteria.  Walk to the grill for some decent food and beers.

  • Hale Park- Nice spot for walking the dog or walking the human.

  • Via Alicia and Franceschi Park- Both have great views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands, on clear days.  Franceschi is a nice picnic spot, too.

  • Scorpion Camp and the Olive Grove- A quick getaway to Santa Cruz Island is the perfect respite.  Bring a big hat for the summer sun.

  • Saddle Rock- Best campsites in Big Sur.  Reserve well in advance and pack light.  It's a ten-minute walk from the car.


The Bay

  • Tank Hill- My favorite overlook in San Francisco.  Don't let the locals know that I told you about this.

  • Lands End- Super moody spot in the fog.  Pretty in the sun too.

  • Marin Headlands and the Pelican Inn- Go for a hike with views of WWII-era gun batteries and then enjoy a beer in an atmospheric pub, as close to a true British pub as you will find stateside. 

  • Sky Camp in Pt. Reyes- Great place to camp when you're backpacking around Pt. Reyes. Explore campgrounds.


Not a planner?

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