Aquarium of the Pacific: Long Beach

The aquarium in Long Beach, California, is one of the largest aquariums in the United States, with more than 12,000 ocean animals and nearly 50 exhibits requiring more than a million gallons of Pacific seawater. With its sweeping, curving, wave-like architecture, the Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to emulate the ocean. It is the only aquarium in the world to focus solely on the Pacific Ocean.

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Looking for a good hike in OC? Try the scenic coastal wetlands in Newport Beach

Nestled in the center of busy streets, multi-million dollar homes and shopping malls is a small body of water that is teaming with life: the Newport Back Bay. The reserve encompasses the inland delta that connects the Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor.

SAM_4745-001The Upper Newport Bay (known by locals as ” The Back Bay”) is a large coastal wetland in Southern California and a major stopover for birds. Dozens of species, including endangered ones, can be observed here. The Preserve is a place that is a scenic way to view the Newport Bay and Newport Dunes away from the hustle and bustle of the Newport beach side resorts.

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Hiking in Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling, magical landscape; complete with massive jagged mountains, cliffs, and vast gorges that were formed over two million years ago.

Just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the park has over 4,000 acres, featuring hiking, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding opportunities. There are 15 miles of stream side trail through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes.

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Afraid Of hiking solo?

Hiking is one of the few activities where there is no shortage. There are countless mountains to conquer, waterfalls to see and views to take in.

Nature offers something that being indoors simply can’t. It is motivating to walk among the trees and tramp along the trails, focusing on nothing more than the path ahead. You notice the shape of broken tree branches, how a blade of grass reacts to the wind flowing through it, and how clouds form into shapes and images.

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The mysterious Ortega Highway: A dumping ground for serial killers

A scenic road winding through mountains, pine forests and pastoral valleys, connecting South County and Lake Elsinore, is a crucial link for commuters, and a weekend thrill ride for motorcyclists, and also a dumping ground used by criminals who wait for the cover of night. It is the stuff of mystery novels, a place where people with secrets push them over steep cliffs or bury them under a thick layer of brush.

The 44-mile Ortega Highway is a twisting two-lane stretch that connects Riverside and Orange counties via the Cleveland National Forest — and it has a killer reputation.

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The Pirate’s Tower

California’s Laguna Beach, usually brings to mind images of modern mansions and sunny, sandy shores, so finding a relatively hidden gem like this was exciting. It is quite hidden and hard to get to. First thing you have to accomplish is finding a parking space, and then you need to locate these isolated stairs that lead down to the secluded beach.

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The history of Crystal Cove State Park

Orange County may not be known for its hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures, but the free-spirited outdoorsman/woman knows much better. I’ve been exploring Orange County for two years and have never found myself unsatisfied by all of its opportunities.

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