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Must Do highlights day trips, fun activities, and entertainment and recreation options every tourist and local of Southern California should check out. SoCal’s hidden gems, local secrets, unique finds and off-the beaten path venues will also be uncovered and explored.

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Camping With Your KiddosFeatured

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Camping is a great way to teach your kids the importance of the outdoors and to spend some quality time together. Ditch the technology, take in your surroundings, and become one with nature at these kid-friendly SoCal camping spots:   Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park One of two camping sites that can be reserved at Joshua Tree, Black Rock is a great place for family camping because of its beauty and accessibility. It is located on the edge of the park, and it lies within one of the thickest Joshua tree forests. It is ideal for RV camping, but also has amenities (showers and laundry) within five miles. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive desert tortoise and other desert creatures! Waking up for an early morning hike will be a truly breath-taking experience for the whole family as you watch the sun rise over the desert. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/black-rock-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70953   Crystal Cove State Park’s Moro Campground Who needs a white noise app when you can get the real thing at Moro Campground? Fall asleep and wake up to the beautiful sounds of the Pacific at this campground. You can enjoy the beauty…

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Stress Less on Your Next Family VacationFeatured

A vacation is all about getting away and taking a break from the pressures of daily life. Some smart planning and the use of handy travel apps can help ensure your next adventure is a stress-free success. Create a Travel Buffer When booking your trip, plan an extra day or two on the front and back ends of your travel itinerary. This provides you with optimal time to finalize preparations, organize your packing and avoid last-minute scrambles. On the return trip, the added day gives you some cushion so you don’t have to stress about getting back to work if there are travel delays. You’ll also have a chance to unpack, unwind and settle back into your home before diving back into your daily grind. Get Smart About Saving One easy way to take the stress out of vacation planning is to use digital resources to save time and money. An option like a sightseeing pass from Go City offers savings on attractions and activities. A single pass grants access to multiple iconic landmarks and unmissable experiences in more than 25 cities across four continents. For example, in San Antonio you can take advantage of a Natural Bridge Caverns discovery…

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4 Fall Activities to Explore in and Around LompocFeatured

Fall is an ideal time to tour Southern California. The temperatures drop a bit and the humidity backs off, making outdoor adventures more enjoyable. If you’re looking for fun weekend activities, look no further than Lompoc.  Whether you spend the day in historic Old Town or venture just outside the city borders into the sprawling hills of wine country, you have a variety of activities to choose from.  Consider these fall activities: Take a self-guided mural tour Head to Old Town, the historic heart of the city, to see 30+ murals that dot the roadsides. Some larger-than-life murals stretch across buildings while others liven up narrow alleyways.  Download the mural map before you go and park at the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce to kick off your tour. You’ll find about 20 murals near Art Alley, which is right near the parking lot.  Explore the murals, snap some photos, and then grab a drink and a quick bite at South Side Coffee Co. before you go.  Explore La Purisima Mission An estimated 200,000 visitors tour La Purisima Mission each year and with good reason. It is the most extensively restored mission in the state of California! With restored buildings, picnic facilities,…

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Westside Food, Wine & Spirits FestivalFeatured

Sunday October 23rd the Westside Food, Wine & Spirits Festival benefiting the Westside Food Bank returns to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Festivities will take place both inside the museum providing you an opportunity for photos with many of the classic autos along with more activities and attractions outside. There will be a tasty fun blend of food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, and more. This 7th edition of the festival will showcase a variety of Southern California’s best culinary talent, finest wines, and spirit makers. A variety of 25+ Restaurants, Caterers, Wine, Craft Spirits and Breweries, and Non-alcoholic drink exhibitors will be serving delectable samples. Gates open early for VIP entry at 1pm, 2pm for GA entry until 5pm. Your ticket also includes live music outside and DJ inside the ballroom, Complimentary Photo Booth & Caricature Drawings. Strolling Magic by Paul – the Psychic magician who reached the Semi-Finals of America’s Got Talent, Silent Auction, and Sponsors showcasing their products. Tickets: westsidefestivals.ticketsauce.com Use promo code “solcal” for discounted tickets! Follow our instagram and facebook pages for announcements on this years participating exhibitors and more @wfwinefestival

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OC’s Bucket List ChallengeFeatured

Immerse yourself in the ultimate Orange County vacation by exploring hot spots that the locals don’t want you to know about. Our bucket list has something for everyone from cruising scenic harbors, hiking to breath-taking vistas and getting sworn in as a pirate to discovering hidden restaurants and splashing around one of the longest water park lazy rivers.  1.)Drop 96 Degrees on California’s First Dive Coaster, HangTimeEnjoy over 30 exhilarating rides including the famous Timber Mountain Log Ride, visit the loveable Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang at Camp Snoopy and pan for gold at the only authentic 1880’s Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. 2.)Be a VIP at the West Coast’s Largest Shopping CenterSouth Coast Plaza is Southern California’s premier shopping destination and home to over 250 boutiques, personal shopping services and upscale amenities.  3.) Hike Past Ancient Oak GrovesIrvine Open Space Preserve invites visitors to hike past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops in Bommer Canyon; conquer the three-mile Orchard Hills loop for a breath-taking vista from Loma Ridge that consumes the coastal ridge; and explore Irvine’s southern wilderness via the Quail Hill Trail, the only trail that allows dogs. 4.) Cheer on Your Favorite KnightAt Medieval…

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GlampingFeatured

Gotta be honest: We’re not campers. Two small Jewish women from the city go camping sounds like the start of a joke or the end of a serial killing spree. I know, I know, stereotypes. But in this instance, they’re true. We don’t own a tent, or camp stove, or camping, well, anything, unless sleeping bags and hiking boots count. That said, one of us is otherwise a fan of waking up surrounded by nature and the other is a fan of comfortable accommodations that don’t require set up or clean up and allow the dog. In other words, glamping – glamorous + camping – was invented for semi-outdoorsy families like ours. Especially when it’s less than two hours from home, in southern California wine country, and surrounded by cute towns filled with shops we can meander during some seriously hot afternoons. We – that’s me, my 18-year-old daughter and our 12-pound pup – found our way easily from Los Angeles to Eco-Camps’ glampsite in Warner Springs, maybe 30 minutes southeast of Temecula, entered the combination to the lock on the gate to the property, parked the car, and hauled our luggage (I won’t embarrass myself by using the word…

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