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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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Big Bus Tours Launches in SoCal

Big Bus Tours, the world’s largest privately-owned operator of open-top sightseeing tours launched in Los Angeles, providing visitors with a premier introduction to the “City of Angels,” with entertaining commentary from live guides; a never-before-available experience in L.A. Technology advancements Big Bus Tours has implemented in the last few years, include a Free Big Bus Tours app with digital content to aid travelers plan their short stay, free on-board Wi-Fi, Real-Time Bus Tracking and the ability for customers to locate their nearest stop through the new mobile app. Big Bus Tours Los Angeles provides an expansive way for visitors to discover all that Los Angeles has to offer, with two comprehensive loops including the ‘Hollywood Loop’ and ‘Beach Loop’, covering over 20 hop-on hop-off stops for tourists to enjoy ‘must- see’ landmarks in the famous city. Customers can hop on and soak up the memorable storytelling from entertaining live guides or sit back and enjoy recorded commentary, available in 9 languages, while enjoying the views of the famous Hollywood Sign. With flexibility to hop off, visitors can delve into the LA lifestyle and explore the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive, or take in the laid back setting of Santa Monica…

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Close-To-Home Spring Break Escape

Spring Break might only be seven days long, but just one day in Little Tokyo provides endless possibilities for exploration and exposure to another culture without having to leave Los Angeles. With unlimited eateries, museums, exhibitions, and an outdoor walking retail district, Go Little Tokyo provides a convenient and budget-friendly adventure close to home. Experience an action-packed day of memorable experiences and immersive lessons suitable for kids and just as fun for adults and teens in tow. Go Little Tokyo presents a curated lesson plan of the top five reasons to Spring Break in one of LA’s most vibrant neighborhoods. ARTS & CULTURE: Japan LA, a boutique anime culture shop, provides an insider’s look into the crossover of Japanese and Los Angeles pop culture. Venture through aisles full of toys, apparel, and accessories, and discover the gallery in the back of the store showcasing the best in “kawaii” (cute) art from all over the world. Continue on an art walk and stop by the “Moon Beholders” mural located at the end of the Japanese American National Museum’s This larger than life mural by Katie Yamasaki is a hidden Instagram-worthy picture moment sure to make at-home friends jealous. ECONOMICS:Subtract the costs of hotel and travel fees from…

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The Best SoCal Strolls with a Stroller

By MacKenzie Miller   There is nothing like watching a child explore the natural world around them. Being able to teach a child about nature and bond with them while exercising their senses is one of the more amazing things to witness. Not to mention, getting out and moving with the little ones allows us to soak up the sun, get the blood flowing, and rejuvenate our muscles and minds. Luckily for us in Southern California, the California climate has provided us with ample places to do just that. Here are some favorite places to take the kiddos on a stroll and celebrate the moments we have with our toddlers before they grown up too fast.   Shoreline Park, Santa Barbara Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 564-5418 Sweeping views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the city, and the Santa Ynez Mountains on 14.6 acres of green grass to play on is what entices families to visit Shoreline Park. It appeals to all ages and is very stroller friendly. There are individual picnic areas with BBQ’s, group picnic areas, sidewalks, parks and benches, beach access, and playgrounds. During whale watching season, you can typically see the grey whale yearly…

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Santa Barbara Car Free 2019

Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to show their train tickets in Santa Barbara County and enjoy savings on fun experiences now through December 31, 2019. The new 2019 “Take the Train” offer features specials on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets, bicycling, sailing cruises, wine tasting, dining, shopping, museum and zoo visits, as well as hotel savings.  “Cars contribute significantly to air pollution, and visitors to our area can help improve air quality by taking the train into town instead of driving,” said Lyz Hoffman, of Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, which coordinates the award-winning Car Free program. “It’s easy and relaxing to explore our area without your car.” Complete details at https://www.santabarbaracarfree.org/2019-car-free-experience/   Santa Barbara Car Free travelers can save 20% on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® for travel to or from the following Santa Barbara County train stations: Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta (UCSB), Lompoc-Surf and Guadalupe (plus associated Amtrak thruway buses to Solvang, Santa Maria and Buellton). Tickets must be purchased three days in advance (certain restrictions apply) at: https://www.santabarbaracarfree.org/train/   Through December 31, 2019, travelers to Santa Barbara can show their Amtrak tickets (paper, e-ticket, or mobile device) at the following attractions and activities for special savings and experiences: Ø  Adventure Company of Santa…

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SoCal’s Seductive Sunsets

By Lisa Kestenbaum When it comes to sunsets, Southern California boasts some of the best. From the peaks of the Palisades to the dunes of Dana Point, there are countless places to catch the last bits of light. But what’s better than gazing at the glow of the setting sun than doing it with your special someone? Here, we’ve curated a list of locations that we not only consider fantastic for sunset viewing, but some of the most romantic, too. Pick your destination and dash out with your darling to one of these top spots. One of Santa Barbara’s few west-facing strands, Butterfly Beach beckons locals and lovers to its shore. Nestled in front of the luxurious Four Seasons Biltmore hotel, this narrow strip of beach offers the perfect spot to wind down after a day in the waves or spent wandering through this sleepy Southern California town. Or better yet, make one of the many tasting rooms in Santa Barbara an afternoon stop before you settle in with your toes in the sand and hands intertwined. And don’t worry about it being too crowded – while most of the area’s beaches are full of families and tourists, Butterfly Beach…

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Book Review: National Geographic’s Almanac 2019

By Kimberly Schmidt   To all you weary-eyed holiday warriors—the National Geographic Almanac 2019 is hot off the press and it’s the first-ever edition for adults! That’s right, now we can stop pretending to know as much as the Nat Geo almanac-reading kids in our lives and respond to their trivia with some dignity.   National Geographic is doing what it does best—delivering cutting-edge information to help us rekindle a childlike wonder and, ultimately, try to make this world and our short lives on this magnificent mote of dust a little bit better.   This 400-page gem is jam-packed with innovative research in chapters like Exploration & Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, Life on Earth, The Science of Us, Yesterday to Tomorrow, and Our World. You’ll find section quizzes, infographics, timelines, and exquisite photography. And folks…these new discoveries are MIND-BLOWING.     Also included, travel guides for bucket-list destinations (including SoCal’s own Pacific Coast Highway), iconic must-visit National Parks, plus food recommendations, and tips on eco-friendly exploration.   In our busy adult lives, we don’t have time to dive too deep into the subjects that we love but National Geographic knows this. That’s why each topic is condensed to 1-2…

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