Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. This vast protected area in southern California is characterized by rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s Joshua trees, the park covers the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. Stay the night or enjoy a myriad of hiking trails for a day trip. Worth the trek!
Laguna Beach is a coastal city in Orange County, California, founded originally as an artitst colony. Known for its many art galleries and hosting Festival of the Aets and the Pageant of the Masters each year, you are sure to enjoy wandering this quaint beach town, its beaches & tide pools. Main Beach features a boardwalk and tons of al fresco restuarants. If you’re interested in surfing, Aliso Beach Park is a perfect spot! Be sure to exolore hiking trails through coastal canyons in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for the ultimate west coast views.
West of Los Angeles, California, Malibu is known for its celebrity homes and beaches, including Zuma Beach. For surfing, check out Lagoon State Beach, known as Surfrider Beach. Nearby is the Spanish Revival–style Adamson House, with local history displays in its Malibu Lagoon Museum. Inland, go hiking on trails through the canyons, waterfalls and grasslands in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Ojai is a small city in Ventura County, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Set in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains, there is a village-like center dotted with art galleries and New Age shops in the middle of the city. Los Padres National Forest is located nearby offering trails to hike or stroll on. Every year, the Ojai Music Festival features famed classical artists which is super fun to visit!.