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  • 41

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
    4.5
    142 reviews

    Ever want to go into the heart of darkness and take a Safari? But you don't exactly feel safe and settled due to the unrest that plagues Africa? Well you have a quasi solution right here in the States. Go to San Diego to the SD Wild Animal Park! It is set up much like an open plains savanna. They ...

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  • 42

    Castle Rock State Park

    Los Gatos, CA
    4
    12 reviews

    An easy to get to park on top of the mountain. Features many different rocks to climb, several easy-to-moderate hikes and lovely views. Limited camping is also available.

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  • 43

    Seaport Village

    849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    4.5
    121 reviews

    Seaport Village is a blend of San Diego laid-back culture mixed with LA's eclectic 3rd Street Promenade. Performers, tattoo artists, parrot keepers, and magicians dot the boardwalk and captivate tourists, while locals ignore them all and jog by in the beautiful sunshine. Horse-drawn carriages take you through the village if you so choose, while live jazz bands entertain visitors in ...

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  • 44

    San Clemente State Beach

    I-5 (Basilone Road), San Clemente, CA
    4.5
    3 reviews

    I absolutely love this place! the kids and I come up here to hike and then play in the water. It's my peaceful place to run away to.

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  • 45

    Angel Island State Park

    4.5
    45 reviews

    Take the day trip out here on the ferry. They leave mid-morning and cruise you right over. Bring walking shoes, something tasty to drink, and a picnic, and hike around to the side of the island facing the city. You will be rewarded with the most spectacular views of downtown, and there are a couple little beaches where you can ...

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  • 46

    Santa Monica State Beach

    Off Ocean Front, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    4.5
    83 reviews

    My guy and I decided to hit up the beach on the last week of December to soak up more of that nice hot sun! Guys, want to impressed a girl take her here and set up your own little picnic ..she will swoon. So simple but thoughtful! We got there around 3pm so it was actually starting

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  • 47

    Fisherman's Wharf

    The Embarcadero & Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
    4
    409 reviews

    I love spending the day on the Wharf. Cute shops, lots of food, fresh fish, and the people watching is spectacular! Make sure to wear your walking shoes. You can pick up all of your souvenirs here!

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  • 48

    Little Tokyo

    East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    4
    35 reviews

    Ok I have been hanging out in Little Tokyo a lot. However Everyone calls it Japan Town or just J-Town. Regardless, This is a gentrified area that is popping most of the time. I end up over here for a lot of fun, some great nightlife, and some great dining options. Literally it’s a very fun area to cruise around ...

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  • 49

    Baker Beach

    Bowley Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
    4.5
    82 reviews

    The hiking en route to the beach is almost as good as the beach. Almost. Baker Beach is a great spot to draw in the sand, listen to the Pacific, and bask under the glow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fantastic view and excellent swimming

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  • 50

    Venice Beach

    1905 Ocean Front Walk, CA
    4
    173 reviews

    I can't believe i don't come here more often, there is just so much to see ! Its a great place to go for a nice, simple date or just to go somewhere to clear your thoughts! Ive been to Venice a couple times before but I forgot about all the culture and the interesting community that Venice has to ...

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  • 51

    John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail Hike

    Begin at Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16)
    5
    24 reviews

    This is not a walk in the park but definitely worth it. It's less than a mile to get up to the bridge where you can see the falls but the way up there is pretty steep. Not only the view at the top is beautiful but also the way up is amazing, the only downside of this trail is ...

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  • 52

    Lower Yosemite Falls

    Yosemite National Park, California
    4.5
    33 reviews

    For those who want a nice stroll to a gorgeous view, it's a flat half-mile walk to the falls. You can do a loop and still end up near the tram stop. For those who are more adventurous and want an even better view, you can hike into the rocks to get closer to the bottom of the falls, where ...

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  • 53

    Lake Merritt

    4.5
    22 reviews

    Love this lake for a breath of fresh air on a sunny day. Nice 3-4 mile run or bike around. And an amazing outdoor yoga class every Sunday at 11am by the pillars!

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  • 54

    Mt. Woodson Trail

    14692 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, California
    5
    10 reviews

    long walk but worth it for the views an the photo of the "potato chip"

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  • 55

    Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

    17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, California
    5
    18 reviews

    The only stand of old growth redwoods in Sonoma County - this place is a wonder. 1300 year old trees stretching up to the sky! Located just a couple miles outside Guerneville. Best option is to park outside the park and walk in - the trail is beautiful and you can avoid the day use fee.

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  • 56

    Henry W. Coe State Park

    9000 E Dunne Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA
    4.5
    6 reviews

    California's second largest state park. It is rural and rugged. Surprisingly few visitors for being so close to a major population area. A rugged and scenic park with seemingly endless hiking and biking trails. Gets insanely hot in the summer yet the other seasons are wonderful. At the other extreme you could easily do a week-long or more expedition through ...

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  • 57

    Little Italy Farmer's Market

    580 W Date St (between Columbia St & India St) San Diego, CA 92101
    4.5
    44 reviews

    Two blocks down the street every Saturday, 9:00 - 2:00. Great produce and more, also live music, you will want to see this!

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  • 58

    Corona del Mar State Beach

    Ocean Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92625
    4.5
    19 reviews

    This is one of my all time favorite beachs. It is perfect to go have a bonfire at, or just spend the day with the kids playing in the surf and sand.The surf here is not great most of the time making it a great place for kids. The parking can get pricey and taken quickly, so if you want ...

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  • 59

    Redwood National and State Parks

    1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531-4123
    5
    25 reviews

    So many visits to this collection of NorCal parks over the years, and I'm still nowhere near done exploring. Many of the tallest trees on Earth have their roots sunk deep in the dirt here, breathing in the cool coastal fog and giving life to emerald mosses, calling forests birds, and a lot more wildlife. Lady Bird Johnson Grove is ...

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  • 60

    Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center

    4.5
    10 reviews

    New building. Wonderful book selection and info about the park

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