Travel Guide to California

2017 Travel Guide to California

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26 2 0 1 7 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A Adrenaline Rush California's seashores and mountain summits provide inspiration to get outdoors and play BY BILL FINK The California ideal of sun, surf and sand has been popularized in decades of film and TV shows, from Beach Blanket Bingo to Baywatch. But visitors to California in the summer can discover even more of the state's natural beauty heading inland to majestic national parks. Sports Take a walk to the pier in Manhattan Beach in Southern California on any given day and you'll see surfers whipping around the waves, volleyball players diving in the sand, and bikers and skateboarders rolling along the Strand. Drive the hills near San Francisco on a sunny weekend afternoon, and in a matter of minutes you'll pass pelotons of road bikers, and hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers launching onto trailheads. In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, fleets of sailboats ride ocean breezes, while the wind powers kiteboarders and wind- surfers into acrobatics as mellow joggers and their dogs enjoy the spectacle from shoreline pathways. North and south, young and old, Californians love their sports, and the state provides limitless opportunities to ply your favorite or try a new one. SURFING AT HUNTINGTON BEACH A.K.A. Surf City USA, Huntington Beach draws surfers of all ages, above, into the water. The town in Orange County is known for its prominent pier that dates to 1904, its 9.5-mile long beach and beach culture. HUNTINGTON BEACH CVB. OPPOSITE: MARCI PARAVIA/SHUTTERSTOCK ; BEN FISH; MENDOCINO COUNTY CVB SUMMER SPORTS

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