Get Out­side and Play

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS -


Mam­moth Lakes in the eastern Sierra south­east of Yosemite is a hive of sum­mer ac­tiv­ity, whether it be or­ga­nized char­ity rides such as Bik­ing Against Can­cer, above, or in­di­vid­ual hik­ing, fish­ing, back­pack­ing or other out­door ad­ven­tures.

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.


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 wind­surfers 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.

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