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Traveler Surf Club Coastal Outpost    The 1,200-square-foot space, located steps from Linda Mar, offers members board storage, lockers, showers, and a sauna. There’s also a retail component stocked with apparel and surfboards from California shapers, and rentals and lessons are available even to nonmembers. “We originally imagined this as a place to rinse off, store your board, check your email in the backyard,” says Cox. “But it’s evolved into a real community.”

Surf Clubs Are Having a Moment—These Are the Best in the West

Traveler Surf Club Coastal Outpost The 1,200-square-foot space, located steps from Linda Mar, offers members board storage, lockers, showers, and a sauna. There’s also a retail component stocked with apparel and surfboards from California shapers, and rentals and lessons are available even to nonmembers. “We originally imagined this as a place to rinse off, store your board, check your email in the backyard,” says Cox. “But it’s evolved into a real community.”

Oceanside to La Jolla    The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California    An alternative to backpacking, inn-to-inn hiking lets you spend your days in the great outdoors—and your nights in a comfortable bed.

The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California - Sunset Magazine

Oceanside to La Jolla The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California An alternative to backpacking, inn-to-inn hiking lets you spend your days in the great outdoors—and your nights in a comfortable bed.

Newport Beach to San Clemente    The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California    An alternative to backpacking, inn-to-inn hiking lets you spend your days in the great outdoors—and your nights in a comfortable bed.

The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California - Sunset Magazine

Newport Beach to San Clemente The Best Inn-to-Inn Hikes in California An alternative to backpacking, inn-to-inn hiking lets you spend your days in the great outdoors—and your nights in a comfortable bed.

William Heise County Park, near Julian, CA    This dog-friendly camp in the Cuyamaca Mountains offers 103 sites and 14 cute wooden cabins nestled in an oak grove, plusnumerous hiking trails. You and Fido can walk a 2.5-mile loop to Glen’s View, where the vista stretches from the Anza-Borrego Desert to the Pacific Ocean. Afterward, head into Julian for a slice of apple pie.

Best Fall Camping Sites

William Heise County Park, near Julian, CA This dog-friendly camp in the Cuyamaca Mountains offers 103 sites and 14 cute wooden cabins nestled in an oak grove, plusnumerous hiking trails. You and Fido can walk a 2.5-mile loop to Glen’s View, where the vista stretches from the Anza-Borrego Desert to the Pacific Ocean. Afterward, head into Julian for a slice of apple pie.

Moro Campground    Unzip the tent for stunning views of the Pacific from a bluff-top site. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the ocean, head inland in the morning for 17 miles of trails through the canyons and gentle rolling hills before cooling off back at the beach. Sites 51–60 are perched above 3.2 miles of pristine sand. From $55; crystalcovestatepark.com

Best Beach Camping Spots Across the West to Book Now

Moro Campground Unzip the tent for stunning views of the Pacific from a bluff-top site. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the ocean, head inland in the morning for 17 miles of trails through the canyons and gentle rolling hills before cooling off back at the beach. Sites 51–60 are perched above 3.2 miles of pristine sand. From $55; crystalcovestatepark.com

Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park    Watch a desert sunset or a dazzling star show from the top of a massive boulder, then crawl into your sleeping bag when the night turns cool. The gargantuan rocks also provide a cozy sense of privacy for most of the 31 sites. During the day, take the strenuous hike to Ryan Mountain’s view-filled summit or visit the ruins of the 1890s Ryan Ranch.

Best Fall Camping Sites

Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park Watch a desert sunset or a dazzling star show from the top of a massive boulder, then crawl into your sleeping bag when the night turns cool. The gargantuan rocks also provide a cozy sense of privacy for most of the 31 sites. During the day, take the strenuous hike to Ryan Mountain’s view-filled summit or visit the ruins of the 1890s Ryan Ranch.

Mesquite Spring Campground, Death Valley National Park    For a desert adventure without the crowds, head to Mesquite Spring in Grapevine Canyon. This 30-site camp is ideally situated for visiting the 32,000-square-foot mansion known as Scotty’s Castle, the 600-foot-deep abyss at Ubehebe Crater, and the strange moving rocks at the Racetrack Playa. Distances here are vast and services few, so triple-check your packing list.

Best Fall Camping Sites

Mesquite Spring Campground, Death Valley National Park For a desert adventure without the crowds, head to Mesquite Spring in Grapevine Canyon. This 30-site camp is ideally situated for visiting the 32,000-square-foot mansion known as Scotty’s Castle, the 600-foot-deep abyss at Ubehebe Crater, and the strange moving rocks at the Racetrack Playa. Distances here are vast and services few, so triple-check your packing list.

Amboy Crater, San Bernardino County    Sleep alongside an extinct volcano in the Mojave Desert. The area has some shade, but it’s best to camp here when the weather is mild. In the summer, temperatures easily break 100 degrees. No potable water; vault toilets; blm.gov

Best Free Camping Sites

Amboy Crater, San Bernardino County Sleep alongside an extinct volcano in the Mojave Desert. The area has some shade, but it’s best to camp here when the weather is mild. In the summer, temperatures easily break 100 degrees. No potable water; vault toilets; blm.gov

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden    There are 200 peafowl, all descended from a flock brought here in the 1880s, roaming the grounds, and the peacock proves a perfect symbol for this dazzling showstopper. The Rose Garden, replete with picturesque pergolas and arbors, is planted with heritage varieties and selections from English rose breeder David Austin. Book online for a tour of the 1885 Queen Anne Cottage on Baldwin Lake (Fridays and Saturdays only).

Favorite Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden There are 200 peafowl, all descended from a flock brought here in the 1880s, roaming the grounds, and the peacock proves a perfect symbol for this dazzling showstopper. The Rose Garden, replete with picturesque pergolas and arbors, is planted with heritage varieties and selections from English rose breeder David Austin. Book online for a tour of the 1885 Queen Anne Cottage on Baldwin Lake (Fridays and Saturdays only).

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens    The West’s extraordinary botanical gardens are more than just pretty flowers. Yes, they are beautiful—with riotous rose gardens, showstopping magnolias, resplendent rhododendrons. They range from deep explorations of desert flora to long looks at tropical luxuriance.

Favorite Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens The West’s extraordinary botanical gardens are more than just pretty flowers. Yes, they are beautiful—with riotous rose gardens, showstopping magnolias, resplendent rhododendrons. They range from deep explorations of desert flora to long looks at tropical luxuriance.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden    Head right to the garden’s signature Western Meadow. Admire the carpet of wildflowers and then lift your eyes to take in the magnificent oaks and the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond. Stroll across Mission Dam, which was built in 1807 and provided water to Mission Santa Barbara for more than 100 years. Don’t miss the Home Demonstration Garden with its wonderful display of drought-resistant plants.

Favorite Botanical Gardens

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Head right to the garden’s signature Western Meadow. Admire the carpet of wildflowers and then lift your eyes to take in the magnificent oaks and the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond. Stroll across Mission Dam, which was built in 1807 and provided water to Mission Santa Barbara for more than 100 years. Don’t miss the Home Demonstration Garden with its wonderful display of drought-resistant plants.

Caffeinate & Craft  It’s not often you can grab coffee and craft supplies under one roof. Perk up with a perfect pour-over or yummy pastry, including vegan and gluten-free options, at Beacon Coffee Company.

Ojai, CA's Must-Visit Local Gems

Caffeinate & Craft It’s not often you can grab coffee and craft supplies under one roof. Perk up with a perfect pour-over or yummy pastry, including vegan and gluten-free options, at Beacon Coffee Company.

Get Your Picnic Fix  Part picnic provisions shop, part wine bar, and oh so charming, Tipple & Ramble is a place where you can shop and sip in style. Stock up on barware, blankets, picnic baskets, retro games, and gourmet snacks and then stay for a cheese, charcuterie, or mezze board paired with a glass of bubbly or rosé on their picture-perfect patio--a lush setting complete with hammocks and a vintage trailer.

Ojai, CA's Must-Visit Local Gems

Get Your Picnic Fix Part picnic provisions shop, part wine bar, and oh so charming, Tipple & Ramble is a place where you can shop and sip in style. Stock up on barware, blankets, picnic baskets, retro games, and gourmet snacks and then stay for a cheese, charcuterie, or mezze board paired with a glass of bubbly or rosé on their picture-perfect patio--a lush setting complete with hammocks and a vintage trailer.

Dine Outside  Ojai weather is made for al fresco eating, and The Nest of Ojai is a prime place for patio noshing and people watching.

Ojai, CA's Must-Visit Local Gems

Dine Outside Ojai weather is made for al fresco eating, and The Nest of Ojai is a prime place for patio noshing and people watching.

Tap into Your Creative Juices  One of the only authentic art studios at a resort, the hacienda-style Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Artist Cottage & Apothecary offers an array of creative classes to encourage artistic self-discovery

Ojai, CA's Must-Visit Local Gems

Tap into Your Creative Juices One of the only authentic art studios at a resort, the hacienda-style Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Artist Cottage & Apothecary offers an array of creative classes to encourage artistic self-discovery

Book a Retro Sleep  We’re not sure what we love most about The Ojai Rancho Inn, a converted 1950s roadside motel: the rustically chic rooms featuring tie-dye curtains and original artwork; the Insta-worthy pool complete with bocce ball, sauna, and hammocks; or Chief’s Peak(pictured), the hotel bar that serves up soju cocktails, boozy kombucha, and beer.

Ojai, CA's Must-Visit Local Gems

Book a Retro Sleep We’re not sure what we love most about The Ojai Rancho Inn, a converted 1950s roadside motel: the rustically chic rooms featuring tie-dye curtains and original artwork; the Insta-worthy pool complete with bocce ball, sauna, and hammocks; or Chief’s Peak(pictured), the hotel bar that serves up soju cocktails, boozy kombucha, and beer.