52 GREAT WEEKEND ESCAPES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA By RAY BANGS 2004 - A weekend in Southern California will never be the same. Swim with sharks off Rancho Palos Verdes, star gaze at the Palomar & Griffth Observatories, cave in Boyden Cavern, spin the wheels at Drivetech Auto Racing School, and explore a kelp forest while wreck diving the Channel Islands.
Escape the routine and recharge your soul with 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California. Ideal for both residents and visitors, this well-organized guidebook provides a year’s worth of great short escapes for adventurers of every age, budget, and skill level.
Organized by season and difficulty level, from relaxing to extreme, each thoroughly researched escape includes everything you need to know to get the most out of your experience. You’ll find directions and maps, the names of top-notch tour operators and outfitters, and detailed descriptions of each great escape—so you'll always arrive at your destination prepared. And while each escape can be completed in one weekend, all are loaded with ways to stretch your stay.
So whether you’re flying solo or have a family in tow, get off the couch, out the door, and into the great wide open with 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Southern California.
Spring: Bicycle past Lompoc’s flower fields or hang glide above the coast
Summer: Relax at Venice Beach or hang ten at surf school
Fall: Take a balloon ride over grape country or dive the Channel Islands
Winter: Snow camp at Mount San Jacinto or swim with the sharks