Your Destination Guide to Los Angeles

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© Mike Finkelstein

We all know that, in LA, celebrities roam Rodeo Drive and socialites dance the night away on Sunset Boulevard. Newsflash: LA also boasts a plethora of recreational activities to get your hands dirty. Scuba diving in LA, check. Skydiving, check. Kayaking, check. Hang gliding, check. How about hiking up that adrenaline of yours by climbing some trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, or participating in one of the many marathons LA has to offer? Look past the glamour, and you will find tons of natural beauty in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles | Recreation

Beach Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Take advantage of the luminous southern California weather and hit some local beaches to enjoy a favorite California past time, beach volleyball. This sport originated in California, and since then has expanded worldwide.
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  • Biking
  • Escape the busy streets of Los Angeles and enter into the outdoor culture of Southern California where the weather almost always permits outdoor activities. Grab your bike and hit some of the many bike paths crossing the city's suburbs, parks and along the miles of beaches.
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  • Camping
  • The concrete jungle of Los Angeles suggests that no wide open spaces exist to enjoy the great outdoors. But this nasty tangle of freeway is exactly what makes the city so easy to escape. Drive a couple hours in any direction, and you turn the building to tree ratio upside down.
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Disc Golf
  • Disc Golf
  • Disc golf, if you've never heard of it, is exactly as it sounds. Similar to traditional golf, throwers attempt to sink a disc into a hole (usually a chain-link net) in the least number of...
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  • Fishing
  • You came to see the stars, but the fishing buff in your family may be more interested in seeing the starfish.
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  • Golfing
  • Ever wish you lived in an area where dust never had the opportunity to gather on your favorite set of golf clubs? With nearly perfect weather year-round and a wealth of world-class courses to choose from, Los Angeles is considered by many to be the golfing mecca of the Western United States.
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Hang Gliding
  • Hang Gliding
  • Many people come to Los Angeles with high hopes of meeting a celebrity, wanting to stand next to their favorite actor or actress, and touch the stars. While running in to Brad Pitt at Starbucks is a long shot, there is another way to get close to celestial bodies: hang gliding.
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  • Hiking
  • Driving down Melrose Blvd. in Los Angeles, it is hard to envision that the surrounding mountains are home to some of the most beloved Southern California hikes. The mountains across Los Angeles County are packed with hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult.
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  • Running
  • Whether your daily routine is to run five miles, or running is just a new found hobby, your mind is probably mulling over which route to conquer next. It's important to find a hospitable path where car fumes and crowds of hair-sprayed women walking Chihuahuas can be avoided.
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  • Skydiving
  • Ever feel so stressed out that you wish you could just free-fall for awhile? How about an accelerated free-fall from a plane flying 15,000 feet above the ground? This type of free-fall is the norm...
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