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Sitting, sunbathing allowed at Ventura County beaches, parks

Ventura County officials on Friday further eased restrictions at parks and beaches, allowing sitting and sunbathing after previously reserving those spaces for exercise only.

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10 Virtual Road Trips That’ll Inspire You to Plan Your Next Big Adventure

From the Ring Road in Iceland to the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

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Malibu cliffside home with its own ticket to ride lists for $125M

A Malibu home once owned by Kenny Rogers has listed for $125 million, the latest and priciest ultra-luxury property in the beachside community to hit the market in recent weeks. It also marks the fourth $100 million or more Los Angeles home now on the multiple listings service.

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California’s car camping getaways

It’s the mobile basecamp transporting you to hidden natural wonders, where time slows down and the only set schedule moves along on its own course. You’re just along for the ride because you chose to be there, making the drive with enough provisions to see you through on your car camping excursion. All you need is for happenstance to deliver, but when you put yourself out there into the unknown, expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride while soaking in the many surprises at some of California’s best car camping locales.

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Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals Beach

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals Beach is near Hearst Castle, San Simeon and Cambria and is one of the best things to do when driving the Pacific Coast Highway.

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These Lesser-Known Beaches In California Are So Much Better Than Santa Monica Or Venice

These lesser-known beaches have all the serenity and blissful beach vibes that their well-known counterparts do, with half the beach-goers.

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Bucket List Destinations For Families Traveling Through California

If you're hitting the road for a family vacay, these must-see stops in California are sure to help your family make memories for years to come.

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Long Beach looks to open streets for dining, recreation

Long Beach may soon allow restaurants and entertainment groups to use public streets, parking lots, sidewalks and other spaces as the city seeks ways to help businesses struggling financially in the wake of closures that began in mid-March.

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4 Famous Road Trips In America To Take After Lockdown

Nearly one-third of Americans plan to take at least one road trip in America this summer. This is according to GasBuddy, a travel and navigation app, which surveyed nearly 2,000 Gasbuddy members between April 30 to May 4, 2020.

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California allows bars to serve drinks outside

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in California has unveiled new relief measures for bars and restaurants, allowing them to serve alcohol on adjacent car parks and pavements.

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Seattle Hotels

Downtown Seattle hotels are near attractions and the waterfront. Hotel Vintage Park, Edgewater Inn, and Inn at Harbor Steps are tops for travelers.

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Amid Reopening Of LA County Beaches, Some Defy Orders To Wear Face Masks, Socially Distance

Despite the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases, crowds flocked to the beaches in Los Angeles County, which reopened for the first weekend since the stay-at-home order started. Along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, bumper-to-bumper traffic was visible.

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The 12 Best Road Trips in the US to Take This Summer

There's something about road trips that creates such a nostalgic feeling for me. Beautiful scenery, good company, happy tunes, and plenty of snacking are just some of the many things that make road tripping so awesome, and there's something profound about literally just driving away from it all to seek an adventure. And the US is packed with so many incredible road trips, so there really is something for everyone! Whether you're looking for a day trip or wanting to be out on the open road for a prolonged period of time, there are beautiful places both in your backyard and beyond, proving you don't have to get on a plane to have an epic vacation. So pack light, fill up your tank, and keep reading to discover your next road trip.

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Broken by Don Winslow

“Crime 101” is written from the point of view of the perpetrator. On the Pacific Coast Highway in California, a lone operator known as Davis is working the jewellery shops up and down the axis of Highway 101. He dresses as he fancies Steve McQueen would, and drives cars McQueen might have chosen. What follows when Davis picks on a courier carrying millions between San Diego and Del Mar is curiously lighthearted.

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Hotels Prepare to Open Following Restrictions

As summer approaches and travel plans have been affected by the global pandemic, some hotels are planning to reopen with caution and restrictions.

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Trails and Beaches Reopen With Restrictions in Place

Los Angeles County officials announced beaches would open for recreational uses—walking, running, swimming and surfing—on Wednesday, May 13, five days after hiking trails reopened countywide.

The beach reopening follows six weeks of closures to enforce social distancing and comes three weeks after a similar reopening was attempted—with success—in Ventura County.

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Surfers Flock To LA County Beaches As They Reopen For Active Use

Surfers flocked to Malibu and other Los Angeles County beaches Wednesday as they reopened for active use under phase one of the county’s plan.

Surfers and other beachgoers, who had been banned from the water for nearly two months, were happy to return for active use.

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County Line, Mugu beaches to reopen Wednesday; no sunbathing allowed

Beaches along Ventura County's south coast will reopen Wednesday but with some restrictions.

Mugu Beach, Sycamore Cove and County Line, all off Pacific Coast Highway, will be open for recreation on the sand and in the water. But sunbathing, sitting, gathering or any group activity won't be allowed.

Parking in lots and along the stretch of PCH also will remain closed.

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Yes, this is everything

I pulled out of my driveway and turned onto Pacific Coast Highway. The ocean has always had a way of calming me.

I sat on the bluffs and watched the sunset over the horizon. On evenings like these, you could see the outline of Santa Catalina Island, which sits about 30 miles off the coast, the Downtown Long Beach skyline and boats coming in and out of the port.

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California Road Trip: San Francisco To Los Angeles

The best kind of road trip features great scenery, and the road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Highway 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) certainly fits the bill -- it boasts fantastic coastal views, wine country, quaint towns, and much more.

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Some Trails Reopen in LA County: What You Should Know

On Saturday, May 9, hikers will be invited to return to many—but not all—trails around Los Angeles County that have been closed to help enforce social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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What It’s Like to Bike Down Pacific Coast Highway

Waking up in the morning to ride your bike down Pacific Coast Highway is a great getaway to explore cities and surround yourself in nature. On the morning of March 15, I woke up at 7:00 a.m. to get ready for a 55-mile bike ride down the coast to Crystal Cove.

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Ultimate Road Trips For BYU Fans To Watch Cougars, NFL In 2020

Cruise down Pacific Coast Highway to see the 49ers take on the Rams in the new $5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood up close and in person.

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Which beaches are open or closed? List of rules and info for the Southern California coast

You might want to leave the cooler, umbrella and beach blanket at home – the only way to enjoy the coast right now – if a beach is open – is to keep moving.

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Criterion Collection’s Best L.A. Films

For viewing audiences with refined tastes, The Criterion Collection offers a treasure trove of cinema history.A pioneer in the presentation of movie classics on home video dating back to the 1980s with its groundbreaking releases on laserdisc (remember those?), The Criterion Collection moved into the streaming world last year with The Criterion Channel. A curated selection of important high and lowbrow titles, their movies are also a great way to take a deep dive into the history of L.A. on celluloid.

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Hundreds of Classic Vehicles Converge on Huntington Beach

The third Covid Cruise brought custom Trucks and cars from all over SoCal

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Malibu History: Geranium Field of Dreams

A look back at one of Malibu’s striking images of old—the geranium farm in what’s now the Civic Center.

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Is your California beach closed? We're keeping track

Many beaches and parking lots along the California coast are temporarily closed to help contain crowds and the spread of COVID-19.

There are more than 1,500 beaches across the state’s 15 coastal counties. The California Coastal Commission has been allowing local officials to make case-by-case decisions, resulting in a mix of restrictions.

Currently, beaches in three counties are fully closed, and 12 counties are open with some restrictions. There are no counties whose beaches are fully open.

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Cops crack down on Pacific Coast Highway speeding

Policed agencies cited 186 drivers for speeding or having loud exhausts on Pacific Coast Highway in south Orange County during the weekend. The crackdown was prompted by incidents a week earlier when residents complained to authorities that motorists, some driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris, as well as motorcyclists were speeding through coastal towns, The Orange County Register reported.

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SHARK LESSONS 101 from Jim Serpa | Dana Wharf

Shark Lessons from retired Ranger Jim Serpa , a friend of Dana Wharf. This video was all about sharks. Jim Serpa is a 26 year veteran of California State Parks, 23 at Doheny and the last 13 as Doheny Supervising Ranger

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O.C. cracks down on speeding vehicles along Pacific Coast Highway

Orange County officials are cracking down on a growing number of speeding vehicles along the Pacific Coast Highway, with stricter enforcement that will last throughout the year.

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Take a La La Land Virtual Location Tour!

Join us for a La La Land Google Earth film location tour featuring acclaimed Location Managers from the film, Robert Foulkes and Tristan Daoussis. (Zoom Webinar)

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Malibu Beaches Calm During Heatwave Weekend

Back-up law enforcement and constant messaging kept potential crowds off of Malibu beaches this past weekend.

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Coping with Corona: Hoping to drive the PCH again

Every evening I take a ride around Luzerne County just to get out of my self-isolated home.

And yes, I practice social distancing — I don’t get out of my car.

I find a drive very therapeutic. I go places I haven’t been to in years and to places I have never left, like my old neighborhood in Plymouth.

There is great value in these drives. I see places and I remember good times.

Last night, I was looking at my wall of memories — the collages of pictures I have accumulated post-1972. One picture almost jumped off the wall at me.

That picture is attached to this column. It shows the coastline of California.

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Coronavirus continues to devastate LA County while nearby regions ease restrictions

As thousands of sun chasers crowded open beaches in Ventura and Orange counties over the weekend, Los Angeles County wrapped up a week in which the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus doubled.

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As a spring heat wave warms SoCal, restrictions on beaches continue

As temperatures rise in Los Angeles, authorities continue to urge the community to stay indoors this weekend to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many individuals are tempted to head to the beach, go hiking and visit seasonal flower fields such as the poppy fields in Antelope Valley as summer approaches.

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Some Californians defy stay-at-home order during hot weekend

A lingering heat wave lured people to California beaches, rivers and trails again Sunday, prompting warnings from officials that defiance of stay-at-home orders could reverse progress and bring the coronavirus surging back.

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Malibu To Rest Of SoCal: Please Don’t Come To Our Beaches, Help ‘Protect Our Seniors’

As a late April heatwave is likely to see crowds return to local beaches this weekend, one of Southern California’s most famous beach cities is saying “don’t do it”.

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Gray Whale Stunning Behavior with Dolphins

Stunning behavior of a Gray Whale captured on drone by Matt Larmand. As it it was gliding on its back playing with Pacific White Sided Dolphins.

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Morgan Evans Launches ‘The Highway 1 Sessions’ Docuseries

Morgan Evans will release a new docuseries titled The Highway 1 Sessions, which brings Evans’ fans along with him for a trip along California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

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What’s open and closed this week: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California

Southern Californians can still walk, hike and bike outdoors without violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. But public officials urge residents to stay home as much as possible and wear masks when they go out.

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City of Huntington Beach closes all metered parking along Pacific Coast Highway

Effective the evening of April 16th and until further notice, the City of Huntington Beach will close all metered parking along both sides of Pacific Coast Highway, in the interest of limiting beach visitations and promoting social distancing during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Previously, only beachside metered parking between 6th Street and Goldenwest Street had been closed to the public. However, those closures have now been extended throughout Pacific Coast Highway within City boundaries.

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Laguna Beach Inn and Spa

The Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa in Laguna Beach is right on the Pacific Coast Highway and has luxury rooms, a swimming pool, and real gourmet breakfasts.

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Hearst Castle Evening Tours

Hearst Castle Evening Tours are a magical way of visiting one of the best things to do along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Good Cheap Motels in San Diego

Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends good cheap motels in San Diego including Super-8, Motel 6, Travelodge and Days Inn.

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Florence Sea Lion Caves

The Florence Sea Lion Caves are one of the best wildlife attractions along the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Florence and south of Yachats.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is made easier with Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen, a good handbook for the west coast drive.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Two Days

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's advice on driving the Pacific Coast Highway in two days, including the best places to stay, and the best things to do and see.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Three Days

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's advice on driving the Pacific Coast Highway in three days, including the best places to stay, and the best things to do and see.

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  1. Sitting, sunbathing allowed at Ventura County beaches, parks

    May 30, 20 10:14 AM

    Ventura County officials on Friday further eased restrictions at parks and beaches, allowing sitting and sunbathing after previously reserving those spaces for exercise only.

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  2. 10 Virtual Road Trips That’ll Inspire You to Plan Your Next Big Adventure

    May 30, 20 10:14 AM

    From the Ring Road in Iceland to the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

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  3. Malibu cliffside home with its own ticket to ride lists for $125M

    May 29, 20 10:36 AM

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