use this guide to choose your travel options for a trip to la and southern california.
pick and choose: part 1
If you're planning to visit Los Angeles, or you live and work here and want some ideas on how to get out and play, then plan a travel strategy with these tips and advice.
My first trip to Los Angeles happened when I was in kindergarten. We flew TWA and the airline had thick curtains that you pulled across the windows. On the return flight to Pittsburgh, I sat next to Frank Gorshin. Know him? He played Joker on the Batman TV series. Yikes! That was a while ago.
Visiting Disneyland and the It's a Small World ride still rings in my mind. The music and lights were magical.
Since living here, I've come to realize that Los Angeles and Southern California travel is more than theme parks and beaches. It's an enormous area and taking time to plan a bit in advance on what to see can leave you feeling satisfied, like you've had a taste of the area.
My travel advice to Los Angeles is divide and conquer, or treat the area like it's a buffet. Let's start with a list of our options.
so cal's mountains: part 2 (in progress)
The header image on the Play landing page is a favorite of mine taken on a hiking trail by Fawnskin, the little town on the southwest side of Big Bear Lake.
Visitors to LA and those of us who grind out a daily commute may forget there are worlds in the San Gabriel Mountains and Santa Monica Mountains that often go unexplored.
See Mount Wilson, a mile high with an array of communication towers and an observatory; camping; hiking trails where you can see south to the LA basin and north to the High Desert; wildflowers, streams, and a sense that you've gotten away even though you're only an hour from the second-most populated city in the United States.
Getting to new heights above LA is easy. (On pause. More to come.)
Above: Mulholland Drive off Cahuenga is one of the great places to see city lights.