Local Outings

Day Trips

Day Trips

Read about places to go and things to see, near and far

A Conversation With

A Conversation With

Exclusive interviews with icons, leaders, and trailblazers

Off Ramp

Off Ramp

Showcasing images from the Auto Club of Southern California's archives

Day Trip: Camarillo

Day Trip: Camarillo

A mecca of bakeries, epicurean eateries, and down-home cafés

San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market

San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market

Party central for a gathering of friends

A Conversation With Lily Tomlin

Q&A: Lily Tomlin

Mastering mimicry, who makes her laugh, and her favorite SoCal spots

Day Trip Fullerton

Day Trip: Fullerton

A revitalized downtown, historic buildings, and abundance of restaurants

A Conversation With George Takei

Q&A: George Takei

On the musical Allegiance, founding a museum, and plans for turning 80

Belmont Shore

Day Trip: Belmont Shore’s Second Street

Great spots to unwind after a day on the sand

Little Tokyo

Return to Little Tokyo

Five old-time businesses that are still thriving

Westways Photo Contest

Westways Photo Contest

Winning entries from our 2016 photo contest

Westways Photo Contest

Westways Photo Contest

Additional entries from our 2016 photo contest

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo Centennial

The San Diego Zoo has long led the way on animal love

Southern California Car Clubs

Southern California Car Clubs

Satisfying nearly any automotive craving

Eagle Rock

Westways Photo Contest

Honorable mentions from our 2016 photo contest

The Musem of Neon Art

The Musem of Neon Art

A perfect fusion of chemistry, art, and capitalism

Snack-inspired products

Sweet Stuff

Check out these snack-inspired products

Camel Dairy

Camel Dairy

These hoofed creatures with toothy grins are gentle and friendly

Legoland California Resort

Legoland California Resort

Foods that go beyond standard theme-park fare

La Verne

Day Trip: La Verne

A church’s claim to fame, Old Town shopping, and Warehouse Pizza

Movie Madness

Movie Madness

Fifty film festivals in SoCal, from classics to indie flicks

Venice Beach

Day Trip: Venice Beach

Mod home goods, Muscle Beach, the Boardwalk, and artisanal ice cream

A Conversation With Jay Leno

Q&A: Jay Leno

A walking encyclopedia on cars and motorcycles

Forest Lawn-Glendale Memorial Park

Forest Lawn-Glendale Memorial Park

See some art and architecture in an unusual setting

Ballet Folklórico in San Diego


5 folklórico classes in San Diego

Artisan-Made Bags

Artisan-Made Bags

The most quintessential of travel accessories

Ghost Town Knott's Berry Farm

Theme Park News

Ghost Town in Knott’s Berry Farm turns 75 this year

Portable Coloring for Creative Adults

Portable Coloring for Creative Adults

Who says coloring books are only for kids?


Ganna Walska Lotusland

A 37-acre horticultural heaven tucked into the Montecito foothills


Town Touring

Find yourself in the middle of the little 2-acre town of Harmony

California's Wine Regions

California's Wine Regions

Two-wheel tours are a scenic and refreshing way to “sightsip”

Southern California Casinos

Southern California Casinos

SoCal American Indian casinos are a jackpot of leisure opportunities

Joyride Guru

Road Trip Tip

Check out the Joyride Guru series, Amazon Kindle e-books

Navigating with Maps

Navigating with Maps

Auto Club cartographer Bill Scharf offers map-savvy tips

Edna Harper's Topiary Garden

Free Fun

Edna Harper’s topiary garden offers a fanciful backdrop for selfies

Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

L.A.'s revamped museum features lots of car eye candy

Traveling with Aging Parents

Live Well

Helpful tips on traveling with aging parents

SoCal Designers

SoCal Designers

Get to know these hometown artisans making their mark on L.A.

San Clemente

Day Trip: San Clemente

A cultural center, eco-friendly shopping, and Nick’s comfort food


Day Trip: Oceanside

A farmers market, surf lore, and Petite Madeline Bakery and Bistro

Map-Themed Items

The Goods

Here are some of our favorite map-themed items

10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.

Fit Tip

Read 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.: 52 Walking Adventures

Pacific City


Going coastal at Pacific City, an oceanfront development

A Conversation With Kristin Chenoweth

Q&A: Kristin Chenoweth

The singer and actress chats about music and her favorite entertainers


Day Trip: Calabasas

Upscale shopping destinations and eateries

Solana Beach

Day Trip: Solana Beach

Dining, shopping, and rockin’ out in this under-the-radar city

Ties to the Old Country

Here and There

Some California cities have links to older European counterparts

Whale Watching

Sea Life

Whale watching sites along the West Coast from Alaska to Baja Mexico

A Conversation With Ken Burns

Q&A: Ken Burns

America’s favorite documentarian on his work and favorite filmmakers

A Conversation With Keanu Reeves

Q&A: Keanu Reeves

Why the actor is all revved up about his latest creation

Day Trip: Third and Fairfax

Day Trip: Third and Fairfax

Eat and shop yourself happy in Mid-City Los Angeles

San Pedro

Day Trip: San Pedro

Shops, maritime landmarks, and the Waterfront Red Car Line


Let's Go Camping

Our guide for beginners shows ways to embrace the great outdoors

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Theme Parks

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

A Conversation With Aisha Tyler

Q&A: Aisha Tyler

Comedian, actor, TV show host juggles a busy career

SoCal College Towns

SoCal College Towns

Back to school with four SoCal communities

Aquarium of the Pacific

Great Outdoors

See oceans of jellyfish at the Aquarium of the Pacific



Disney prepares to add the 14-acre Star Wars–themed land

Fall Foliage

Great Outdoors

California has one of the nation’s longest fall foliage seasons

Winter Show of Camellias

Botanical Gardens

Read about the blossoming camellias and their vibrant colors

Santa Catalina Island

Day Trip: Santa Catalina Island

An adventure tour, waterfront dining, and a plush new day spa

Westwood Village

Day Trip: Westwood Village

The Taiwan Academy, Geffen Playhouse, and a stellar cookie shop

Sierra Madre

Day Trip: Sierra Madre

Hiking in Bailey Canyon, good eats, and a family-friendly theater

Live Well: Sickness in Motion

Live Well

The reasons behind motion sickness and ways to deal with it

Citizen Science


Join the ranks of citizen scientists and collect real data

Camera Gear

Motion Pictures

Camera gear and high-tech ways to create memorable images

Breweries by Veterans

Hot List

Check out these breweries by veterans

Holiday Family Photo Tips

Holiday Family Photo Tips

Channel your energy into an unforgettable picture

A Conversation With Jamie Lee Curtis

Q & A: Jamie Lee Curtis

The author, actress, and L.A. native share her SoCal recommendations

Fall Garden

Fall Garden

Four cool events to visit in Southern California

Westways Photo Contest

Westways Photo Contest

Additional entries from our 2015 photo contest

Los Rios Historic District

Day Trip: Los Rios

A picturesque park, an original adobe house, and Ramos House Cafe

Q&A with the Director of the IMAX 3D Film National Parks Adventure

Big Screen

Q&A with the director of the IMAX 3D film National Parks Adventure

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

Book Tip

Learn about the story of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

A Walk With a Hawk

A Walk With a Hawk

An up-close experience with raptors at Sky Falconry

Palm Springs Windmill Tours

California Scene

Thousands of windmills dot the hills and valleys in Palm Springs

A Conversation With Roger Penske

Q&A: Roger Penske

The motor sports titan muses on self-driving cars and his best advice

Yoga for the Budget Conscious

Yoga for the Budget Conscious

Six places in Southern California to perfect your pose

Photo Contest Winners 2015

Photo Contest Winners 2015

See the top entries from around the state

A Conversation With Moby

Q&A: Moby

The music artist and newly minted restaurateur’s top L.A. vegan spots

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Explore California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside

Redondo Beach

Day Trip: Redondo Beach

Sea critters, cookware finds, and Locale 90’s nontraditional pizzas

A Conversation With Teemu Selänne

Q&A: Teemu Selänne

Hockey legend and restaurateur keeps busy even after retirement

Photo Contest Winners 2014

Photo Contest Winners 2014

See the top entries from around the state

Palm Springs

Day Trip: Palm Springs

Hiking trails, gallery hopping, and the King’s Highway diner at the Ace Hotel

A Conversation With Rita Wilson

Q&A: Rita Wilson

A nostalgic journey with the actress, producer, and singer

Westways Photo Contest

Westways Photo Contest

Additional entries from our 2014 photo contest

Ballet Folklórico in San Diego cultural guardians

Cultural Guardians

Keeping ballet folklórico swirling in San Diego

A Conversation With CCH Pounder

Q&A: CCH Pounder

TV and stage veteran talks about her new show NCIS: New Orleans


Little Mosquitoes, Big Trouble

Taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites

A Conversation With Linda Ronstadt

Q&A: Linda Ronstadt

The Queen of Rock muses on a scarcity of bittersweet songs

A Conversation With Vin Scully

Q&A: Vin Scully

Venerable Dodgers broadcaster returns for his 66th season in 2015

The Broad

The Broad

Honeycomb structure houses nearly 2,000 artworks

Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

A fun place to hang out, whether or not you skate

Live Well: Change in Time Zones

Live Well

Tips to help deal with a change in time zones

Santa Barbara Funk Zone

Santa Barbara Funk Zone

An eclectic mix of artisan shops, wine-tasting rooms, and microbreweries

Toast to Yoga

Toast to Yoga

Breweries across the country are rolling out yoga classes

A Conversation With Jake Shimabukuro

Q&A: Jake Shimabukuro

The ‘ukulele virtuoso on favorite musicians and fatherhood

Eagle Rock

Day Trip: Eagle Rock

Numerous family-owned businesses, shops, and restaurants

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Q&A: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Host of Nova Science Now and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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