written by Bradley O’Neill from the Discoverer
There’s no shortage of things to see and do, eat and drink in Los Angeles, but on occasion, it is nice to get away from the crowds, traffic, and Hollywood razzamatazz. Within a comfortable drive or boat ride are many excellent places to visit on day trips and keep your wanderlust alive and kicking.
Channel Islands National Park
Get offshore from the City of Angels at this chain of eight islands, which feature otherworldly landscapes and spectacular coastlines. On the five accessible islands are opportunities to go hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming. You’ll get the chance to spot blue dolphins, sea lions, whales and hundreds of exotic fish. Making the islands a true adventurers destination is the fact that there’s no services or lodgings, so you’ll have to bring your own food, drink, and tent if you want to stay overnight. Getting here is as simple as catching a passenger ferry from Ventura and Oxnard or you can catch a ride in a seaplane.