Spotted in the news: 12 Ways to Enjoy an Endless Summer
Unadulterated natural beauty and nearly year-round warm weather just three hours from L.A.
Why Now: Despite having some 145 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world, this five-island archipelago just off the Southern California coast has stayed oddly under-the-radar (Channel Islands National Park ranks 41st out of the 59 designated national parks for visitation). It’s especially great in fall, when water temperatures can reach a comfortable 70 degrees for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and even swimming. Nature also gets into full swing in autumn as birds migrate and elephant seals arrive to mate.