Many southern Californians, like myself, overlook the treasure surrounding us.  Perhaps we spend so much time in traffic we forget what it is like to spend a day in the wilderness.  Maybe the smog induces lethargy.  Whatever the reason now is a great time to visit the treasure trove of local landmarks in our backyard.

I recently struck gold scouring through a friend’s yard sale when I found a book called “Where Can We Go This Weekend?”.  The book lists travel adventures in Southern California.  Chocked full of destinations the book invigorated my desire to visit landmarks like the La Brea Tar Pits, the Huntington Library and more.

Here’s a list of the trips I want to make:
 - Hike Mt. Whitney
Visit Planes of Fame museum in Chino
Visit London Bridge near Havasu
Explore ghost towns of Bodie & Bridgeport
See Devil’s Post Pile and Mono Lake
Visit the La Brea Tar Pits
Raft Piru Creek
Cruise down Muhullond Drive
Visit the Huntington Library
Visit the Griffith Observatory

The “stay-cation” makes a lot of sense these days so check out some great options near you.  Now is a great time to visit the destinations around us.