Santa Monica’s Top 5 Travel Experiences

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On The Move

Trying to avoid activity in sunny Santa Monica is futile, so be prepared. It’s an active lifestyle and soon the absence of a yoga mat in your hand shames you into a downward dog. Just ask Travel Contributor Raleigh Seldon; that is, if you can catch her.

1. Arguably the most pedestrian-friendly city in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area offers more than 80 trailheads for hikers to explore. Give your gams a workout on the week-long 67-mile Backbone Trail Trek. Or if you’re pressed for time, opt for the two-mile Sequit Loop. Trail maps of the area are available at the National Parks Service.

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2. No matter your fitness level, venturing out on the 22-mile bike path is pure joy. Visitors can rent bikes from beachside Perry’s. Hop on a Schwinn performance bike, a tandem or a tricycle. (Oh yeah, Raleigh’s mom, Dabble’ s Editor in Chief, used to meet up with friends at Perry’s, back in the day. It’s still cool.)

3. Duuuude, take surfing lessons and you’ll be hangin’ like a true Californian. Don’t expect to be carving backside 360’s on your first try, but you’ll still feel the stoke. The City of Santa Monica offers a list of authorized surf instructors.

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4. Did you say free? Santa Monica has a variety of events that are 100% free. Music fans will love Jazz on the Lawn, Sundays in August. Show up for free zumba lessons Saturday mornings on the 3rd floor dining deck at Santa Monica Place.

5. Sign up for the Amazing Santa Monica Race. Part scavenger hunt, part reality show, it begins 11:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Lace up your running shoes and let the games begin. Note: Start locations vary, get directions when you register.

For more about Santa Monica, visit: Dabble does Santa Monica, Issue 2 May/Jun 2011.

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