Coastal California road trip

If you've made the drive to the Bay area from the Southland, you probably took Interstate 5. It's fast but lacks in scenery. This summer, take your time and cruise California's coast along Highways 1 and 101. You'll pass through picturesque destinations such as Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz. This route isn't recommended if you're prone to carsickness, as the roads can be winding.

Cost: About $300 for round trip gas

Info: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-roadtrips-page,0,7114926.htmlstory

Categories: Travel, Kids

—J.L.

Hsi Lai Temple

Find inner peace at His Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. This picturesque temple offers classes in meditation and Buddhism, which are available in English, as well as art exhibitions and tours. While you're there, have a vegetarian meal at the temple's dining hall.

Cost: Temple entry is free

Contact info: 3456 Glenmark Drive, Hacienda Heights; http://www.hsilai.org/

Categories: Kids, Entertainment, Arts & Culture

—J.L.

New Bev Cinema

You'll find David Lynch retrospectives and grind house specials at the New Beverly Cinema, where its program of classic, cult and foreign films are presented in 35mm.

Price: $8 for general admission double feature

Contact info: http://www.newbevcinema.com

Categories: Entertainment

—S.O.

Bike/walk the 6th Street Bridge

The historic 6th Street Bridge, with its signature steel arches, is slated to be because of an unusual decaying condition. Visit the landmark before it's gone forever. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-historic-river-bridge-20111119,0,887670.story