La Casona, a beautiful ranch outside the city of Trinidad, is a prime location to spend three or four nights. The rooms are beautiful and the food is excellent; the pool and bar area overlook the valleys and hills of Trinidad. The owners are wonderful, friendly and helpful. Horseback ride or just explore Trinidad and nearby Cienfuegos.Read more
Experts offer tips on backpacking in Southern California, including local information and how to choose gear.
When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. (818) 703-5300.
John Muir Trail
Get advice on planning and preparing for thru-hiking the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.Read more
If you need any inspiration to visit national parks this summer, take a look at these winning photographs in the 2015 Share the Experience contest sponsored in part by the National Park Foundation. Many feature public lands in the West, making them a close-to-home destination.Read more
Every fall, the Canadian town of Churchill in Manitoba lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay to see hundreds of polar bears waiting for the bay to freeze so they can head out onto the ice to hunt for seals.
But summer is also a good time to visit.Read more
Big wave surfers aren't the only ones who face dangerous competitions on Oahu's North Shore. In mid-May, fire-knife jugglers will gather there to compete in an international contest of skill and artistry.Read more
The Wanderlust Festival, which features top-tier yoga classes, speakers and live music, will return to the Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe from July 14 to 17. The gathering also will include outdoor adventure activities such as hikes, kayaking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, photo treks and outdoor meditation.Read more