Road trips from Southern California: Los Angeles
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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Los Angeles area
Distance: 32 miles one-way
At this tucked-away cove beneath the cliffs of Palos Verdes, you won't find Zuma's crowds, even on a hot summer day, and that's probably because it takes a hike to get to it. It's ideal for tide pooling or lounging on the beach watching the gulls wheel overhead. No barbecues, fires or dogs are allowed. (310) 377-1222, www.palosverdes.com/rpv/recreationparks/AbaloneCoveShoreline/index.cfm.