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Weekend Escapes for Southern Californians

Forty-eight hours of fun? You've got it. Here are weekend escapes that offer rest for the weary and restoration for the body and soul. Map

  • In Alpine, Calif., visit wild animals during day, poker table at night

    In Alpine, Calif., visit wild animals during day, poker table at night

    The hilly scrublands of the Cleveland National Forest, just east of San Diego, are home to the Lions, Tigers & Bears rescue sanctuary. Its 1 1/2-hour tour, by appointment only, is a well-spent $32 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and younger ([800] 979-3370, www.zerve.com/LionsTigers). Dedicated...

  • Templeton, Calif.: A different way to roll in a rustic haven

    Templeton, Calif.: A different way to roll in a rustic haven

    The unincorporated community of Templeton, Calif., just south of Paso Robles, is a secret worth discovering. Templeton was established in the late 1880s as the southern terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad and has had several iterations over the years: first as a railroad town, then as a farming...

  • A plunge into fun at San Diego's Mission Beach

    A plunge into fun at San Diego's Mission Beach

    Surfing, gawking and a ride on the Giant Dipper — all this and more await at San Diego's centennial-celebrating Mission Beach. Walk, skate or bike — it's the best way to get around.

  • Old West lives in Pioneertown

    Old West lives in Pioneertown

    Weekend Escape: The former western movie set near Joshua Tree has rustic charms while remaining peacefully disconnected from online world.

  • Palm Springs parties in the street at VillageFest

    Palm Springs parties in the street at VillageFest

    Weekend Escape: Grab some kettle corn or a gyro. Listen to music. Pet a pig. That and much more is part of the weekly Thursday evening event that draws throngs to Palm Canyon Drive.

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