Making up for our lost year: Here’s your guide to the best summer ever

Illustration of a night sky with fireworks lit up in the background and a yellow skyline of L.A. beneath.
C’mon L.A.! We’ve got a whole year to make up for.
(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)

This time last year, many of us were staring down the prospect of a summer spent largely indoors, fretting over masks and anxiously awaiting news on vaccines. So we’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for this summer.

Consider this your guide to creating the ultimate playlist to getting outdoors and celebrating.

There’s something for everyone, starting with our bucket list of the 40 best experiences you can have outdoors in California, period, and more than 100 summer travel ideas. Take your pick of things to do as you travel up and down the California coast camping, swimming, boating, hiking with your favorite two-legged and four-legged friends or just enjoying some peace and quiet in some of Southern California’s many public gardens.

If you want to stay closer to home, or are looking for some easy day trips or weekend getaways, here’s a guide to Catalina and Santa Barbara.

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Happy summering!