We love L.A., but sometimes all that traffic and noise and hustle and bustle is just too much and we long for wide open spaces where you can hear yourself think and the air smells clean and fresh. Lucky for Angelenos there are a number of places within a 1 to 3 hour drive where someone can go to find peace and quiet and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here are five dream mini-vacations for your consideration, and we actually discovered one of these treasures during our last photoshoot for the Velvet Heart Fall 2016 look book.
SYCAMORE COVE STATE PARK: We booked the shoot at Sycamore Cove State Park at the northern edge of Malibu, though technically in Oxnard city limits. The beautiful stretch of pristine beach is bordered by craggy rock formations at either end with easy access and parking from Pacific Coast Highway. Picnic tables and barbeques are available for public use, so you can relax, dine, listen to waves and even spot the occasional whale passing by (we saw one!). This beach is a bit of heaven, and to be honest, we hope not too many people visit. It’s simply a bit of paradise. And if you get tired of the beach, just cross PCH and you have access to the Sycamore Canyon Park and miles of hiking trails. Something for everyone.
Photo by Michael Falco
VASQUEZ ROCKS PARK: If a more vigorous activity is your thing, drive about 40 miles north of L.A., off the 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce, and you’re in another world. The almost eerie formation of red, sandstone peaks that make up Vasquez Rocks Park, jut out from the earth like some prehistoric lizard crawling out of the sand. These rocks, formed thousands of years ago by one of those dreaded earthquakes along the San Andreas fault, are just waiting to be climbed. Reminder: wear sunscreen, proper shoes, a hat and bring water.READ MORE