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Greet a new day at Morro Rock in San Luis Obispo County

Los Angeles Times

We'll be adding to it daily all year. And we won't suggest an adventure unless one of the Travel section's staffers and contributors have tried it. What: More than 570 feet tall and 23 million years old, the rock is one of nine sisters -- nine volcanic peaks in San Luis Obispo County. Some can be climbed for nice views (including Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay State Park) -- but not this sister. You can't even walk all the way around her.



Get pumped up by the Amgen cycling tour of California. Then plan your own bike adventure with Morro Bay's new bike map

Los Angeles Times

For the second year in a row, riders in the Amgen Tour of California will buzz through Morro Bay on their way from Sacramento to Pasadena during the May cycling event. For anyone who wants to explore the coastal California town on two wheels, the city has created a free bike map that includes scenic street routes as well as mountain bike trails. The deal: The free map that details bike lanes, bike paths and bike routes is a good planning tool for those who love touring on two wheels. Follow the map to find a route along the Embarcadero and then out to the city's famed Morro Rock, which rises more than 500 feet. Or take a spin on a network of trails at Morro Bay State Park.


Six miles for Morro Bay is one of the state's most-alluring beach campgrounds

Los Angeles Times

The California Bucket List is your daily guide to essential California adventures, from easy to edgy. Check in every day for a new must-do adventure, each tried and tested by one of the Travel section's staffers and contributors. Montaña de Oro State Park is misty 1,400-foot bluffs, crashing waves and wildlife. If you're looking to hike California's craggy jawline, or for a moody place to paint, pack your favorite old sweater and head off to this dramatic beach campground. What: Montaña de Oro State Park is a half day's drive north of Los Angeles, near Morro Bay.


No plans for Memorial Day weekend? 5 great places to play, within 550 miles of L.A.

Los Angeles Times

The Sierra back country is still covered in snow, and landslides blocking parts of Highway 1 are still sliding. That means many high-elevation campsites in Yosemite and some coastal parks near Big Sur will remain inaccessible over Memorial Day weekend. Still, there are still plenty of other outdoor spots to enjoy. Here are five places in California to drive to for a nature fix during the holiday weekend. If you're ready for a road trip to Northern California, make sure you stop at Glass Beach in MacKerricher State Park.