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California Summer Getaways

9 Great Places to Go in California in Summer

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Some places in California are great any time, but theses are especially nice to visit during Summer: June. July and August.

Downtown Los Angeles' Last Remaining Seats

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L.A. Conservancy's annual series of classic films screens in the historic theatres of downtown Los Angeles. For some, it's the only way you'll get to see their lavish interiors.

Lake County

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A trip to the lake is always a good summer activity, and you'll find Lake County refreshingly uncrowded.

Mendocino Coast

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Summer is wildflower season in Mendocino, making an already scenic coastline even more attractive.

Mount Lassen

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This northern California volcanic park is best visited in summer, before it gets covered in snow.

Pismo Beach

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For the iconic California summer beach atmosphere, you can't beat Pismo Beach.

Russian River

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Hiking and horseback riding in Armstrong Woods, water play along the river, bicycling on the back roads make the Russian River a fun summer getaway.

Sequoia High Sierra Camp

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This luxury, high country camp is only open in the summer.

Sequoia National Park

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John Muir called it a rival of Yosemite, but it's much less crowded than its sister park to the north. In summer, you can drive all the way down into Kings Canyon, which is by some measures the deepest canyon in North America.

Shooting Stars

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The Perseid meteor showers occur in mid August, with as many as 60 meteors per hour streaking through the sky. Death Valley, Big Sur, Mendocino and locations along Scenic Highway 395 are some of the best places to see it. Check the exact dates for this year.

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