Find Adventure in Catalina

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As soon as Catalina Island comes into view, you’ll notice the unbelievably clear blue water, rugged cliffs, and colorful houses stacked on the hillside. Catalina is equal parts relaxation and adventure – you can sip a cocktail and read a good book on the beach, or dive into activities like snorkeling and parasailing. No trip to Catalina is complete without a least a few thrills, so pack in as much adventure as you can during your time on the island.

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Hotel Vista Del Mar

Hotel Vista Del Mar is just steps away from the beautiful waters of Catalina Island. Their Mediterranean-inspired rooms are elegantly decorated and feature stunning views of the ocean and the harbor. Hotel Vista Del Mar is centrally located close to many activities, and they offer fun amenities like nighttime milk and cookies. Go on an adventure with the Zip Line Adventure Package, which includes round-trip boat transportation to Catalina Island, a mid-week stay, and a Zip Line Eco Tour.

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Zip Line Eco Tour

Glide over treetops while admiring an ocean view on Catalina’s Zip Line Eco Tour. You’ll zip down 5 separate lines of all different lengths above a canyon in the hills of Catalina. Some lines are short and steep while others are long and linear, covering about 3/4ths of a mile total. In between lines, guides will teach you about the history and wildlife of the island.

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The Pancake Cottage

With an itinerary so full of adventures, you’ll need a few hearty meals. There’s no better place than The Pancake Cottage, a casual diner with a well-rounded menu that goes well beyond pancakes. Start your day off with some banana and chocolate chip pancakes, or stop in for lunch to refuel with their “Monte Cristo,” a French toast sandwich with melted jack cheese, ham, and turkey.

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Explore Catalina By Golf Cart

Most of Catalina’s restaurants and shops are clustered around the shore. To see more of the island, rent a golf cart for a few hours! Cars are restricted on the island, so many people use golf carts to get around. When you rent a cart, you’ll be able to venture up into the hills and see panoramic views of the town and the ocean. On your loop, you’ll drive out along the cliffs and ascend into the hills where you can choose to check out the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Stop to watch the zip liners along the way, head down to the pristine Descanso Beach Club, and then circle back into the main part of town. The golf carts are really the best way to see Catalina, not to mention they’re fun to drive!

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Catalina Casino

The Catalina Casino was built in glamorous Art Deco style in 1929. It’s remained an iconic landmark on Catalina, reflecting the island’s Old Hollywood past. On the lower level, the Avalon Theatre shows movies each night, but you’ll need to take a tour to see the entire casino. The Casino Walking Tour will show you Art Deco murals, the original pipe organ, a film on the building’s history, the famous Casino Ballroom and the Romance Promenade, where you’ll get incredible views of the ocean. For an even more intimate experience, choose the Behind the Scenes Tour, and you’ll see dressing rooms, green rooms, and editing rooms that were used by famous entertainers and Hollywood greats such as Errol Flynn and Cary Grant.

Go Green in LA | Los Angeles, California

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There’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood! With an eco-friendly culture, health-conscious restaurants, and plenty of ways to enjoy the city without a car, Los Angeles has a lot to offer for environmental enthusiasts. Here are the best Earth Day activities and events in L.A. to help you celebrate Mother Nature this month.

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Experience a seaside getaway at Oceana, a beautifully decorated Santa Monica hotel.

Oceana offers numerous complimentary amenities and activities to help you make the most of your Los Angeles vacation, starting with a welcome gift and glass of champagne. Take a surfing lesson, borrow a bike for a ride at the pier, go on a guided hike through the Santa Monica mountains, or attend their yoga classes. With daily organic breakfast and cold pressed juice, a private fitness class on the beach, and a souvenir Oceana exercise shirt, the Fitness Package will make your stay even more special.

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Experience Earth Day in L.A.

With multiple events across the city dedicated to educating and entertaining the public, Los Angeles is one of the best places to celebrate Earth Day. On April 15th in Pacific Park, the City of Glendale’s Earth Day 2017 will feature information on California gardening and zero waste, as well as a climbing wall, egg hunt, and carnival games. For seed planting and free food and drinks, head to LA Sanitation’s Earth Day LA 2017, happening April 22nd at Exposition Park. Manhattan Beach’s 25th Annual Earth Day, April 22nd at Polliwog Park, will have live entertainment and an Earth Day Exchange, where you can swap or donate clothing.

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Hike L.A.

What better way to celebrate Earth than spending some time in nature? Check out this list of L.A.’s best hikes and choose a few to take on. We like Escondido Canyon, a 4.2-mile round-trip hike that takes you to Escondido Falls, a 50-ft waterfall that cascades over mossy rocks. You can climb up to see more of the falls or take a dip in the pool below.

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Bike L.A.

Swap your car for a more environmentally friendly bike! Strike out on your own on one of these bike paths, or do the LA in a Day bike tour. It’s a 32-mile tour that takes you on Route 66 in West Hollywood and continues through Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, and Culver City. The tour includes all your gear, some snacks, and a souvenir water bottle. The tour lasts for about six hours, which includes multiple breaks and time for lunch.

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Coral Tree Café

Coral Tree Café serves amazing salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of coffees, teas, and juices. Because their Brentwood and Encino locations are Certified Green Restaurants® and they use organic and fair trade coffee, you’ll feel good about stopping by. Go for lunch and try the Curried Chicken Salad, a mix of grilled chicken, golden raisins, red onions, and carrots in a curry mayo served on organic greens with balsamic vinaigrette. You’ll want to pair it with a Moroccan Mint Latte, a mix of Moroccan Mint tea and honey steamed milk.