The Secret Treasures Of Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park

You might not be aware that there exists a pristine stretch of Southern California coastline whose clear offshore waters have been designated as a Marine Conservation area. The mysterious location I’m referring to is Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County, California. Nestled in between the more popular beaches of Laguna and Newport, it’s easy to miss this rugged piece of land and sea. I’m a native of Southern California and even I am guilty of bypassing this beach. It was only recently that I visited this state park which consists of 3.2 miles of beach and 2400 acres of undeveloped woodlands. On my first real trip to Crystal Cove State Park, I realized just what a gem of coastal beauty it is. I was so excited to finally discover the many ways to enjoy both the beach and the backcountry of Crystal Cove.

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Hiking In Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Sure, everyone loves Las Vegas. But sometimes the noisy slot machines, stuff your face buffets, and dizzying nightclubs can wear you down. You might go for a jog or a quick dip in the pool to help break up the monotony of gambling, but what if you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy? I found a place where you can get all the nature time you want and it’s less than an hours drive from the Vegas Strip. I’m talking about a place called the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.

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