By Deb Flomberg
One of the best things about California is the huge variety of natural areas. You can enjoy deserts, beaches, forests and mountains – all within a few hours of each other. It’s a natural distinction that really only the great state of California can offer. As you are planning your summertime outings, consider a weekend trip to the Angeles National Forest for lots of fun in the bright summer sun.
Plan a camping weekend for the family. There are a lot of great campsites at the Angeles National Forest on a first come, first served basis. You can even bring along your dog and make it a true family vacation. Once you’ve set up your tent and prepared your camping area, it is time to go out and explore. With 557 miles of hiking trails, you can find lots of great terrain for every hiking ability. Or visit some of the many different stables and rent some horses to enjoy the trails on horseback.
If fishing is more your speed, then visit one of the many different areas of the forest for shoreline and boat fishing. Make sure to bring your license, and enjoy the well-stocked fishing areas. You can even go hunting in the Angeles National Forest, as long as it is during hunting season and as long as you follow all the posted rules and regulations.
One of the best ways to enjoy Angeles National Forest, however, is to grab your family and just go for a picnic in the forest. There are a huge number of picnic sites scattered through the area, offering picnic tables and so many scenic spots to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty surrounding you. A few of the picnic spots are closed in the winter, but the vast majority are open year-round.
A memorable weekend camping trip for the family deserves a great way to get there. Make sure you take the ML63 AMG SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll need all the great storage space of the SUV to fit all your camping, hiking and fishing gear, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the drive and arrive in the style that Mercedes-Benz provides.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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