coastal photo by Mani Salazar

This summer could lend to some wonderful excursions that are really just a road trip away – pretty much right in your own backyard. Challenge yourself to see how many California Adventures by Letter you have completed and then make a list of the ones you want to put on your agenda for this summer. Be sure to send us photos! Photos can be sent to



Appreciate the museums Balboa Park has to offer.

Be a tourist at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Climb Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet.

Drive the 17-Mile Drive of coastal paradise and stay for a while in Monterey.

Experience old fashioned fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Find seashells while walking along our local beaches. Make a summer 2013 seashell collection jar.

Go 282 feet below sea level by visiting Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.

Hollywood Bowl, one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the United States, invites you to take in the sounds throughout their Summer Concert Series.

It’s not just for the kids. Take a turn going down the waterslide or hopping off a diving board this summer.

Journey back in time and enjoy the authentic experience of staying aboard The Queen Mary, a one-of-a-kind 1930s transatlantic ocean liner docked in Long Beach.

Kick up your feet and relax while being completely unplugged.

Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake of the Sierra’s.  Go make a splash.

Make an appointment for surf lessons at a local beach and keep the appointment.

Navigate your way in a kayak through the La Jolla Caves or on a sailboat in Mission Bay.

Order a sensational breakfast while dining on the patio at “The Cottage,” one of La Jolla’s famed restaurants.

Pop up a tent in your own backyard for a “Backyard Campout.”

Quickly put your bathing suit on and head to the beach to catch some waves & rays. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Ride the Santa Monica Pier Carousel that dates back to 1922.

Snap some photos of the sea elephants after visiting Hearst Castle and San Simeon Beach.

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ultimate summer food fair can be had the last week of July at the 35th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

View Laguna Beach’s famous Pageant of the Masters that runs July through the end of August.

Wine taste your way through Temecula, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. Keep a log of your favorites.

XM Satellite Radio has well-priced subscriptions this summer. Join today to keep up on music, news, sports and entertainment during your road trip.

Yell and scream while riding on one of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 17 roller coasters.

Zip-line down Big Bear Mountain on one of their runs or, even closer – at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.