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Hike some of the Backbone
The Backbone Trail runs about 60 miles from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The Sierra Club was running the Backbone Trail Festival earlier this month, but that doesn't mean you can explore some yourself. Here's the beginners guide fro the National Park Service. For some other suggestions, Casey at Modern Hiker knows the area well.

Holiday Light Festival
There's one more week of vehicle free nights at the DWP Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park. Walk one-mile under and by 26 displays of light displays of the city skyline, Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and more.

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View the Stars Along with Jupiter, Venus and the Moon
And while at Griffith Park, head to the Griffith Observatory to check out Jupiter and Venus in the sky. They should "appear 2 degrees apart, which is about a finger width held out at arm's length," according to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine. More info can be found on our earlier post.