Places to See and Things to Do During Summer

Chen gives his insight on different exciting and enjoyable activities that one can look forward to in the summer.

Written by ALBERT CHEN / Published April 13, 2012  

It may seem far away right now, but summer will come before you know it. With no school, good weather, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, one should make plans for vacation and relaxation time early.

A popular place to visit during summer is a beach. Beaches are great places to enjoy the nice weather, spend time with friends, and get some exercise.

“The beach is very relaxing,” said Junior Pauline Chen, “It is a great escape from your daily stresses.”

The Santa Monica beach is a favorite of many people because of the bike paths, volleyball courts, and parks located all around the area.  The Santa Monica Pier also provides additional entertainment.  At the pier, there is a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, and several shops, which can keep both children and adults entertained.

Another outdoor destination is the Eaton Canyon Natural Area in Pasadena.  Its serene trail and beautiful scenery make it a great place to relax.  At the end of the trail, hikers are rewarded with a wonderful view of the Eaton Canyon Falls.

“It’s a nice place where you can connect with nature,” said junior David Tran, “You can hear the creek when you are hiking.”

The journey to the falls is around three and three quarters of a mile with little incline.

Another great hiking area is the Mt. Wilson Trail located in Sierra Madre.  It is a challenging hike with a steady slope, but it is well worth the effort.  The trail is well maintained and there is plenty of scenery to enjoy.  The entire trail is about 13 miles long and, like the Eaton Canyon trail, there is a small creek along the path.

If hiking and beach parties don’t sound appealing, there’s also the option of traveling even farther and seeing the piers of San Francisco, the expanse of the Death Valley, or the marvel of the California Coast.

Summer is also a good time to try something new, so it’s a good time to invest in internships, jobs, or driving lessons.

Remember, even if you have a lot of summer homework or SAT classes, there’s still time to relax.


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