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Ultimate California Highway 1 road trip

Drive. Dine. Walk. Gawk. Find joy. Explore 735 gorgeous miles of the iconic road with these essential stops along the way

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Island idyll, Ventura
Lisa Vander Meulen

Island idyll, Ventura

Along the Southern California coast, you get tantalizing glimpses of islands floating on the horizon. Well, objects out the window are closer than they appear, especially Channel Islands National Park, where both Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands are within an hour’s catamaran ride on trips with Island Packers Cruises out of Ventura Harbor. You can take an island hike or a kayak trip, or you might spot blue  whales, massive summer visitors to Santa Barbara Channel. Channel Islands: nps.gov/chis. Island Packers: From $59; islandpackers.com. Channel Islands Kayak Center: From $54/day; cikayak.com.

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