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Here are 8 summery SoCal day trips to take when you are ready

Head trail guide Cole Wade leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon in July 2019. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Head trail guide Cole Wade leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon in July 2019. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

One day, you will be ready to roam again — maybe not far, but in familiar territory. Here are eight places to start, all within a day’s drive of Los Angeles, some with overnight options, a few with beaches and one with that small-town feel.

Qualms? Just because they’re open now doesn’t mean you have to go today. In fact, state officials are still urging Californians to avoid nonessential trips.


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Fort Lauderdale ending program to house homeless in hotels this weekend

Shana Cartwright has been a calling the Rodeway Inn on State Road 84 home for the past two months.

Before that she had lived behind a McDonald’s and near the downtown public library in Fort Lauderdale, as a member of the city’s homeless population.

In May, in an effort to try stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, the city put up 72 people without homes in the Rodeway in Dania Beach and another area hotel. At the time, city leaders said it was inhumane for people to live on streets as a pandemic was gripping the world. But now

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The best hotels in Bournemouth

Victorian splendour awaits in Bournemouth: iStock
Victorian splendour awaits in Bournemouth: iStock

Bournemouth was a favourite seaside haunt of the Victorians, and today it’s still near the top of the list for Brits looking for a brilliant beach break when the sun is shining. Its wide, sweeping yellow soft-sand beach is the main draw, and the pier that slices down its centre offers a wonderful combination of classic seaside arcades and a modern adventure complex, complete with a zipline that lands on the sand and an indoor climbing centre.

Directly behind the seafront is the Lower Gardens, where a bandstand provides a jolly score to a

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As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips.

But because of a freeze on visas, Janet Demetri won’t be employing the 20 or so workers this summer. So as the crowds rush back, Demetri must work with nine employees for her restaurant and market — forcing her to shutter the business twice a week.

“It’s really disturbing because we are really busy,” said Demetri. “We can’t keep up once the doors are open.”


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