Summer Travel 2018: Get Out & Get Lost

Photo by Richie Beckman

Welcome to OC Weekly’s third annual Summer Travel Guide! This year, we came up with a road-trip theme and attempted to focus on places within driving distance of Orange County. But then we realized that would rule out Catalina, one of the best local getaways in Southern California. And then our maniac theater critic Joel Beers decided he wanted to fly to someplace literally on fire, so suddenly Hawaii’s Big Island became part of the package. In these pages, you will find a plethora of beautiful photographs and well-curated essays by our diverse team of writers. Each story will expertly guide you out of Orange County in every conceivable direction, from desert hideaways and rural retreats to the wineries and gustatory delights of coastal California, from Phoenix and Tuscon to Park City and beyond. Enjoy the read—and then get lost!

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION:

Photo and design by Richie Beckman

Austin, Texas. By Nate Jackson
Deep Creek Hot Springs. By Mary Carreon
Vintage Las Vegas. By Taylor Hamby
Salinas and Monterey. By Dave Barton
Phoenix, Arizona. By Matt Coker
Santa Barbara. By Nick Schou
Santa Ynez Valley. By Anne Marie Panoringan
Lake Tahoe. By Matt Coker
Tucson, Arizona. By Patrice Marsters
Utah. By Aimee Murillo
Las Vegas museums. By Aimee Murillo
Encinitas. By Lisa Black
Catalina. By Cynthia Rebolledo
Hawaii. By Joel Beers

Award-winning investigative journalist Nick Schou is Editor of OC Weekly. He is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb (Nation Books 2006), which provided the basis for the 2014 Focus Features release starring Jeremy Renner and the L.A. Times-bestseller Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love’s Quest to bring Peace, Love and Acid to the World, (Thomas Dunne 2009). He is also the author of The Weed Runners (2013) and Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (2016).

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