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Bridge to Nowhere

Camp Bonita Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91702

Few hikes in Southern California make one feel as intrepid as the five-mile haul to the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Burn 60

159-161 S. Barrington Pl., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-476-5656

When celebrity trainers Valerie Waters (Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel) and Teddy Bass (Alicia Keys, Lucy Liu) think their clients could use some extra cardio, they send them to Burn 60…

Website: http://burn60.com/

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Canyon Beachwear

106 Entrada Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90402

310-459-5070

At Canyon Beachwear, moms and daughters can get suited up in classic silhouettes from Anne Cole…

Website: http://www.canyonbeachwear.com

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Chick’s Sporting Goods

770 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90245

310-726-9123

More than 400 baseball bats hang from the racks of Chick’s Sporting Goods, their handles up and barrels down…

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Cove Paddle Fitness

23823 Malibu Road, Malibu, CA, 90265

310-429-2058

A choppy ocean can be intimidating, but Tyler Lennon of Malibu-based Cove Paddle Fitness instills confidence with a combination of unwavering attention and skillful teaching

Website: http://www.covepaddlefitness.com

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Doll Factory

1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Roller derby is a sport in which tough, smokin’ women circle a ring on skates—gracefully yet guerrilla-like—and plow into one another…

Website: http://derbydolls.com/

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Douglas Park

2439 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90403

310-458-8974

At the colorful playground at Douglas Park is a shallow rink that shoots jets of water in the summer and is prime turf for tot cycling the rest of the year…

Website: http://www01.smgov.net/parks/douglas.htm

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Downtown LA Bicycles

1626 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Forlorn, neglected rides can rejoice. The technicians at this bike repair shop will get those pedals turning once more.

Website: http://www.downtownlabicycles.com

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Dreams Unlimited

14210 Cholame Rd., Victorville, CA, 92392

800-246-8247

As a rule, hot-air balloon companies steer clear of the city, preferring the less congested areas of Palmdale and Palm Springs. But Dreams Unlimited will launch from your lawn…

Website: http://dreamballoons.com/

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E. Waldo Ward

273 E. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

800-355-9273

Before all the tract houses, there were oranges, millions of oranges. At the end of the 19th century, the San Gabriel Valley was booming with agriculture…

Website: http://waldoward.com/

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Edge Performing Arts Center

1020 Cole Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-962-7733

Taught in an industrial-looking room at the Edge Performing Arts Center, jazz funk fuses the fluid movements of contemporary dance with house and waacking…

Website: http://www.edgepac.com/

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El Porto

Pacfic Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA, 90266

Wedged against the ominous Hyperion sewage treatment plant, with its tubes and domes and belching chimneys, El Porto will never be a glamour beach

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Electric Bikes LA

221 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90245

310-640-2453

More than a dozen models are available (mostly from one brand, eZee, and maxing out at $2,695) in styles that vary from heavy-framed commuters to beach cruisers to a folding bike…

Website: http://electricbikesla.com/

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Elysian Park

1880 Academy Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-485-5054

Want to play tennis on a Saturday afternoon? Good luck finding a court that’s not mobbed

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Escondido Falls

Winding Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90265

There are no elevation changes on the just-over-two-mile trail leading to Escondido Falls in Malibu, but there are scenery shifts galore

Website: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/EscondidoFalls_4472.asp

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Fire Groove

671 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

1-800-755-6423

The quest for a hot body meets hippie spirituality in the burgeoning trend known as fire dancing.

Website: http://www.firegroove.com

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Fishermen’s Spot

14411 Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91401

818-785-7306

Convincing a fish that your feather-clad hook is a skittering dragonfly or chad minnow requires an angler’s patience and a golfer’s finesse.

Website: http://www.fishermensspot.com

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Franklin Canyon Ranch

2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

Trail running is basically hiking—for crazy people. The mountains above Malibu and Santa Monica have some lovely views, but running uphill for 50 percent or more of the stint left us feeling insufficiently fit

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