Ventura

Ventura Travel Guide

Just offshore from developed SoCal lie the Channel Islands, five of which are protected as a national park.

In Ventura, the center leads full-day kayaking tours of the islands, where dolphins and sea caves await. $180 per person; rentals $35–$55 per day

Pick up a warm fleece jacket before you go at Ventura’s Great Pacific Iron Works, a.k.a. the Patagonia mother ship.