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Homestead Starlight: A Desert Time-lapse

Homestead Starlight: A Desert Time-lapse

As part of the SKYGLOW project, filmmaker Gavin Heffernan captured this time-lapse footage in and around California’s Joshua Tree National Park. As the sun set over the desert, clouds rolled in, and the stars peeped out, creating an awe-inspiring light show during the recent Wolf Moon.

King of the Hammers 2024 Recap Reel

King of the Hammers 2024 Recap Reel

The King of the Hammers is perhaps the most balls-out off-road event on the planet. Each year, drivers and spectators gather in the California desert for two weeks of high-horsepower, dirt-throwing, rock-climbing action. Monster Energy put together this fun 5-minute reel to look at what you can expect if you’ve never attended.

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Danny MacAskill: Postcard from San Francisco

Danny MacAskill: Postcard from San Francisco

Street trials and mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill takes to the streets of San Francisco, riding, balancing, and flipping his bike at some of the city by the bay’s most iconic locations. The warm and sunny sounds of The Shins’ Simple Song help set the perfect, uplifting mood. Go behind the scenes with Danny and crew here.

Taking a California Freeway Drive: 1988 vs. 2022

Taking a California Freeway Drive: 1988 vs. 2022

David Parke took some 1988 video footage of a drive on the 405 from Culver City to Sherman Oaks, and copied the route precisely in 2022 to see what has and hasn’t changed. He had to speed up and slow down the footage to sync the two drives at times, and left the original 1980s audio track.

400 Disco Ball Ceiling

400 Disco Ball Ceiling

Sparkling above the Sunset Strip’s hottest dance floor is a disco ball art installation by the Ian Schrager Company for the underground club Sunset at Edition, at the West Hollywood Edition hotel. The collection of more than 400 varying-sized mirrored balls was made by America’s last disco ball maker, Yolanda Baker.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Waterpark

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Waterpark

All spring break hotels are required by law (we wish) to have Instagram-worthy swimming pools. Overachiever Hyatt Regency Indian Wells has the largest water feature in Greater Palm Springs. The massive $21 million waterpark redo has a 450-foot lazy river, a kids’ splash area, and two 30-foot HyTides Plunge waterslides.

America’s Most Expensive Home

America’s Most Expensive Home

With an asking price of $295 million, and the appropriate name of The One, this Bel Air, California home is as extravagant as they come. Enes Yilmazer takes us on an extensive tour of the 105,000 sq.ft. home, which has 21 bedrooms, 49 bathrooms, a spa and salon, a nightclub, bowling alley, movie theater, and 360º ocean views.

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BMW Performance Center M Experience

BMW Performance Center M Experience

There’s no arguing that BMW Performance Center Driving Schools are the premier performance driving schools in the country, offering a wide range of behind-the-wheel and in-the-classroom courses to make better drivers out of mere mortals with a driver’s license and $2,500-10,000 in fun money.

El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara

El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara

Yearning for adventure? El Capitan Canyon offers a memorable getaway on the unspoiled California coast north of Santa Barbara. One of the USA’s first sustainably-minded “glamping” lodges, it offers comfy cedar cabins, safari tents, and domed yurts stretched along a peaceful canyon creek within 350 protected acres.

Little Big Los Angeles

Little Big Los Angeles

Photographer Joerg Daiber has taken us on some eye-opening journeys around the globe. Now take a virtual vacation a little closer to home with this time-lapse, tilt-shift, aerial footage of the City of Angels. Ravel’s Boléro serves as the perfect musical accompaniment to the bustle of the big city.

One Line at Mammoth Mountain

One Line at Mammoth Mountain

Chris Benchetler shows us green run amateurs what we’re missing out on with this amazing POV of his line at California’s Mammoth Mountain. Watch as he winds through precariously tight rock formations, then catches air performing flips and spins on his quick trip to the bottom.

Joshua Tree Bubble Hotels

Joshua Tree Bubble Hotels

Aiming for an April 2021 opening, Bubble Hotels will offer guests unspoiled views of the California desert. Rooms will have a private sleep unit, a deck, hot tub, lounge area, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower. The bubble-shaped bedroom has heat and AC and a Queen-sized bed. Just 15 min. from Joshua Tree National Park.

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Lounge in La Quinta

Lounge in La Quinta

Get away from it all as you enjoy the mountain views in this desert oasis in La Quinta, California. This premium Airbnb property has a roomy, open floorplan, sunny living spaces, three comfy bedrooms, and a beautiful outdoor space with a private pool and hot tub.

Rebuilding Paradise (Trailer)

Rebuilding Paradise (Trailer)

Director Ron Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer visit Paradise, California, which was ravaged by a horrifying firestorm in 2018, resulting in unfathomable damage, and at least 86 fatalities. Despite the enormous tragedy, members of the community are resolved to rebuilding their lives there.

California Handcrafted Candles

California Handcrafted Candles
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Handmade in Santa Clarita, these natural soy candles from California Handcrafted offer scents inspired by some of the state’s greatest locales. For instance, Big Sur is a delicious mix of lemon, wood sage, sea salt, and beach juniper. Packed in 8oz or 16oz travel tins. Buy two and get one free with code THEAWESOMER (expires 1/31/20).

Take the Five

Take the Five

Filmmaker Conner Griffith is a master of tying together sound and motion. In this clip, he takes us on a speedy ride along California’s Interstate 5, precisely edited to the tune of Richard Tee’s rousing piano version of Take the A-Train.

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