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Summer solstice: Make the most of the longest day of the year

Depart on an outdoor adventure with all-day tubing down the Kern River.
Depart on an outdoor adventure with all-day tubing down the Kern River.

On June 21 in LA, the sun will rise at 5:42 a.m. and set at 8:08 p.m., giving Angelenos more daylight to spend however we want. Here are some ideas that will get you out of the house to enjoy the longest day of the year. What will you do with 14 hours of sunshine? Tweet @lesleynagy and @travelzoo and let us know!

LIVE MUSIC: Hundreds of free concerts take place all day at the third annual Make Music LA summer solstice celebration in numerous venues all throughout LA. Or head to Santa Monica, where the Main Street Summer SOULstice boasts tons of sidewalk sales, then stop back on Sunday for free live music and kids activities.

ADVENTURE: Spend the morning getting dirty in Irvine Lake for the Summer of Mud 5k run or kids mud race; afterwards, stay for the beer garden and fair. Or depart on an outdoor adventure with all-day tubing down the Kern River.

TRAILS: It’s the perfect day to hit the trails, so take a private or small group horseback ride in Temecula to soak up some sun. Or go by foot on a 4-mile hike with Los Angeles Walks starting at 5:45 p.m. in Los Feliz and ending at Griffith Observatory for its summer solstice event.

OBSERVING: Watch the sun in all its glory on a sunset cruise along the Newport Beach coastline. Or, Griffith Observatory is hosting two free sun-watching events at 12:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

GIVE BACK: The Longest Day is a yearly fundraiser held by the Alzheimer Association with various activities on the summer solstice. Check out Saturday’s nighttime event of NASCAR stock car racing, benefiting the American Cancer Society, at the Irwindale Speedway.

DAYCATION: Take a vacation for just the day. Whether it involves a day of entertainment at Six Flags in Valencia, a spa day at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, or a round of golf at the picturesque Ojai Valley Inn — a daycation will make the most of the summer solstice.

However you decide to spend the sunshiny day, just remember to layer on the SPF!

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