mountain running

The West Coast is a great place to travel, especially if you have a group of friends seeking some fun. From San Francisco to San Diego California there is more to do than you could possibly think of. It doesn’t matter what season of the year, or what kind of budget you have the West Coast can be your go to place for a great vacation, or getaway weekend with some friends.

mountain running

Steep Ravine Marathon

Race activities can be a great way to enjoy something as a group. It is a goal you can work toward, run in, and celebrate together with after you’re done. Los Angeles has the Hero Rush obstacle course race where you put together a team of competitors and run through over 17 unique challenges and obstacles over a 3-5 mile race that is created by firefighters. If that’s not tough enough for you then try heading down to SoCal for the Spartan Race. The Spartan, rated “Best Outside Obstacle Course Race in 2012”, is known as the world’s leading obstacle course race and it is full of “primitive craziness”.

If the idea of running sounds good, but maybe you are not so much into the obstacle courses than how about trying a more traditional marathon? California has great weather to run in, and you can find races to match all types of terrains and physical abilities. The Steep Ravine Marathon is a trail run at Stinson Beach and it offers a 25km, a 7mile run, a half marathon, and a 50km course. For something a little more laid back you can participate in the Surf City USA Marathon at Huntington Beach with its flat half marathon course. For those a little more hard core try getting a group together for the Canyon Meadow Trail Run which is hilly trail race, that also 4 different levels with the 5 mile, 30km, half marathon, and the 50km races.

If you are looking for a little more fun and a lot less exercise than try going to a great concert, they’re everywhere in California. You can go old school country with Merle Haggard in Napa in January. Or amp it up a bit with some rock-and-roll and The Who in February at the Oakland Oracle Arena. You could grab some Swedish House Mafia tickets for one of their concerts at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano will be hosting Toad the Wet Sproket, and Kenny Chesney will be out one night only in July at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Grab a group of friends and do some West Coast team racing and off-road adventures. You can have 1/3rd of day trips all the way up to 4 day excursions depending on how extreme you want to go, and what kind of money you may want to spend. On this ultimate adventure vacation you will be equipped with a specially designed desert car and a guide who will help you along as you do as much of the driving and off-roading as you want. In addition to the drive along, your adventures can include snorkeling, world-class fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, and even beach front golf if you like.

Even thought you might be in the sun and fun of Cali, snow-sports are never out of the question! Head East of LA for a couple hours by car and don’t forget your tire chains and skis! One of the unique advantages of this area of the west coast is the ability to ski and surf in the same day! And if you are on the west coast but more towards the North there are other ski options in the colder climates.

There are so many adventures to be had for you and a group of your friends or family on the West Coast it is just a matter of what you want to do. Have a small reunion with some old school buddies, a bachelor party, girl’s weekend out, or just some fun with the people you most enjoy.