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Top 8 Summer Music Festivals in the World

A music festival is a timeless way to see new places, spend time with your favorite people, and hear some great live music. A good festival, of course, is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a chaotic meshing of sounds, socializing, food, unique fashion statements, creative art forms, and merchandise. Ever since Woodstock, music festivals have become a rite of passage for young people and, increasingly, people of all ages. Best of all, there are amazing festivals in all corners of the globe. Let’s look at some of the top summer music festivals in the world.

1. Lollapalooza

Grant Park, Chicago, USA

Right in the heart of downtown, Chicago, Lollapalooza is an amazing festival that’s been running since 1991. It features eight stages and more than 170 bands, covering a wide range of styles. A festival in an urban setting can either be a perk or a drawback, depending on your point of view. On the one hand, you don’t have to drive into the wilderness and set up your campsite. You have all the city amenities within walking distance. Chicago is famous for its great food (especially pizza), bars, museums, and impressive skyline. On the other hand, escaping civilization is one of the features that draws you to festivals, you have plenty of other choices.
In addition to music, Lollapalooza has a mini-festival for kids, an art market, and plenty of merch. You can buy 4-day tickets for the entire festival or single-day tickets. There are also hotel packages. Children under 10 with an adult are admitted free (up to two kids per adult).

2. FYF Fest

Los Angeles, CA, USA

This annual 3-day festival is held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. FYF Fest has been popular on the West Coast since 2004 and is known for its edgy atmosphere and diverse selection of music, including pop, rock, rap, electronic, hip-hop, and indie. It’s a good festival choice for those with eclectic tastes.

3. Tomorrowland

Boom, Belgium

Tomorrowland is a two-weekend festival that combines electronic music and the arts with a vision for a more peaceful and environmentally sustainable future. This festival began in 2005 and attracts an enthusiastic audience from all over the world. In some ways reminiscent of Burning Man in the U.S., Tomorrowland is full of futuristic visions, art installations, and its own “city,” DreamVille.
There are several options for accommodations, from As with most festivals, there are many tiers for ticket prices, depending on when you buy tickets, what you want to experience, and how long you stay. There are quite a few creative options, at various prices for lodging, including simple tents, tiny home-like structures to luxury “mansions.”

4. Hideout

Zrce Beach, Croatia

Hideout is a good choice if you want to get an early start to celebrating the summer. Set in a remote and pristine location on the Adriatic Sea with a view of mountains, this festival is famous for its boat rides, beach parties, and a wide selection of electronic music. As the name suggests, Hideout is a place where you can escape the everyday rut and experience an idyllic world for a few days.
This is also a great festival for adventurous travelers who enjoy water sports such as jet skiing, boating, and quad biking. Festival goers have a chance to island hop and explore beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park.

5. Electric Zoo

 New York City, USA

Electric Zoo is an end-of-summer Labor Day festival held at Randall’s Island Park, a 480-acre urban park on the border of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx. Established in 2009, Electric Zoo has been held all over the world. The original location, however, is New York. The 2018 theme is The 6th Boro, which reveals the ambitious attempt to make the festival a permanent part of the New York City (which has five official boroughs or counties) cultural scene.
Their past lineup included DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, Galantis, and Sasha & John Digweed. Check the website for early bird tickets.

6. Wireless Festival

London, UK

If you want to visit London this summer, you may want to schedule your trip to coincide with this festival, held at Finsbury Park. Now in its 13th year, Wireless has become one of the most popular music festivals in the UK. Since Wireless is an urban festival, you have to find your own accommodations. London, however, is an easy city to navigate. If you don’t want to spring for a costly hotel, there are plenty of hostels and reasonable Airbnb options.

7. Arise

 Loveland, Colorado, USA

The Arise Music Festival, approaching its 6th year, is a diverse event held at Sunset Ranch, a 350-acre organic farm in a scenic valley. In addition to music, Arise gives participants the chance to explore a variety of classes, workshops, and art installations. Many attendees are active in political and environmental causes. One of the requirements is that you “leave no trace” –i.e. clean up and leave the grounds as you found them.
Tickets for the 3-day festival include camping. Car camping is another option. There are also camping upgrades available if you want additional amenities.

8. Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux, Switzerland

The Montreux Jazz Festival, founded in 1967, is one of the most glamorous and popular jazz festivals in the world. The program typically includes rock, soul, and blues musicians as well as jazz greats. On the scenic shores of Lake Geneva, the setting is perfect for relaxation and boat rides as well as great music, parties, and socializing.
Montreux has a variety of venues to enjoy music and special events, such as the Auditorium Stravinski, known for its outstanding acoustics and the Montreux Jazz Club, where you can enjoy intimate performances by contemporary artists. Visit the website to find out program details. Past participants have included B.B. King, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, and scores of other household names as well as new performers.
You can buy an all-music pass or attend one of the festival’s many free events such as jam sessions, concerts, and film screenings.

Music Festivals Make the Summer More Fun

A music festival can be the highlight of summer vacation. If it’s close to home, it can make for an awesome road trip. The above are some of the most exciting summer festivals in the world. Some festivals don’t announce their lineups until fairly late in the season. However, keep in mind that tickets often sell out fast. So, if you want to attend one of these festivals, it’s best to buy your tickets early!

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3 Great Camping and Hiking Locations In Los Angeles

Hiking and camping near los angeles california

From weaving through trails near the Hollywood sign to some outstanding camping options for beginners and veterans, Los Angeles has a lot more going on than chic hangouts and beaches. Consider adding some of these destinations onto your trip itinerary.

Camp by the ocean or the mountains (or both) at Leo Carrillo State Park Campground

Tanning on a beach is only one way to enjoy the L.A. region’s beautiful coasts. Just past Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway, Leo Carrillo State Park Campground sits along the beach but also right beneath the Santa Monica Mountains. This park offers the best of both worlds for the ultimate California camping experience. Campers can enjoy a morning surf or swim before taking a long hike into the cooler air of the mountains during the peak of summer. Although there are a myriad of hiking options, plenty of locals find their way to the Nicholas Flat Trail for a very early-morning jaunt. The sunrise views of the mountains and ocean from the peak are nothing shy of spectacular.
Explorers also come to check out the enigmatic caves, tide pools, and seclusive coves that give the site its unique character. For fishing enthusiasts, Leo Carrillo even has some great options in this department as well, giving outdoors lovers even more incentive to head to Leo Carrillo.
For those who like to ditch the easy, modern-city life and rough it a little, this is the perfect way to experience L.A.’s sprawling pine forests and rugged natural landscapes. Looking down over Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles from the San Gabriel Mountains, Henninger has gorgeous views, campsites for groups both small and large, and a wealth of terrific hiking in the area. You have to hike to the campground (about three miles), which makes it a peaceful oasis unlike the fast-paced atmosphere of L.A. There is one caveat, however. Because there is no running water, campers need to be realistic about whether that’s a problem or not. But for those ready for a little adventure filled with gorgeous views and old-school camping, Henninger Flats is ideal.
Alternative: Only a few minutes from Leo Carrillo, Sycamore Canyon is also about an hour northwest of downtown Los Angeles – when traffic is cooperating – and offers excellent beach camping along with many hiking/biking trails. As a substitute for Henninger Flats, Horse Flats is only a short drive away and does have running water.

Dive into a swimming hole at Malibu Creek State Park

While many pile into the coastal hot spots around Los Angeles, swimming holes have also become favorite gathering places for weekend warriors and anyone looking for a different type of L.A. experience. Up at the Malibu Creek State Park, visitors come for a nice leisurely hike that leads to a natural swimming hole – complete with low-level cliff jumping and plenty of room to splash around in a wide, freshwater basin. Although the Grassland Trail leading to the pool isn’t the most rigorous hikes in L.A., it still shows off northern L.A. County’s rugged terrain and is easy to navigate for families. For movie fans who come to L.A., Malibu Creek State Park has been a popular shooting site for a century, including classics like Planet of the Apes and How Green Was My Valley.

Hermit Falls

While Malibu Creek State Park is about a half-hour drive northwest from downtown L.A. if you get up early enough to miss the traffic, heading northeast will take you to Hermit Falls at the cusp of Angeles National Forest. More adventurous than its Malibu counterpart, Hermit Falls showcases a moderate, heavily forested trail leading to a seclusive waterfall. Though you’ll need to grapple down a rope to get to the basin, it’s a picturesque picnic spot that is particularly beautiful during the spring and early summer, when the waterfall tends to be at its fullest.

Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon

Not to be outdone, Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon also features a plunging waterfall and a refreshing mostly shaded hike that can be the perfect antidote to a busy day in the city. While the waterfall’s basin is great for wading and cooling off beneath the water-carved boulders the area is known for, the hike is also loaded with terrific scenery thanks to the gentle stream that cuts through the heart of the trail. With peaceful refuges all over Los Angeles County, there is no shortage of ways to slip into the Californian wilderness for a day of tranquility that is sure to recharge your batteries.

Go horseback riding and more in Griffith Park

You’re probably more likely to think of Ferraris than horses when L.A. comes to mind, but going horseback riding is an age-old pastime in the area and continues to thrive with visitors for a reason. Though you could just snap a distant photo of the famous Hollywood sign and be on your way, there are also great horseback-riding options that will take you through the famous Hollywood hills just like the original settlers of the area.
During a tour with a local company, you’ll enjoy some of the very best views of downtown L.A. while you travel along the paths of famous Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Because there are very few good viewing spots for the Hollywood sign, a horseback ride also gets you much closer than usual, taking you for an up close and personal glimpse of one of L.A.’s most famous landmarks. But even if you’re indifferent about seeing the sign, the horseback ride offers staggering views of L.A.

Bronson Caves

To complete a trip to Griffith Park, there are all kinds of other opportunities awaiting outdoor lovers. Not only does the park contain a seemingly endless series of great hikes, but you should also get a nice taste of the local plant and wildlife. Mule deer, gray foxes, more than 200 species of bird, and even the occasional mountain lion wander the area. The park is also packed with wildflowers that are particularly beautiful in the springtime. Visitors tend to find their way to the mysterious Bronson Caves, used as the original Bat Cave for the 1960s Batman TV series, along with a long list of famous movies. Though packing into the main Hollywood strip is one way to experience L.A., heading out to the Hollywood hills trails will give you more of a behind-the-scenes look at the area without having to fight the crowds.

A choose your own adventure

The sheer number of things to do in L.A. can be daunting. Although the beauty of Los Angeles is that it’s a state with endless opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and everything in between thanks to its geographic and cultural diversity. As long as you’re mindful of traffic and willing to get up a little early to beat the crowds, L.A.’s many outdoor adventures can be the perfect weekend activity.