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On August 16, a crowd of more than 200,000 is expected to gather in Long Beach for Beach Bash 2014, a multifaceted event built around healthy lifestyles, live entertainment, and general fun in the sun. A Guinness World Record-breaking attempt anchors the day's festivities, with more than 3,000 women set to march down Long Beach Boulevard in an attempt to create the largest bikini parade in history, as well as safely intercept any meteors made of sunscreen that might hurtle toward Earth.

Aside from the parade, many other activities dot the bash's massive layout, including special performances in dance, acrobatics, and magic and concerts by Led Zeppelin, ABBA, and Beatles tribute bands. Mixed in amongst the tunes and other attractions, educational clinics school groups in such subjects as marriage and how to quit smoking, and more than 100 food vendors dole out some of the area's best eats.

1126 queens highway
Long Beach,
CA
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Founded in 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been around longer than there's been a city of Long Beach. The community center—one of the oldest and largest of its kind—is equipped to handle more than 30,000 people or 18,000 gorillas annually. Besides its six community branches, 25 after-school sites, and five early childcare programs, the YMCA maintains a 230-acre camp area in the Big Bear area. In town, toddlers can attend childcare programs; kids can take martial arts and basketball lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; adults can sign up for sports classes of their own; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.

4103 North Viking Way
Long Beach,
CA
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We offer exciting, adventure filled tours of the American Southwest. Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Bryce and Zion canyons are all places we regularly visit. And if you like food, you'll really enjoy the beautiful scenery with our outdoor culinary creations.

5019 Genevieve Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
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Hargo Singh at LA Active Adventures reveal the history of Hollywood Hills and the city's natural beauty on a moderately strenous hike to capture unique views of the Hollywood sign. During 60-minute expeditions, up to six urban hikers traverse sidewalks and paved paths through Hollywood, marveling at the whimsical architecture and native plants illuminated by the docent's glowing third eye. Walk softly to glimpse wildlife such as coyotes and eucalyptus-munching deer, or join spirited conversation about why the iconic sign was installed. The hike's striking views reveal a panorama of the city, with a cluster of skyscrapers downtown dwarfed by mountains and the long shadow of King Kong. As the excursion is strenuous, walking shoes, sun protection, and light layers are recommended to keep bodies comfortable.

1700 North McCadden Place
Los Angeles,
CA
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Hiking Yoga has appeared in Men's Journal magazine and on CBS News in San Francisco. There are no reviews for Hiking Yoga in Austin, but Yelpers give the San Francisco branch a perfect five stars:

2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
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BOLDFITNESS owner Jeff Archibald offers functional fitness regimens such as weightlifting, core training and body-weight exercises. Jeff helps clients of all ages and abilities get in shape, reach their full athletic potential, recover from injuries, or train for sporting events. With scenic workouts along the Santa Monica Mountains, Jeff may take clients walking, hiking, running, and mountain or road biking. Shorter workouts may take clients to unconventional locales such as the 4th Street Stairs in Santa Monica, an ideal setting for full-body conditioning. But Jeff doesn't eschew traditional fitness facilities entirely—he regularly works with individuals in homes, at a health club, and at an indoor rock climbing venue. But at some point between reps, he'll likely suggest a trip outdoors for cardio training.

11601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 105
Los Angeles,
CA
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