3 California Road Trip Destination Ideas

Spring break is almost here! With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of road trip ideas for those of you that don’t have plans.

  1. Yosemite

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If you haven’t visited Yosemite National Park, put this place on your bucket list right now. Yosemite is home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, including Half Dome (a giant rock formation), El Capitan (another gigantic rock formation) and a ton of natural waterfalls, rivers and meadows that take your breath away. The serene beauty of this place is unparalleled on Earth. One of the best times to visit Yosemite is in the late spring or early summer, because that is when the fresh snowmelt runs into rivers and creates enormous waterfalls that pour down the mountains. If you are looking for an active destination, Yosemite is the place for you. There are numerous trails that anyone can hike, bike, run or swim. In Yosemite you can just enjoy being immersed in nature.

2. Malibu

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Looking for somewhere sunny and 75? Malibu is just the place for you. Malibu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Southern California. This place is truly a gem. Although the water gets pretty cold around the winter months, it starts to warm up around early April/ May, and by summer it’s ready to be enjoyed by all the beach goers. If you want to explore Malibu a bit more when you visit, you can also check out the hikes in the area (which have AMAZING ocean views), many trendy shops and yummy restaurants.

 

3) Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is yet another beautiful coastal destination for a road trip. When visiting Santa Barbara, there are two approaches you can take: you can hit all the touristy spots including the pier and shops along State Street, or you can explore and venture north a little into Goleta, which has some beautiful lesser known sites. Some of my favorite spots are Hope Ranch Beach, the Goleta Butterfly Preserve and Lotusland.

 

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In the Closet of: Ethan Kokesh

Meet Ethan:

Ethan Kokesh is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Dallas, Texas, last year. He came back to sunny California this past semester to study business marketing here at SDSU. Ethan’s most listened to artists are Drake, Big Sean and Travis Scott. He hates country. His favorite food is mac-n-cheese, he loves acai bowls and he can’t stand Texan style. You can always catch Ethan at the beach, and he and his mom were in one episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. In 10 years, you’ll find him living in either L.A. or San Fransisco, being a stay-at-home dad.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, H&M, PacSun. I worked at Hollister for a year during my senior year of high school, so I like to think I know the ins-and-outs of how retail stores work. Those stores just meet my standards: their clothes are made of good quality [material], for the most part, and they’re affordable, which is important because I’m a broke college student.

What does your everyday outfit consist of?

A t-shirt, flannel, chino shorts and Converse. I like my colors to be monochromatic. I like the way it looks – it’s chic, sophisticated and mature.

You’ve lived in three different places this past year (Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego). How has your style changed, or stayed the same?

My style has gotten more “beachy” since I came to San Diego. I still like my monochromatic look, but my style has evolved. I don’t necessarily mean that I wear less clothing when I say “beachy,” but there’s definitely more color in my closet. I wear more vintage, washed-out t-shirts, and I’ve branched out from Converse to Vans.

What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed between California and Texas?

People in California are more dressy. They look more mature and put together. People in Texas dress more casual, with oversized t-shirts, running shorts and Chacos. I like California style better. I personally think it looks more attractive.

What are you favorite things to do in San Diego?

Going to the beach, exploring different neighborhoods, eating at In-N-Out and walking around downtown. You can find a lot a of cool, random places walking around Little Italy. My favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory – I always get their margherita pizza. I definitely recommend looking around North Park, Kensington and Hillcrest.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?

I hate when my shirt is the same shade as my shoes. If I have a white shirt on, I have to wear dark converse, and vice versa. I just think it looks weird when I’m too “matchy-matchy.”

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In the Closet of: Rafia Rehman

Meet Rafia:

Rafia Rehman is a pisces from Andover, MA, and she is a freshman here at SDSU. Her major is currently undeclared, but she’d like to help underprivileged communities and underdeveloped countries. Rafia loves animals and making people laugh, and her biggest pet peeve is when people don’t say “please” and “thank you.” Her top three most played songs on iTunes are “Summer Friends,” by Chance the Rapper, “Ultralight Beam,” by Kanye West, and “Robbers,” by the 1975. “Forrest Gump” and “13 Going on 30” are two movies she could watch every day. So far, Rafia’s favorite memory of 2017 is going to her first drag show at Lips in North Park. 

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Urban Outfitters, Free People and LF. I rarely make it to LF, but they would make my dream closet. I really like thrift stores because you can find one-of-a-kind things that you can’t find anywhere else. I love shopping in my mom’s closet. She has great jeans and sweaters. I love vintage things, so it’s cool to find pieces in her closet that are actually from the ’80s.

What influences your style?

The weather, definitely. I always check the weather before I get dressed. I also like looking at old trends. I’m not really into following current trends. To be honest, my everyday style depends on what time I wake up in the morning. I’ll either feel like putting makeup on before class [and wake up earlier] or roll out of bed, put on a sweatshirt, and be on my way.

Who inspires you?

My dad. He’s the type of person who could be someone’s hero. He gives everything to his family and the people he loves. He’s taught me that you have to work for what you want. My dad’s grown so much as a person, and he’s shown me that it doesn’t matter where you come from – that doesn’t define where you’re going. He’s living life right, and that gives me hope. (Rafia would also like to give a special shoutout to her mom). Dogs also inspire me because they’re the most pure, innocent beings. All they do is love, and that reminds me to love everyone and keep an open mind and heart.

When you get dressed for the day, how do you like to make a statement?

I like to take something simple that a lot of people have and put my own spin on it. I’m my own person, and I like to convey that through whatever I’m wearing. I always have one article of clothing that I make my staple piece, and I’ll base my outfit around that.

Which accessory can we always find you wearing?

My nose piercing – I feel incomplete without it.

You live on two opposite coasts. What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed?

It’s edgier on the East Coast. Weather is a big factor in how people dress, so you’ll always see cool jackets and a lot of layering. It’s more chill on the West Coast, and less is always more because of the sun. In general, I think people in California care more about what they wear and put more thought into their outfits. I like that I live in two different places because it’s made my style versatile. Having the option to switch up my style depending on where I am, where I’m going, and who I’m with, is fun.

Which trend would you like to see make a comeback?

Bell bottom jeans. I love vintage style. Fashion in the ’70s was so simple, but people always looked so good. You can wear the most simple things with bell bottoms because they’re a staple item – they’re always turning heads.

What is a hobby that people don’t really know you have?

Drawing. I really like art. It’s the only thing that I can do where I don’t really have to think. It’s the best way to take my mind off of something – it’s cathartic. My grandmother got me into drawing. She lives in Cape Cod, so lighthouses are the first thing I learned how to draw.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to Coachella in April and Boston Calling in May. I’ve never been to a music festival, so it’s cool getting to go to two in a few months – one in California and one in my hometown. I’m also excited to make memories with the people I love, and learn and grow as a person. I miss my dogs so much, so I’m excited to see them when I go home this summer.

Rafia also loves music. Check out her SoundCloud playlist here.

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Cool Spots to Study On Campus

Midterms are here! So, I compiled a list of the best study spots on campus that you can use when you need a change of scenery (I know you will, eventually).

Koi Pond– One of the most beautiful spots on campus. You can plop down on the grass or at one of the small tables available and enjoy the outdoors.

Storm Hall– A perfect morning or afternoon study spot. There are a ton of tables and big chairs that make it easy to comfortably work outside.

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Art Building– There are quite a few outdoor tables set up in the shade right near the art store! Make sure to bring a jacket if you want to study here in the late afternoon, because it can get quite breezy.

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Starbucks– If you are more of an indoor person and want to enjoy wonderful aromas and a comforting ambiance, Starbucks is the place to go. There are couches, bar seats and individual tables both big and small – all perfect spots to spread out your work and get back to the grind!

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Life Science North Building– There are few small tables here near the SDSU Greenhouse. They are located in a remote garden, so if you want to be surrounded by plants and fresh, earthy air definitely study here!

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Mediterranean Garden– My personal favorite! The garden is located by the Physical Science building and has a ton of beautiful succulents, fountains and other lush plants. There are cute tile tables and benches where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the nature!

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Study hard, Aztecs!