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Hi @Carlos1970 - It's exciting to hear you're overlanding in SoCal this year! I have spent time doing the same around LA — as well as inland and up the California coast — and really enjoyed it.
If you don't have it already, the iOverlander app is a great resource for seeing suggestions from other overlanders who have already been through the area you are in. I often would pick out bigger highlights/destinations, then use that app to fill in the gaps (and those gaps were as wonderful as the planned excitement was!).
Big Bear Lake is a really impressive area that isn't too far from Los Angeles, but also has a completely different feel from the beaches and coast. The Big Bear Discovery Center usually has Motor Vehicle Use Maps that will be a great resource for showing you what options are, while allowing you to pick and choose at your own pace!
Hopefully this is helpful. Have fun in the months ahead!
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