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Outskirts: An Evening in Manhattan Beach

Twenty miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles you will find the cozy little seaside town of Manhattan Beach. As you drive west from the city the air will begin to change from overly dense to salty, clean and crisp. An idle calmness can be felt and even the street signs slowly change to show images of seagulls and shells. This quick So Cal getaway has everything you need for a relaxing, fun and delicious night. Read Full Story

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