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Get Out Of Town!: Taco Nazo

Purveyors of the original Baja-style fish taco, Taco Nazo has grown from a humble lunch truck in 1978 to six locations throughout the Southland and immense popularity. We recently visited the Bellflower location as we were driving by on the 91 Freeway, and were in awe of the food and the service.

At first, Taco Nazo can seem overwhelming – there’s a line of people out the door, a line of cars waiting to turn into the parking lot, a line of people waiting at the Taco Nazo Express stand nearby.

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A Taco Nazo feast: (back row from left to right) Mixed ceviche of octopus, shrimp, fish and imitation crab topped with half a sliced avocado and served with crispy tostadas and potato and bean tacos topped with crema, cabbage and pico de gallo, along with two Baja-style fried fish tacos topped with crema, cabbage and pico de gallo (front row.) Photo By Lisa Paredes

But in reality, there’s a huge dining room to accommodate all the diners, the line to order moves fast, the food comes out fast and there’s a parking attendant helping people enter, park and exit the lot. Everything flows smoothly and people are friendly and chill.

A Taco Nazo greeter will answer any questions about the menu that diners have and assist in ordering if needed. First-time visitors are welcomed with a free fish taco.

Waiting in line for a few minutes is good, because their menu has a lot of offerings from tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls and tortas (sandwiches) to ceviche, Mexican-style seafood cocktails, and usual sides of rice, beans, chips, salsa, guacamole, crema (Mexican style sour cream) and chile gueritos (grilled yellow peppers.)

Taco Nazo feast of mixed ceviche, potato tacos, fish tacos and ice cold Pacifico beer. Missing from the photo are carne asada, al pastor and fried shrimp tacos. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The restaurant offers six different kinds of tacos – pescado (fish), camarón (shrimp), carne asada (grilled marinated steak), pollo (chicken), al pastor (grilled marinated pork), papa ó frijol (potato and bean). The potato and bean tacos are made with the perfect amount of requeson, a fresh cheese similar to ricotta.

While Taco Nazo’s specialty is Ensenada-style seafood, their carne asada is also top-notch – tender and flavorful. We’ve had better al pastor at other places but it still was tasty and very good.

The fish and shrimp tacos are battered and fried, served on two small corn tortillas and topped with cabbage, tomato, onion, cilantro and crema. They are absolute perfection in a bite.

The potato taco is fried and served piping hot and topped with crema, cabbage and a pico de gallo (cilantro, onion and tomato.) It’s an eye-opening dish for those who haven’t yet tried the gloriousness that is the Taco Nazo potato taco.

The Taco Nazo fish taco: fried, battered tender white fish topped with cabbage, crema and pico de gallo, served with a squeeze of lime and a grilled chile guerito. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The mixed ceviche – we ordered a medium – stacked layers of pulpo (octopus), pescado (fish), jaiva (imitation crab) and camarón (shrimp) topped with half a sliced avocado and served with crispy tostadas. It was out-of-this-world delicious and extremely fresh.

Taco Nazo’s homemade salsas carried a nice kick and good flavor. Plates are served with a grilled chile guerito, which are easy to eat but leave a lingering slow burn that can build, so be mindful of the amount and frequency with which those are consumed.

Some locations but not all serve ice-cold beer and micheladas. All locations offer Mexican drinks, sodas and agua frescas, along with free water.

We enjoyed the fast, friendly service and clean bathrooms. There’s a lot of people working there so tables are cleaned promptly. Even though there are a lot of people eating in the restaurant, it’s easy to find a table as the place is run like clock-work and turnover is quick. For those truly in a rush, try the express stand nearby, which also has plenty of seats.

Taco Nazo’s six locations in Bellflower, La Puente, El Monte, La Habra, Walnut and Azusa are easily recognized by their bright blue and orange signs. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Lunch or dinner at Taco Nazo is a perfect way to Get Out Of Town. The food is absolutely worth the drive to any of the six locations – Bellflower, La Puente (the original restaurant), El Monte, La Habra, Walnut and Azusa – from Burbank.

Check the restaurant website for locations and hours, but they are typically open from 9 or 10:00 a.m. until 9 or 10:00 p.m. daily.

We were so focused on ordering Taco Nazo ceviche and tacos, next time we’ll have to try out the cocktails, burritos and tortas.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll open a seventh Taco Nazo in Burbank. But until then, we have to Get Out Of Town for our Taco Nazo fix.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: San Francisco

While many Southern Californians love the hot, sunny days of summer, others view it as a good time to get away to cooler climes. San Francisco is an ideal place to cool off with top temps in the summer that average in the high 60 degrees, often with foggy days and cool nights.

Holiday weekends are the busiest times in San Francisco, but every day is full of hustle and bustle as the city’s inhabitants and workers mingle with tourists in an area just under 47 square miles on a peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

Worth the two-hour wait: Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. We enjoyed the Detroit-style Motorhead square pizza cooked in a steel pan (in the background) and the Artichoke Joe Classic Italian style (foreground.) Top it off with a splash or two of owner Tony Gemignani’s house-made Hot Pepper Olive Oil. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Driving to the city from Burbank takes about six to seven hours, if you plan to stop and eat and stretch your legs. Flights from Burbank Hollywood Airport take about 90 minutes.

San Francisco is a food-lover’s dream. Really amazing restaurants are packed into the second-most densely-populated U.S. city. Even with steep hills, much of the city is walkable and breathtakingly scenic, morning, noon or night.

Murals cover almost every street-level wall throughout Chinatown. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Of course, ride-sharing and taxi services abound, along with a terrific public transportation system that covers the city and much of the surrounding Bay communities, including Oakland.

Hotel costs can be a bit brutal and rooms small. Be prepared for lots of taxes, fees, surcharges, etc. Want to park your car at the hotel? Be prepared for a $60 or more daily fee. Although that usually does include unlimited in and out valet service.

The manicured Japanese Tea Garden is an oasis of beauty and peace in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Whether you’re drawn to the touristy areas or the trendy local spots, San Francisco has something for every visitor. If you can, take an hour cruise around the Bay for an unforgettable view of the city, the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Drive across the bridges, ride bikes through Golden Gate Park to the Pacific Ocean, explore the gorgeously maintained Presidio. And eat in Little Italy (North Beach) for sure. Wander about Chinatown. Maybe even plunk out a few notes on the random pianos dotting the Botanical Gardens in the Park for the special summer program, Flower Piano.

After just a few days in the city, it’s easy to see why Tony Bennett sang “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: 626 Night Market

Summertime brings the many-splendored tastes, smells, sights and sounds of the exciting 626 Night Market, held on select weekends in July and August at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The next 626 Night Market is Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, July 12 – 14.

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The 626 Night Market takes its moniker from the area code for the San Gabriel Valley, and is “inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, where people come together to eat, drink and socialize,” according to their website.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. each day and the event runs until midnight. After dark is when the event really gets pumping, with music, glow-in-the-dark accoutrements and people galore.

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The Lobster Nest – Lobsterdamus’ grilled whole lobster on garlic buttered noodles. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There’s so much to see and do and taste at the 626 Night Market, one can easily visit several times a summer. More than 300 food, art, craft, merchandise, game, entertainment and music stations showcase the creative spirit of local chefs, artists and creators.

Parking is free and entrance to the bazaar is $5 per person, cash only. In fact, most vendors only accept cash. Some take cards, but wi-fi and cell service is very spotty with so many people in attendance. More than 100,000 people visit the 626 Night Market on average each weekend it’s open.

Filipino sweet breads by The Ensaymada Project. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Be prepared for lots of walking and lines for bathrooms. Luckily, there are some portable hand-washing stations near portable bathrooms dotting the grounds, but sticky hands are an occupational hazard of the market.

In addition to food, some very talented local artists and crafters have stands showcasing their art, jewelry, crafts and more.

Bulgogi tater tots at the Potato Bowl stand. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

More information about the 626 Night Market can be found online here. In addition to July 12-14 weekend, the bazaar will be held August 9-11 and August 30 – September 1.

Vendors change from weekend to weekend, so check the updated list of food stall and participating artists before your trip.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Theodore Payne Foundation

It’s wildflower season in Southern California, and with the record-setting rainfall come prolific, colorful blooms from native plant species. While many flock to expansive fields of California poppies, sky lupine, golden yarrow, bush sunflowers, wild lilac and more at the Antelope Valley Poppy Fields or Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore, the Verdugo Hills are also dotted with blooms. The Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley provides a local resource for viewing wildflowers and learning more about California native plants, year round.

With the Super Bloom in full effect, even weekdays are fairly busy at the Theodore Payne Foundation. We visited on a rainy day and enjoyed the easy hike up Wildflower Hill and browsing their seed catalogs and gift shop inside the education center. There’s also an outdoor classroom, picnic area, public restrooms and a good amount of parking on the small site.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The helpful and knowledgeable people at the Foundation can tell you all about the many varieties of seeds they stock, and that fall is the best time to plant those seeds, for springtime blooms.

Lots of California native plants – flowers, grasses, bushes and trees – are available in the nursery, for immediate flowers and faster growth. California native plants are prized for their low water requirements and suitability for our more warm and arid climate.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The outdoor demonstration garden helps people envision the mature growth of native plant species and gather ideas for drought-tolerant landscaping, that will also attract honeybees, butterflies, beneficial insects and birds.

Annually, the Theodore Payne Foundation holds a two-day native plant self-guided tour visiting several gardens throughout Los Angeles. The 16th annual tour takes place on April 6 and 7. More information and tickets are available at this link.

More information on the Theodore Payne Foundation and its Sun Valley nursery can be found here. It is truly a natural oasis in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Foundation and grounds are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round, on Tuesday through Saturday during November 1 to June 30. From July 1 through October 31, they are open Thursday through Saturday.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Marciano Art Foundation

Since opening in 2017, the new contemporary art space Marciano Art Foundation has excited people throughout Los Angeles with relevant and engaging rotating installations. Currently, contemporary artist Ai WeiWei’s Life Cycle solo exhibition is on view through March 3.

Life Cycle is Ai’s first major installation in Los Angeles and the famous artist and activist explores contemporary humanity through “traditionally Chinese modes of thought and production,” with a variety of small and massive pieces.

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Ai WeiWei, “Life Cycle,” 2018. Mythical creatures called Shanhaijing, which Ai started making in 2015, are suspended over the life boat. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Ai was a design consultant for the 2008 Summer Olympics stadium in Beijing. As a political activist he has been openly critical of China’s stance on democracy and human rights and investigated corruption in the country. He was jailed without charges for 81 days by Chinese authorities in 2011, after being placed under house arrest in 2010. His newly built Shanghai studio was demolished at that time.

Since being allowed to leave China in 2015, he lives in Berlin and travels the world exploring the human condition and creating installations.

Ai WeiWei, “Life Cycle,” 2018. Mythical creatures called Shanhaijing, which Ai started making in 2015, are suspended over the life boat. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

In recent years, Ai and his team have visited over 40 refugee camps in 23 countries and has said, “The refugee condition is the human condition.”

His recent installations and documentary film Human Flow have explored the impact that the currently-estimated 65 million people fleeing war and poverty have on the world and society.

Life Cycle includes as a central focus a replica of a life boat, like those used by refugees to cross the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by Shanhaijing, mythical creatures from Chinese culture. Variations of the refugee boat, packed to overflowing with passengers, has become a recurring theme in his many installations that have opened all over the world.

Ugo Rondinone, “clockwork for oracles,” 2008. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Housed in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, the Marciano Art Foundation gallery space uses 10,000 square feet and four floors to house works from notable and emerging figures in the contemporary art world.

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Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2011. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Yayoi Kusama’s red polka-dotted room, With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2011, lives in the center of the third floor of the building, as both an immersive experience and with openings to view the surrounding art pieces.

Works by Catherine Opie, Glen Ligon, KAWS, Ugo Rondinone, and many more artists from Maurice and Paul Marciano’s collection are on display.

The Marciano family created the internationally popular Guess fashion brand in the mid-1980s, They continue to be recognized for fashion, business and philanthropy.

Admission to the Marciano Art Foundation gallery is free, but signing up in advance for timed-entry tickets is highly advised, as walk-up wait times can vary.

The MAF is open Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Foundation is open for school tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Marciano Art Foundation is located at 4357 Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Rossmore Avenue. Free parking is available for advance ticket holders in the lot behind the building, entering off of Lucerne.

More information on MAF, upcoming exhibitions and advance tickets can be found online here.

Get Out Of Town!: The Huntington

Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll through the well-maintained gardens, a browse through the art or library collections or a bite to eat from the famous Rose Garden Tea Room, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a popular destination for Southern California natives and tourists alike.

Located in San Marino, just a short drive east of Burbank and south of the 210 Freeway, The Huntington touts its membership as the best value for those who plan to visit the garden at least three times per year. With special events, musical performances, classes, tours, rotating collections and the changing seasons, there is something new to see every month.

The Chinese Garden. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Even in January, while parts of the botanical gardens are dormant or not blooming, there are still many types of flowers and plants blooming, including the well-curated roses. The desert garden is perhaps at its most vibrant during the winter months.

Rose Garden Tea Room tea service. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Although The Huntington has several dining options, including the 1919 cafe, Red Car coffee shop, Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House and the Patio Grill, the Rose Garden Tea Room remains a very popular stop for their tea service.

The Rose Garden Tea Room service includes a variety of small bites, from scones to finger sandwiches to desserts. Accompanied by the diner’s choice from nearly 20 different varieties of tea, the tea service is a fun way to enjoy the flavors and colors of the season.

Reservations are highly recommended for tea at the Rose Garden Tea Room. The other eateries on site do a brisk walk-up business as well.

Admission to The Huntington is $25 for adults, $21 for seniors and students and $13 for children ages 4-11 during the week. On Saturdays and Sundays, admission increases to $29 for adults and $24 for students and seniors.

Open daily, except for Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Huntington is a beautiful escape from the noise and traffic of the surrounding Los Angeles area. The expansive gardens display several different climates and regions of the world. More information can be found on their website.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.


Get Out Of Town!: Vasquez Rocks

Located off the 14 Freeway, northeast of Santa Clarita, Vasquez Rocks has been a popular backdrop for many film and television shows since the 1930s, including Star Trek, Bonanza, Blazing Saddles, Outer Limits, Dante’s Peak, A-Team and many, many more.

The iconic rock formations were created by rapid erosion and uplift activity along the San Andreas Fault millions of years ago. They continue to be a popular destination for tourists and hikers, including those traversing the Pacific Crest Trail which runs adjacent to the rocks.

The backdrop for many popular films and television shows, Vasquez Rocks is also popular with visitors on a daily basis. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Nature Center, located at 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce, is about 45 minutes drive from Santa Clarita. Without traffic, the drive takes about one hour and twenty minutes from Burbank.

The Nature Center has restrooms, water and staffers on hand with maps and information, along with educational displays on the history and geography of the area. The Shoshone and Tataviam indigenous peoples lived at the site. Petroglyphs dating from their time are still visible on some of the rocks in the area.

According to their website, the park is open from sunrise to sunset and the Nature Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between September 16 and March 9 and until 7:00 p.m. May 1 to September 15.

Parking is available at the Nature Center. People may also drive right up to the rocks and park next to them. Often visitors enjoy climbing on the rocks. Lots of easy, flat hikes through the scrub desert surrounding the rocks are possible.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There is no shade and no drinking water available except inside the Nature Center during business hours. Temperatures can get very hot throughout most of the year, so sunscreen and water are essential.

Whether you want to reminisce about Captain Kirk’s battle with the Gorn in the “Arena” or just enjoy some cool looking rocks and desert environment, Vasquez Rocks are definitely a fun and scenic way to Get Out of Town!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Get Out Of Town!: Eataly L.A.

For those who’ve been fortunate enough to visit the flagship Eataly in New York City, the wait for the Los Angeles branch to open seemed interminable. Open now for nearly one year in the Century City Westfield shopping mall, Eataly L.A. is a true gem.

Spread along three floors along the north side of the mall, Eataly boasts a wide assortment of pre-cooked and fresh pastas, cheeses and meats, fresh vegetables and herbs, jarred sauces and oils and freshly baked breads. The selection astounds. Everything and anything needed to make a fantastic Italian meal at home is available on site.


Affogato at Eataly L.A. comes with three scoops of gelato, two shots of espresso and freshly-made whipped cream. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

In the mood for a dessert and coffee? Eataly offers all kinds of affogato, gelato, bombolini, cannoli and other pastries and sweets, including cakes, tiramisu and chocolates, along with Lavazza espressos, lattes and more.

Rather a quick bite? The Pizza alla Pala counter serves up Roman style flatbreads topped with a variety of cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and herbs. The pizzas are some of the best we’ve ever had.

The Rosticceria provides a nice selection of prime rib, chicken and pre-cooked meats, along with a variety of sides for another hot meal option. For veggie lovers, L’Orto Della Chef is a well-stocked salad bar. And I Panini offers a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches for a quick bite.


The Eataly L.A. marketplace is amazing. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There’s plenty of seating on the second level of the complex, both inside and outside on the patio.

Two restaurants are available on a first-come, first-served basis – La Pizza and La Pasta, and La Piazza. There is often a line to access these two eateries, which are very popular.

Il Pesce Cucina on the second floor and the rooftop beauty, Terra, are available for reservations, and provide table service, in addition to expansive menus.


Fresh tiramisu and lattes are a delicious treat at Eataly L.A. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We have enjoyed Terra several times – the cocktails, wine list, appetizers, pastas and entrees are all on point. Save room for the fresh gelato cart that offers uniquely Italian toppings for a custom dessert.

The fresh pastas, whether ordered at the restaurant or taken home to prepare, are absolutely excellent.

With fantastic food, coffee, desserts and restaurants, Eataly L.A. is a wonderful and tasty way to Get Out Of Town, Burbank!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: North Rim Grand Canyon

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a special place. At over 8000 feet in elevation, the climate is cooler and wetter with alpine meadows and evergreen trees.

Only about 600,000 of the more than six million annual visitors to the Grand Canyon visit the North Rim. The Visitors Center, restaurants and Lodge are quiet and relaxing, even in the busy summer season.

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View of the Grand Canyon from hidden room under the Lodge at the North Rim. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Hotel, food and park services are open May 15 through October 15. The park itself is open year long, but the roads are not maintained in winter and the nearest town of Jacob’s Lake is 45 miles away. In winter, average snowfall on the rim is over 11 feet.

Late September and early October is a very popular time to visit the North Rim, with leaves turning out their fall colors and temperatures dropping.

Rustic cabins and Lodge hotel rooms allow a few hundred visitors to stay overnight. Nearby campgrounds are also available for advance reservation, with some sites open to walk-up visitors. Backcountry permits are required for camping below the rim.

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A large herd of bison graze outside the park entrance to the North Rim. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room provides enjoyable meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A few other small sandwich shops, an evening buffet and a bar are also on site.

Some easy trails branch out from the Visitors Center, including the Transept Trail and Bright Angel Point Trail. Follow the Bridle Trail for 1.2 miles from the Visitors Center to find the entrance for the North Kaibab Trail which leads down into the Canyon, passing the Coconino Overlook, the Supai Tunnel and other points of interest along the way.

More challenging trails along the rim also abound, just a few miles from the Visitors Center.

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The view from Bright Angel Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is about 534 miles from Burbank, approximately a straight 8 1/2 hour drive, going through Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, it’s about 4 1/2 hours to drive 263 miles.

The North Rim is a gorgeous place that warrants an overnight stay and more exploration if you have the time. The view of the Grand Canyon from the north is awe-inspiring and iconic. If you’re lucky, you’ll see bison, deer, turkey and the famous but rare, tassel-eared Kaibab squirrel.

Current parking fees are $35 per vehicle for one week. More information on the North Rim can be found here.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for colorful sandstone hoodoos and miles of trails through challenging terrain in a group of naturally-formed amphitheaters. Located about 50 miles northeast of Zion National Park, Bryce adds a vivid dimension to any Utah trip.

With the rim of Bryce at 8 – 9000 feet above sea level, the park is at a much higher altitude than Zion and usually about 10 degrees cooler. However, as one hikes down into the Bryce Amphitheater, temps also rise significantly, just as they do in the Grand Canyon.

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The Bryce Amphitheater from Sunset Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bryce is not as crowded as Zion or the Grand Canyon, due to its more remote location. Still, nearly 2.5 million people visit the park each year. During summer, the park uses a shuttle system to move visitors about, as parking spaces tend to fill up early in the day.

While visitors do hike Bryce, most people stop at the various scenic overlooks and take photos. The most popular area is within the first three miles of the park, along the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater. For those who follow the park road for 18 miles to Rainbow Point, the full measure of the park can be seen.

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Natural Bridge. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The busiest trails are along the rim, and those shorter loops that traverse down into the Bryce Amphitheater. The 5.5 mile (one way) Rim Trail from Fairyland to Bryce Point includes some steep elevation changes and hits many of the popular scenic overlooks.

The Navajo Loop traverses tight switchbacks, through enormous red and orange hoodoos and doorways cut into the colorful rock, along wide packed-sand paths and a scrubby pine landscape along the floor.

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Heading down the Navajo Trail from Sunset Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Inspiration Point, Rainbow Point… one can spend the entire day taking photos as the sun moves across the sky, as the changing light brings out different effects in the red, orange, yellow and white sandstone pillars.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has guest rooms, a gift shop and a decent restaurant, with a nice variety of menu items.

Lots of cabins dot the area around the Lodge, with communal showers and bathrooms, for a more rustic approach. Tent and RV camping in two specific areas is also permitted.

Lodging within the park fills up quickly, so many visitors stay at one of the several hotels or campgrounds just outside the park. Restaurants generally offer basic road food, with lots of burgers, fries and sandwiches.

Our favorite place to eat was Rustlers Restaurant in nearby Tropic. It had the best variety and freshest food in the area. It’s attached to the only decent market near the park and a really good ice cream shop.

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Willis Creek Slot Canyon. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We added on to our Bryce Canyon trip with a quick visit to Willis Creek Slot Canyon, south of Cannondale. We were able to make it out the six-mile sandy, dirt road encountering a few challenging slippery spots, with our two-wheel drive SUV. When it’s wet, four-wheel drive is a must.

Willis Creek was very hot on a June afternoon – a better call would be to do that hike in the morning. The yellow and black walls of rock provided a fascinating backdrop. The trail end to end is over three miles, so out and back can be long commitment. Luckily, one can easily turn around and make the trek shorter.

We also visited the Mossy Cave grotto. Even in June, frozen bits of ice could be seen deep in the shelter cave. In the late 1800s, Mormon pioneers created a water channel that is fed by Mossy Cave and nearby springs from Bryce. The year-round source of water feeds nearby farms and towns.

Bryce Canyon National Park is a unique place and well-worth the travel time to visit. It’s another scenic and wonderful way to Get Out of Town!

For more information on the park, visit the official website here.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.