Whether you’re traveling alone, with a partner or with a group of family and friends, Southern California has something for everyone. Its sunny weather and beautiful Pacific coastline create the perfect atmosphere for both adventure and relaxation.
Southern California is my favorite travel destination. The people are friendly and there is so much variety throughout the region. Here are some of the best places to visit in SoCal.
In Los Angeles, California’s largest city, you can find A-list celebrities and enjoy great rooftop dining with views of the ocean and the city. L.A. is also where you can find legendary Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The city also boasts sports and music entertainment, like the Staples Center and LA Live. Universal Studios Hollywood features movie-themed rides and tours that are perfect for movie lovers.
In Orange County, you will find all things Disney. The Disneyland Resort features Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The rides, shows and attractions are perfect for kids, but also provide a magical atmosphere for adults. For thrill-seekers, an alternative to Disneyland is Knott’s Berry Farm. Less than a 15 minute drive from Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm offers bigger, more intense rides in comparison to Disneyland.
If you want to walk away from vacation more knowledgeable, San Diego is the place to go. It’s home to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego, where you can learn about the world’s most magnificent creatures. Very close to these two attractions is also the Science Center and Natural History Museum. Younger children may also enjoy the carousel and miniature railroad. Just 30 minutes north of San Diego, you can visit Legoland in Carlsbad, CA.
Were you even in SoCal if you didn’t check out the area’s legendary beaches? Huntington Beach is one of the best. The downtown area has great food and the perfect atmosphere for a leisurely walk, morning run, or drive along the coast. While in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA, you could take surf lessons with a professional to improve your skills. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa has a relaxing spa for adults and fun pools for the kids. Another great SoCal Beach is Venice Beach in Santa Monica. Its world-famous boardwalk and scenic canals will not disappoint.
Channel Islands National Park consists of 5 uninhabited islands preserved for the public. You can camp overnight or just go for the day to see sea caves and kelp forests, scuba dive or snorkel. If rock climbing, hiking and photography are more your style, you’ll love the Joshua Tree National Park. There are more than 4,500 established rock climbing routes, natural springs and camping areas.
I could spend days talking about Southern California’s best attractions. Book a trip to see SoCal for yourself.