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Southern California Top Destinations

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Southern California has many great vacation travel destinations from which to choose. Each destination includes local information, weather, photos, maps and all of it is free.

  • Central Coast
  • Central Valley – Sequoia
  • Death Valley Area
  • Los Angeles Area
  • Palm Springs – Joshua Tree Area
  • San Diego Area
  • Santa Barbara Coast

Nightlife Seekers

West Hollywood

Los Angeles – restaurants, nightclubs and bars.

Gaslamp District

clubs, cafes and restaurants in the heart of San Diego.

Hikers

Anza-Borrego State Park

the largest in Southern California, west of San Diego, is a desert park with numerous trails.

Sequoia National Park

approach from the west (close to Mt. Whitney) or from the east (to see the famous giant sequoia stands).

Joshua Tree National Park

near Palm Springs – see the unusual trees, numerous desert microclimates and interesting rock formations.

Death Valley and Mohave Desert

Fall, winter or spring travel affords more comfortable explorations into these amazingly harsh and beautiful regions.

History Buffs

California Missions

Mission San Juan Capistrano (south of LA on the coast) or Mission San Miguel Archangel (near Paso Robles) or Mission Santa Barbara, on a hill just northeast of downtown Santa Barbara.

Gourmands

Gourmands

LA’s sophisticated restaurants and the city’s huge list of ethnic cuisine will keep any foodie happy (and full).

Beach Lovers

San Diego

Coronado Beach, Torrey Pines Beach, Mission Bay Park, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach

Los Angeles

Hermosa Beach, Zuma Beach (Malibu), Will Rodgers State Beach

Santa Barbara

Cabrillo Beach

Families

LA Area

Disneyland in Anahiem, Knotts Berry Theme Park, Universal Studios

San Diego Area

Sea World, LegoLand and San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park

Big Bear and Arrowhead Lakes

fishing, hiking, watersports, skiing, golfing, cycling and lots of fresh air – west of LA.

Shoppers

South Coast Plaza

LA has Rodeo Drive for those who don’t need to balance their checkbooks or try South Coast Plaza near Costa Mesa for an elegant mega-mall.

Wine Enthusiasts

Paso Robles to Templeton in San Luis Obispo County

more than 30 wineries and vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Temecula

60 miles north of San Diego, offers more than a dozen wineries in a pretty setting.