Must See Places in Southern California
So this post was originally going to be a post of must see spots in the entire state, BUT I couldn't narrow it down to keep the list short enough to where you wouldn't get completely sick of reading! So I decided to start the "Cali-Series!" California has so many great places to visit and it's so hard to pick a handful if you only have a certain amount of days to explore. We'll actually just call this a 'starter' list! There are multiple options of adventures to take while visiting the Golden State, but we'll share a few of those with you on our first Cali-Series... Let's go! >>
San Diego sits on the Pacific coast of Southern California as it is known for it's beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the
Joshua Tree National Park
Calling All Campers! Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California, about 2 1/2 hours from San Diego. The rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes make it a sight that you don't want to miss. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. There are several hiking trails that weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley. I've got my tent ready to go!
Let's shoot a little over 2 hours northwest to Los Angeles! LA is so big that its hard to choose what all you should see while you're there. You should probably plan to spend at least 2 days here on your West Coast Road Trip! Los Angeles has an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. There are museums, the coast line, and so much more to see and do. LA's multicultural neighborhoods are sure to keep you busy on your Cali-venture. Where to start? The iconic Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Pier, Universal Studios? I'm sure you'll find PLENTY to do here!
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park straddles eastern California and Nevada (about 4 1/2 hours northeast of LA). It is known for it's unwelcoming terrain and incredibly unique ecosystem which has been transformed by extreme heat. It is also known for Titus Canyon, with a ghost town and colorful rocks, and Badwater Basin's salt flats. Between the landscape, plant and animal life, this is an experience that you'll most certainly want to take in. There are various lookouts and hiking trails for you to check out as well.
Sequoia National Park
My nature-lovers, this one's for you! There are a number of natural wonders in California and Sequoia National Park should definitely be one of them that makes your itinerary. There are easy trails that lead to quiet spots where you can take in the ambience of the forest, explore canyons, lakes, waterfalls and Crystal Cave; a treasure of marble that is polished by subterranean streams and decorated with curtains of icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites, it's something that is definitely worth exploring. The big trees however, are the main attraction for many who visit the park. You can find this National Park about 3 1/2 hours north of Los Angeles or if you're heading from Death Valley, it's more like 6 hours.
So that wraps up my SoCal must-sees... And these are just some of the great places that you should plan to visit while on the west coast. Have any awesome places you've visited in Southern Cali? I'd love to hear about your trips and where you went so please feel free to share in the comments!
Stay tuned for more in the Cali-Series in a future post :)