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Southern California Travel Guide In 2020

A year-round stunning sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and a lot of family-friendly attractions make Southern California one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Thanks to a wide highway system, getting around is relatively quite easy, despite the occasional traffic jam. Once you are in this region it’s impossible to spend your time surfing, skiing, and hiking all day long.

This region is full of stunning sexy beaches, natural parks, and one of the best cultural attractions you can find in the whole US.

Transport in Southern California

Southern California
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By Car

Most people in Southern California drive their personal cars to get around. Just listen to the morning and evening traffic reports and you’ll get an idea of how many cars are driven in the area each and every day.

Freeway System

Freeway naming conventions can be confusing to non-natives, as the freeway may have multiple names depending on where a specific segment is located
in Southern California. When referring to a specific freeway by number, the word “the” is prefixed
. For example, Interstate 5 is referred to as “5” and State Route 91 is referred to as “91.” Below is a simple
guide to the different ways in which a specific freeway can be referenced.

Public Transit

Public Transportation in Southern California includes:

  • Metrolink
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • San Diego trolley and San Diego County MTS
  • Orange County Transportation Authority
  • Omnitrans (southwestern San Bernardino County)
  • North County Transit District (northern San Diego County)
  • San Diego Coaster (Oceanside to San Diego)
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By Thumb

It is not worth trying. Cities are too close together and there are too many access points to the highway, making it nearly impossible to find someone going your way. Your best bets are the 101 north of Santa Barbara, the 5 north of Santa Clarita, or east until you escape the sprawling cityscape.

Where to visit in Southern California

You know, whatever you want, Southern California has it. There’s really so many things for everyone here with dive bars, designer boutiques and divine beaches. San Diego, Santa Barbara, and beyond there’s so much to see in Southern California.

Here are some of the Top sights in Southern California

1. Disneyland Park

Disney land park ,Southern California
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Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

2. Joshua Tree National Park

joshua tree national park, Southern California
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Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles, and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs. It is named for the Joshua trees native to the Mojave Desert. Famous rock band U2 also released its ultimate cult album on this tree’s name.

3. Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina, Southern California
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Located just southwest of Los Angeles on the California Channel Islands, Santa Catalina is the perfect spot for an action-packed island holiday. If you’re searching for places to go in California where you can check out a range of adrenaline-boosting activities, this island destination offers the adventurous Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour, the Ocean Runner
Ribcraft Dolphin Tour, or the intense off-road Cape Canyon Adventure.

4. Long Beach

Long beach, Southern California
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Long Beach is Southern California’s favorite ocean-side playground where you can enjoy just about any adventure experience you can imagine. On the cultural side
, the Long Beach Museum of Art will impress art lovers with not only dazzling visual arts but also extravagant views of the Pacific.

5. The Queen Mary

The Queen marry, Southern California
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The RMS Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Later they turned into a really cool hotel for tourists vulture.

6. Palm Springs

Palm Spring
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Located 120 miles (190 km) east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs has been a popular holiday destination since the 1920s
, when movie stars used the desert city as their winter playground. With its mid-century architecture, the city’s Movie Colony District reflects the lifestyle that Hollywood’s elite enjoyed
. More than a dozen
beautifully maintained golf courses lie within 100 square miles of the city, making Palm Springs a golfer’s dream, but the region
‘s natural attractions are worth exploring. A trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the 8.516-foot (2.596-meter) summit of the Chino Canyon offers tourists a bird’s eye view of the desert landscapes.

6. Griffith Park

Griffith park
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Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It is the second-largest city park in California after Mission Trails Preserve in San Diego and the 11th largest municipally-owned park in the United States.

7. San Diego

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With miles of sandy beaches, a picturesque harbor, and stellar luxury resorts, San Diego is the ideal destination for a fun-filled weekend getaway. A host of cultural attractions, theme parks, historic sights, and a world-famous zoo make the city near the border of Mexico perfect for extended family vacations. Known as the birthplace
of California, San Diego also provides opportunities to discover the long past of the Golden State. In the Old Town of San Diego, tourists can visit the mission founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769. The most famous attraction in San Diego is America’s premier zoo, located in Balboa Park with flowering gardens and Spanish architecture. The city is host to other family attractions, such as SeaWorld San Diego and the Birch Aquarium.

8. Venice Beach

Venice Beach, Southern California
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Tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney is credited with transforming a marshy stretch of coastline south of Santa Monica into “Venice of America.” In 1904, Kinney converted a series of drainage canals into scenic canals and created a Venetian-inspired beach arcade. Although the canals remain one of the community’s top attractions, most tourists head to the world-famous beach boardwalk, where eccentric street performers compete with stores, stalls, and food stand for publicity. Beach volleyball courts, skating plaza and bodybuilding muscle beach area are crowd-pleasers as well. The pier on the southern end of Venice Beach is ideal for fishing.

9. USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum, Southern California
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The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.

10. Hollywood

Hollywood, California
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One of the most visited locations in Southern California, Hollywood has been an international film and entertainment center since the silent movie days of the 1920s. Many TV studios are still located in Tinseltown, and visitors can book tickets for TV shows while in Los Angeles. A stroll along the star-studded Walk of Fame leads past the historic Chinese Theater, where the footprints and handprints of famous film stars are enclosed in cement on the pavement. The famous Hollywood sign of the district is located in Griffith Park, home to the Griffith Park Observatory, the outdoor Greek Theater, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Best Time To Visit Southern California

Here is the guide for Travelers about when to visit.

Summer in Southern California

Months: June to September

Southern California is at its peak during the summer. The season of the festival is in full swing and you will find a celebration for anything under the sun.

Fall in Southern California

Months: October & November

Want to party it up for Oktoberfest? Places like the Standard Biergarten, Steingarten LA, Verdugo, or any one of the countless German-loving bars around LA can compete with the greatest parties in Deutschland.

Another great thing to do in Southern California in the fall is to check out the countless food festivals. Two of my top picks are the California Lemon Festival in Goleta in October and the Taste of Downtown in San Diego in early September.

Winter in Southern California

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Months: December to February

California has the best weather in the United States, so don’t let the winter deter you from visiting. Most of Southern California has times ranging from mid-50s to mid-70s. While it’s not bikini weather, it’s typically very mild and perfect to explore.

Spring in Southern California

Months: March to May

Spring is probably one of the best times to visit Southern California. Tourists have not yet taken over and the prices are much lower than you’ll see during the summer season.

Where to eat in Southern California

Some of the cool places to eat in Southern California are

1. The Hobbit

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Multicourse French-inspired meals begin in a wine cellar then move up into a refined, homey space.

Address: 2932 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869, United States

HoursCloses soon ⋅ 11PM ⋅ Opens 7PM

Menu: hobbitrestaurant.com

2. Jay’s Southern Cafe

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Address: 44461 Old Hwy 80, Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 91934, United States

HoursClosed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Menu: places.singleplatform.com

3. Georgia’s

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Warm, contemporary counter at the Anaheim Packing House serving Southern fare & weekend breakfast.

Located in: Anaheim Packing DistrictAddress: 440 S Anaheim Blvd #209a, Anaheim, CA 92805, United States

Hours: Opens 11AM

4. Devery’s Smokehouse BBQ

Located in: Cucamonga Business ParkAddress: 9605 Arrow Route building 6 suite j, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, United States

Hours: Opens 11AM

Menu: deveryssmokehouse.com

Order: deverysmkhouse.com

5. Inn of the Seventh Ray

Food, Southern California
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Fans praise the Californian cuisine, made with seasonal, organic ingredients, in a woodland setting.

Address: 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290, United States

Hours: Opens 9AM

Menu: innoftheseventhray.com

Hotels to stay in Southern California

Following are the list of hotels where you can stay

1. California Dreams Hostel

Facilities :

Casual hostel offering colorful dorms & private rooms, plus free Wi-Fi, breakfast & parking.

Price : Starts from $66 .

2. The Resort At Pelican Hill


Facilities

Chic bungalows & villas, plus fine dining, 36 holes of golf & a lavish beauty spa.

Price : Starts from $76

3. Hotel Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Facilities

Mediterranean-style hotel with a spa, 4 heated pools, a golf course & an equestrian center.

Price : Starts from $984/3 days

5. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Facilities

Polished quarters with Mission-style furnishings, plus an on-site golf course & upscale dining.

Price : Starts from $6392/3 days

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