10 Epic Adventures You Can Have In Southern California In A Day or Less
There’s no time like the present to seize the day and embark on a few adventures that will lead you to some of the best sights and sounds that So Cal has to offer. Just when you thought you explored every inch of Southern California, here are ten more places to add to your bucket list.
Please note, Malibu Wine Safari is temporarily closed.
1. Dripping Cave Trail -- Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park at 28373 Alicia Pkwy in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Looking for an outdoorsy adventure? There's a 4500-acre wilderness park known for the historic Dripping Cave Trail that leads to a hidden cave. Also known as Robber's Cave, as it was once a popular hideout for thieves who used this spot to hijack stagecoaches, this fun hike will add a unique slice of SoCal history to your day as you enjoy some fresh air out in the wilderness.
2. Potato Chip Rock -- Mt. Woodson in Poway, CA.
How about a hike and an epic photo opportunity? Head to Potato Chip Rock located in Mt. Woodson in Poway and get your adventure on for a hike in the fresh outdoors that leads to a rock that looks just like a potato chip.
3. Burro Schmidt Tunnel -- Mojave Desert
There's nothing quite like a cave adventure in SoCal! Our favorite cave, the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, dates back to the 1900s and is the site of a former mining tunnel that was carved by hand by a single individual over a 38-year period. Take this day trip out to the Mojave Desert as it's one of SoCal's coolest hidden gems. You can find the Burro Schmidt Tunnel off Highway 14 in Red Rock Canyon State Park.
4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park Covered Wagon Tour -- Escondido, CA.
If you've ever daydreamed about going on safari, but the idea of hopping on a plane and heading to the other side of the world doesn't appeal to you, then you'll want to check out this Covered Wagon Tour. Located right here in SoCal at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, this outdoor experience will make you feel like you're on an exotic international adventure without having to stray far from home.
5. Malibu Wine Safari -- Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard located in Malibu at 32111 Mulholland Hwy.
Speaking of safaris, how about a wine safari?! Take a day trip to the Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu and indulge in an outdoor adventure that includes sipping and sampling wine in an open-air vehicle. During your tour, you'll experience a picturesque setting filled with stunning views of the SoCal landscape as well as multiple stops along the way to visit zebras, alpacas, llamas, and camels that are located throughout the property.
6. Hollywood Forever Cemetery -- 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
If you're in the mood for an adventure that's on the quirky and spooky side, then a stroll through Hollywood Cemetery might be just the thing you'd enjoy. One of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles and also the resting place for many Hollywood legends, this is one place that will add a little adventure to your day.
7. Carbon Canyon Regional Park -- 4442 Carbon Canyon RdBrea, CA 92823
Thought you had to make a long trip to Northern California to see the towering redwood trees? What if you could experience them right here in SoCal? For an easy adventure that will take your breath away, head to Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea where you can experience the beauty of mother nature.
8. Pacific Surfliner -- Amtrak Train Stations
Whether you're looking for an adventure that lasts only a few hour or you're seeking even more fun that will last the whole day, a train ride on the Pacific Surfliner is just the thing you need to fully experience all that SoCal has to offer. With train routes from San Diego to Santa Barbara, there are plenty of ways to embark on a fun-filled rail adventure in SoCal for an adventure of a lifetime.
9. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area -- Agua Dulce
Did you know that Southern California is home to an historic rock formation that is over 25 million years old? Vasquez Rocks, located in the town of Agua Dulce, is an epic destination that will leave you in awe of the power of Mother Nature. For hiking, rock climbing, or just exploring, Vasquez Rocks is a magnificent setting to soak up all that SoCal has to offer.
10. Crystal Cove State Park -- Newport Beach
When you're seeking a little slice of heaven earth, you simply can't beat a day at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach. You'll find over 4,000 acres of natural land to explore that will lead you through coastline, canyons, and hiking trails.
What a fun way to see SoCal! Any favorite destinations on our list?
If you have a go-to spot to show off the best sides of SoCal, please share in the comments. Address: 4442 Carbon Canyon RdBrea, CA 92823