Southern California October 26, 2017
11 Unimaginably Beautiful Places In Southern California That You Must See Before You Die
Whether you live in Southern California or you’ve only just visited a time or two, there’s no denying that SoCal is home to some of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the country. From sandy beaches and rugged cliffs to thick forests and towering mountains, nothing quite beats the breathtaking beauty of Southern California’s scenery.
1. Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101)
One of the most stunning urban parks in the country just so happens to be right here in Southern California. This sprawling oasis of beauty includes nature trails, museums, natural scenery and colorful gardens. It's definitely one spot in SoCal you must see to believe.
2. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Whether you're interested in strolling along five miles of nature trails or you just want to take in the sights and the sounds of the variety of gardens tucked inside this magical landscape, the beauty of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is breathtaking.
3. Laguna Beach
With so many stunning beaches to choose from in SoCal, it's pretty much impossible to decide which beach is the most beautiful. But we must confess this view of Laguna Beach has captured our heart, especially when all of those colorful flowers are in bloom.
4. Griffith Park Observatory Trails (2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027)
With over 53 miles of trails to explore, you'll soak up tons of natural beauty in this peaceful oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's the perfect place to take a day hike, take in an epic view from the observatory, and picnic under a shady tree.
5. Torrey Pines Cliffs
Located in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, the Torrey Pines Cliffs offer one of the most magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're wandering along the trail on a hike or sitting back and watching a sunset, there's nothing more spectacular than this little slice of heaven on earth.
6. Starr Ranch (100 Bell Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679)
There's a picturesque nature preserve hiding in southern Orange County that will take your breath away. Starr Ranch Canyon offers 4,000 acres of natural beauty that you'll want to explore, wander, and photograph.
7. Fullerton Arboretum and Botanic Garden (Arboretum Visitor Center, 1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831)
26-acres of pure majestic beauty is what you'll find at Fullerton Arboretum. Tucked away from the noise of the city, this quiet and peaceful oasis of greenery is a little slice of paradise that's always a delight to wander.
8. Sturtevant Falls (Chantry Flat Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006)
There's nothing like a waterfall in SoCal to make you stop and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us here in the Golden State. You can appreciate this gem in person along a 3.25-mile hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. What a refreshing sight to see after spending some time on the trail.
9. Laguna Niguel Regional Park (28241 La Paz RdLaguna Niguel, CA 92677)
The fairytale surroundings of this Orange County park will remind you why SoCal is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Waterfront views, winding trails, and an abundance of peace and quiet is what you'll find at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.
10. Will Rogers State Historic Park (1501 Will Rogers Park RdPacific Palisades, CA 90272)
From the first moment you set on eyes on this lush state park in the Pacific Palisades you'll instantly know you've stumbled upon something quite special. Whether you're hiking, horseback riding, or taking long walks throughout the natural surroundings, you may stop and pinch yourself because this magnificent oasis seems too good to be true.
11. Santa Cruz Island -- Channel Islands National Park
Soaking up this view in Southern California may just be one of the most extraordinary things you'll ever see. Santa Cruz Island may not be an easy spot to reach, but once you arrive you can be assured the view will be worth the trip.
Aren’t we lucky to have so many beautiful places to explore?! Where’s your favorite place to wander in SoCal?
If 11 places aren’t enough for you to explore, here are
12 more beautiful spots in SoCal to add to your bucket list.