Southern California December 24, 2017
10 Brag-Worthy Destinations That Make Every Southern Californian Proud To Live Here
For those of us lucky enough to live in Southern California, we often find ourselves sharing our beautiful corner of the state with visitors, relatives, and out-of-town friends. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spots that we enjoy sharing again and again as these places truly show off some of the best parts of SoCal that we all know and love. Which spot on this list is your favorite SoCal destination?
1. The town of Idyllwild
We love our mountain towns here in SoCal, but our absolute pride and joy is the town of Idyllwild. This artistic mountain retreat provides a scenic getaway from the big city in a setting surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills and towering trees.
2. Lake Gregory
We are definitely proud of our many hiking destinations tucked throughout various parts of SoCal. And when it comes to hiking around a lake, nothing beats a spin around Lake Gregory. Located inside Lake Gregory Regional Park, this tranquil setting is one of our favorite places to be most any time of year.
3. Balboa Park -- San Diego
This magnificent and sprawling urban park consistently tops every SoCal must-see list for good reason. From stunning museums, breathtaking architecture, scenic walking trails, historic theatres, and even a Spanish Arts Village, this is a place we love exploring and sharing with visitors.
4. Southern California Piers
When you live in SoCal, it's impossible not to love the many piers that grace our beautiful part of the state. Perfect for leisurely strolls, stunning viewpoints, and breezy walks on a hot SoCal day, we never tire of spending some time on the pier. Pictured here: San Clemente Pier.
5. Catalina Island
Living in a state that's home to a place as beautiful as Catalina Island is almost enough to make you want to pinch yourself. Only a short boat ride away from several parts of SoCal, Catalina Island is a picturesque year-round destination where you can escape city life for a relaxing yet exotic island getaway. Not only is this a stunning place to visit, but it also happens to be one of the most photogenic places in all of SoCal. No wonder we love showing this place off!
6. Wayfarers Chapel — 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Wayfarers Chapel aka The Glass Church is truly a sight to behold. Surrounded by the natural setting of towering trees and ocean views, this glass church may be the most stunning place of worship in all of SoCal — if not the entire country.
7. The New Point Loma Lighthouse — San Diego
Located in the city of Point Loma in San Diego County, you'll find a spectacular lighthouse that's surrounded by scenic and soaring views. Whether you love capturing photographs of SoCal scenery, or you're drawn to long strolls with breathtaking views, this is a spot that most everyone will want to see again and again.
8. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens — 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
Whether you're drawn to the 120-acres of botanical gardens, the extensive library filled with an expansive collection, or you're enchanted by the magnificent architecture, you can count on The Huntington as one SoCal treasure that truly has a little bit of everything for everyone.
9. Crystal Cove State Park — Newport Beach
This stunning paradise, located in Orange County, is a blissful destination to explore. When it comes to state parks, this spot certainly can't be beat. With more than 4,000 acres of natural surroundings to experience, you'll never run out of coastline, canyons, or trails to wander.
10. Torrey Pines Cliffs
Home to some of the most intoxicating cliffside destinations you will ever witness, Southern California never disappoints in the "Wow" department. One of the most breathtaking cliffside destinations of all is located at Torrey Pines where you can soak up an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific Ocean. What a place of beauty!
How’s that for some brag-worthy destinations in SoCal? What other spots would you like to add to this list?
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