Southern California April 21, 2018
9 Spots In Southern California That Will Make You Feel Nostalgic For The Good Ol’ Days
Whether you grew up in Southern California or you’ve just lived here long enough to feel like this part of California is home, it’s likely you have fond memories of some classic SoCal locations that remind you of the good ol’ days.
From old-time diners to quaint main streets along some of SoCal’s oldest towns, there are plenty of spaces and places here that make all of us feel nostalgic. Here are nine destinations that come to mind.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bob's Big Boy — 4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505.
Even if you're all grown-up, there's something about Bob's Big Boy that will make you feel like a happy-go-lucky kid again. A popular chain dating back to the 1930s, this iconic burger joint is guaranteed to bring back some fond childhood memories.
2. Downtown San Dimas
When you feel like being transported to the past, take a leisurely stroll along the downtown district of San Dimas and soak up the charm of the past. With local shops and restaurants housed in buildings dating back to the 1800s, this stretch of downtown along Cataract and Walnut is a fun way to step back in time when life moved at a slower pace.
3. Knott's Berry Farm — 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620.
It's impossible not to feel nostalgic about this delightful amusement park in SoCal. Whether you have fond memories of visiting as a child or you have fond memories of taking a child, this is one spot in SoCal that we all have a soft spot for in our hearts.
4. Frosty Chalet — 500 N Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545.
Fond memories of ice cream cones, milkshakes, and french fries are just a few of the ways this local hamburger stand will make you feel nostalgic. From the old-fashioned walk-up window where you can order a shake or malt to the vintage decor on the inside, you'll take a step back in time at Frosty Chalet.
5. Galco's Old World Grocery — 5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
It's impossible to walk into Galco's Old World Grocery, aka The Soda Pop Stop, without feeling like you've wandered into a time machine. Occupying a corner of Highland Park since 1955, this family-owned gem is a friendly and familiar destination in the neighborhood. With shelves lined with every pop imaginable in every style and flavor, this corner shop will take you back to the good ol' days when you begged your parents to walk to the corner store just to buy a soda pop.
6. Pann's Diner — 6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Since 1958, Pann's Diner has been whipping up some tasty comfort food just like Mom used to make. Step inside this classic diner today and you'll find it hasn't changed much since it originally opened. With vintage touches throughout, this diner is a fantastic throwback to the good ol' days.
7. Old Town Orange
Another one of SoCal's iconic old-timey towns that will make you long for yesterday is Old Towne Orange. With its small-town charm and quaint downtown circle, this historic district is worth exploring when you want to enjoy a stress-free day in a walkable city dotted with historic buildings from the 1800s.
8. Montrose Bowl — 2334 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020.
Since opening in 1938, Montrose Bowl has been a familiar landmark in the small town of Montrose. From the moment you step inside, you'll be transported to another era. With its vintage decor and old-time charm, this is one place in SoCal that will make you feel like a kid again.
9. Ruby's Shake Shack — 7703 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657.
Step up to the window at Ruby's Shake Shack and you'll instantly be flooded with memories of family outings and summer trips to Crystal Cove Beach when you visit this vintage shake shack on Pacific Coast Highway that's been a local favorite since 1945.
Do any of these spots make you long for the good ol’ days? Please let us know in the comments some of your fond memories.
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