Southern California February 04, 2017
11 Incredible Trips In Southern California That Will Change Your Life
Now that the holidays seem like a distant memory, it’s time to start heading out on some adventures that will make this year an epic one. So today we are featuring 11 trips in Southern California that will add some joy to your life. Whether it’s an afternoon hike in a remote SoCal forest or a day trip to one of SoCal’s most charming towns, you are sure to find something on this list that will add a little extra spark and happiness to your week.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Idyllwild Nature Center -- 25225 Hwy 243 in Idyllwild-Pine Cove.
There's something about nature that's completely relaxing, especially after a long and stressful week. A trip to the Idyllwild Nature Center in the picturesque mountain town of Idyllwild is always a great remedy. Hiking trails, wildlife, and views that will make your spirit soar are all the things you can expect to find at this nature destination in SoCal. After a day of hiking, you might enjoy heading to this
charming eatery in Idyllwild
2. Sturtevant Falls -- San Gabriel Mountains
A trip to Sturtevant Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains will get you out of your mundane routine and recharge your spirit by surrounding you with nature. There are plenty of stunning waterfalls you can see in SoCal right now so take a look at the other
9 Southern California Waterfalls
that are all a breathtaking sight to see.
3. Santa Rosa Island -- Channel Islands National Park
For a remote getaway that feels like you're a million miles away, try taking a trip to
Santa Rosa Island
. Part of Southern California's Channel Islands, this rugged island is saturated with endless beauty. Only a three-hour boat ride from SoCal's mainland, you will be in paradise in no time.
4. Balboa Island -- Newport Beach
If you're seeking an island that's bustling with fun and energy plus lots of food and shopping, then a trip to
is where you should plan on heading. It's the perfect day trip for anyone in SoCal as it's centrally located in Orange County. While you're there, make sure to stroll down Marine Avenue to experience the local vibe and stop for a frozen banana at the legendary Sugar 'N Spice.
5. Tour a Chocolate Factory -- Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier at 9461 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine
Maybe you just want a quick trip that doesn't require a long day or long drive in the car. So how about a trip to a chocolate factory? Now that sounds like fun!
Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier
in Irvine is the kind of trip that will make everyone feel like a kid again. Make your own specialty chocolate bars, sample all sorts of chocolatey goodness, and even take a tour of the chocolate factory.
6. Calico -- San Bernardino County
Visiting a creepy ghost town might be just the adventure you need to take you on a journey to the past. The town of
Calico in San Bernardino County
has an interesting history of being a former silver mining town back in the 1800s. It is now an official state park and is a great place to visit to experience a taste of what life was like in an earlier century.
7. Gold Mine Tour -- Eagle Mining Company at 2320 C Street in Julian, CA.
How about a guided
Gold Mine tour
where you can pan for actual gold?! Just head to the quaint town of Julian and join the fun at the Eagle Mining Company where you will be taken back in time to the days when digging for gold was part of everyday life.
8. Anza-Borrego Desert Statet Park -- 200 Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs, CA
A day trip to
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
will remind you that SoCal is so much more than sandy beaches. This unique state park is not only filled with beautiful scenery, but it's also the largest national park in Southern California with close to 600,000 acres to explore. You'll find scenic hikes, ancient mud caves, and you might even spot an endangered species -- the Desert Bighorn Sheep.
9. Avalon -- Catalina Island
Sometimes you need more than one day for a getaway. If you have time to get out of town for a long weekend, then the town of
Avalon on Catalina Island
is one gem you won't want to miss. The activities in Avalon are endless. Whether you enjoy hiking, boating, snorkeling or sunbathing, you'll find that Avalon is the perfect destination. Or maybe you want to do some window shopping, dining, and miniature golf -- you'll also find those things in Avalon. It's a magical SoCal getaway that is only a short ferry ride away from three major locations in Southern California.
10. Pioneertown -- 5040 Curtis Road in Pioneertown, CA
Another fantastic ghost town hiding in Southern California that makes for a fun day trip is
. But this isn't your typical ghost town as it wasn't ever a real town. Pioneertown is home to a former movie set that was built in the 1940s. Even though it's not technically a "real" ghost town, it's still a fun way to experience a slice of SoCal history.
11. Julian -- San Diego County
Another favorite trip in San Diego County is taking a leisurely drive to the town of
. This is one spot where you'll feel transported to a simpler time while still having access to all the modern conveniences you know and love. Stroll down Main Street and step into the local shops or take a long hike out in the woods and breathe in that fresh mountain air. No matter where you explore in Julian, you really can't go wrong.
Have you started planning your trip yet? I’m eager to hit the road and start doing some SoCal exploring as soon as possible.
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