Southern California January 03, 2018
10 Places In Southern California That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
Whether you live in Southern California or you’ve only visited a short time, one thing remains the same: once you experience SoCal you’re pretty much ruined for any other spot on the planet. Whether it’s beaches, mountains, oceans, or city life that captivates you, there’s no question that SoCal has a little something for everyone. Here are a few of Southern California’s dreamiest places.
1. Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma
There are few places across the country that can claim this kind of view on a Sunday drive. Right off Sunset Cliffs Blvd in Point Loma, you'll be treated to a magnificent view of Sunset Cliffs that is beyond breathtaking. It's the picture-perfect spot to roll down the windows and soak up that fresh ocean breeze.
2. Descanso Gardens
Wander through the 150-acre Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge and you'll feel as though you've been dropped inside a fairytale. Lush greenery will greet you at every turn along with serene water features and tranquil surroundings.
3. Joshua Tree
When you live near a destination like Joshua Tree that's only a short drive away and practically in your backyard, you may find yourself never wanting to leave Southern California. Whether you hike, camp, or just love to be surrounded by nature, Joshua Tree National Park is unlike anything you'll ever experience anywhere else.
4. Balboa Park
Whether you enjoy natural scenery, stunning architecture, or just the vibrancy of a bustling urban park, there's no question that Balboa Park in San Diego is one of the best places on earth.
5. Huntington Beach
When it comes to piers, Southern California has some of the best views you'll ever see. Although it's impossible to pick a favorite SoCal pier, we find ourselves quite mesmerized by this intoxicating scenery that's found along the pier at Huntington Beach.
Home to one of the most iconic hotels in the country, Coronado is one of those places that you must see for yourself to believe. Stroll along the sandy beaches alongside Hotel Del or meander through the charming residential streets for a brisk walk or breezy bike ride in one of the loveliest towns in America.
7. Catalina Island
There's no other place quite like Catalina Island. It's the dreamiest getaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city without having to stray far from home. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous architecture, and charming local shops and restaurants can be found in Catalina Island.
8. Santa Rosa Island -- Channel Islands National Park
Santa Rosa Island, which is part of Channel Islands National Park, is filled with eye-popping scenery and a stunning landscape that's perfect for outdoorsy days filled with hiking, kayaking, and exploring.
9. Laguna Beach
When out-of-towners think of Southern California, it's often the beautiful beaches that come to mind first. Perhaps that's because SoCal is home to so many stunning stretches of beach and sand that the view here is almost unreal. One our favorite destinations, Laguna Beach, is one of those spots that simply can't be beat anywhere else you may travel.
10. Meditation Mount
Only a short drive outside of Los Angeles, you'll find a peaceful and tranquil retreat in SoCal where you can surround yourself with nothing but natural beauty. Located in the town of Ojai, the soothing destination of Meditation Mount is a relaxing destination where you can explore the grounds, take in the scenery, and breathe in the freshest air.
Yes, we are definitely home to some of the most picturesque places in the country. Did any of your favorite spots show up on this list?
We’d love to know where you like to spend time in Southern California. Please share in the comments your favorite places to hike, dine, shop and explore. We’re always looking for suggestions and would enjoy making some new discoveries around SoCal based on your suggestions.