Southern California September 27, 2017
The Ultimate And Definitive Bucket List For Everyone In Southern California
If you love exploring Southern California, and we know you do, then you’re going to want to check out this incredible list of the most epic things to see, do, eat, and explore in every corner of SoCal. From breathtaking hikes to mouthwatering restaurants and incredibly scenic outdoor adventures, this will be your go-to list for the best destinations you’ll want to embrace in this corner of the world.
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. Catalina Island
One of the many benefits of living in Southern California is having quick and easy access to
. Hop on a ferry from one of three ports in SoCal and head to this delightful island where you can play for the day or an entire weekend.
2. Mission Inn Hotel and Spa - 3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
in downtown Riverside is a blissful way to experience the Inland Empire. This historic castle turned hotel is a national historic landmark and it's easy to see why. From the intricate architecture to the glamorous surroundings inside and out, you'll be in awe when you see this hotel in person.
3. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens - 415 Avenida Granada in San Clemente
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
in San Clemente is the perfect place for a picturesque and scenic escape in Southern California. Stunning views, music in the garden, and a nearby breeze from the ocean make this place a must-see in SoCal.
4. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area - Agua Dulce
Located in the town of Agua Dulce,
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area
is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Whether you are a history buff who loves the idea of exploring rocks formed over 25 million years ago or you love being out in nature for an afternoon of rock climbing and hiking, this place will leave you feeling inspired.
5. Crystal Cove State Park - Newport Beach
Crystal Cove State Park
is like a slice of heaven on earth tucked inside SoCal. With over 4,000 acres of coastline, canyons and trails to be explored at this vast state park, you'll never run out of beautiful adventures at this outdoor paradise located in Orange County between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar.
6. The Vino Train
How about an all-day wine adventure on a train?! The Vino Train travels roundtrip between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara for the wine adventure of a lifetime. For more information, you can check out some of the details right over
7. The Huntington - San Marino
, located in the town of San Marino, is the ultimate place to experience all of Southern California's beauty. You'll find a variety of botanic gardens to explore including a Japanese Garden, a Chinese Garden, and even a Desert Garden. With over 120 acres of gardens to see, you'll have a fun-filled day surrounded by pure SoCal beauty.
8. California Citrus State Historic Park - 9400 Dufferin Avenue in Riverside
Nothing says SoCal like the smell of fresh citrus in the air. And there's no better place to experience this intoxicating scent than by visiting the
California Citrus State Historic Park
where you can tour the citrus groves and sample fresh fruit right off the tree.
9. El Capitan Canyon - 11560 Calle Real in Santa Barbara
For those of you who LOVE camping but prefer a touch of glam, then you'll be delighted by this darling glampground equipped with safari tents and cabins for a "luxury" camping experience. You can learn a bit more about El Capitan Canyon by heading over
10. Whitewater Preserve - 9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd, White Water, CA 92282
Located near Palm Springs right off the I-10 you'll find a majestic preserve in the middle of the desert that is unlike anything you've ever seen. At
you'll encounter crystal clear ponds, rugged hiking trails, and a scenic view of the mountains. But the most breathtaking sight of all is an aqua blue trout pond that you'd never expect to find in the desert.
11. Cliff's Edge - 3626 W Sunset Boulevard
is the kind of restaurant that will make you believe in fairytales. This magical outdoor hideaway in the heart of Los Angeles is the perfect way to experience the SoCal restaurant scene as it's like dining in a life-sized treehouse. Devour an amazing meal under a SoCal sky and you may never want to leave this epic eatery.
12. Balboa Park - San Diego
Whether you live in Southern California or you just happen to be visiting, there's nothing quite like experiencing the beauty of
. From urban walking trails to museums galore and many spectacular gardens, this urban city park is the kind of place you could spend an entire weekend and never run out of things to do.
Have you had the chance to explore any of these epic SoCal destinations? If you haven’t been to some of these spots before then now is the time to add these gorgeous places to your SoCal bucket list.
For even more SoCal adventures, take a look at these
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