Southern California December 30, 2019
8 Underrated Places In Southern California That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
Looking for some new destinations to explore in Southern California? Whether you’ve lived in SoCal your whole life or you’re just passing through, we’ve put together a list of hidden gems that you most likely never knew existed and will definitely want to see. Do you have a favorite spot on this list?
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. The Lake Hodges 990-Foot Suspension Bridge
The Lake Hodges Pedestrian Bridge Trail will take you across a 990-foot suspension bridge. Whether you're walking or biking, this spectacular trail will make your jaw drop. Located inside San Dieguito River Park, this 1.5-mile trail is easy enough for most anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Address: 12655 Sunset Dr, Escondido, CA 92025.
2. The Secret Cactus Garden in the sky at Getty Center
The Getty Center has long been one of SoCal's hidden gems. Everyone already knows this destination is packed with many magnificent gardens, but most people have no idea about this secret cactus garden in the sky with one of the best views of Los Angeles in the entire city. Address: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
3. The Treetop Trail At Ziplines At Pacific Crest
If you love an exhilarating adventure in the great outdoors, this treetop trail in Southern California will take your breath away. Located at Ziplines At Pacific Crest in the small town of Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains, you can take one of the best zipline canopy tours in the country with route lengths up to 1,500-feet long high above the forest floor. Address: 6014 Park Drive, Wrightwood, CA 92397.
4. Alpine Pedal Path
Located in the town of Big Bear in San Bernardino County, there's a delightful hiking and biking path called the Alpine Pedal Path that will bring out the nature lover in you. With its lakefront views and serene forest setting, this easy hike is one rare find that should immediately go to the top of your bucket list. Address: 740 Stanfield Cutoff, Big Bear, CA 92314.
5. California Citrus State Historic Park
The California Citrus State Historic Park is one of SoCal's true gems, and yet many people have no idea this slice of paradise even exists. With 248 acres to explore, you can experience the history of SoCal's citrus industry by exploring the grounds and sampling the citrus plucked right off the tree. Address: 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside, CA 92503.
6. Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
Love spotting dinosaurs in SoCal? Then you'll want to check out the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center where you'll find a secret dinosaur trail packed with plenty of dino sculptures and dino statues to keep you on your toes for hours. They may not be the real thing, but they sure look like it. Address: 7621 Granite Hill Drive, Riverside, CA, 92509.
7. The 5-Mile Train Ride inside Fairview Park
For the train enthusiasts out there, you may be surprised to discover that SoCal is home to a 5-mile ride on a tiny train. Located inside Fairview Park in the city of Costa Mesa, the Orange County Model Engineers offer a five-mile ride on the rails through absolute perfection. And the best part? This train is free! Address: 2500 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
8. Ortega Falls
If you enjoy discovering SoCal's waterfalls, you'll want to add this hidden gem to the top of your list. This little-known 0.3-mile trail that leads to Ortega Falls may not be well known by most people, but it's well worth a visit. Address: 32806 Ortega Highway, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.
Have you ever experienced a visit to any of these destinations in SoCal? If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy Southern California, we think you’ll also enjoy reading about these
nine hidden places in SoCal that are worth a visit. Address: Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA 92029, USA Address: Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA Address: 6014 Park Dr, Wrightwood, CA 92397, USA Address: 740 Stanfield Cutoff, Big Bear, CA 92314, USA Address: 9400 Dufferin Ave, Riverside, CA 92503, USA Address: 7621 Granite Hill Dr, Riverside, CA 92509, USA Address: -33382, 32806 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, USA