These 9 Road Trips In Southern California Will Lead You To Places You’ll Never Forget

Every time is a good time to go on a nice, long drive, or maybe take a delightful road trip (or nine). We’ve put together a shortlist of our favorite Southern California road trips that will show you the most delightful stops that the region has to offer. Whether you want to go chasing waterfalls, you crave the quaintness of a small town or two, or you’re looking for something that will take you on a delicious ice cream journey (for real), there’s a little something for everyone to choose from on these nine driving adventures right here in Southern California.

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How’s that for the ultimate list of epic Southern California road trips? Ready to hop in your car and hit the road?

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Best Road Trips in Southern California

July 26, 2021

What are some must-visit attractions in Southern California? 

There’s so much to do sown in SoCal that it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to just a few ideas. There are the ever-present major attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and amusement parks, but there are some must-do things that you might not find on every Southern Californian’s to-do list. Visit Griffith Observatory, in busy Los Angeles, for an out-of-this-world experience. La Jolla Cove is another must-see, and its business district is a blast to kill an afternoon at.  

Where are some offbeat places to visit in Southern California? 

Offbeat places are totally our jam. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of strange things to do down there that you won’t find advertised like the bigger tourist attractions. Take a stroll through the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where numerous Hollywood icons have been laid to rest. Folks like Mickey Rooney, Clifton Webb, and Peter Lorre call this place their final home. While in Los Angeles, check out the morbid, but intriguing, Museum of Death. You also can’t miss the International Banana Museum, which is just – well, bananas. For more of our favorite quirky SoCal attractions, check out this list!  

What are some fun things to do in Southern California? 

Southern California is a huge part of a huge state, and it’s right on the sea – so there’s plenty to be done. Kill an entire day or longer at any one of the tens of dozens of public beaches. Visit the world-famous amusement parks which call SoCal home, and stroll down Hollywood Boulevard for a taste of the glamour of days old and new. Take a ghost hunting tour in the fall, or admire the incredible, beautiful landscapes throughout the region during the spring and summer, when the wildflowers are at their peak. The possibilities are endless.  

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