There’s plenty to see and do in Southern California all year long, but we thought it might be fun to put together a road trip that will inspire you to explore beautiful places in Southern California. And nothing seems quite as intoxicating as taking a road trip to see the seven wonders…of Southern California. Ready to see where we’re headed? Pack your bags, fuel up the car, and get ready for one of the most scenic road trips in Southern California.

With so many beautiful places in Southern California to explore there will never be a shortage of road trips you can take. What do you think of this seven wonders road trip, one of the most scenic road trips in SoCal? We think it’s the perfect way to explore the southern half of our great state.

Looking for more road trip ideas to experience Southern California? Then you may also like this quirky road trip that will take you to SoCal’s most unique roadside attractions.

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Scenic Road Trips In Southern California

What are some of the most beautiful places in Southern California?

Some of the most beautiful places in SoCal include:


Aside from Southern California’s seven natural wonders discussed above, this part of the state is filled with breathtaking places wherever you go. Surround yourself with towering redwood trees with a trip to Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Orange County, a beautiful place just waiting to be explored! Coronado is always a magical place to visit. Don’t forget to swing by and see Hotel del Coronado (or even spend the night if you can)! You can read about more beautiful places in Southern California in this article. 

What are some of the most unique places to visit in Southern California?

Some of the most unique places to visit in Southern California include:

  • Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, Riverside, CA: There’s a unique park in SoCal that is filled with...dinosaurs! Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Riverside has botanical gardens as well as a dinosaur trail with over 10 dinosaur sculptures. This park is open to the public and free to visit!
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA: This weird and wonderful cemetery is the final resting place for many celebrities (and their pets). It is definitely worth a visit to see the eclectic mix of gravestones and famous names. At night it even turns into an outdoor theater!
  • Museum of Death, Los Angeles, CA: A museum dedicated to all things related to death? Only in LA right? This fascinating museum is a bit creepy, but that's what makes it so special.


What are some other road trips I can take in Southern California?

SoCal is a great place to take a road trip. If you would like to take a themed road trip, try one of ours! We have put together several SoCal road trips including: