Hidden Gems in Southern California
Many tourists roam in southern California in famous places like San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. These are all fantastic places to visit, but if you are looking for anything other than radar, take a look at the following incredible places:
My husband and I have spent most of my life in California, but somehow we have lost these splendid islands, which have been classified as the largest park in the United States. After seeing some great photos on the Internet, we traveled from Nixon to Anacapa Island as part of a weekend trip to a small boat trip.
If you decide to go, get ready and get the supplies. This journey is for the bold people in good physical shape. You will need to climb 157 stairs on top of this rugged little island, where there is no food, service, water or toilets. Now, I hate outhouse, but I’m telling you that it is worth watching the rocky coastline, huge rocks, and jagged peaks. You can easily move on the island with a great reward for your efforts in a few hours with Inspiration Point.
We had visited in June when thousands of breathless seagulls were found around the burst of beautiful wildflowers covering the small islands and around every corner. Just pay attention to their protective mothers who fall on your head if you are very close.
We returned a few years later and visited the biggest island of Santa Cruz for the exciting kayak tour of the historic sea caves. During the boat ride, we saw a whale and dolphins of two big schools. Water can be shaken at some points, but the caves were incredible. It was a unique experience.
Some people consider these islands desolate, but if you have a courageous feeling and love nature, then the Channel Islands are considered to be the Galapagos of North America.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
This is another extraordinary place which we have not been able to see since decades. Situated in Pasadena, the luxurious property is home to more than a dozen grand gardens spread over 120 acres. It is difficult to say which is the brightest garden, but the Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and the California Garden are my favorites.
We did not even have a chance to check art galleries. The Huntington Art Gallery is home to 18th and 19th-century British paintings, statues, and decorative arts, and includes the famous Blue Boy. And as a writer, I’m not ashamed, we have not visited Huntington Library, one of the largest and most comprehensive research libraries in the United States.
Ventura County Wine Trail
Napa could attract the attention of everyone as a wine country in California, but my husband and I enjoyed a good ride through the coastal hills near the coastal city of Ventura. We visited two of the 20 wineries and tasting rooms.
You can book the offer of many food and wine tours. However, we decided to get a map and find out on our own. Starting from the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 101 from Ventura, we reached the Oval at Highway 33.
The surprising thing is that it is somewhat lonely but attractive road – from the “smallest office in the United States” to the last place where someone saw James Dean alive Our favorite search was the Old Creek Winery, which returned to a simple place and at times when friendly dogs and dogs welcomed us. We enjoyed our bottle of wine and picnic outside on the table, which enjoy the American scene.
By the way, both Ojai and Ventura are worth a break with both attractive shifts, superb spas, and bedding and breakfast as well as many outdoor activities. In summer, Ventura Harbor Village is a group of activities with live music on festivals and weekends.
This charming seaside city is located between Los Angeles and San Diego. With more than 20 different scenic spots, this beach area offers everything from surfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and whale watching.
Be careful, the surf can be estimated at some places. As a teenager, I decided to ride the body in spite of some water and washed by a huge wave (think of the beach boys song: Hehehehehehe Ponche!). Actually, I blame the Beach Boys for all this incident because they made this whole guitarist story go and singing romantic and I became surfer girl. So their fault is.
However, the scenario can not be beaten. Add ultra-chic restaurants and shops and unique art galleries and get pictures. The Baby Boomer Club is also on Saturday night’s dance. Every summer, they host Woodstock Lagoon, where baby boomers celebrate, as it was in 1969.
The Heisler Park is a good starting point, situated in the north of the main beach, with an easy half-mile walk away with the magnificent views of the coast and the soothing sound of the crashing waves. You can take one of the beaches and tidal pools. Benches, picnic tables and barbecues, where you can enjoy great views. My husband and I had a picnic in one of the grass areas and it was perfect!
Treasure Island Park is another beautiful place, which is located in the grounds of five-star Montage Laguna beach, where the stay is really prosperous. Excellent landslides, many lookout benches follow the easy spiral path. Stairs and ramps take you to the beach, where you can cross beautiful rock arches during low tide, you can find a place to sunbathe in the sand and a big tide pool. Apart from this, there are lots of grass fields for a picnic. I would recommend bringing liquor and paneer to capture a romantic sunset.
Big bear lake
I live in the desert, so Big Bear has a great mountain migration with its beautiful lake and ancient forests. Rowing, fishing, and hiking are some activities in this small village.
Last summer, my husband and I cycled around the lake, had a picnic, closed an alpine slide, driving go-cart at speeds of up to 30m, and brilliant views of the ride for a spectacular sky chair. Are. After seeing the people with trails airlifted from the mountain bike, we next put it on our to-do list.
For more adventurous, parasailing and ziplining are also available.
El Matador Beach
Looking for a fantastic beach with white sands, rock cliffs, breaking waves and rocky rock formations in semi-hidden place?
Do not look forward to El Matador, located in the north of Malibu, with the winding Pacific Coast Highway. Notice the small brown sign pointing to the small parking lot on the path, it is not easy to notice, so be careful between Broad Beach and Decker Canon Road. Once you find it, then be ready to walk on a 150-foot rock with the help of some stairs.
Not for small children or people who are physically disabled, but if you can get down from those steps, which will be tempting for you. The locals know about this beach and you may be looking at some photo shoots – we did it!
To make this small but glorious stretch of beach is very less, so bring a picnic lunch or some wine and look for a hidden corner to enjoy incredibly romantic settings.
By now, you might have probably seen that my husband and I are beach bombs. We got this beach in an accident while looking for a place to stay the night before the flight out of the LA the next morning.
Redondo Pier is a milestone with panoramic sea views and water activities, including port cruises, seasonal whale watching, kayaking, paddleboarding, and pedaloes. The truth is known, we have not tried any of these, but we liked the look of Tony on Pier, where we enjoyed Happy Hour!
There are also a large 16-foot white shark on the pier, which is called the Georgette, which is displayed in a large pool in the shark attack on Pier. If you have grandchildren or you are young with heart, you can enjoy a yellow submarine submarine (damn, now the Beatles song is stuck in my head) for the sight of the underwater submarine water.
If you are flying from Los Angeles, of course it likes to be in an airport hotel.
This island is better known than some of my previous recommendations, but a favorite passionate. My husband and I spent my honeymoon there 40 years ago and returned many times. It is a small and picturesque island with no stoplight or fast food restaurant. A general traffic jam involves two golf carts and one cycle for two.
During our honeymoon, we happily rode around Avalon, riding a horse, visiting the famous casino and sunbathing on the small beach. We took a bus for Harbours, the only other village in Catalina Island. Snorkeling, Parasailing, Fishing, Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Paddleboarding, Segway Tour, Golf and Hiking are other popular activities.
After decades, we sent our boat from Long Beach to the island, which was a wild ride. My husband and older children have returned to our open water dive to become a certified diver in the famous algae forests surrounded by the bright orange fish of Garibaldi. The next time we travel, I want to try a new zip line which is 600 feet above the sea level and with a 1,100 feet long race 30 m.p.h. Wheee!
As you can see, there are so many places to travel in Southern California, it is impossible to list them all. But I hope I have given you some ideas to get started!
Julie Gorge is a writer, freelance writer, and blogger. In the professional writing of the last 20 years, he is the author of three books, he has published hundreds of articles in national and regional journals and won three journalistic awards. You can visit their blog at http://www.babyboomerbliss.net.