Discover the best
things to do in Southern California. Day trips, attractions, kids activities,
hidden gems and adventures. All of these trips can be taken in one day, and
your starting point can be anywhere in Southern California. Many destinations
are free or low cost, all are perfect for a family outing.
Ventura Day Trip
Contrary to popular belief, some of the best things in life are free — like feeling the sun on your face, the sand between your toes and the water over your feet. And it's those things and more that await visitors in the City of
A Catalina Island day trip is perfect for those that don’t have the time to travel to some remote faraway location. Catalina Island is located just 26-miles off the coast of Southern California, southwest of Los Angeles.
Catalina is part of the
The Santa Monica Mountains have quite a few vineyards. Most are on a small scale and many are hobbies to their owners. The mountains have dry summers and mild to cool winters not exactly the perfect place to grow wine. Acreage is scarce, the
If you are looking to spend a day soaking up the essence of California, then it’s time for a Malibu beach day trip. The 21-mile strip of oceanfront properties is an affluent beachfront city in western Los Angeles County that offers some of the
Adamson House Museum ranks among some of the most magnificent homes in California—a mini Hearst Castle, Los Angeles style on Malibu Beach.
One of the first quintessential Californian style houses, this quasi-mansion was originally constructed for
Southern California is generally thought of as starting in Santa Barbara and ending at the U.S. border near San Diego. This Southern California bucket list includes tourist attractions, hidden gems, and unique points of interest. Southern
2016 Sawdust Art Festival - Friday, June 24 through Sunday, August 28, 2016, Open 10-10 daily
Nestled closely against the cliffs of Laguna Canyon, the Sawdust Art Festival is part of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Visitors enjoy a colorful
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is the home of the original Disney theme park, and Disney California Adventure, which celebrates the varied geography and cultures of California.
Unlike the parks at Walt Disney World, these parks are right next to
Treasure Island Park Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful parks in Southern California. The park sits directly in front on the 30 acres five-star Montage Resort.
A paved pathway runs along the top of the cliff offering amazing views of the
Doheny State Beach is located in South Orange County next to Dana Point Harbor. Doheny was California’s first state beach thanks to Edward Doheny who donated 41 acres of ocean front property to the state in 1931.
Up until the Dana Point Harbor was
Moro Campground offers spectacular ocean views from all of its sixty campsites. Unlike some other beach campgrounds, there is no bad campsite. Everyone has an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean.
It's been twenty years since the State of
Crystal Cove State Park has one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Three miles of pristine beach plus over 2000 acres of park. The main point of entry is the Crystal Cove Historic District. Here you will find the Crystal Cove Beach
Hotel Del Coronado or the "Del" has been a San Diego Landmark since 1888. Located across the San Diego Bay in Coronado the Del is one of the most recognizable buildings in San Diego.
This huge Victorian hotel looks like something out of a
Known as much for its magnificent bluffs as the multi-million dollar homes that line them, La Jolla is a beautiful coastal community just a short drive from the excitement of downtown San Diego.
Perfectly situated, La Jolla treats visitors to a
High above the bustling suburban sprawl of San Diego city life, Palomar Mountain Observatory is a welcome break to travelers trying to escape the hustle and bustle of other parks that are often overcrowded with visitors looking for a weekend
You'll find charming Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens in Fallbrook, not all that far down the road from San Diego. But once you arrive, Myrtle Creek will make you feel like you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of that California
San Diego County Fair June 3, 2016, through July 4, 2016. This Year’s Theme: Mad About the Fair, a nod to Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
For 24 days the San Diego County Fair rolls into the Del Mar fairgrounds bringing
When it comes to harbor tours and whale watching in San Diego Hornblower Cruises offers the best tours. No other San Diego harbor cruise operator has more choices. Dinner Cruises, San Diego Bay tours, Scenic Brunch Cruise and Whale Watching all
Oasis Date Gardens are a 175-acre date ranch dedicated to growing Organically Certified Medjool Dates. Located along the old road to the Imperial Valley the date ranch was established in 1912.
While guests are not allowed to roam around the palm
Saline Valley Hot Springs may be a little rough to get to but well worth the effort for those that love to dip in hot mineral water pools. Saline Valley Hot Springs are "managed" by a group of people, all volunteers,who have constructed and
Twentynine Palms is situated at the Northern entrance of Joshua National Park. Many travelers pass through town without giving this sleepy desert oasis a second thought.
Most of the town's revenue is from the nearby 29 palms marine base and
Alabama Hills Owens Valley Road Trip points of interest you don't want to miss.
Take a drive in the Alabama Hills’ “movie flats” and walk in the footsteps of the Lone Ranger, Russell Crowe, Gene Autry and Mel Gibson. Or simply enjoy the natural
Montana de Oro State Park is one of the hidden wonders of the Central Coast. Nestled past huge eucalyptus trees and the town of Los Osos is this spectacular place perfect for a day of adventure.
Once inhabited by grizzlies and Chumash Indians,
Los Alamos is located in about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara and about 20 miles south of Santa Maria on Highway 101. Most motorists drive by this wonderful little wine country town never realizing what an amazing little gem it is.
Avila Beach is a quaint little town on the Central Coast of California. The town is a popular destination for locals to spend a relaxing day on the beach. Ocean water temperatures are warmer here due to its location on San Luis Bay but still quite
RV Camping Port San Luis Harbor. Camping at Port San Luis is unique in that it offers RV campers a place to camp only steps from the Pacific Ocean. Currently, only RV's are allowed to camp in five areas around the harbor.
Port San Luis RV camping
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