Southern California Destinations you have to Check Out!
Travel to these Southern California Destinations this Spring!
The first day of spring is March 20th. As we get prepared for consistent sunshine, we started thinking about Southern California destinations that we’d love to venture out to. There’s a lot to see in this beautiful state, especially a lot that’s close to southern California. These California attractions that we’ve listed can introduce some amazing spots for you to check out this year!
Orange County Great Park
Originally the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, located in Irvine, it was decommissioned and turned into the Orange County Great Park. We admit it’s not that far from Los Angeles, there won’t be much of a car ride to enjoy, but it’s also close enough that you don’t feel like you’re spending a day just driving to and from. What’s amazing about this park is that it has a lot of interesting features and something for everyone to enjoy.
Some of those features include:
• The Farm+Food Lab
• Great Park Balloon
• Kids Rock
• Reflecting Ponds and Viewing Pier
• Museum Hanger
• Certified Farmers Market (open on Sundays only)
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This state park is located within the Colorado Desert of Southern California. It’s actually the largest state park in California. It’s the second largest park in the contiguous United States, after New York’s Adirondack Park. There are two ways that visitors can approach the park. Either the east-Coachella Valley side via California County Routes S22 and S78, or the west-Pacific Ocean side via California County Routes S79 or S67. You’ll enjoy beautiful views in the drive itself since the highways climb from the coast to 2,400 ft above sea level then descend 2,000 ft down into the Borrego Valley in the center of the park. Look out for the Desert bighorn sheep! If you’re a patient park visitor you might be able to spot a few of the endangered species. Click here for specific park information like hours, brochures, and more.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Another one of the places to visit in Southern California is this little gem. It’s the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. You get an amazing aerial tour of the surrounding mountains. Opened in September 1963, it’s been around for nearly 55 years. There’s plenty of amazing things to do in the area, including “Ride N Dine” experiences. After riding the tramway you can dine at Pines Café, Peaks Restaurant, and even grab some appetizers and drinks at The Lookout Lounge. According to their website, since 1963 nearly 18 million people have traveled the 2.5-mile ride, which begins at the Valley Station and ends at the Mountain Station.
Located just south of Paso Robles, Templeton is a quaint town. According to the Visit San Luis Obispo County website, Templeton is “one of the area’s top wine-making regions and is a popular destination for antique shopping and gift store browsing making a very charming Main Street business district.” This rural town has kept most of their historical charm and is surrounded by rich agricultural land, hilly ranges with clusters of oak trees. Check out their wine tasting list of places like Adelaida Cellars, Bianchi Winery, Chamisal Vineyards and more!
These are just four amazing things to do in Southern California. These Southern California attractions will get you out of Los Angeles for the day, night, or even weekend this Spring. Go out and enjoy the sunshine and soak up as much of it as you can! With these four places, you’ll be able to get in your car and have fun this Spring.
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