Hidden Gems in Southern California

The tourist attractions of Southern California, including San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, attract many tourists. These are all great places to visit, but if you are looking for another place away from the radar, check out the next great destination.

Channel Islands

My husband and I spent most of our lives in California, but we missed some of the wonderful islands that fall into one of these American National Parks. After seeing some great images on the internet, I did a short boat trip from Oxnard to Anacapa Island as part of our weekend’s memorial trip.

If you decide to go, please prepare and bring your supplies. This trip is for well-being and adventurous people. You will need to climb 157 stairs on this rugged little island without food, toilets, water or toilets to clean. Now I hate the house, but I tell you the view of the rocky coastline, huge cliffs, and rough peaks deserved it. With Inspiration Point, you can easily walk the edge of the island in a few hours.

We visited in June. Bright wildflowers covered magnificent gulls to many small islands and every corner. Be careful with protective pads that will cover your head if you get too close.

We returned two years later, visited the island of Santa Cruz the Great, and visited exciting kayaking in a historic sea cave. On the boat, we saw two big schools of whales and dolphins. The water can be harsh in some respects, but the caves were great. This was a lifetime experience.

Some people consider these islands abandoned, but if you have the spirit of adventure and the nature of love, the Chanel Islands are considered the Galapagos Islands of North America.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

This is another great place we have not visited for decades. Located in Pasadena, the magnificent grounds have over 10 acres of gardens, spread over 120 acres. The most magnificent gardens are hard to say, but the Japanese gardens, the Rose Gardens, and the California Gardens are my favorites.

We did not have the opportunity to check the art gallery. The Huntington Museum of Art displays 18th-19th-century British paintings, sculptures and decorative art such as the famous Blue Boy. As a writer, I did not visit the Huntington Library, one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States.

next time.

Ventura County Wine Trail

Napa may be as interested as California wine, but my husband and I enjoyed passing the coastal hills near the coastal city Ventura. We visited two of nearly 20 wineries and tasting rooms.

You can book one of the many wine tours offered. However, we decided to get a map and explore on our own. Starting from Ventura at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 101, we headed Highway 33 towards Ogai.

The surprise awaits this pretty simple and attractive route-from the US Post Office to the last place James Dean has lived. Our favorite finding was the Old Creek Winery, which felt like we came back to a simpler place and time that was welcomed by kind dogs and people. We enjoyed the wine we purchased and took a walk on the table with a view of Americana.

By the way, both Ojai and Ventura are attractive lodges, luxury resorts, and a well-appointed station that offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for breakfast. In summer, there are festivals and live music on weekends at Ventura Harbor Village.

Laguna Beach

A charming beachfront town halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. With over 20 scenic bays, this beach area offers everything from windsurfing, boating, snorkeling, kayaking and whale watching.

Just be careful, the waves can be intense in some places. When I was a teenager, I decided to surf my body despite the messy water, and wipe it with huge waves (think about the Beach Boys song: in fact “Beach Boys’ was a song that grew up like a surfer girl, and they added romance to everything they chatted on the waves, so they were blamed for the whole incident.

But the scene can not beat. Add a restaurant, a very chic store, and a unique art gallery to get your photos. There is also a Baby Boomer Club for Saturday Night Dance. Every summer, they host Laguna Woodstock, where children’s birthdays are celebrated as of 1969.

Heisler Park is a good place to start just north of the main beach. You can walk half a mile along the paved road and enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline and the quiet sound from the broken waves. Look at one of the paths leading to the beach and the lagoon bath. There are benches and tables for picnics and barbecues where you can enjoy wonderful views. Baal and I had a picnic in a grassy area, but it was perfect!

Treasure Island Park is another great location on the grounds of the 5-star Montag Laguna Beach. The wonderful scenery, many of the observation seats were lined along a winding and winding road. You can access the beach from the stairs and stairs. Here you can take a walk on a beautiful rocky road at low tide, find a spot in the sand at the sun’s pool, or find a large tidal pool. In addition, there are many grassy places to take a walk. I would suggest bringing some wine and cheese to catch a romantic sunset.

Big Bear Lake

Because I live in the desert, Big Bear is a wonderful mountain shelter with a wonderful lake and pristine forests. Boating, fishing and hiking sports are just a few of the activities in this cozy little village.

Last summer, my husband and I traveled around the lake, had a picnic, took off in the Alps, drove a car at speeds up to 30 miles per hour and visited a scenic empty chair. After seeing people lifting a lift to a mountain bike down the aisle, next time they will be added to the task list.

There are also air skiing and snorkeling for adventurers of the mind.

Ermatador Beach

Are you looking for a beautiful sandy coastline with white sand beaches, steep cliffs, rocking waves, and rocky rocks?

Don’t look beyond El Matador, located north of Malibu from the highway overlooking the Pacific coast. It’s easy to miss a small sign pointing to a small parking lot on a highway, so take a careful look between Broad Beach and Decker Canyon Roads. When you find them, prepare to hike at a height of 150 feet with the help of some steep stairs.

Not for infants or people with disabilities, but if you can reduce the number of steps, you will be treated with wonderful scenery. The locals know about this beach, and you may see some pictures taken-we did!

There isn’t much that can be done on this small but glorious beach, so you can have a picnic lunch and a glass of wine and enjoy the wonderful romantic atmosphere in the hidden corner.

Redondo Beach

Well, maybe I noticed that my husband and I came from the beach. The next morning before leaving Los Angeles Airport, I found this beach in an accident while looking for a nearby location to stay at night.

Redondopia is a landmark that offers panoramic ocean views and water activities such as marina cruises, whale watching, kayaking, boats, and pedal boats. The truth is, we did not try any of these things, but we liked Tony’s view of the pavement we enjoyed the happy hour!

The pier also has a large 16-foot white shark called Georgette. It is visible on the pier at the large reservoir of Shark Attack. If you have you and your grandchildren or you are young in your mind, you are a semi-submarine yellow submarine (now stuck in my head of the Beatles of the semi-submarine for underwater observation of the local marine life You may enjoy singing).

If you are going to return to Los Angeles, be sure to win at the airport hotel.

Catalina Island

This island is more known than some of my previous recommendations, but it is an emotional favorite. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there 40 years ago, and we came back a couple of times. It is a small and charming island without stoplights and fast food restaurants. Typical traffic jams include two golf carts and a two-seater bike.

On our honeymoon, we took our bike around Avalon, went horseback riding, went to the famous casino, and took us to sunbathe on the small beach. We also took buses to two ports, the only other village on Catalina Island. Popular activities include diving, aerobics, fishing, glass-bottomed boats, kayaking, segway, golf and hiking.

After decades, we sailed from Long Beach to the island-it turned into a single overland. My husband and my children came back to become open water diving while diving in the midst of a famous kelp forest surrounded by bright orange Garibaldi. Next time I visit, I would like to try the new zip line at 600 feet above sea level at speeds of up to 30 meters per hour on one 1100 foot track. Whey!

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