The United States is known for a number of places, one of them is the State of California and all that it has to offer. From the time of the Gold Rush, it has grown more and more popular, drawing huge crowds to visit and many to move there. For tourists and new comers, there are many things to do in Southern California and many places to see that will leave you ecstatic, no matter what your interests.
The residents of Southern California are famous for their laid back fun loving attitude. One of the things this area is known for is its many celebrities and their great lifestyle. The beautiful beaches all along the coast, combined with the warm and sunny weather draw a lot of people to San Diego and Orange County.
This is the area where the US Open of Surfing takes place, so that means that if you are interested in surfing or are an avid surfer, this is one destination you can’t miss due to the incredible waves it offers. Even if you’re not a surfer, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Try fishing or sailing, going on a whale watching excursion, or kayaking. Swimming is quite popular in Orange and San Diego Counties, largely because there are so many sunny warm days every year. No matter when you visit, you can enjoy swimming, sun bathing, beach volleyball and water polo.
For those who prefer to take in some sun and relax on the beach, there are beaches just for that as well. Pacific Coast Highway runs along the coast for much of Southern California. From this one highway alone, you can access many miles of beaches. While you’re there, check out the tide pools teeming with animals like sea anenomes and crabs. As there are many mountain and canyon regions, one can also enjoy fantastic hiking on foot and/or mountain bikes. If you like watching birds and other wildlife, you’ll love San Diego and Orange County.
Dining in Southern California will leave you wanting more. Of course you can sample the unique California Cuisine, but don’t stop there. Because people have moved to California from all over the world, you can find good Mexican, Chinese, Thai and more. There are restaurants to fit any budget. If you don’t mind spending a bit more on fine dining, you’ll certainly find truly delicious dishes created by world famous chefs.
Of course, there are a variety of clubs for those that want to partake in the nightlife, from dancing to comedy clubs, live bands and everything in between. There are areas that feature the trendiest spots. Just follow the young celebrities in Los Angeles! And, for art lovers, this is the place to be. Many famous artists make their home here and have their art displayed in galleries in Laguna Beach. Because this is an actual art colony, one of the oldest in California, there is even a trolley one can use to go gallery hopping and it is free for the public.
As most of us already know, there is something magical that exists in the southern part of this fine and populated state. Its prominence in television, movies and music certainly contribute. Even someone who has never visited California has an idea of what it might be like from the Beach Boys song “California Girls” or the TV show “Baywatch”.
San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties all offer experiences unique to visiting Southern California. You can be sure that you won’t be disappointed if you choose to visit this beautiful area.