With its temperate coastal weather and varied landscapes, Southern California has something for everyone. Along the Pacific, the many sunny beaches could easily dominate all your time, but the rugged Channel Islands—where you can explore untouched wilderness or spot dolphins and whales offshore—are equally inviting. The stylish town of Laguna Beach draws visitors to its galleries, gourmet restaurants, and popular namesake beach, while Los Angeles presents a lifetime’s worth of unforgettable attractions. In San Diego, the surf scene is complemented by hip neighborhoods, celebrity-chef-helmed restaurants, a thriving arts scene, and the San Diego Zoo, one of the country’s most popular. And, of course, no visit to Southern California is complete without time spent at one of its famed theme parks, such as Disneyland® Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, or Universal Studios HollywoodTM, which thrill children of all ages.
Farther inland lie the San Bernardino Mountains, where you’ll find exciting winter fun at one of the ski resorts near Big Bear Lake. In the warmer months, there’s still plenty to keep a family entertained, from fishing and kayaking on the seven-mile-long lake to hiking the mountains’ many trails to exploring the Village, in the namesake town of Big Bear Lake, where you’ll find shops, restaurants, and lively outdoor events.
Whether you're looking for a quick family trip or a romantic adventure, check out these picks for a memorable weekend getaway in Southern California.
Los Angeles is known for its tourist hot spots, but it has more to offer than meets the eye. These hidden gems may be lesser known, but are well worth exploring on your next visit to Los Angeles.
Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort #A654
"Friendly employees, wonderful activities workers, excellent accommodations."
Harbortown Point Marina Resort & Club #4042
"Loved my view...would go again in a heartbeat!"
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort #1285
"This resort is in the middle of all the action in Carlsbad."
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