There are a lot of big bucket list items to hit in Southern California alone. I highly encourage you to hit all the big things. Go to Los Angeles, San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park, and Disneyland, but don’t overlook the smaller, less-well-known attractions and parks.
There are many out there, and I know you won’t be able to hit all of them, but you should be able to check out a few. To get you started, here are four destinations you should consider taking some time to explore the next time you’re in Southern California.
1. Cucamonga Peak
Located outside of Los Angeles, Cucamonga Peak is one of the best places to get a gorgeous view of the Southern California landscape. It’s one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains at over 8,800 feet. Hiking the trail to the peak is a challenge so bring your comfortable hiking shoes and be ready for a workout. The roughly 12-mile hike isn’t for the faint of heart.
If you’re willing and able to climb to the top, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views. The peak is a popular place for taking photos. You’ll get a view of the surrounding landscape and other peaks like no other. If you want some breathtaking photos of your trip, then making the trek is completely worth it.
2. Corona Del Mar State Beach
Not interested in hiking long distances? How about hanging out on a beach? There are plenty of beautiful beaches in California, but the Corona Del Mar State Beach is one of Southern California’s best. With a half a mile of sandy beach, the spot is a go-to for swimmers and surfers.
Framed in by cliffs with gorgeous houses on them, you can spend a day lounging in the sand and swimming in the water and then head to the neighborhood for a bite to eat. Known as the Crown of the Sea, this area is one of the most beautiful seaside spots near the City of Newport Beach.
3. Salton Sea
Looking for something different? You might find the Salton Sea an interesting destination. The shallow waters here make up one of the largest inland lakes. It covers over 340 square miles of land. The unique makeup of the lake means algae grows in the lake and then dies off in the Spring and Summer. This decaying algae isn’t a good smell, which drives many tourists away.
However, when the lake doesn’t smell it’s one of the most beautiful and unique places in all of California. It’s perfect for birdwatching, boating, and sightseeing. There are all kinds of oddities around the Salton Sea, that makes it one of the best bits of Southern California.
4. Borrego Springs
Looking for something a little different? Borrego Springs has you covered. This town is right down the road from the Salton Sea. Nestled in the desert between Salton Sea and the coast, the town has about 3,400 people and is full of interesting art, shops, restaurants, and lodges.
Stargazing is a big thing in Borrego Springs and the town is home to the International Dark Sky Community, which focuses on the effects of light pollution. You can also visit the Borrego Art Institute and take a class in watercolor painting or pottery.
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