Where to begin? There are so many things to do in Southern California, we could easily create a big long list, but that would be overwhelming! So I’m going to categorize the things you can do in Southern California and list off some of the best, in my humble opinion.
Surfing- Huntington beach pier, where the US Open Surfing Championship is held each summer, Trestles, a world class spot just south of San Clemente, La Jolla Shores, a good break for beginners
Parks- Legoland is ok for kids but watch them trick you into buying stuff at every turn. Six Flags and Seaworld are incredible fun.
Disneyland! New attractions at California Adventure and Downtown Disney. Be sure to check out the newly-remodeled Space Mountain, as well as classics such as the Matterhorn and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Orange County: Go to lunch at Ruby’s on the Newport Beach pier, have a nice day out at the beach.
San Clemente: great breakfast/lunch place, Waffle Lady. Pico exit, near Staples. They have a dozen different waffle choices and toppings and other stuff.
San Diego: Seaport Village and Old Town are terribly touristy and don’t offer too much. Seaport is a little better than Old Town. Try hiking Cowles Mountain. It’s pretty easy and offers a nice view. Cedros Design District in Solana Beach is fun for shopping. There’s a nice strip in Del Mar too. The San Diego Zoo, of course, does not disappoint- it’s world class.
L.A.: Griffith Park Observatory. Tesla Coil demonstration.
Want to relax or golf? Check out the La Costa Resort and Spa. Expensive but 5 star quality.
More outdoors stuff: Joshua Tree rock climbing is so good it draws travelers from around the world, Death Valley is a huge playground for jeeping but not in the summer, San Jacincto is full of great hiking trails and just north of the great romantic getaway town of Idyllwild, San Gorgonio hiking is beautiful and intense enough to use as training for Mt Whitney, Mt Woodson is a nice morning hike full of cool bouldering problems. Check out the pioneering outdoor retailer Adventure 16 anywhere in Southern California- 7 locations.
The Del Mar Fair is, well, a big fair in June. You oughta see it at least once.
Casinos are all over… seen one you’ve seen ‘em all.
International Surfing Museum - The International Surfing Museum located in Huntington Beach, California is home to a collection of some of the most significant artifacts in the history of surfing. With surf music and videos playing in the background, you’ll be in the mood to view the many fine exhibits.
There are just too many things to do in Southern California! You’d better move here and get a job that doesn’t make you work in the evenings and on weekends!