Hidden Gems in Southern California

Many tourists roam famous destinations in Southern California such as San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. These are all great places to visit, but if you are looking for a different place than radar, check out these amazing destinations.

My husband and I have lived in California for most of our lives, but I somehow miss these amazing islands classified in the United States. National Park. After seeing some amazing photos online, we took a short ferry trip from Oxnard to Anacapa Island as part of a weekend anniversary trip.

If you decide to leave, be prepared and bring supplies. This journey is for adventurers in good physical condition. You will need to climb 157 stairs to the top of this rugged little island where there is no food, service, water or toilet toilets. Now, I hate houses, but let me tell you – the view of the rocky coastline, huge cliffs and curved peaks was worth it. You can easily roam the shores of the island in a few hours with a point of inspiration for your efforts.

We traveled in June when a burst of small wild islands enveloped thousands of small islands and thousands of marvelous maritime glee at every corner. Just beware of their protective masks that turn against your head if you get too close.

Two years later we visited Santa Cruz the Great Island for an exciting kayak tour of historic sea caves. On the boat, we saw a whale and two large school dolphins. The water may have hardened at some points, but the caves were spectacular. It was once in a lifetime experience.

Some people consider these islands uninhabited, but if you have an adventurous spirit and nature of love, the channel is considered the Galápagos in North America.

Huntington Botanical Garden

This is another amazing place that we have failed to see for decades. Located in Pasadena, the magnificent property is home to over ten stunning gardens spread over 120 acres. It is hard to say what the most amazing garden is, but Japanese gardens, rose gardens and California gardens are some of my favorite things.

We did not get a chance to see the art galleries. The Huntington Art Gallery contains 18th and 19th century British paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, including the famous Blue Boy. To my grief as a writer, we ourselves have not visited the Huntington Library, one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States.

next time.

Ventura County Wine Trail

As a wine country in California, NAPA can be quite interesting, but my husband and I enjoyed passing near the coastal city of Ventura. We visited about 20 wineries and two of the 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 took Highway 33 towards Ojai.

Surprise waits for this lonely and quite fascinating way – from the “little American Post Office” to the last place where James Dean was seen alive. Our favorite discovery was Old Creek Winery, which felt like going back to a simple place and time where friendly dogs and folk welcomed us. We enjoyed our purchased wine bottle and took a walk outside at the tables, enjoying the view of the Americans.

By the way, both Ojai and Ventura are attractive lodges, luxury resorts and many outdoor stations with breakfast, with many outdoor activities. In summer, Ventura Harbor Village is a flourishing activity with festivals and live music on weekends.

Laguna Beach

This charming beach is halfway between downtown Los Angeles and San Diego. With over 20 different sightseers, this beach area offers everything from windsurfing, boating, snorkeling, kayaking and whale tripping.

Just be careful, the waves in places can be harsh. As a teenager, I decided to surf my body and wipe it with a huge wave despite the turbulent waters (think of the Beach Boys: wipe it hehehehei!). In fact, “Beach Boys” was blamed for the entire incident as they romanced by combining everything on the waves with songs that grew up like Surfer Girl. So it is their fault.

However, the scene cannot be defeated. Very stylish restaurants and boutiques, add unique art galleries and get pictures. There is also a Baby Boomer Club with Saturday Night Dance. Every summer, they host Laguna Woodstock, where Baby Boomer is celebrated, as in 1969.

A good place to start, Heisler Park is just north of the main beach, where you can easily take a half-mile walk along a paved road with stunning views of the beach and a calm sound of broken waves. Can. You can take one of the roads leading to the roads and tide fields. There are chairs, picnic tables and barbecue where you can enjoy the spectacular views. Hubei had my picnic on one of the grassy areas and it was perfect!

Treasure Island Park is another spectacular place, situated on the grounds of the 5-star Montague Beach Lagoon, where the property is truly prosperous. Great landscape, many observation seats lined on easy walking paths. Stairs and stairs lead you to the beach, where you can wander in a beautiful rocky corridor during low tide, find a place in the sand to soak up the sun, and a large tide swimming pool. In addition, there are plenty of grass areas for a walk. I would suggest bringing some wine and cheese to catch the romantic sunset.

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