Known for its sunshine and near perfect weather, Southern California is one of the most visited regions in the United States by travellers from across the globe. Home to gorgeous beaches, family-friendly theme parks and beautiful landscapes, there really is something for everyone in Southern California. With over a thousand miles of coastline, it is the perfect destination for a vacation full of swimming, hiking, surfing and pretty much any activity you can think of. Head to cities like San Diego, Long Beach and Los Angeles for some amazing sightseeing and countless opportunities to experience some of that famed Southern Californian lifestyle.
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Balboa Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting San Diego. The park is home to 1200 acres of lush gardens, remarkable architecture and over a dozen museums including the Air & Space Museum, Museum of Art, Museum of Man and the Natural History Museum. The park was created in 1868 and was used as the location for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, which greatly impacted the park’s architecture and overall aesthetic.
Along with the many museums located throughout the park, Balboa is also home to many stunning gardens, a carousel and theatrical performance venues.
In the northern part of the park, lies one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, the San Diego Zoo. Home to over 3000 animals displayed in enclosures that replicate their natural habitats, the zoo is one of the best in the country. Join one of the tours for an overview of the zoo or take a ride of the Skyfari cable car. Exhibitions include 7.5-acre Elephant Odyssey, Koalas at the Australian Outback, Gorilla Tropics, the Hippo Trail and polar bears at the Northern Frontier.
One day passes start at $54 for adults, while the 2-visit pass is $86.40, or a membership starts at $112. Special experiences and tours are available for additional costs.
If you are visiting L.A. and are ready to spend some time outdoors or do some sightseeing and celebrity spotting, then the Runyon Canyon Park is the perfect place for you! The 160-acre park is in the Hollywood Hills, just beyond Hollywood Boulevard. From the top of the trail you can see amazing views of Downtown LA, the Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park.
There are three different entrances to the park, the Runyon Canyon Road Entrance, the North Fuller Entrance and the Mulholland Drive Entrance.
There are different trails that range in difficulty and length, from 1 mile to 3 miles, through the Canyon. For an easier walk, take the Runyon Canyon Road, also known as the Fire Road, the East Trail is a more moderate hike, while the most difficult trail is the West Trail.
The park is open every day, from dawn to dusk and is free for everyone and their dogs.
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