Collected by Jess Rodwell
609 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
Industriel's French-inspired dishes are prepared from the freshest Farmers Market ingredients and are presented with big-city grit. Distressed wood, colored crates, a dangling installation of Honey Bear bottles and Mason jars accentuate the...
Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food,...
Pacific Coast Hwy, California, USA
The journey down Highway 1 is the iconic California road trip, and this coastal route is a great choice whether you're in Northern California, the central coast, or in SoCal. But there's something extra special about driving the Pacific Coast...
7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
From fancy to funky to sometimes downright fugly, Melrose Ave. is a shopping mecca for all tastes and budgets. While tourists flock to this famous strip to browse the shops, locals know to show up on Sundays for the landmark Melrose Trading...
Arts District, Los Angeles, CA, USA
If you head just a bit farther east out of downtown LA, you will stumble upon an outdoor street art museum all over walls, garage doors, light poles, and pretty much any surface that will hold paint. Old industrial warehouses near the LA River and...
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Los Angeles loves its food trucks, and they often travel in packs. Different neighborhoods host Food Truck nights on varying days of the week. These roving food peddlers also often post up outside office buildings for lunch or by LACMA during the...
Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
The Pacific Ocean is a force that calls to some to jump in and join the dolphins that frequent its waters. Temperatures are warmest in August and September, but wet suits are available to rent year-round. Go surfing or take a stand-up...
Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Tahquitz Canyon loop is a short but spiritual two-mile loop along the peaceful Tahquitz River to the 60-foot Tahquitz Falls. Whether it’s rushing in spring or trickling in fall, the setting is stunning with sheer white cliffs contrasting...
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Golf and sunshine are the main magnets that draw visitors to Palm Springs, but a 10-minute ride will take you up into a snowy evergreen forest. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbs up to a mountain wilderness at 8,500 feet (2,590 meters). The...
664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Palm Springs is a thrift and vintage hot spot with hand-me-downs from its heyday of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Déjà Vu Vintage Finery is one of the best boutiques to find designer wears and accessories from casual to elegant without the...
611 S Palm Canyon Dr # 6, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Palm Greens Cafe is dedicated to organic cuisine and serves a menu of entrees for all dietary preferences including meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. Their raw twist on lasagna consists of thinly sliced zucchini noodles stuffed with...
1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Palm Springs has a reputation for its quirky creativity and the colorful giant robots in Kenny Irwin Jr's father's front yard are the perfect example. Tours can be booked in advance to walk the grounds filled with over 200 installations. No...
2937 Bristol St # C101, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
“We are handcrafters. We are members of the planet. We are creators of green products. We are committed to sustainability. We support local artisans. We leave no footprint. We are fueled by love. We encourage diversity. We are a community. We are...
234 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
A healthy happy hour? Sign me up! Affordable pizza and side dishes, as well as discounted beer and wine are on offer at Greenleaf Chopshop every day. Try the Tuscan kale salad, or the yams, walnuts, and goat cheese. If you miss the happy hour, go...
70 Newport Pier, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA
Compared with other piers in the area Newport is less popular but in my opinion it is just as scenic. The surrounding area is full of restaurants, lodgings, volleyball courts, and miles of beach to soak up the sun. While on the PCH take Newport...
259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Avanti Cafe has been serving farm-fresh veggies to Orange County since 2005. Their meals are made with local and organic ingredients, mainly from nearby farms and farmers' markets. There are vegan and gluten-free friendly varieties as well as...
Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
The iconic Huntington Beach Pier with its red and aqua facade is one of the best places to view surfers catch waves in Southern California. The vantage point is really phenomenal as many of the largest waves break near or around the pier. Parking...
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