Collected by Katie Earnest
Yerba Buena Rd, California, USA
Some friends and I hiked to Sandstone Peak (in April), which is the highest point of the Santa Monica Mountains where we were rewarded with an amazing view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. It had just rained, so the view was crystal clear....
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...
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
Throughout the 1930s, film star Marion Davies entertained Hollywood’s elite in the 110-room oceanfront mansion built for her by media magnate William Randolph Hearst. Since 2009, the public has been able to enjoy the features of the estate that...
25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
The unpretentious Belmont Brewing Company is laid-back with a congenial vibe. Local beer, local crowd, and the best of the local view makes it my kind of spot to unwind. Rent a bike at the Bike Station on 1st Street in Downtown Long Beach, and...
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Tour Long Beach Harbor for an up close and personal glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, and whales. This company also does special events, like the Hallowe'en "Boo Cruise" aboard the Harbor Breeze. Photo by Michele W/Flickr.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA can be considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cali. The weather is great-I wore a light hoodie and pants in August (while the rest of CA experienced triple digits), the scenery is absolutely incredible, and...
4900 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
This one goes out to the ladies. From lovely to vintage to sultry, Laurenly is where you'll find high-end dresses, well priced tees, and designer jewelry. This is a popular spot for finding just that right piece to balance trendy with classic. One...
102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Built more than 100 years ago, the historic building that now houses the newly designed Federal Bar has preserved its grandeur and rich bank-like ambiance. Locals come for the food and the happy hour (daily, 4:00–7:00 p.m.), but the opulent...
140 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The rumors are true: Long Beach has come alive at night, and the Spanish-themed Sevilla Café and Night Club is leading the charge. You can enjoy tapas with friends or make the most of a divine restaurant experience, check out the flamenco dancing...
5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Explore nooks and crannies in the Naples district of Long Beach, where you can cruise by waterfront homes and through narrow inlets. The highlight of this kayak adventure—besides your wonderfully burning arms from all that upper body work—is the...
201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Congregation Ale House Chapter is a local favorite where you can have a proper confessional with your buddies inside or out on the covered patio. With dark wood accents and stained glass features, you may feel a little guilty for drinking in a...
500 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The menu at this farm-to-table restaurant changes based on the season to best showcase the local bounty from nearby land and sea. The hottest spot in the house is on the patio where diners enjoy the delicious SoCal weather. This is a modern,...
4114 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90814, USA
This place is the most charming hidden gem in Long Beach. Brunch is a must: You can choose from a pear, peach, mango, or classic mimosa. With that many choices, you know it's going to be good. The food is also fantastic. Try the chicken-apple...
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Sitting near Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory has a vantage point that allows visitors great views of the HOLLYWOOD sign during the day, and even more fantastic views of the stars at night. The space has plenty...
23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Barely one foot past the threshold of the Adamson House I was snapped out of my tile-induced reverie by a shrieking octogenarian docent who was horrified that I had defied Tour Rule Number 1—“Do not take any pictures inside the house!” My innocent...
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Seagulls are silhouetted against the sun, with the iconic Malibu Pier glistening in the background. A media mogul’s plaintive cry, vainly bullying beachgoers to stay off the public sand, dissipates as crashing waves dissolve into pearly sea foam...
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302, USA
Cruising up Las Virgenes Road from Malibu’s beaches, keep your eyes peeled on the right for the unexpected sight of the Malibu Hindu Temple. If you reach Mulholland Highway you’ve gone too far, but it’s worth doubling back for a quick visit to...
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