Southern California

Where to Spend Your Summer Vacation in Southern California

Southern California is brimming with exciting places where you could spend your summer vacation. Here are the top five that you should consider.

Los Angeles

Whether you want to visit Hollywood movie studios, check out the world-famous Sunset Strip, chill out on Venice Beach, take a trip to the city’s landmark museums, experience the vibrant thrills of LA nightlife, watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play, or have fun at theme parks, Los Angeles has got you covered. But the City of Angels is not just about beaches and fast-paced city life. Los Angeles is surrounded by some awesome natural sights, including vast mountain ranges, forests, valleys, and deserts. So, there is plenty to keep nature enthusiasts enthralled too. Even if you spend your whole summer vacation in LA, you still will not be able to cover every attraction the Southern Californian city has to offer. To find more great LA experiences, check out the selection at Viator.


Northeast of Los Angeles in Southern California, you will find the beautiful city of Pasadena. While Pasadena is perhaps most famous for its annual Rose Bowl football game, it has plenty more to offer; especially if you love arts and culture. It is packed full of galleries and museums. Some of the highlights include the Pacific Asia Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts, and the Norton Simon Museum. You will also love strolling through the Victorian and Art Deco buildings in Old Pasadena, and you can get back to nature by visiting the botanical gardens.

San Diego

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is a perfect summer vacation destination for anyone, but it will especially appeal to art and culture enthusiasts. The city boasts over ninety diverse museums and nine art districts, and you can learn about the history of San Diego by visiting historic sites like the Old Town State Park and the Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego is not just about art and culture, though. There are many wonderful beaches where you can engage in numerous water sports like surfing, scuba diving, or snorkeling, or just relax in the sunshine. In fact, San Diego offers seventy-five miles of coastline to explore.

Santa Catalina Island

If you are looking for somewhere quieter where you can get away from it all, consider spending your summer vacation on Santa Catalina Island. The rocky island lies off the coast of Southern California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. It is twenty-two miles long and eight miles wide at its greatest width. You can chill out at the beach, go on a tour to see dolphins or visit attractions like the Catalina Island Museum and the Catalina Art Gallery. But if you are looking for more adrenaline-pumping activities, there is plenty to keep you occupied. You could whizz down a zip line, go on an extreme off-road drive in Cape Canyon, or go kayaking, paddle-boarding, horse riding, or snorkeling. If you want to get away from the bustling city life for a while, Santa Catalina Island could be the ideal place to spend your summer.

Santa Barbara

The coastal city of Santa Barbara has something for everyone. Idyllic beaches? Check. Arts and culture? Check. Activity-packed outdoor adventures? Check again. Culture enthusiasts will want to see the Spanish architecture of Casa Del Herrero and take a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, while activity junkies will want to surf and paddle-board at the beautiful Butterfly Bay or go rock climbing, cycling, kayaking, or fishing, in many of the gorgeous natural landscapes around Santa Barbara. Catching a show at the Lobero Theatre also comes highly recommended, as does a visit to some of the vineyards in the area.

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