With spring break just around the corner, it is time for you to start planning your next getaway. Perhaps no place quite rivals the exciting attractions, scenic beaches, and lively entertainment of Southern California. SoCal has so many offerings that you will in fact find it difficult to choose which destination best suits your needs. To help you decide which Southern California city most appeals to you, we have highlighted five amazing destinations below and some of their features.
As the hometown of Disneyland Park, of course Anaheim is famous for its many amusements parks, but that is just the start. Sports fans will love this destination for Angel Stadium, where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play professional baseball. For foodies, the Anaheim Packing House is now home to more than twenty independent vendors serving an eclectic mix of ethnic cuisine, gourmet dishes, and American comfort food. You can also find the latest fashion trends at South Coast plaza or Fashion Island and receive unbeatable bargains at The Outlets at Orange. During your visit make sure you also explore the revitalized downtown, sample the many award-winning craft breweries, and visit some of its scenic beaches.
Costa Mesa is a vibrant, modern city packed with memorable sights and exciting attractions that promise to make your spring break unforgettable. For those interested in the performing arts, the city boasts the famous Segerstrom Center for the Arts as well as the South Coast Repertory Theatre. With over thirty parks, Costa Mesa has no shortage of open fields, rolling hills, and tranquil forested sanctuaries. One of its most popular parks if Fairview Park, a 208-acre public park that is perfect for walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and dining in the shady picnic areas. After your day of tranquility in the parks, you can head over to South Coast Plaza, an upscale shopping center that offers patrons award winning restaurants and luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Massimo.
San Diego is one of California’s most popular tourist destinations -- and for some very good reasons. During your stay in San Diego, plan a visit to its most upscale beach town, La Jolla. In Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” and this beach’s location on the cliffs overlooking the ocean certainly shows why it lives up to its name. Aside from dining at some oceanfront restaurants, you can also go kayaking, tide pool hopping, surfing, or biking along the beach. Another wonderful outdoor activity to consider is a day in Balboa Park. It boasts miles of beautiful greenery, fountains, and attractions. Not only can you take a walk or ride a bike, but you can also see a Shakespeare play or ride a carousel. While at Balboa Park, all animal lovers must also visit the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. A leader in animal conservation and creating natural habitats, you will feel like you are on safari in this incredibly well maintained zoo that is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals. Animal lovers should also visit Sea World where you can not only see marine creatures up close, but also touch and feed them.
Los Angeles has a never ending list of exciting things to do. If you are a film buff, vintage Hollywood is a must-see. Some of the classic attractions in the area include the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Paramount Pictures Studios, which is the only television and film studio left in Hollywood. You can also window-shop along Rodeo Drive or cruise Sunset Boulevard. If you are an avid beach-goer, there is no shortage of scenic shorelines to choose from in Los Angeles. Some of the most popular include Venice Beach, Zuma Beach, and the Santa Monica Pier and Beach.
Orange County boasts so much natural beauty that between its sublime parks and white sand beaches, you will never want your spring break to end. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a wonderful park offering gorgeous waterfront hiking views. If you want to soak up some sun at the beach while taking in all the west coast surfing action, Huntington Beach is a great choice. This beach was nicknamed “Surf City, USA” in the 1950s when the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing first took place. To this day, the beach still remains popular for surfing -- but that’s not all it offers. As you explore the famous 1,850-foot Huntington Beach Pier you will come across volleyball players, runners, cyclists, and skateboarders as well as many delicious eateries and oceanfront shopping venues.
Regardless of which Southern California destination you choose to spend your spring break in, make sure you reserve you accommodations at Ayres Hotels, which has a location in each of these cities. When you select Ayres, you will not only be in a central location, but you will also have access to first-class service and unparalleled amenities.