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Southern California: Where Life is More than a Day at the Beach
by CL Hendricks

Southern California is a large, exciting area with hundreds of attractions. Here are our top ten suggestions of attractions in Southern California to visit.

Hollywood Boulevard: You will see the Walk of the Stars where the famous stars have their own stars in the pavement. You can visit Whiskey A Go Go, where Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin performed. This is also where you can find the Viper Room and many fascinating shops.

Pacific Coast Highway: This is a long, scenic stretch of highway that runs the entire length of the state. Find a place to pull off and relax on the beach while watch the tide rolls into shore.

Universal Studios: This is an amusement park next to the studio by the same name, which has produced many of the best Hollywood films.

Disneyland: This is the most famous amusement/theme park in the world. Be sure to get a Fast Pass to bypass long lines for rides. Check out the package deals for lodging and a lot of extras.

San Diego Zoo: This is one of the pre-eminent world zoos, with more animals and exhibits than almost any other zoo. Be sure to get a map, sunscreen and some bottled water to prepare for the 1-2 days needed to experience this park.

Santa Monica Pier: This famous pier is one of the best places to watch people strolling and skating. It is very picturesque at night when the Ferris wheel and the shops are all brightly lit.

Newport Landing Whale Watching: The whales swim by and wave their tails in the air for the tourists. You can also take a guided boat tour for a closer look at the giant sea mammals.

Knotts' Berry Farm: This is a jam and jelly factory combined with an amusement park. You can also tour the farms.

Movieland Wax Museum: This wax museum features true-to-life statues of famous Hollywood stars.

Sea World: This water park provides terrific shows, aquatic wildlife and even dolphins you can pet.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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