Hidden Gems in Southern California

Many tourists flock to well-known destinations in Southern California like San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles,

and Santa Barbara. These are all great places to visit, but if you’re looking for somewhere different that’s a bit off the radar, check out the following incredible destinations:

Riverside, which is placed about fifty-eight miles from Los Angeles, has an open-air museum committed to maintaining the records of the citrus enterprise in the county and the state. California Citrus State Historic Park gives free guided excursions that encompass lots of tastes… in fact, on occasion, you’re even given a bag of oranges to take with you.

My husband and I have lived in California most of our lives, but somehow missed these spectacular islands that are classified as one of the U.S. National Parks. After seeing some stunning photos on the Internet, we took a short boat ride to Anacapa Island from Oxnard as part of a weekend anniversary trip.

If you decide to go, be prepared and bring supplies. This trip is for adventurous people in good physical shape. You will need to climb 157 stairs to the top of this rugged little island where there is no food, services, water, or flushing toilets. Now, I HATE outhouses, but I’m telling you – the views of the rocky shoreline, massive cliffs, and jagged peaks were worth it. You can easily hike around the rim of the island in just hours with Inspiration Point a grand reward for your efforts.

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