People all over the world aspire to a vacation in Southern California. For many, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and spring is an especially good time to make the trip. From whale watching in San Diego to visiting iconic attractions to dining on delicious food, here are some ways to make the most of your spring trip to Southern California.
Springtime in So Cal
In tourist areas such as Southern California, spring is known as a “shoulder season.” The weather may be summerlike, and many businesses and attractions are reopening for the season or keeping longer hours. Activities that may not have been available during the winter are starting up again, yet the busiest season of summer hasn’t started yet, so the most popular tourist spots are not yet crowded.
There are also things you can see in Southern California during spring that are not available at other times of the year. For example, if you were to ask the locals, “When is the best time to whale watch in San Diego?” they would probably tell you that it is in the spring during the time of the gray whale migration. In the spring, 20,000 individual whales make their annual migration, and their route is right off the Pacific Coast.
Even though the weather in Southern California tends to be mild and pleasant for most of the year, plants still follow their innate biological patterns. This means that flowers are likely to be at their full bloom during the spring, making a trip to a So Cal botanical garden or arboretum during this time of year something extra special. Check out the Carlsbad Flower Fields or the Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail.
Places To Eat
Southern California is home to unique restaurants offering delicious food in quaint settings. The Old Place in Cornell has sort of a Western theme, while the Inn of the Seventh Ray creates a mystical, fairytale-like effect. Dating back to the 1800s, Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara is one of the oldest restaurants in California, and its décor pays homage to its celebrated past.
Sightseeing & More
Thanks to its proximity to the movie industry, Southern California has many iconic attractions to visit that have either been featured in films or that celebrate them in some way (San Diego has some). At night, the Griffith Observatory is a place to look up to see the stars in the firmament. By day, it offers spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Ocean. At all times, it offers the opportunity to learn more about the science of astronomy. So Cal is home to family-friendly attractions, such as Legoland, and outdoor adventures at locations such as Joshua Tree National Park.
Find out more about unique offerings, such as a San Diego private dinner cruise, and enjoy your stay in Southern California.