Southern California's mild weather, and the variety of urban and wilderness attractions brings vacationers during all seasons. You can frolic on the beaches in the morning and in the afternoon, then hike the top of a mountain ridge. Prices can range from free for a day at a river trail to several hundred dollars for a weekend at a ski resort.
The Mediterranean climate runs from the 65 degrees F in the winter to the 80s in the summer. The few rains come from November to March.
Though public transportation exists, you generally need a car to get around. Car rental places abound at airports, large hotels and near tourist sights.
The price of lodgings depends on location and style. Cheap motels can be had for $40 a night as of September 2009, while beachfront resorts can cost hundreds of dollars.
Try the Santa Ana River Trail, which is a Class I bicycle path that runs 110 miles from the San Bernardino Mountains to Huntington Beach. The trail is also open to hikers.
Pacific Coast Highway
PCH fronts many beaches and runs from San Diego to Santa Barbara and beyond. Stay and play near this highway for the quintessential Southern California experience.
Article Written By Aurelio Locsin
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.