Things to Do in Southern California for Free

Things to Do in Southern California for Free
California is a massive and beautiful state. When thinking about what to do in Southern California, it is important to take into account what your interests are and what kind of weather you prefer. If you enjoy really warm weather, the deserts and San Diego will be able to accommodate your needs. If you are big on cycling, consider what types of things you like to see while on your bike and let that help determine where you would like to go.


California is synonymous with beaches, and almost all of the beaches in California are free. The beaches in Southern California are beautiful and worth a look, but some are more impressive than others. Torrey Pines in San Diego offers rigorous cliffed hiking trials beside a calm, sandy beach. The water is clean and warm. Malibu Beach is one of the most famous California beaches. This location is ideal for surfers and swimmers as it pairs decent swells with warm, clean water. Because it is so popular, visitors can enjoy ample snack bars, restrooms and playgrounds.

Drive the PCH

Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It spans from Southern California and stretches to Eugene, Oregon. Along the road lie many of Southern California's most famous cities, including Malibu and Santa Barbara. For the best experience on the highway, be sure to bring camping supplies and a bicycle, and allow yourself plenty of time for the trip.

Anza Borrego Desert

The Anza Borrego Desert is the largest state park in California and home to a lush oasis filled with stunning plants. The area is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including deer, rams, iguanas and rabbits. Visitors are recommended to come in the spring, when the desert flowers are in bloom and the weather is the least extreme. Hikers and campers are always advised to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes, which are very common in the area.

Article Written By Jill Harness

Jill Harness has written on a variety of subjects for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "San Diego City Beat," "Mental Floss," Rue The Day! and Neatorama. Harness has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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