Ideas for a Southern California Vacation

Ideas for a Southern California Vacation
Southern California borders the Pacific Ocean, Mexico and the Tehachapi Mountains. It is home to the Colorado River, Ballona Wetlands, the high as well as the low deserts and the Channel Islands. Since Los Angeles and San Diego with their noted tourist attractions and theme parks are part of this geographic region, visitors to the area may also have an interest in exploring other sights. Ideas for a Southern California vacation vary as much as the landscapes of the region.

Hiking and Spelunking in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Situated in San Diego County, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park offers ample desert hiking and mud cave spelunking opportunities. Depending on the season, you will notice flowering cacti, mule deer, pupfish and iguanas as well as rattlers. The park encompasses 600,000 acres and is home to the Carrizo Badlands and mud caves. Adventure seekers reach these spelunking opportunities via primitive roads that might make them wish for a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Some caves offer cathedral ceilings, while others have people walking stooped. Copious hiking trails allow outdoor enthusiasts and desert aficionados to come face-to-face with the atmosphere of the desert. As for accommodations, visitors can stay in Borrego Springs, which is a small desert community, or opt for the state park RV campground.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-4684

Hiking Across Santa Catalina Island

A part of Los Angeles County, Santa Catalina Island is the most famous of California's Channel Islands. You may gain access by ferry from the ports of Dana Point, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Pedro or Marina Del Rey. The Trans-Catalina trails measures more than 32 miles in length, and spans the entire length of the island, making it possible to hike from one end to the other without having to change trails. In addition to this long trail, the island features over 200 miles of trails that include easy to traverse terrain as well as the steeper and rockier paths that seasoned hikers may favor.

Catalina Conservancy and Visitor Center
125 Clarissa Ave.
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1445

Swimming, Boating and Fishing Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory is a man-made lake in Southern California's San Bernadino County. It is close to Lake Arrowhead, which is a popular tourist destination. Visitors to the region frequently receive disappointment upon learning that Lake Arrowhead is actually a private lake and restricts access by non-residents. This leads to the popularity of nearby Lake Gregory, where seasonal boathouses open from April to October.

Water sports aficionados enjoy kayaking, rowboat use, paddle boards and sailing. They may also fish for catfish or trout from the shore; or swim or ride an aqua cycle. A man-made water slide augments the swimming opportunities the lake offers. Since there are grills and picnic shelters, hiking trails and also a dog park, Lake Gregory is a popular destination for day-trippers and tourists staying in adjacent towns.

Lake Gregory
24171 Lake Drive
Crestline, CA 92325
(909) 338-2233

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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