Beautiful Laguna Beach, California

Southern California is one of my favorite year-round vacation destinations. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and plenty of waterfront attractions place it high on my list for summer fun and recreation. Offering a plethora of fun, scenic, and more often than not, completely free things to do, a trip to Southern California should be added to every nature lover’s bucket list.

The gorgeous Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve in San Diego
The gorgeous Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve in San Diego

With so many interesting things to do, you will never be bored no matter how many times you visit. Gorgeous sandy beaches, endless fitness opportunities, fun tourist attractions, gorgeous waterfront activities, and cultural attractions are just some of the items that should comprise your Southern California to-do list. Enjoy the suggested activities/attractions and feel free to share some of your personal favorites in the comments below.

in no particular order…

25 Fun Things to do in Southern California!

Beautiful La Jolla Cove in San Diego.
Beautiful La Jolla Cove in San Diego.

1. Take a ride along “The Strand” bicycle path


22 miles of easy riding along Southern California’s gorgeous coastline awaits you on one of the best paved bicycle trails in the country. Along the route, you will pass by numerous beautiful beach towns, each with their own unique look and attractions.

Never ending views of the coast, plenty of fun stops along the way, and an awesome workout all rolled into one – who could ask for more?! Highlights along The Strand route include the Manhattan Beach Pier, Venice Beach, and the Santa Monica Pier.  To date the most fun bike path I have ever experienced! A must do on any visit to Southern California!

The Strand bike path
Manhattan Beach Pier - California
The start of the Strand bike path in Southern California

Address: Torrance Beach to Will Rogers State Beach
More info on the Marvin Braude Bike Path

2. Hike Runyon Canyon

Hiking Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles, Calfornia

Runyon Canyon is one of my favorite place to hike in Southern California. The views of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign, and the surrounding mountains are nothing short of amazing. You will want to bring your camera for this one! If you visit on a weekday, it really is a quiet and enjoyable place (weekends are another story!).  Take a break from the beaches and spend a perfect summer afternoon enjoying the incredible views, while also getting in an energizing workout. If you are up for a challenge, running along the hills here really kicks your butt (one of my favorite places for race training!). For a relaxing alternative, free yoga is offered daily – check the schedule for session times!

The Hollywood sign seen from a trail at Runyon Canyon
A view of the LA skyline from Runyon Canyon
A bit smoggy, nevertheless, a nice view of the LA skyline.

Address: 2001 N Fuller Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
More info on Runyon Canyon