Southern California, often affectionately referred to as “SoCal,” exudes a sense of coolness and welcome at all times. Relax and embrace the laid-back atmosphere of a region that offers stylish beach towns and glamorous cities.

Visit 18th-century missions such as San Juan Capistrano and San Antonio de Padua to learn about the region’s Spanish settlers. They sought to colonize Southern California while the War of Independence was still raging in the east.

Take in as many attractions in Los Angeles as possible. Glamorous Hollywood, beneath the famous hilltop sign, features old cinemas, the Walk of Fame and celebrity spotting excursions. Expansive Griffith Park is the home of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo and some of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend hours in the J. Paul Getty Museum, which features vast collections of European and American art.

Bring your family to SoCal for some of the best theme parks in the country. Experience the magical atmosphere of Disneyland® Park, the non-stop thrills of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the cinematic escapism of Universal Studios Hollywood®.

Kick back in chic San Diego, which is packed with attractions, quality seafood restaurants and popular entertainment venues. Amble through Balboa Park, which features 15 different museums, as well as San Diego Zoo, botanic gardens and a miniature railroad. Spend your evening in trendy Seaport Village for dining and shopping on the waterfront.

Enjoy the friendly and relaxed vibe of SoCal’s beach towns. Venice exudes hipster charm and Huntington Beach is popular for surfing. Take your children to the gentler waters of Crystal Cove State Park.

Experience the life of luxury in stylish resort towns such as Palm Springs, Malibu and Santa Monica. Spa retreats and high-end restaurants make these destinations popular with the rich and famous.

Los Angeles International Airport has the most flights into the region of any SoCal airport, making it the easiest point of entry. Visit Southern California in spring or fall to avoid the highest temperatures and biggest crowds of summer.

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Beaches, Theme Parks and Entertainment

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Where to stay in Southern California

Hollywood
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Hollywood

Entertainment, Theaters, Opera Houses

Spot movie stars and experience the glamour of show business at the legendary home of the American motion picture industry.

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

Live Music, Theaters, Entertainment

Once a hardworking industrial neighbourhood, today’s Downtown LA is a destination reborn with an emphasise on culture and green spaces.

Downtown San Diego
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Downtown San Diego

Ports, Zoo, Walking

Downtown San Diego is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for bars and restaurants. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the zoo and museums.

Gaslamp Quarter
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Gaslamp Quarter

Walking, Shopping, Bars

San Diego’s historic heart has shed its seedy past to emerge as one of the city’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment hubs.

Pacific Beach
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Pacific Beach

Beaches, Sea, Surfing

Relax in beachside cafés in the morning, surf clean breaks in the afternoon and dance with a youthful club crowd at night at this coastal San Diego strip.

Mission Valley
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Mission Valley

Sports, Football, Shopping

A historic neighborhood, Mission Valley offers a variety of options for restaurants. You can experience the local shopping and zoo, or enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches.

Top Hotels in Southern California

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
4 out of 5
6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
$152/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,525 reviews)

"very good place , near of LAX incredible silence"…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
$109/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
3.6/5Good! (6,851 reviews)

"Walls are too thin. Neighbor kept complaining about noise even when the TV was a hearing volume. In this case, we noticed that one the next day the father in the next room gave the hotel shuttle driver a difficult time. The driver retained his composure the whole time we were in the shuttle."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim
$121/night
Aug 13 - Aug 14
4.1/5Very Good! (11,586 reviews)

"Very small bathroom, but main living area good. Wanted to check out a day early due to flight times and knew we wouldn’t use the room, but was told we would be charged regardless. Very disappointing."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Popular things to do in Southern California

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

SeaWorld
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SeaWorld

Animal interaction, entertaining rides and informative exhibits are all on offer at this family favorite destination. 

Legoland California
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Legoland California

The world of LEGO® comes to life at this playground for the imagination. 

San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo

See nature up-close and personal at one of the country’s largest and most educational zoos.

Disney California Adventure® Park
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Disney California Adventure® Park

Disneyland® Park’s neighbor is a celebration of all things California, and gives guests the chance to experience the newest generations of Disney characters and magic.

Knott's Berry Farm
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Knott's Berry Farm

Experience state-of-the-art thrill rides and California’s pioneering past at one of America’s oldest and best-loved theme parks.