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Huntington Beach in Southern California

Southern California comprises the metropolitan areas of Greater Los Angeles and San Diego as well as everything in between. Here you’ll find the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, varied and famed beaches built for surfing the waves or surfing the crowds, and many family friendly theme parks and zoos. Whether you’re looking for a luxury getaway or travel with children, Luxe Travel Advisors will help you design the perfect Southern California Vacation.

The Greater Los Angeles area is home to many well-known cities within the metropolitan area, such as the city of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Anaheim, Pasadena, Burbank and Hollywood to name a few. The Beverly Hills area is well known for luxury, lavishness, and a life of leisure. The mansions of Beverly Hills are the most extravagant, the boutiques along Rodeo Drive are the most exclusive and the hotels such as the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire are the most extraordinary. In addition to superior accommodations, dining and shopping, Beverly Hills is minutes away from the area’s finest museums and attractions. Travel down Sunset Boulevard to the Getty Center, one of the two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Center is home to 19th and 20th century paintings, drawings, sculptures, as well as the Getty Research Institute and Conservation Institute. This architecturally interesting building also affords visitors a spectacular view of the city of Los Angeles. Returning towards the Beverly Hills area, stop in at the Museum of Radio and Television, now known as the Paley Center, for all things media related. Further down on Wilshire Boulevard, visit the historic La Brea Tar Pits. This active bubbling tar pit once trapped animals from as long as 40,000 years ago. In the Page Museum, see the hundreds of species of plants or fossilized animals that have been discovered here. The Tar Pits are a unique natural landmark found in the urban jungle.

Grauman's Chinese Theater

To the east of Beverly Hills, lays West Hollywood and Hollywood. West Hollywood is the epicenter of an eclectic nightlife while Hollywood is the historic home of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Recent efforts have gone into revitalizing Hollywood Boulevard back to its original heyday, including better security patrols and facelifts for much of the storefronts. While strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, look for the bronze stars that represent famous actors, musicians, and broadcasters. At Grauman’s Chinese historic movie theater, look for your favorite star’s hand and footprints in the cement. Finally, stop in at Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars. Ask a Luxe Travel Advisor about taking an insider access private tour of theater.

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

Just past Hollywood in the hills, is the famed Hollywood Bowl. The historical amphitheater has been open since 1922. Be sure to ask the Luxe Travel team to secure tickets to one of the philharmonic concert series or other concert offerings, as tickets tend to sell out quickly. On the other side of the hills, plan a visit to the Griffith Observatory. This landmark has graced Griffith Park since 1933 and offers a beautiful view of the heavens above and the City of Angels below. Admission here is free, so stay as long as you like. Luxe Travel recommends visiting at sunset for a spectacular view of the sun setting over the Pacific as the stars dot the sky.

If you’re in Southern California on New Years Day, head east from Hollywood into the city of Pasadena. The Tournament of Roses Parade is not just a sight to see, but one for your olfactory senses as well. Speak to a Luxe Advisor about how to reserve grandstand seating only minutes from the beginning of the parade route for prime viewing. Afterwards, view the individual floats in the Post-Parade Viewing Area. Get up close and smell the roses.

Disneyland, California

Southeast of Los Angeles, in Orange County, children and children at heart will delight in all that Disneyland has to offer. Opened in 1955, the Disneyland Resort is now home to two theme parks, with the addition of California Adventure in 2001. Disneyland is very popular with the locals, so we recommend visiting during the week, avoiding weekends. In addition to visiting the parks, consider booking a Backstage Magic tour through Luxe Travel. This Adventures by Disney tour includes private tours of Hollywood, the Jim Henson Company, Imagineering Studios, Walt Disney Archives, and a VIP custom tour of Disneyland Park and California Adventure.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego in Southern California is also a family friendly city with acres of parks, gardens, hiking trails, beaches and of course, the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is part of the spectacular Balboa Park, home to a number of museums and gardens. In addition to the world famous San Diego Zoo and Safari park, Sea World and Legoland call San Diego home. The city is also fun for adults when the sun goes down in the downtown area’s Gaslamp Quarter. This historic neighborhood is host to many festivals and rollicking nightlife. Find over a hundred dining establishments here from cafés to steakhouses, Italian, Sushi, Californian and more.

Southern California’s temperate climate makes it a year round paradise. Golfers will delight in the 90 plus courses in the San Diego area alone. Speak to a Luxe Travel Advisor about finding the perfect resort with pro-designed links.

Venice Beach in Southern California

Southern California has a seeming endless supply of shoreline and there is a beach to meet every need. Huntington Beach, known as “Surf City, USA,” consistently ranks as one of the top spots to surf. Black’s Beach in San Diego also has powerful waves. Want to learn to surf while in California? Many resorts offer all the surfing equipment you’ll need in addition to lessons. For active beaches, check out Venice Beach or Santa Monica Pier in LA. Both beaches are a surplus of activity with sprawling promenades for walking, biking, or rollerblading. Pacific Park amusement park is next to Santa Monica Pier with roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and other carnival activities. Other notable beaches include Long Beach and Malibu Beach in LA as well as Ocean Beach and Mission Beach in San Diego.

If you are looking for luxury, adventure, family or beachside travel, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or