Southern Calidornia vacation planning

Southern California Information

No trip to California is complete without a visit to its southern destinations. The glitz of Hollywood combined with the sunny beaches make every visit a new and exciting experience. You can hobnob with the rich and famous along the legendary Rodeo Drive, surf the Pacific in Ocean County and explore the world famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. From Legoland to Universal Studios, the choice of theme parks will bring a smile to young and old alike.

Southern California Destinations

Southern California Destinations

Southern California Activities

Southern California Entertainment Venues
Watching your team score, going to a concert, seeing a show or just spending the night laughing couldn't be easier when you visit Southern California.

Southern California Tours
Leave the driving to the pros as you explore all that Southern California has to offer. For the ultimate experience, book a Wine country balloon tour.

Southern California Interactive Fun
Become a fighter pilot, fulfill your Indy 500 dreams or simply take in a round of mini-golf. There's no end to the hands-on fun that Southern California offers.

Other Area Attractions

Knott's Berry Farm

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Universal Studios Hollywood

DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition Podcasts
Universal Studios 101: Upper Lot
Universal Studios 101: Lower Lot


Explore the magic of ‘Hollywood’ past, present and future. Universal Studios Hollywood has something for everyone. You'll find yourself immersed in Hollywood of the past, present and future. For the little ones, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Shrek 4-D will bring their favorite characters to life. Thrill seekers will love Transformers: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy the Ride, The Simpsons Ride and Jurassic Park the Ride.

From Disneyland:
Take the 5 Golden State Freeway North. Exit to the 101 Hollywood Freeway North. Continue on the 101 Freeway and exit at Universal Studios Blvd. Turn right on to Universal Studios Blvd. and follow the signs to Universal Studios and our parking areas.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition Podcasts
Magic Mountain: Part 1

Magic Mountain: Part 2

Located in Valencia, north of Los Angeles, Magic Mountain has become the home of world-class roller coasters, including Full Throttle, the world's tallest and fastest looping coaster; Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, the world's tallest vertical drop ride; Tatsu, the word's tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster; and Twisted Colussus, their classic wooden coaster that's been turned into an exciting wooden/steel hybrid.

Magic Mountain is also the home to Bugs Bunny World, featuring your favorite Warner Bros. characters.



LEGOLAND California

DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition Podcasts
Legoland: Part 1
Legoland: Part 2
Legoland: Part 3

Legoland has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in California. There's fun for the entire family with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Everyone will have a great time, whether it's taking on hilarious challenges in the Fun Town Fire Academy fire truck race, experiencing the excitement of Coastersaurus or digging for fossils at Dino Island. LEGOLAND has action-packed live shows as well as a wonderful choice of restaurants.

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Catalina Island
Another world awaits you just a 13-minute boat ride from the coast of Southern California. From a lazy day on the beach, shopping in the quaint shops to simply exploring "the island of romance", Catalina Island is a nice get-a way from the hectic pace of Southern California.

Queen Mary
Discover why this Grande Dame of the seas is still setting the standard for luxury. You can explore this magnificent ship and be transported back in time as you imagine sailing on this elite vessel.
Take the 405 Freeway north to the 710 Freeway south

San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of very few that has achieved world-wide fame. You'll discover why this zoo is considered to be among the very best while you explore this 100 acre wonder. With over 3,800 animals representing 800 species and 6,500 varieties of plants, the San Diego Zoo is a "must see."

From Interstate 5 (Los Angeles and Orange County), take the Pershing Drive exit and follow the signs. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and head north; Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd. at Zoo Place.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
No detail was spared when creating the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It's the perfect accompaniment to a visit to the San Diego Zoo. You'll find yourself in the midst of wild animals that live together as they might in their natural habitats.

From Interstate 5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East exit at Oceanside, proceed east to Interstate 15 South, exit at Via Rancho Parkway and follow the signs to the Park.