What to Do On Your Next Girls Trip
Planning a girls trip? How about one to Southern California? It’s possible to spend a week there that is so packed with excitement that you’ll never find anyone in your group complaining because they’re bored. And if anyone does lose interest in doing any one particular thing, you can quickly move on to the next. Whether you’re into hiking, swimming, surfing, eating, drinking, or nightlife, you CAN have it all. If you don’t believe me, check out this list.
Step 1: Los Angeles
Fly into LAX and prepare to get cultured. There will be plenty of time for bikinis and flip flops soon enough, but Los Angeles is home to some of the most amazing art collections in the world. J. Paul Getty collected so much art that he left two separate museums full of it. The Huntington Library is so vast and enthralling that you could spend more than a day here and still never see everything. Look up Los Angeles museums and you’ll find an almost unending list: the National History Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and so many more.
After you’ve spent your days wandering around in museums, try some of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants, like Osteria Mozza or Sommi. After dinner, catch a famous comedian at the Laugh Factory or The Comedy Store, or a famous band at the Whisky a Go Go or The Roxy.
Step 2: The Desert
Hold off a little while longer on the beach attire. Depending on the time of day, it should only take about two hours for you to drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. It’s a tradition for many to stop along the way at the In N Out Burger in Thousand Palms, and then to hit up Hadley’s for one of their famous date shakes afterwards.
The desert offers you a couple of vastly different options. If mid-century modern architecture, shopping, brunch, and swimming pools are more your thing, head to Palm Springs. If you prefer hiking, camping, or rock climbing, you will probably be happier in the Joshua Tree area. And if you chose Joshua Tree, don’t forget to stop by Pie for the People and order the David Bowie pizza.
Step 3: The Beaches of Orange County
Okay, now it’s finally time to change into your bathing suit and point your rental car beachward. The beaches of Orange County are pristine and internationally renowned. If anyone in your group surfs, you’ll definitely want to hit up Huntington Beach and San Clemente. If boats are your thing, you might be drawn to Newport Beach. Don’t miss the romantic coves of Laguna Beach, either. Enjoy your days in the sun and sand in Orange County, but save some of yourself for San Diego!
Step 4: San Diego
There are more beaches in San Diego – all the way down the county. And, depending on your personality, different beaches will appeal to you. Ocean Beach, for example, is a unique place to spend the afternoon. It has a reputation for drawing hippies but, whatever you say about it, the vibe is definitely a blast from the past. There are laid-back beaches like Imperial Beach – the last one before you reach Mexico – and beaches with dramatic coastlines, like Encinitas.
Eventually you might get tired of soaking up all those rays. There’s more to do besides working on your tan in San Diego, however, like tequila tours, breweries, hiking, snorkeling, working out, and surfing. You could spend years in San Diego and never get bored.
Step 5: Mexico
The last step is for the most adventurous travelers – and those carrying a valid passport. Cross the border into the famed town of Tijuana and explore that city, or head in a southerly direction along the Baja peninsula. Many surfers from Southern California like to take surfing trips to some of the breaks along the Baja coast, and there is information online about where to stay and where to surf.
Whatever you choose to do on your next girl’s trip in Southern California, just remember: With a little advance planning and an adventurous spirit, you will never run out of excitement.