Traveling to southern California on your own? Just because you’re by yourself doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing time. There’s tons to do throughout San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles that requires no travel companions and will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the area. Here are some of the best attractions to check out on your own while you’re visiting.
Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the United States, and it is home to several museums as well as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. There’s so much to do in this park, you don’t need to bring a friend – you can easily spend the entire day wandering through the many attractions that are here. Be sure to take a stroll through the park as well to enjoy some of the best scenery in San Diego.
Sample San Diego’s Breweries
San Diego is one of the best cities in the country for craft beer lovers, so even if you’re by yourself, you should make sure to stop in and grab a drink. While many people might feel uncomfortable going to a cocktail or wine bar on their own, the laid-back atmosphere of a brewery makes it much more comfortable and accessible to try out solo. Ballast Point, Stone, Modern Times, Kilowatt, and Pizza Port are just a few of the many notable breweries in the area. Virtually every neighborhood in the city is home to several breweries of its own as well, so there’s sure to be something worthwhile around the corner from your hotel.
La Jolla Cove
While you’re in the area, checking out the beach is an absolute must-do. Head up north from San Diego to La Jolla, where you can spend the day relaxing on the beach, or even surf or snorkel if you’re interested. La Jolla Cove is home to a vast array of marine life, most notably a group of seals that lay on the beach throughout the day. You’ll also find leopard sharks and a variety of interesting fish in the water.
Hike in Orange County
The eastern part of Orange County is known for incredible hiking that isn’t too challenging, so when you’re in the area, be sure to take advantage of southern California’s gorgeous weather and go for a hike. The terrain in the area is quite varied, and there’s also a range of plants and animals there. Be sure to bring your camera to document the stunning views.
If you’re in Los Angeles, one of the best activities to do by yourself is to explore Griffith Park, which looks out over Hollywood and the downtown area, and is home to some incredible hiking trails and stunning views. Once you get to the top, you can wander through Griffith Observatory, which is an iconic LA landmark that is definitely worth a visit. The observatory gets crowded, so aim to go on a weekday when you can better explore this gorgeous building.
Shop Rodeo Drive (or anywhere in LA, really)
Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s biggest malls and shopping centers, so this is an absolutely perfect way to kill time while you’re traveling on your own. Rodeo Drive is worth a look if you enjoy purchasing upscale brands (or if you just want to appreciate their beauty). You can also find great shopping in a variety of other locations, such as the Grove or the Santa Monica Pier. There are also a variety of local boutiques around the city.