Enjoy These Attractions on Your Southern California Vacation by Road or Rail

Fall is upon us and the rush of travelers has slowed slightly from the tourist filled summer season travel. Maybe this is the time for you to look into an Amtrak vacation or roadtrip, especially if you have never done that sort of thing before. The national train network makes it possible to get around from most major cities.  Convention and Visitors Bureaus are located in almost every city and can assist road warriors with most questions or concerns along the way. Given how beautiful and interesting our country is, the trip itself can be a big part of the total enjoyment.

Of all the many great vacation destinations accessible by train, San Diego is in the top echelon. The train runs right into the middle of town, with easy local public transportation available to take you to your choice of many San Diego hotels, and most of the attractions.  San Diego is spread out over a tighter radius than other parts of southern California, notably Orange County and Los Angeles. In fact, a great many of the local points of interest can be enjoyed by walking. Enjoy marine life? Don’t forget to add Sea World, right next to Legoland on your list of attractions.

Maybe it’s your idea to spend some time on this vacation at a theme park that offers thrill rides. I’m talking about Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain (aka Magic Mountain to the locals). As a means to compete more effectively with the Disneyland Resort, one Southern California vacation writer notes that these two theme parks have invested a tremendous amount of cash in developing their thrill rides over the years.

You won’t find any place with more edgy thrill rides and coasters than Six Flags Magic Mountain.  There’s lots more to do there besides roller coasters (for the rest of your group who may not be coaster fanatics), so check out what is availability ahead of time, to get the most from your visit.  Also keep in mind that larger Los Angeles hotels in the  area should be able to provide you information and tickets through their concierge service.

Knott’s Berry Farm also has really focused on thrill rides, although they offer Camp Snoopy, Ghost Town and many other fun attractions and themed areas within the park. My daughter worked on the new Silver Bullet ride and she says that is one of several coasters that will really help you lose your dinner.

Of course Disneyland is the first park that comes to mind, with Dumbo, Mickey, Goofy and the others. Who doesn’t love the wonderful job Disney has done in creating a fictional universe of lovable characters? While you are in the area be sure to peruse Downtown Disney and consider visiting the Angels Stadium of Anaheim for a lively baseball game or quick tour.

Your next stop would be Universal Studios Hollywood and the many TV and movie stars such as Betty Boop, the Hulk, Batman and Spiderman, joined most recently by Homer Simpson and his wonderful family. The metro red line will drop you directly across the street from the main entrance to Universal City. Only two stops away from the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood and Highland, this would be an ideal location to stop for a rest and visit some of the nearby centralized L.A. area sites.

Pick up some useful information and tips about Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and nearby attractions  from one of the local host hotels. The guest services at Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel will help you navigate through the many ticket options and offers shuttles to and from the park, even though it is only a short walk away. Better yet, save a little with the online hotel package and have everything ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Whatever your primary vacation objective may be, it is important to be smart about where you stay. You will spend way more time than you expected traveling around Southern California if you goof up the selection of your hotel. So get input from as many places as possible while planning your trip. Online reviews, hotel concierge desks, travel agents, convention and visitors bureaus, and online planning guides are all great places to start.

(Information courtesy of Southern California Guru)

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