Venice Beach

Venice Beach is the city beach of Los Angeles. There are shops, restaurants and lots of freaks. At the "Oceanfront Walk" you can see the future "Miss California" and all those who want to become the new "Schwarzenegger". 

Pacific Palisades Park

The steep coastal rim of the "Pacific Palisades" rises above the sandy beach of Santa Monica. Between the city and the beach there is the "Palisades Park", from which you will have a wonderful view on the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier

San Gorgonio Peak

The "San Gorgonio Peak" is with 3.505 m/10.515 feet the highest peak of the San Bernardino National Forest. The snow-capped mountains border directly to the hot desert below, the "Big Bear Lake" freezes in winter. The mountains are a destination for hiking. 

San Jacinto Mountains

The cable car from Palm Springs leads up to the "Mount San Jacinto". The 3.302 m high peak is located west of Palm Springs. From the mountain station, hiking trails start into the forested highlands. 

Joshuatree National Park

The name "Joshuatree" for the Palm tree originated from the Mormons who named it after Joshua, the successor of Moses. The arms of the tree have pointed the way to the promised land (Utah). Officially the plant is named "Yucca brevivolia" and belongs to the genus of asparagus plants. The main entrance of the "Joshuatree National Park" is located at "Twentynine Palms", approximately 230 km/144 miles east of Los Angeles. In the park there are two different desert regions, the "Mojave Desert" with the "Joshuatrees" and the "Colorado Desert" with the Cholla cactus. 

Mojave National Park

On the way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas you will pass the "Mojave Desert". The costal mountain range does not allow any clouds to pass over, making the basin extremely dry and hot. 

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of the most prosperous cities in California. The palm-fringed, sandy beach and whales and pelicans passing by, make the city a popular tourist destination. The historic spanish Mission is the top attraction of Santa Barbara.

Seals

There are countless small coves along the pacific coastal line, between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  This is wherer you can spot sea lions and seals. Most of the time they lay around lazy on the beach, but somtimes you can watch them playing in the water. Just north of San Simeon, there is a good spot to watch Elephant Seals.

Big Sur

The Spaniards called the coastal strip south of Monterrey "El pais grande del sur", the great country of the South. The Americans just called it "Big Sur", one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. 

 

Bixby Creek Bridge

 

Map of nature in Southern California

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California Guide

National Parks in southern California

The south of California offers very different landscapes. From sandy beaches along the Pacific coast to snow-capped mountains and glowing hot deserts. The lyrics of Albert Hammond: "Seems it never rains in southern California" is not quite true. Who travels in spring time, can get wet even in southern California. But in spring there is a wonderful smell of flowers in the air and it is not as dry and hot as in the summer. 

 

 

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