California is more than our beaches. It's more than our Hollywood billboard, our vineyards, or our L.A. Lakers. California is the state of endless possibilities. There is something for everyone. We have our hot summer months down south; We have our cold winter months up north. We have our scorching deserts; we have our damp forests. It is truly a land of extremities to the right and left and everything in-between. However, for your average traveler, I suppose the landmark sites I've mentioned above are of the greatest interest.
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I come from a small town about an hour from Los Angeles and Huntington Beach. As you can imagine, there is no better place to play for a young teen than the sandy shores of Southern California. Nothing feels more nostalgic than cool, salty breeze, soft sand between my toes, and the shouts of determined surfers ready to catch the "narliest swell." When we're tired of the "beach bum" lifestyle, we wander the streets of L.A.for our fill of Mexican food, good entertainment at the movies, and "fabulous" window shopping on Rodeo Drive. People only window shop for a reason. The life of your average California native is always bustling; there's never a dull moment.
Southern California also has a lot to offer for young children. It's almost dizzying to decide which amusement park to go to every summer. We usually decide on "Disneyland;" the place where "dreams come true." It's always better than they say. There are so many rides, delicious snacks, and stunning fireworks displays to enjoy; it's heaven for any child. I fondly remember my first trip to Disneyland. I would busily run about pointing at the colorful souvenirs I wanted, rush to take pictures with Mickey, or fume with excitement at the sight of the spinning teacups. It was a land of magic and mystery.
While Disney is always nice, perhaps you’re looking for something more local. Other amusement parks of interest include: Seaworld, Knotts, Castle Park, the Living Desert, and much more. I find that SeaWorld San Diego, where it all started, is something that the whole family can enjoy. Who doesn’t enjoy a good dolphin show? Well, SeaWorld has those average sea creatures beat. Our pride and joy, Shamu, is a huge hit. A combination of huge television screens, orchestrated music, professional choreography, and a few killer whales, it is a truly fascinating show. Why settle with a show? You can also dine with Shamu waving to you from just a few inches away. That is, if you don't mind your food getting a bit soggy and a nice bill afterwards.
Whether you’re looking for city sites or a little marine adventure, Southern California has a lot to offer. There’s too much excitement to wrap up in one blog article. Personally, I couldn’t have chosen a better place to call home.
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