Since we live in an area inhabited by 18 million people, we have many places of interest to keep us entertained. Although we are close to Disneyland we did not go there or to any major theme park. Instead, we went one day to the Eastern Sierra where the highest mountain in the lower 48 states can be found. The Visitor Center in Lone Pine gives good information on the area. There are books and souvenirs available also.
The wind did not stop us. On we went to Manzanar, Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills.
The Mojave Desert was awesome as always. Seeing the sun set in the western skies made the day complete.
Other places we visited were a winery, Market Night in Redlands and Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside where we were doted upon by the staff and volunteers. We learned more than we would ever want to know about citrus. Another fascinating stop was the historic Mission Inn.
This is a functioning hotel that you can stay in if you want to enjoy all the luxuries. At Christmas time they have thousands of lights decorating the outside of the Inn.
Then we were off to Los Angeles. After a few mistakes finding our destinations, we managed to see Watts Towers, Little Tokyo and Olvera Street.
No visit here would be complete without a visit to a beach to catch the surf and sand.
Dana Point is a favorite of ours. Doheny State Beach is great for watching surfers.