Southern California Bucket List Challenge

The Southern California Bucket List Challenge

I created this Southern California Bucket List Challenge to give you some really cool ideas of things to do, whether you already live in the area or you’re just visiting.

SoCal has a TON of things to see and do, and most of them are within a two-hour radius. As someone who was not born and raised in California, everything is new to me, so I have been trying to discover all of the amazing things to see and do ever since I moved to Orange County.

This list includes 50 things to do in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, and more.

I challenge you to complete some of these activities along with me and share your adventures on Instagram using the hashtag #socalbucketlistchallenge! Have fun!

You can download your free Southern California Bucket List printable here.

The Southern California Bucket List Challenge

Walk of Fame Hollywood

Things to Do in Los Angeles County

1. Hike to the Hollywood Sign
2. Find your favorite Movie Star on the Walk of Fame
3. Take in some of the best views of LA from Mulholland Drive
4. Have a picnic on the Getty Center lawn
5. Watch a hockey game at the Staples Center
6. Ride a “bird” down the Venice Beach Boardwalk
7. Ride the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier
8. Eat healthy at Malibu Farm
9. Cruise on over to Catalina Island
10. Eat fresh seafood at the San Pedro Fish Market

Sunset at the Hungtington Beach Pier

Things to Do in Orange County

11. Watch a sunset at the Huntington Beach Pier
12. Take a surf lesson in Surf City USA
13. Eat at Ruby’s Diner on the Huntington Beach Pier
14. Have a beach bonfire in Newport
15. Kayak through one of the richest areas in OC at the Newport Marina
16. Search for whales with Davey’s Locker
17. Be a kid again at Disneyland
18. Hike to OC’s Grand Canyon “The Sinks” in Limestone Canyon
19. Ride the Orange Balloon at Irvine’s Great Park
20. Sit inside the Dana Point Sea Cave
21. Stay overnight in a historic beach cottage in Crystal Cove
22. Find the Pirate Tower on Victoria Beach
23. Hike to the “Top of the World”
24. Attend a Festival in OC’s Art Capital

The Galleta Meadows Metal Sculptures

Things to Do in San Diego County

25. Get a photo of your favorite metal sculpture in Galleta Meadows
26. Hike “The Slot” in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
27. Stargaze in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
28. Cross the border into Tijuana for some authentic Mexican food
29. Experience a magical sunset from Sunset Cliffs
30. Paraglide over the coastline at Torrey Pines
31. Think of a unique photo idea for your hike to Potato Chip Rock
32. Kayak through the caves in La Jolla
33. Visit the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park
34. Stay at the famous Hotel Del Coronado
35. Watch the sea lions and seals in their natural habitat in La Jolla Cove
36. Go on a Harbor Cruise
37. See how the military used to live on the USS Midway
38. Camp out at San Onofre State Beach

Retro Airstream at Joshua Tree Acres

Things to Do in the Southern California Desert Areas

39. Stay in a Retro Airstream Trailer in Joshua Tree
40. Take a Sound Bath in Joshua Tree
41. Drive through all of Joshua Tree National Park
42. Make a donation at Salvation Mountain
43. Take a photo with the Palm Springs Windmills
44. Stay in a funky motel in Palm Springs
45. Take the tram up to Mount San Jacinto

Ski lifts used for mountain bikes at Snow Summit Big Bear Lake

Things to Do in Other Areas of Southern California

46. Take the train to Santa Barbara for the weekend
47. Ride a Hot Air Balloon in Temecula
48. Go Wine Tasting in Temecula
49. Experience snow and the beach on the same day with a drive up to Big Bear Lake
50. Snow Ski or Mountain Bike at Snow Summit in Big Bear

I’m so excited to continue checking these things off my list and share them with you!

How many of these things have you already completed?

Which one is on the top of your Southern California Bucket List?

Click here to download your free Southern California Bucket List printable!


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