Many people like to take many short trips, during the year, giving them the chance to have more than one vacation. Some people prefer to take a more leisurely vacation getting to see more of what the destination they are visiting have to offer. Both types of travelers will find that a vacation in Southern California can fit into their traveling pattern. These 5 top cities offer lots of attractions along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, or inland, where one can enjoy activities on the land and on the sea.
These five cities are near enough to each other to allow combining them for one long stay, or visiting each individually for a quick getaway. Travel time between Santa Barbara, the furthest north, and Oceanside, the furthest south, is only a few hours and easily reached on one or more of Southern California's freeways.