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For the Girl With Severe Wanderlust: The Best of Southern California

Posted: Aug 24 2016

Weekend road-trips, impromptu day trips up and down the coast, and nighttime adventures to quaint coffee shops and forgotten beaches are our favorite. Since many of our stores are along the Southern California coast, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite spots (though the list is lengthy, trust us – there is so much more!). Ride along with us as we divulge all the secrets!

To start off, driving on Pacific Coast Highway is a must, preferably with the windows down and music blasting. 

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Joshua Tree National Park: Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect place to camp out under the stars. 

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Salvation Mountain: Beginning with fantastical roots when his hot air balloon failed in the desert, Leonard Knight set up camp and began to build his final masterpiece: Salvation Mountain. Inspired by love, the folk art monument is the result of years of sculpting and painting, making this candy-colored mountain a must see near the Salton Sea.

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Point Loma Tide Pools: Also known as Cabrillo Tide Pools, the Tide Pools reside near the Cabrillo National Monument. Here, you can see the Old Point Loma Lighthouse while discovering some of San Diego's diverse sea life. 

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San Juan Capistrano: Mission San Juan Capistrano is a popular location for engagement and wedding photos, and the whole area surrounding it is absolutely gorgeous. An older town, lined with brick buildings and railroad tracks, there is an historic arts area that just beckons for one to explore.

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Anaheim Packing District: A former Sunkist packing house from 1919 n the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building was renovated in 2014 into a communal gathering place and foodie haven. Filled with delicious eateries (grilled cheese, pressed juices, ramen, macaron cookie sandwiches), calligraphy workshops, and even a secret speakeasy - there's something for everyone here.

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Victoria Tower/Beach >in Laguna Beach: While it's awfully difficult to photograph and sometimes to access, due to high tide, Victoria Beach is quite the spectacle. With an old lighthouse (dating back to the 20's or 30's) that leans up against the bluffs, the area looks like a small cove that *mermaids* would totally hang out in. To access the beach, one must find the hidden staircase in the small neighborhood on the cliffs. 

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages:  Initially built as sets for silent films, a handful of beach bungalow structures dotted Crystal Cove’s shore. By the 1930's, many more equally colorful cottages were added – each one constructed with salvaged materials, including pieces from a shipwrecked vessel. There are some really great hikes here, too. 

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TK Burger in Huntington Beach: This is a local favorite and some might argue that it's even better than California's famed In-N-Out Burger... but you'll have to try that for yourself. Situated next to the newly opened Pacific City, and just down the block from Main Street, grab a burger here, then relax on the beach. 

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Main Street Seal Beach: Still with much of its original charm of being a small, seaside town - bike ride along the pier and visit the many restaurants and bakeries along Main Street. 

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Wayfarer's Chapel:   Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nestled in a grove of redwood trees, the Glass Church blends lush greenery with architecture. Also known as Wayfarers Chapel, this masterpiece invites one to “Pause for a moment, Wayfarer, on life’s journey. Let these waters restore your soul and nourish your inner being.”

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Mosaic Tile House: A swirling labyrinth of shining mosaics and vibrant paintings, the Mosaic Tile House in Venice is a collaborative effort of two artists that fell in love. Inspired by the likes of Gaudí, the house quickly became a canvas to their lives and their colorful kingdom has been in a work in progress since 1994. 

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(We know that the list isn't close to being complete and that there is so, so much more to feature - so just wait... Part Two is definitely in the works.)