Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, movie-star glamour...there are so many reasons to visit Southern California that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. Fodor's Southern California 2013 takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect SoCal experiences—from picking the perfect Santa Barbara bistro to finding the best studio tour in Hollywood. This guide is filled with awe-inspiring photography, in-depth cultural features, and advice and tips from our team of local writers, making it as indispensable as a tube of SPF 30.
Competitive Advantage: The only annually updated guidebook to Southern California.
Illustrated Features: Special "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide illuminate the most distinctive aspects of Southern California. Features on San Diego's Balboa Park, Hollywood, California's missions, and PCH driving give travelers an unparalleled sense of Southern California.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Each chapter opens with an orientation spread that includes a map, short descriptions of each region, and the “Top Reasons to Go.” Tips on surfing, traveling with kids, avoiding traffic, and more assist a wide range of travelers.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Southern California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their California stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.