Southern California Guide
Visiting Southern California
Southern California has long been recognized for its role in the movie and television industry. Many of the world's most iconic entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures, and Paramount Pictures, were founded in the area. Southern California, however, is also popular for its vast collection of tourist attractions, such as the iconic Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. The region's natural wonders, picturesque landmarks, compelling history, and exciting attractions draw in visitors from around the world.
August is typically the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 85°F (29°C). December and January are the coldest months with an average high of 68°F (20°C). Expect sunny days throughout most of the year.
Southern California is relatively car dependent; car rentals are recommended as a result. Though less convenient, bus, subway, and light rail transportation are available for a fee to select attractions throughout the region. Ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, are also an option.
Enjoy freshly made classic burgers, fries, and shakes from the popular California-based fast-food chain, founded in 1948. Locations can be found throughout the region.
Savor a variety of delicious Japenese cuisine, including made-to-order Udon, rice bowls, and more. Nearby locations include Los Angeles' Sawtelle neighborhood, The BLOC shopping center in Los Angeles, and Glendale Galleria.
Dine at the real Mel's Drive-In, featured in the film American Graffiti and at Universal Studios theme parks. Enjoy appetizing breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings, including pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, burgers, ribs, and beyond. Restaurants are located in Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks.
This trendy restaurant serves savory Italian dishes, making it a top visited dining location. The restaurant is located near Downtown Los Angeles, just beside the Los Angeles River.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Choose from a variety of modern American comfort food, including a creative twist on burgers, chicken, and salmon. The restaurant is located in Los Angeles' Sawtelle neighborhood.
Sage Vegan Bistro
Order from a vast menu of breakfast and daytime vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as pizza, sandwiches, wraps, pasta, tacos, "chicken", and more. Locations nearby include near Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and in Culver City on Sepulveda Blvd.