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La Jolla, California

Fast Facts

Location: In Southern California
Attraction Type: Coastal city
Significance: A unique amalgamation of culture and modernity
Best Time to Visit: All through the year
How to reach: By flight to San Diego; alternatively by road from all places in California
Nearest Airport: San Diego International Airport

La Jolla, with its majestic coastline in southern California coupled with the most soothing climatic condition, has been amongst the most sought after coastline destinations in the United States. Since the last two decades of the 19th century California La Jolla has gradually grown into prominence as a tourist location by the sea. Literally meaning 'the jewel' in Spanish, it truly is resplendent with golden beaches, fine restaurants, and a vibrant cultural life.

With a sublime combination of European heritage and American modernity, the possibilities of invention are immense in La Jolla in California. Though inhabited by the most affluent families in United States, the city has a very pragmatic and down to earth approach towards livelihood. In addition to being a premier tourist destination, La Jolla is the home to University of California, San Diego, Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Salk Institute of Biological Studies is another exemplary creation of architecture in monolith.

Overlooking San Diego is Mount Soledad with the Veterans Memorial and Easter Cross atop. Both sunrise and sunset are magnificent from this mount. Contemporary art is admirably exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Cave Store built on top of a sea cave offers excellent shopping possibility.

La Jolla Activities

At the Children's Pool Beach watch seals from a distance. These seals thrive in this area which remains closed to public from 15th December to 15th May as it is their breeding season. Explore Torrey Pine State Park on foot. This park made out of a plateau on steep cliffs, offers an awesome view of small canyons all around. For hiking, you could choose among a number of walking trails. You could drive along the seacoast and enjoy a superb view of the surfing beaches. You might also drive to Mount Soledad and discover amazing hobbit homes. Torrey also has an international standard golf course, which hosts PGA Buick Invitational Tournament every January or February.

The beaches of La Jolla, namely Windansea Beach, La Jolla Cove, Black's Beach, Marine Street Beach, and Torrey Pnes State Beach are enlivened with activity. Surfboarding, diving, sailing, and deep-sea fishing are among the popular sports.

Accommodation and Dining in La Jolla

In La Jolla, though it is a fashion to stay in high-end hotels, you could always opt to stay in the comfort accommodations. La Valencia, La Jolla Residence Inn, Grande Colonial Hotel, and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa are among the deluxe hotels to select from. In case you prefer staying in a mid-range hotel you might choose from Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, La Jolla Shores Hotel, Empress Hotel, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, and Embassy Suites San Diego.

Food is the specialty of La Jolla. The noteworthy eateries include Cody's, Cafíé Japengo, George's at the Cove, Nine Ten, Porkyland Restaurant, and Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen.

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