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Sightseeing in Long Beach - what to see. Complete travel guide

To the south-east of Los Angeles, there is one more gem of South California – the coastal city of Long Beach. This is a diverse cultural center in the United States of America. Don’t be surprised to meet people of different nationalities here. Long Beach is home to Latin American, African American, Asian people, as well as other ethnic groups. Frankly speaking, the city itself looks more like a settlement in Midwest rather than a Californian settlement. Tourists visit this place to relax, enjoy beach recreation, admire the collection of the museum of art, and visit the aquarium that has gained worldwide recognition.
In 1881, a town named Willmore City appeared at the shore of the Pacific Ocean. However, the settlement soon changed its name to Long Beach because of a big number of spacious beaches. The name of the town precisely described this peculiarity. Long Beach has retained this name until modern times.
Starting from the beginning of the 20th century, South California has been internationally famous as a center of tourism. Long Beach had a similar fate. The settlement started developing as a resort already in 1910. More than a century has passed since that time and Long Beach is still a popular beach vacation destination that attracts thousands of foreign guests and charms them with its beaches and entertainment. Moreover, Long Beach is one of the top five largest resort areas in California. In short, this city has everything needed for a trouble-free vacation away from urban stress. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
All beaches in Long Beach are located parallel to the port haven. Belmont Shore is widely recognized as one of the best recreation areas in the area. It lies in the south of Long Beach. Tourists, who decide to visit this neighborhood, should take into consideration the fact that there are no hotels near the recreation area. That is why visitors can enjoy sunbathing all day long. The beach has soft sand and shallow coastal water. It also might be interesting to visit local shops that offer many interesting souvenirs or relax in one of the cozy restaurants that offer a striking view of the Long Beach waterfront.
Another popular recreation area shares its name with the city. It is situated in the port area, so it is not rare to see port workers pass this beach by. Do high waves annoy you? In this case, Long Beach is exactly what you need. There are almost no waves here because a pier was installed nearby after World War II. This pier protects the coastal area from high waves. However, if you like surfing you will feel bored here. This beach is more suitable for beginners and people who only learn how to surf. By the way, they can get special surfs here.
A bicycle ride is a pleasant and suitable way to explore the waterfront in Long Beach. There is a bicycle rental near the beach. A special road for cyclists which heads to Belmont makes it very comfortable to ride a bicycle. As the beach is situated in the port area, some parts of the coastal area are polluted. Water is not crystal clear as well, so it is better to stay at some distance from the pier. Vacationers do not need to worry about their safety or safety of their children because there is always a rescue team on duty.
Besides beach recreation, tourists have an opportunity to get themselves familiar with local attractions. One of them is particularly popular with foreign guests. This is a giant aquarium – the Aquarium of the Pacific – that is home to almost a thousand of different underwater creatures. Visitors can see the flora and fauna that are typical for Southern California, tropics, and north. The aquarium is divided into nineteen main parts and thirty-two sections with exotic creatures of the Pacific.
Besides the aquarium, tourists can explore the real ocean cruise ship that was a military transportation unit during World War II. Queen Mary – this is the name of the ship – is currently a popular attraction. Everyone is welcome to visit it and explore the ship independently. Besides walking on deck, guests are welcome to visit the local restaurant and shops that are open directly on the ship. These shops sell many memorable souvenirs that will remind you of the happy days spent in this charming city on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
To get to Long Beach in California, you need to arrive at any of the five airports in Los Angeles. Each of these airports serves international flights from many countries of the world. After that, tourists can get to the resort city from the airport by metro. Simply use the blue line for this purpose. Besides this, there are daily ferries to Long Beach provided by the Carnival Cruise Company. These ferries connect Baja California and Mexican Riviera.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Long Beach and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Long Beach
♥   Castle 'Battery of Santa Ana' Almería, 29.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Long Beach
♥   Local Park 'Long B' , 5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Sun' , 15.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Polliwog Park' , 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Boysen' , 28.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Newport' , 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Long Beach and around
♥   Art museum 'Los Angeles' Los Angeles, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Art' Los Angeles, 31.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'The Broad' Los Angeles, 32.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Los Angeles County Museum of Art' Los Angeles, 36.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Santa Monica Museum of Art' Santa Monica, 38.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Long Beach from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Santa Susana Field Laboratory

From the series “The Most Radioactive Zones on the Planet”
All this time, thousands of people, including scientists and industrialists with their families, were living in the territory of the laboratory. Everything that happened in the test area was kept in the strictest secrecy. Only ten years later, horrific details about the environmental situation in the region became known. Regularly dozens of employees died there. The main cause of death was cancer. The area of the laboratory is officially recognized a unique natural landmark, as ancient caves with preserved petroglyphs have been found there. … Read further

Flintstones House

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
The original cottage is located in the surroundings of Malibu, not far from the coast. It is surrounded by the extensive tropical garden, from the huge panoramic windows of the house opens the beautiful view of the exotic scrub and the coast. In 2012 Dyn Clark and his wife decided to sell the original apartments in Malibu. The house of Flintstones was rated by the owners in 3.5 million US dollars. The stone-built house has the excellent modern facilities. In the house there is the bedroom with the design furniture, the excellent kitchen and two bathrooms with jacuzzi, the living room with the wood fireplace and even a large veranda. … Read further

Skateboarding House

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
The author of the project of the unusual house in Malibu represents it as part of the large project, which is to help the houses according to the hobbies of the people to help. The author is convinced that hundreds of original houses will be built around the world over the next 25 years. In such houses, people will love the favorite sports or enjoy the other hobbies in the cozy home atmosphere. … Read further
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