A Tour of Southern California

Southern California is a place of quite varied landscapes ranging from the densely populated cities, more rural cities, small towns, wide-open deserts, and mountain ridges that are covered with snow during the winter months. Each region has something of interest to offer, and people can easily live in a more rural area and commute to the bigger cities. People move here thinking it is all about Hollywood and movie stars, but Southern California has so much more to store than just that. If you enjoy living in an urban area that is close enough to the outdoors, then living in San Bernardino County or Riverside county might be a viable option for people who want to commute to LA, but also want to be closer to nature. The photos below offer a bit of the day-to-day experiences a person might have traveling and walking around Southern California. In the Inland Valley, our cities tend to be a bit more rural with open spaces, and mountains and deserts within a thirty-minute drive. This is definitely an area to explore if living in the LA metropolis is not for you.

A Map of Southern California

The map above can help you plan your next trip to Southern California.

The view of the mountains was obscured by the clouds in the video above.

Clouds in the sky.
Clouds in the sky. | Source
Clouds floating over the sky near a telephone pole.
Clouds floating over the sky near a telephone pole. | Source
Amazing clouds spotted near sunset after a rainstorm.
Amazing clouds spotted near sunset after a rainstorm. | Source
Clouds floating above the Box Spring Mountains in the distance.
Clouds floating above the Box Spring Mountains in the distance. | Source
Pylons and clouds in the distance.
Pylons and clouds in the distance. | Source
A cloud cover is obscuring the view of the San Bernardino Mountains.
A cloud cover is obscuring the view of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Gray clouds in the afternoon.
Gray clouds in the afternoon. | Source
The thick cloud layer after the rainstorm.
The thick cloud layer after the rainstorm. | Source
Trees and clouds in the distance.
Trees and clouds in the distance. | Source
The view of the Box Springs Mountains in the distance with clouds floating above it.
The view of the Box Springs Mountains in the distance with clouds floating above it. | Source
A cloudy Friday night before sunset.
A cloudy Friday night before sunset. | Source
The dark and moody clouds in the late afternoon.
The dark and moody clouds in the late afternoon. | Source
Clouds spotted between the telephone lines.
Clouds spotted between the telephone lines. | Source
Cloudy with dark silhouettes.
Cloudy with dark silhouettes. | Source

On a Friday in early November there was a rainstorm, and toward the evening the clouds parted to show the most beautiful sights to behold. Just walking around I was able to capture these with my camera.

A few days later we had a bit more sun here in Southern California, but still some interesting clouds in the sky. Come with me to behold all the beautiful trees and other plant life we shall gaze upon.

The video above is of my two favorite palm trees glimmering in the sunshine. I have always thought of them as the palm tree twins.

A view of the San Bernardino Mountains with the leaves on the trees turning colors.
A view of the San Bernardino Mountains with the leaves on the trees turning colors. | Source
Hills in the distance and wispy clouds.
Hills in the distance and wispy clouds. | Source
Sun streaming through pylons in Southern California.
Sun streaming through pylons in Southern California. | Source
Oranges are ripening on the tree in November.  There will be ripe oranges in the winter as citrus trees thrive in this region because of our temperate climate.
Oranges are ripening on the tree in November. There will be ripe oranges in the winter as citrus trees thrive in this region because of our temperate climate. | Source
Peering through the orange field with pylons and the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance.
Peering through the orange field with pylons and the San Bernardino Mountains in the distance. | Source

Walking around on a sunny day it is quite enjoyable to see the way the sun hurts the foliage of the trees and how it castes shadows.

In the video above I show a 180 degree view of the mountains all around the San Bernardino Valley.

The palm tree and the gazebo.
The palm tree and the gazebo. | Source
Another view of the gazebo with a palm tree in the distance.
Another view of the gazebo with a palm tree in the distance. | Source

I just adore this cute little gazebo I see in a park that I walk by. It looks quite picturesque with the palm trees next to it.

A stately palm tree spotted on a walk.
A stately palm tree spotted on a walk. | Source
Sun streaming through the trees.
Sun streaming through the trees. | Source
The sun behind the trees creates interesting silhouettes and shadows.
The sun behind the trees creates interesting silhouettes and shadows. | Source

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great tour and pictures my friend! Nice job!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I always appreciate your comments, Billy!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos of S. California. I would like to visit some day, but I live across the US!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

The good part about is a virtual tour is you can enjoy the pictures and videos for free.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the pictorial tour.


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Aya Katz 3 years ago from The Ozarks

Beautiful views. Much of it, especially palms. cedars and orange groves, reminds me of Israel.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Aya! I like the Redlands/Loma Linda area because they have still maintained the palm trees and the orange groves that were planted by the early settlers that came to this region. Other areas are a bit more urban just down the freeway, but here there is still a nice mix of things.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Nice! I've been to Southern California only a few times. I'd really love to go there more often. :)


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Om. I think NoCal is beautiful as well, and many parts of it are similar to down here. Especially the mountainous areas.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy this tour and I love all the pictures here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I live in Idyllwild Ca. and feel as though I'm just about as close to heaven as I can get. I enjoyed your photographic tour. My sister has lived in Joshua Tree for ever and loves it. Thanks and voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Very beautiful, I love the gazebo and tree photos. Very nicely done.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Wonderful! I live in Orange County, in Southern California, and I love it here. Great job of letting people know what a wonderful place this is!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Tour of Southern California a beautiful outlook to Southern California and I so enjoyed these views.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments, DDE.

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