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3 Days in Long Beach: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

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There is much to be experienced in southern California’s Long Beach, from soft stretches of sand to its rich heritage to creative experiences and beyond. For those with only a few days in the city, here is a suggested itinerary on how to make the most of your time in three days.

Day 1: Hit the Beach

No trip to southern California would be complete without spending some time soaking in the sun and lapping up the waves on the sand. While Long Beach has its own beaches, many enjoy driving about 30 minutes to Huntington Beach for a truly scenic experience. With almost nine miles (15 kilometers) of connected beach, Huntington Beach offers swimming, surfing and sports as well as a paved multi-use trail where you can stroll along the coastline. Don’t miss the Huntington Beach Pier as well as its adjacent boardwalk for cyclists, joggers and rollerbladers.

Day 2: Learn about History and Culture

While Long Beach is a coastal city with beaches and water activities, it’s also home to a number of interesting historical and cultural experiences. Spend the morning perusing museums like the Long Beach Museum of Art, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Adobe, the Museum of Latin Art, Scorpion Submarine Museum and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum. Having a meal, shopping on or touring the historic Queen Mary is also a treat, as the ship was once considered the most luxurious liner in the world and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At night, take in a show at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, home to the Center Theater and the Terrace Theater. Here you can see everything from orchestra performances to standup comedy to concerts.

Day 3: Take in Scenic Experiences

Spend some time exploring Naples Island, which features canals lined with million dollar homes. You can tour the waterways on land, kayak them or take a romantic gondola ride. The El Dorado Nature Center also provides a few beautiful hours, transporting you away from the noise of the city and into a world of paved paths, turtles, birdlife, lizards, towering trees and lush flora. And at the free-to-enter Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden one can meditate amongst Japanese plants, see enormous koi ponds and relax in a traditional tea house.

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Catalina Island Helicopter Flight from Long Beach

Indulge in this thrilling helicopter flight from Long Beach to Catalina Island - the fastest, most glamorous way to reach the resort island off the coast of ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.99

Hollywood and Los Angeles Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

Get a breathtaking overview of the Los Angeles area on this exhilarating helicopter tour from Long Beach. Admire famous area sights including Venice Beach, ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $294.99

Coastal Sights Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

Admire captivating views of the Pacific Ocean on this thrilling helicopter flight from Long Beach along the California coast. Fly over the Long Beach and Los ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99

Orange County Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

Admire some of southern California's most stunning beaches on this breathtaking helicopter flight from Long Beach. View the shimmering blue waters of the ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 18- or 35-minutes

From USD $149.99

California Beach Cities Day Trip from Los Angeles: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica

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Experience Southern California’s laid-back beach lifestyle, and see various Pacific coast beaches on this day trip from Los Angeles! Visit Huntington Beach, ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.99

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