California Cruizin'

Discovering the Hidden Jewels Throughout America's Golden State

Postcard from Long Beach

on January 17, 2013

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This picture perfect aerial shot taken by John Bahu, http://www.sandiegoscenics.com, captures the beauty of this pulsing city of 470,000 stretching along the sandy shores of Southern California. I have strolled around the shoreline village, peddled down the endless beach bike path,
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and cruised around the harbor countless times. And every time I did, I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet. Who gets to work and play in a place where the sun kisses your face, the ocean breeze whips through your hair, and the sky spans above you in the most brilliant blue?

Not only are we Southern Californians blessed with snow capped mountainsIMG_0270
and charming beach coves
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but a climate that is the envy of many. Boasting sunshine and moderate temperatures all year round, this multicultural melting pot of Caucasians, Latinos, and Asians is a magnet for tourists from near and far. The saying goes that in Southern California you can surf in the ocean in the morning and take to the slopes up in the Lake Arrowhead ski valley in the afternoon. I have never done it but many people have.
And if you’re neither keen to play in the snow nor in the waves, maybe you’d like to check out what else Long Beach, http://www.visitlongbeach.com, has to offer. Rising in the shadow of her bigger sister Los Angeles, this beach metropolis boasts a state of the art convention center, a world class symphony orchestra, http://www.lbso.org, one of the best school districts, http://www.lbusd.org, in the entire nation including one of the best public universities, http://www.csulb.edu, on the West Coast. The Aquarium of the Pacific, http://www.aquariumofthepacific.org, along with the RMS Queen Mary, http://www.queenmary.com, anchored across form the shoreline village are the pride of the city and so is the annual Grand Prix, http://www.gplb.com.
The city’s bustling port ranks among the biggest in the world and the Boeing plant still is one of the backbones of the city’s strong economy. The Long Beach Airport, http://www.lgb.org, offers flights to many major cities throughout the US, and houses Gulfstream’s maintenance and outfitting facility which makes sure those fancy private jets roll out the door to the satisfaction of their mega rich clients.
And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for our upcoming discovery tour.

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