By Deb Flomberg
In a state as large as California, there are a lot of hidden gems that you have probably never heard of, though you may have driven right by them numerous times. One such hidden gem is Sunny Jim’s Cave, located in La Jolla Cove. Located about a two and a half hour drive south of Los Angeles, the drive to La Jolla Cove may be almost as scenic as Sunny Jim’s Cave itself.
The drive to Sunny Jim’s Cave takes you down Interstate Five, right along some of the most beautiful coastal highways in the country. Make sure to take your camera and allow plenty of time on this trip, as you are sure to want to pull off the road and capture some beautiful scenic panoramic photos.
Once you get to La Jolla and Sunny Jim’s Cave, you’ll pay a nominal four dollar fee and then it’s off to explore. The cave itself was named by Frank Baum, the writer of the Wizard of Oz, and it is a stunning cave with lots of fossilized shells and water marks that created the cave over hundreds of thousands of years. There are 145 steps down into the lighted tunnel, taking you into the cave. This is the only cave in La Jolla that is accessible by land, and it was one of a series of caves that was used by bootleggers during prohibition and smugglers throughout history. Today, it’s a stunning spot for lots of amazing photography.
Once you’ve had your fill of the cave, stop off at the Sunny Jim Cave Store and peruse the fun nicknacks and souvenirs before heading back home. Hop back into your 2013 E350 Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino to enjoy a luxurious drive back home. You’ll be so glad you set out in the sedan, as you’ll love the comfort and style as you enjoy the scenic highway heading back home from your memorable cave exploration.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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