How do we say goodbye to summer? Is there some perfect spot on the map where we can have a close, personal meeting with summer and say bye? Perhaps summer has several favorite farewell spots. Summer is all around us until it gives way to Fall, so it must inevitably say goodbye to multiple locations. Take a short trip, and you’ll find all kinds of places near Orange County that can serve as symbolic farewell sites.
The Hollywood Sign
Hollywood, CA 90068
The Hollywood Sign is a legendary symbol of Hollywood and a top destination for those in Southern California and around the world. Located on a scenic hillside, take a hike up to the sign and stare out into the land of celebrity and hot summer nights. Hikers can make their way to the sign on foot, but there are also shuttles available. It is not permitted to drive personal vehicles to the sign.
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Staring into a beautiful summer night is an easy luxury. But to get a close up view of a clear summer sky, head to Griffith Observatory. Look through the rooftop’s Zeiss telescope, located within a dome on the roof for nighttime viewing. There are other telescopes available as well, on both the roof and lawn, for the benefit of people who need wheelchair access.
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Farewell by train is classic and romantic. Catch a train out of Orange County and into L.A.’s historic Union Station. It’s not so far off from popular destinations in Los Angeles like Olvera Street and Little Tokyo, which are both walking distance from the station. There are also plenty of nearby transportation hubs to take you around the city like the subway system and buses.
235 S. Tremont St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside is a fitting name for this city, because it is literally beside the ocean. Walking distance from the Oceanside station is a beach and the Oceanside Pier. At the end of the pier, which is 1,942 feet, is a Ruby’s Diner. For those who are looking to say goodbye to summer via rail and prefer to head South, take a train from Orange County to Oceanside.
37701 Warren Road
Winchester, CA 92596
Everyone likes to be near the coolness of the water during the summer. In California, people tend to think in terms of beaches when they think of large bodies of cool water. But, let’s not forget about the value of fresh water. Lake Skinner is home to Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Carp, and Bluegill year round, and The District also stocks Catfish in the summer and Trout in the winter, keeping the fishing active all year long. Besides fishing, you can also camp in the area and say goodbye to summer with one last camping trip over summer vacation.