Southern California Through a Millennial Lens

By Spencer Bates


The Millennial generation is full of stereotypes. Selfies, music that sounds like a fast mumble, and expensive clothes that could be mistaken for third-generation hand-me-downs. We’re a unique bunch, and as Southern Californian Millennials, we have our own list of favorite attractions, eateries, and destinations. So, put down your father’s travel guide, pick up some avocado toast, and read along.


Twilight Concerts, Santa Monica

An L.A. summertime favorite; the Santa Monica Pier holds free concerts every Thursday night. Free music at the beach, what’s better?


Melrose Trading Post, Los Angeles

A Sunday, open-air market full of vintage fashion, and collectibles that are for sale, or simply to be posted on Instagram to show you went.


Runyon Canyon Trail, Los Angeles 

This popular running and hiking trail is a millennial meet and greet if you will; not to mention the excellent view of the city.


Santa Barbara Classic Wine Tours, Santa Barbara  

This company offers a 6-hour guided wine tour of 4 different vineyards, including lunch. Perfect for couples!


The Broad, Los Angeles

A contemporary art museum in Downtown, L.A. Full of eclectic, abstract, and fun art. Don’t forget to visit the infinity room.


Sunny Jim Sea Cave, La Jolla

The only Sea Cave accessible by land in California. It is over 110 years old, and complete with a gift shop! Not for the claustrophobic.


Surfin’ Donuts, Mission Viejo

Maple Donut Bacon Breakfast Sandwich. ‘Nuff said.


Wurstküche, Venice

There are few things better than a perfectly grilled sausage. But what about a rattlesnake or rabbit grilled sausage? Indulge your adventurous side at this unique eatery in Venice.


No Vacancy Bar, Los Angeles

A quaint, speakeasy style bar that is sure to make you feel like the prohibition is in full swing. Make sure to make a reservation.


Fairweather, Downtown San Diego

This bar-within-a-bar is a hidden rooftop gem, with a killer view of Petco Park. The refreshments are “drinks from sunny places”, and this spot will surely take you somewhere tropical.


Brennan’s Pub, Marina Del Rey

Every Thursday night, this bar holds turtle races to the amazement of a loyal gathering. You heard that right, turtle races. Get there early; parking fills fast.

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