Where to Go: Long Beach, California

Just 20 miles south of Los Angeles, Long Beach boasts one of the world’s busiest shipping ports, welcoming vessels from around the globe. Long Beach is also home to one of the most unique maritime attractions in the country: the RMS Queen Mary. The 1936 ocean liner, once known as the largest and fastest cruise ship in the world, is permanently docked here and now serves as both a hotel and a museum.

Long Beach offers visitors many attractions, from romantic gondola rides to parks filled with blooming gardens.

At Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific you can get up close with stingrays and starfish at touch tanks or just stand back and enjoy the view at a spectacular shark lagoon.

With its ideal climate, Long Beach is also a playground for water lovers, offering everything from sport fishing to scuba diving.

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