Southern California Maps

Getting Around Southern CA

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If you're looking for Southern California maps to help you plan your next trip, I'm here to help.

Online maps and apps are good for lots of things They can help you find the fastest route and avoid traffic jams. They will even show you where things are, but only if you search them out one at a time. After more than two decades of planning my own trips around California and longer than that planning travel all around the world, I know from experience that special-purpose maps can make all the difference in travel planning.

To create my custom maps made just for travelers, I pair them with guides to things to do and how to use public transportation. 

Disneyland Resort: Find out where Disneyland is relative to major airports and tourist areas, get oriented to the resort's hotels and theme parks and get an overview of each park's layout. Just use the handy maps of the Disneyland Resort.

Hollywood Boulevard: There's so much to do on this one street that it needs a map of its own. Go to the Guide to Walking Around Hollywood Boulevard to see a map that shows where everything is.

La Jolla: I love tiny La Jolla on the north side of San Diego so much that I put together a complete guide to what you can see on a leisurely walk. Page 8 of the La Jolla Walking Tour Guide shows you where the all are.

Los Angeles Downtown: It's most up-and-coming, fastest-changing part of exciting Los Angeles and it could take you two days just to see it all. To guide your exploration, check out the Downtown Los Angeles Explorers' Guide and check page 20 for a map.

Los Angeles Freeways: Here's an inexplicable thing about LA: Freeways have names as well as numbers. And a freeway with one name can take you on two or three different numbered highways — and vice versa. To help you keep it all straight and to decode LA traffic lingo and more, check the Los Angeles Driving Guide. The map is on page two.

Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles: The guide to PCH in Los Angeles covers the famed coastal drive from Dana Point in Orange County to Santa Monica. It details all the various street names, highway numbers, and things you can see along the way.

Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu: This drive is one of the most dramatic in the Los Angeles area. It picks up where the previous guide ends. You can find out what there is to see and do in the guide to Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

San Diego Trolley: This handy form of transportation can take you to some of the places you want to go, but not all of them. Page 2 of the San Diego Trolley Rider's Guide shows you which ones you can get to and what line to take.​

More About Southern California

I f you're going to  Southern California, you'll probably also be wondering what to do. Use the Southern California Getaway Guide to find all the places you can visit for a weekend getaway in SoCal.

You can also take a look at the California Travel Map to get an idea of what's where all over the state. If all you're interested in is Southern California, just ignore the northern half.

You can also find maps and guides to traveling between Southern California's most popular destinations and from them to other parts of the state in the Guide to Getting Around California.