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Long Beach

Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  Long Beach
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Things to do: museums, zoos & aquariums, sightseeing

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels. However, in recent years Long Beach has shaken off its gritty reputation by developing its waterfront into a welcoming area for tourism. The Queen Mary luxury liner has been the city's biggest draw since the ship permanently docked here in 1967, but a sleek new aquarium has helped Long Beach strengthen its claim to be the "Aquatic Capital of America." Art museums, shops, public golf courses, and sandy beaches round out the attractive stretch of ocean, and you'll find notable ethnic cuisine throughout the city, a testament to its diverse population. Many visitors find the pace of Long Beach more relaxed than that of Los Angeles, though some blighted areas do remain. With our custom trip planner, United States vacations can be built around trips to Long Beach and other destinations in United States.
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Most of Long Beach's attractions are near the water, so look for accommodations around East Ocean Boulevard. Downtown sits right in this vicinity, so you'll find plenty of rooms in large hotels, many of which have undergone recent and extensive renovations. For quieter environs with convenient access to the beach, look for cottages, houses, and apartments for rent east of downtown. Many of these offer ocean views. Naples Island at the east end of the beach is Long Beach's toniest neighborhood; the prices of accommodations here reflect this.
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