Long Beach is long on fun

A curt snip of the Long Beach bay front.
Long Beach, California, may non cause got a sexy-sounding refer or the cache of its oceanfront in addition to inland neighbors (think Hollywood, Newport Beach, Palos Verdes), precisely it has plenty knockout views, international cuisine, museums, sights/sites in addition to outdoor activities to totally engage in addition to charm visitors.

It did me.

Best of all, for Levelers, much of it is apartment in addition to if you lot are staying on the bay front, you lot tin "escalate" your way upwards to the heights.

I was invited out past times the Convention & Visitors Bureau to reckon what Long Beach had to offer. It took five years earlier I said yes in addition to to hold upwards honest, my expectations were low.

It is, said PR manager Bob Maguglin, a mutual problem. "The hardest business office is getting people here. After nosotros produce that, the residue is easy."

Start alongside location: 22 miles southward of Los Angeles in addition to 10 miles southwest of Anaheim in addition to Disneyland alongside to a greater extent than than five miles of sandy oceanfront.

The weather, 46 to 83 degrees F. is the annual range. Pretty unopen to perfect. I hitting midway through what they telephone shout out upwards the "June Gloom," mornings that began overcast in addition to grayish precisely past times noon were vivid alongside sunshine in addition to balmy breezes.

Getting at that topographic point is a snap: Long Beach's newly redesigned  airdrome is 10 minutes away, LAX 25 minutes northward in addition to Orange County/John Wayne xxx minutes south.

Much of what you'll desire to reckon is on the easily walkable downtown bay front, although to a greater extent than people select to produce it, every bit good every bit downtown in addition to virtually everywhere else, on bicycles.

Downtown at night.
At nighttime the downtown is a riot of color in addition to you'll loathe to larn within to sleep.

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency in addition to had a bang-up persuasion of it all.

Amble downward the colorful promenade for a stair- in addition to hill-free way to in addition to from downtown.
Tip: Best of all, no-hill, no-stairs access to the Convention Center, downtown in addition to eating seat row. Go to the lobby, accept the escalator to the mezzanine, locomote out to the deck, walk across into the convention middle - if it's hot or rainy - or amble along its colorful promenade, cross the street in addition to you're there. The Renaissance in addition to Westin Hotels are on the downtown side of the Convention Center in addition to therefore if staying at that topographic point you lot opposite the process.

Superior seaside attractions
Aquarium of the Pacific.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is atop virtually everyone's to-see listing alongside adept reason. It's fun.

The penguins are crowd pleasers.
The Magellanic Penguin habitat is the latest novel attraction precisely hands-ons alongside jellies in addition to rays, sea otters, seahorses in addition to an ocean's worth of other staples locomote on visitors coming dorsum for more.
Curiosity reigns on both sides of the glass.

Unique hither are the opportunities to SCUBA or snorkel inwards the large tank in addition to daily whale scout (July, August in addition to September are when Blue whales are offshore) in addition to dolphin in addition to sea life boat trips, saltation in addition to fall.

Tip: Ramps rather than stairs atomic number 82 to the dissimilar levels, a boon to Levelers.

Queen Mary. Not many port cities tin e'er boast a seagoing Cunard queen inwards their harbors in addition to until coming together Her Highness, I wondered why whatever would desire 1 no longer sailing.

Now I know. For all of the 21st century's luxurious excesses, zero holds a candle to the elegance in addition to attending to the minutest particular of Art Deco QM. She was, in addition to in all probability nonetheless is, the grandest dame afloat.

Queen Mary from the Hyatt Regency.
QM2 may hold upwards twice her size precisely she was twice the size of the Titanic in addition to her outset shape dining room was the largest room e'er built on a ship. All 850 outset shape passengers could dine at once. The Lord's Day buffet held at that topographic point right away is considered 1 of the best inwards the country.

Cabin Suite where the Duke in addition to Duchess of Windsor stayed.
Which is some other charm of this grande dame: you lot tin rest on her. All of grand deck has been turned into a hotel in addition to her world rooms are available for meetings in addition to soul events.

Observation Bar
For a treat, clothing to the nines, start alongside a cocktail inwards the Observation Bar in addition to cap the even alongside a superb dinner at Winston's, ending alongside the wonderful Grand Marnier souffle.

You volition hold upwards sharing your even alongside an honored state of war veteran. During World War II, QM was converted into a troop ship, making 72 wartime crossings. She was the fastest liner inwards the basis in addition to inwards July 1943, she carried 16,683 soldiers, the largest seat out of humans transported on 1 ship. It wasn't comfortable precisely it was of bang-up importance. Hitler offered $250,000 to whatever submarine commander who sank her in addition to Winston Churchill credited her alongside saving Great Britain.

By all agency sign upwards for a tour; it's the solely way you'll actually larn to know her in addition to the people who worked in addition to sailed aboard her.

Tip: there's no way approximately it, Levelers, at that topographic point are lots of stairs. There is a cardinal get upwards that volition eliminate many, precisely you'll air current upwards doing to a greater extent than than you lot in all probability want. For example, 24 steps upwards to the special exhibit. I flora it worth it, peculiarly alongside a tour. Best solution, halt for tea at the special demo or a imbibe inwards the Observation bar.

George VI's coronation robe.
As if the ship herself weren't enough, right away there's a special exhibit, "Diana Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Legacy of a Princess, Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Royal Exhibition," that brings together poignant artifacts in addition to attire from the tardily princess every bit good every bit those from other royals, including Prince William in addition to Katherine.

Scorpion-class Russian sub shares infinite alongside the Queen.
Then there's Queen Mary's neighbor, the Russian Scorpion submarine you lot tin tour if claustrophobia doesn't bother you.

Join inwards the music.
Shoreline Village along 1 strand of the marina is a picturesque jumble of quaintly made buildings, cafes, restaurants, shops in addition to music venues that hips on weekends. It's bang-up for strolling, solar daytime or night.
Shoreline Village at night.

Long Beach is long on fun