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Long Beach, California Travel Guide


We can’t wait to tell you about one of our new favorite places. Caleb and I just fell in love with Long Beach. We’d been to the aquarium before and LOVED every second of the time we spent there, but our latest trip to Long Beach took our love for the town to a whole new level.

I’m going to give you an in-depth look at just some of the special things about this coastal town. There is so much beautiful history and culture about this town. They love supporting their small business, so that all the uniqueness is celebrated and cherished. If you love pie, don’t forget to stop by The Pie Bar, and up a pie in a little jar for the perfect treat. They even have gluten free and it was SO delicious!! And Long Beach is one of the sunniest places around with many years over 300 sunny days per year!!

Long Beach will always have a special place in our hearts, we got to meet and get to know some of the best people as well!


Long Beach California

On our last night in Long Beach, we visited The Alamitos bay and Naples Canal. They have amazing boat rides given by @londonboatrentals that we ended up taking for a romantic sunset cruise.

We sailed to the theme song of Gilligans Island, and even separated our crew into pirates and sailors. We all had grew close during our time exploring the city together, and that was the perfect way to spend our last night.

Seeing sunsets is our favorite thing to do together, and this was the perfect way to enjoy it. With beautiful colors shooting from all parts of the sky, and reflecting off the top of the water throughout the bay, it was a masterpiece of beauty all around. We definitely want make another trip down to take another sunset cruise.

There is so much culture in @visitlb Long Beach and we truly hope that if you make a trip to Los Angeles soon, that you will make a trip down to this beautiful city and spend some time enjoying all of its amazing experiences!

Neither Caleb or I could decide on our very favorite part because it all felt like a highlight reel, but on deck of @harborbreezecruises was one of many. After a delicious lunch with the prettiest view at @parkerslighthouse we got @honeybearrouse and sat on the top deck of the boat. We loved hearing the history of different things around Long Beach, looking at the my favorite ship the Queen Mary and hearing about the islands designed by the same people who made treasure island for Disney.

It was Honey Bear’s first time on a boat and it was super cute looking at sights with her, Caleb and our new friends. My Marilyn Monroe dress moment was embarrassing but memorable 😂 and we had an amazing time.

Another highlight was visiting the POW! WOW! murals.

One of the greatest thing about @visitlb is their amazing art and street art. We had so much fun touring throughout the city on our stay while we were there, looking at the different art pieces, and it really made the streets come alive! There truly is an explosion of art culture and history that we had no idea existed in this beautiful city.

POW! WOW! Long Beach @powwowlongbeach is a week-long, city-wide event that takes place in the summer throughout Long Beach and is part of the globally recognized POW! WOW! Worldwide series of street art events. The core of our mission is to bring art and culture to public spaces while beautifying the city of Long Beach and cultivating community pride. In the past 3 years, Pow! Wow! Long Beach has executed murals in over 40 square miles throughout the city, from South Street to Ocean Boulevard, creating a walkable, bikeable public art experience unlike anything else in the country. You can find them on the side of a building, under a bridge, in a parking lot, by some stairs, and even on a bus.

The cultural creativity in Long Beach is truly unmatched and is another reason why we were blown away by our experience there. Next year, a trip down to this amazing city for Pow Wow Long Beach is definitely needed. We can’t wait to see what artists have in store for next year!

One of our favorite murals was at: 335 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. The Artist was Tristan Eaton @tristaneaton. This mural was so colorful, providing different shades, giving cultural insights, and truly was a masterpiece of beauty and splendor. You could find a million places to take a picture of this mural because every inch was wonderfully planned, beautifully done, and perfect for any type of image that you would want. We actually can’t wait to come back to this mural for another shoot that we have in mind!


Long Beach California


Long Beach California

Where to stay:

If you have a dog:

HILTON LONG BEACH

The 399 guest room AAA Award Winning Hilton Long Beach has been completely renovated!

Location: Recently completed a dramatic hotel transformation in a top to bottom renovation of all guestrooms, meeting rooms and public space. Conveniently situated in downtown Long Beach, the Hilton Long Beach is in walking distance to the Convention Center, as well as numerous restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and the beach. They offer complimentary shuttle service within the downtown area.

If you aren’t traveling with a pet:

Hyatt Centric The Pike, a cosmopolitan-lifestyle hotel is located in the center of the Pike Outlet retail stores in downtown Long Beach, right near Rainbow Harbor. Steps away from the Pine Avenue restaurants, Shoreline Village, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Convention Center you’ll be in the middle of the action! All 138 guest-rooms and suites have generous white marble bathrooms, roomy workspace, and complimentary internet access. The hotel features Bay Street Kitchen, the on-site restaurant, Bay Street Bar and a rooftop pool- the only one in Long Beach. With nearly 6,000 sq. ft. of convertible meeting space including a private outdoor courtyard, Hyatt Centric The Pike provides the perfect event space for any occasion.

Must Sees:

The Queen Mary:

THE QUEEN MARY HOTEL

The Queen Mary is full of rich history and many say it’s haunted. Here’s a bit of the history from their website, but to get the full history you need to meet the Commodore and hear his stories!

From The Height Of Luxury To WWII

For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years.

As World War II started, the Queen Mary's transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades.

The Last Great Cruise

The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.