Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
I've been all over.. just not for extended periods of time.
Sub-urban living suits the family better... I'm well past hanging out at clubs and bars.
Rural, mountains, beaches?... I figure they are all within a couple hours drive no matter where, so it's not a big factor.
As for weather... SoCal has no hot weather (by my standards)... short of summer in the desert... and I could easily handle that if you were thinking up toward Victorville...
They also have no COLD weather (I spent 20 years in MN, I know what cold weather is
The climate and wealth of outdoor activities is what makes it desirable to me... I have no NEED to move, I could just as easily stay where I'm at. I just have the itch to try something new.
Some of the valley areas (especially the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys) can be as hot as anyplace in the country -- deserts included -- well over 100 degrees many days, and not always in the summer. With your screen name, maybe you'd love that. Some really do I guess -- I often see them driving around with the windows open on the most scorching days. Those same days the coastal areas can be 30 degrees cooler, even more. Only a few miles apart. That was the hardest thing for me to get used to when I moved to this part of the country.
Relatively little cold to speak of as you say, but the coastal areas can be overcast a lot of the time, especially late spring/early summer.
When I say culture, I wasn't referring to hanging out in bars.
I was thinking more like music, museums. Sports? SoCal has several centers of that sort of thing.
Personally, I would plan on being fairly close to the kinds of activities you like if you don't have any other restrictions. Driving in these parts is no picnic. I've had it take over two hours to drive from Santa Monica to downtown LA -- a distance of 15 miles. I time my trips into and through LA County very carefully.
Incidentally, two hours from LAX covers at least four counties.