The #FutureOfTravel is now! National Travel and Tourism Week – a celebration of connecting U.S. and international travelers to America – takes place this May 1-7. Travel and tourism play major roles in the U.S. economy, generating trillions of dollars in economic profit and supporting millions of American jobs at its peak, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Many businesses depend in part on visitors traveling to local communities, staying at hotels, eating at restaurants and visiting numerous attractions. With best-practice protocols in place, traveling may never be safer or easier than it is today.
May is also California Tourism Month, and one of the best places to discover the beauty of The Golden State is Torrance. Nestled in the beautiful South Bay of Los Angeles, Torrance has numerous lodging options, so you can visit and stay for the area’s gorgeous beaches, excellent restaurants, craft breweries, outdoor attractions, shopping and arts venues. Better yet, Torrance is just a short drive from the bright lights of L.A. and other Southern California attractions.
We’ve also made it official: the City of Torrance has proclaimed the first week of May National Travel and Tourism Week in Torrance. To celebrate, you’re invited to post your memories at #SpiritOfTravel, or share a social message or blog about what traveling in California means to you, your business and your loved ones, and add the hashtag #FutureOfTravel.
Whether you’re planning a trip with your immediate family or going really big with a reunion for all your loved ones, you’ll find excellent accommodations – from budget-friendly options to luxury resorts.
There’s a 1.5-mile stretch of pristine coastline at Torrance Beach where you can watch or participate in surfing, start a family volleyball game or just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Torrance Beach is also the starting point for The Strand, a 22-mile coastal bike bath with amazing views, and bike rentals (as well as boogie boards, strollers, umbrellas and more) are available at Perry’s at the Beach.
Feel the need for a trip for two? Torrance offers a plethora of opportunities for you and your loved one to spend some alone time in the lap of luxury. For example, the upscale Japanese-style Miyako Hybrid Hotel features the Relaken Spa, where you enjoy a soothing massage or a relaxing hot stone Ganban-yoku waterless bedrock bath. A Romance Package is also available to complete your special getaway.
There are many excellent restaurants that offer intimate dining experiences, such as Gaetano’s Restaurant, which serves fresh, traditional Italian cuisine in a quiet setting. You can enjoy a glass of wine and appetizer in a cozy booth while you wait for the fine-dining dishes at Aliotta’s Via Firenze.
There are fewer shopping locations as big as Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. In fact, Del Amo is one of the top ten largest shopping centers in the U.S. More than 250 stores, restaurants, movie theaters and entertainment venues on three levels means you’ll find everything you need and have a great time looking for it. Plus, the California Welcome Center Torrance is also located here with friendly staff ready to provide expert advice about the city’s attractions. You can also pick up some local swag while you’re there.
If boutique shopping is more your style, take a leisurely stroll through the charming shops and restaurants at Old Town Torrance.
There’s almost always a sporting activity going on nearby, with football games at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the LA Dodgers’ home stadium in close by downtown Los Angeles and the LA Angels based in Anaheim. Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy play home games right next door at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.
Shopping and sports are two of the many attractions to Torrance and the surrounding areas. The arts are an important part of the local culture, and an exhibit featuring 1,000-plus artifacts spanning 5,000 years of Chinese history at the Chen Art Gallery is just one example of the rich heritage and diverse cultural experiences you can have when you visit Torrance. The natural beauty of the area is evident throughout, including at the amazing South Coast Botanic Garden, home to more than 2,500 plant species and 300 bird species.
TRAVEL FOR RELAXATION
As you plan your stay, make sure to check out the hotel specials and lodging options, then get ready to have the time of your life! Torrance is home to 15 hotels that are ready to welcome you.