I live only a couple of hours from Long Beach and love to go there for sort of a staycation. The waterfront offers great attractions during the day with the aquarium and the Queen Mary as the cornerstones. At night the place really comes to life. I enjoyed Sgt Peppers dueling pianos, Cafe Sevilla, Bubba Gump Seafood, and any number of pubs and other watering holes. Definitely worth the time and money to get away for a couple of days.