One of my favorite things about going to Long Beach is the drive. I've always loved driving and travelling by myself. I feel such a sense of freedom. I can blast the heater, I can sing John Mayer and Coldplay at the top of my lungs, and I can chat on the phone to whomever, however long I want to. I can even get french fries and a soda from a drive thru - which to the normal person might seem well, normal. But to me, the fact that I am even going thru a drive thru makes me so incredibly satisfied because I happen to live in a weird place where they don't allow drive-thrus and frankly I am sick and tired of getting out of my car just to get a sweet drink!
Also, will you look at the view?! Most of the drive along Highway 101 is next to the ocean. I am lucky enough to live in a place where I see the ocean almost every day, but it never gets old.