How We Discovered Dr. Seuss in La Jolla, California

Chances are you've read or heard of Dr. Seuss and his books: "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," or "The Lorax". We were researching for things to do in La Jolla, California when we were surprised to learn that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in this beautiful coastal city for several decades.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

We spent a couple of hours last year in La Jolla and had no idea that Dr. Seuss had a home here where he wrote these famous books. This year we decided to make our own little Dr. Seuss tour during our weekend visit. 

The Lorax Tree

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was known to be vocal about his disdain for the amount of construction that was happening in La Jolla and was environmentally conscious about the earth. If you've ever been to La Jolla, you'll definitely understand why he was so concerned about protecting this gorgeous town. 

CAMI TANK: ANATOMIE CARGO PANTS:  ANATOMIE  IPHONE STRAP: BANDOLIER

CAMI TANK: ANATOMIE CARGO PANTSANATOMIE  IPHONE STRAP: BANDOLIER

BLACK PANTS: ANATOMIE WHITE TANK: ANATOMIE

BLACK PANTS: ANATOMIE WHITE TANK: ANATOMIE

The views here are incredibly breathtaking and the thought of it being destroyed from overdevelopment would be heartbreaking. The inspiration of the "Truffula Trees" in The Lorax is from the Monterey Cypress, which are unique trees to the California Coast. There is one at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and it definitely stands out. The park was named after Ellen Browning Scripps who invested a lot of her fortune to preserve  La Jolla and we're so thankful that she did!

Geisel Library

We really wanted to take a look at Dr. Seuss' Collection at the Geisel Library as it holds the world's largest collection of his work, but it is only open to the public during the summer and in March.

GEISEL LIBRARY DESIGNED BY WILLIAM PEREIRA 

GEISEL LIBRARY DESIGNED BY WILLIAM PEREIRA 

We wish it were open to the public all year round, but it's understandable that they keep it reserved due to the fragility of the collection. We were also wondering," Why March?". Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. 

DR. SEUSS & THE CAT IN THE HAT

DR. SEUSS & THE CAT IN THE HAT

GEISEL LIBRARY 

GEISEL LIBRARY 

Geisel Library is located at the University of California San Diego and outside the library is a bronze statue of Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat. We made a quick stop since we heard the architecture of the library was quite unique. We both went to the same college, in Florida, and our university library looked nothing like this one! Unfortunately, we weren't able to see his collection since we went during the off-season.  

"OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO" - DR. SEUSS

"OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO" - DR. SEUSS

Legends Gallery

You can walk over to Legends Gallery straight from The Lorax Tree. Sometimes we are a bit intimidated walking into art galleries, but we were warmly greeted by Tammy who was friendly and answered all the questions we had about Dr. Seuss.

LEGENDS GALLERY "THE ART OF DR. SEUSS"
RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA

Entrance is free and the current exhibit is, "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuess". We only know of Dr. Seuss as an author and artist for children's books, but this exhibit showcased another side of him that was all new to us.

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA
HOODED VEST: ANATOMIE

HOODED VEST: ANATOMIE

We learned about his unorthodox taxidermy and got to see some paintings of the adult version of the "Cat in the Hat". The gallery is fairly small but packed with a good amount of pieces. We really haven't thought much about Dr. Seuss since we were kids, so it really brought back a lot of memories.

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA

Hotel Del Coronado

We wish we had time to dine or even stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, but it's actually located on Coronado Island (near the San Diego Airport) and not in La Jolla.

ENTRANCE TO HOTEL DEL CORONADO

ENTRANCE TO HOTEL DEL CORONADO

This hotel is very well-known in San Diego and was an inspiration for one of Seuss' paintings titled, "I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado." It's a gorgeous beachfront resort and has great reviews on both Trip Advisor and Google Reviews

HOTEL DEL CORONADO LOBBY

HOTEL DEL CORONADO LOBBY

GORGEOUS BEACH JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE HOTEL

GORGEOUS BEACH JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE HOTEL

Dr. Seuss's wife, Audrey Seuss, is alive and well (96 years old) and lives at the Geisel estate in La Jolla, California which is an estimated net worth of $75 million. Dr. Seuss does not have any children (one step-daughter) and after his death, his wife assumed all licensing of his characters.

THE POOL AND OUTDOOR DINING AREA AT HOTEL DEL CORONADO

THE POOL AND OUTDOOR DINING AREA AT HOTEL DEL CORONADO

Did you know about La Jolla's connection to Dr. Seuss?

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