Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Fun fact: Cali once had its very own Rainbow Pier, and it was just off the shore of oil-rich Long Beach. Like many of SoCal's historic transportation wonders, the inventively-named roadway and pleasure pier was bulldozed for a more modern thoroughfare (today, it's Shoreline Drive), but we can see how its colorful spirit lives on in LBC's cluster of eclectic and creative enclaves—a few of which we'll be virtually venturing to in today's Day Tripping adventure.
Just as it's nearly impossible to plot out every single Perfect Saturday point within LA's stylish nabes, mapping out all of the seaside city's must-stop spots would mean we'd be verging on tour book territory. Instead, we're highlighting just a handful of the best indie and vintage boutiques that line Long Beach's retail-happy boulevards from west to east, starting with Downtown's East Village Arts District and ending at Retro Row on 4th Street.