Whether you dream of carving a wave (maybe for the first time), relaxing at a wine country estate, taking a spin on an iconic theme park ride, or walking through soaring redwoods, you’ll find your perfect getaway in California.
California attracts more than 250 million tourists each year, many of whom are eager to swim, ski, hike, and of course, sample local wines. Others map out memorable road trips that lead them from ocean breezes in the morning to snowy trails by nightfall. Here is 10 things to do during your visit to California!
1. Redwood National Park
The Redwood National Park is a vast expanse of beautiful woodland, rivers and coastline where visitors can partake in a wide range of outdoor activates. The Redwood trees are some of the oldest and tallest trees in the United States. The wildlife within the woodland and along the coast is extremely varied and consists of a number of rare and protected species. If you have only one day in the forest simply take a relaxed walk and allow yourself to stare up at the tallest trees on the planet. If you have longer, lengthy hike routes are available as well as five informative visitor centers and an 8 mile scenic drive known as the Coastal Drive.
2. Venice Beach
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles is renowned for its beautiful beaches and Venice beach is a stunning example. During the summer months, the beach accommodates many street performers as well as cyclists, roller-skaters, swimmers and, of course, sunbathers. Also found here is the famous Muscle Beach, an area where bodybuilders flex their muscles and show off their bodies in a open air, beach-side gym.
3. Hike to the Hollywood Sign
Hollywood, where dreams are made. You can’t come to the city of angels and not do this hike!
4. See the Golden State Bridge From Vista Point
Located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge and accessible via car only on northbound US 101 or by foot over the bridge and a short hike up the mountain. It is truly worth the effort as you will be rewarded by an amazing view over this iconic engineering achievement.
5. Learn to Surf at Surfrider Beach in Malibu
Want to learn how to surf? What better place to learn than California where surf culture was first made popular! Surfrider Beach is our top pick for beaches to learn and there is a little surf shop across the road where you can hire boards for the day.
6. Ride and old Wooden Rollercoaster In Santa Cruz
The Giant Dipper is a historic wooden roller coaster located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
The classic wooden coaster can be seen in several movies including ‘The Lost Boys’.
7. Walk Around a Crater in Death Valley National Park
Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile across. It is known as a maar volcano and was created by steam and gas explosions when hot magma rising up from the depths reached ground water.
8. Eat a Double Double at In n Out
To get the complete California experience you really need to stop by an In & Out and order a double double. We promise you will not be dissappointed. If you have room order a serve of animal fries (not shown on the menu).
9. Drive Historic Route
Get your kicks on route 66. Route 66 or the ‘Mother Road’ was one of the original highways in the U.S. highway systems. Plenty of quirky roadside stops along the way to keep you entertained.
10. Get Your Picture Taken in Front of Yosemite Falls
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in America and even the world so a visit here should be on everyone’s bucket list. Yosemite Falls drops 2,425 feet and is a major attraction in the park. The best time to view the waterfall is during its peak flow between May to June.