Ideas for Visiting California

Cities to Visit

  1. San Francisco
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Diego
  4. Napa
  5. Santa Barbara
  6. Monterey / Carmel By the Sea
  7. Palm Springs
  8. Solvang
  9. Catalina Island

Or National Parks

  1. Yosemite National Park
  2. Sequoia National Park
  3. Death Valley National Park
  4. Joshua Tree National Park
  5. Redwood National Park
  6. Big Sur
  7. Pinnacles National Park
  8. Channel Islands National Park

Amusement Parks if You’re Not into Nature

  1. Disneyland
  2. Universal Studios
  3. SeaWorld
  4. Legoland
  5. Six Flags Magic Mountain
  6. Knott’s Berry Farm

Cliche Landmarks to Visit

  1. Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Hollywood Sign

Activities to Do

  1. Zipline in Mount Hermon
  2. Hot air balloon ride in Napa
  3. ATVing in Pismo
  4. Wine tasting in Napa, Paso Robles, or Temecula
  5. Surfing
  6. Hiking
  7. Camping
  8. Mud bath in Calistoga
  9. Drive through a redwood tree by the Avenue of the Giants

Cliche Foods to Try

  1. Taqueria or Mexican food truck
  2. Clam chowder sourdough bread bowl in SF or Monterrey
  3. In-N-Out
  4. Korean BBQ in Koreatown Los Angeles
  5. Dim sum in Chinatown San Francisco

California boasts a wide variety of cultural cuisine.  You name it and there’s probably a restaurant serving it.  I remember trying L’as Du Fallafel in Paris and thinking there’s something similar back home.


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