When you picture yourself in California, what do you think of? Skiing, surfing, hiking, shopping, maybe all the above? A trip to California would be nothing but extraordinary. The number of things to do in California are endless and can be a bit overwhelming when trying to pick and choose what to do. That’s where we come in! We have compiled a list to help guide the way and help narrow down some of the best touristy things to do on your next getaway to California. If you are looking for experiences off the beaten path contact us to discuss some of our customized options.
1. Hike to the Hollywood sign
The infamous Hollywood sign, your trip to California won’t be fulfilled until you see the iconic sign at least once. Hike to the top and look over the beautiful city of Los Angeles while soaking in the sun and crisp air. This hike is easy enough for anyone to do but enough of a challenge to get your adrenaline pumping and blood flowing.
2. Golden Gate Bridge
Located in the heart of San Francisco is the one of a kind Golden Gate Bridge. Channel your inner “Full House” star and drive across the bridge in a convertible or just roll the windows down to take in the views. Wanting to get your exercise for the day? Grab a bike or put your sneakers on and walk across the 3-mile bridge stretching across the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Feeling a little luxurious? Reserve a table at one of the upscale restaurants to get a great view of the bridge while eating a delicious dinner. Check out Greens restaurant or Caprice.
3. Skydive California
Are you an adventure junkie? Does jumping out of a plane 13,000 feet in the air sound appealing to you? If you have never skydived out of a plane before then California is the perfect place to do it! Skydive California is equipped with professionals that have had the rigorous training to ensure you the best safety. Free falling in the air reaching speeds up to 120 miles per hour then soaring through the air for another 5 minutes while the parachute opens is a surreal moment. The rush of it all and the feeling of euphoria might be a once in a lifetime experience you will never have again.
4. Whale Watching
South of San Francisco, you’ll come across the one of a kind Monterey Bay. Spend the day seeking out humpback whales, Blue Whales, Orcas, and Dolphins. Sightings are quite frequent so get ready for a special treat!
A world filled with magic, love, and adventure, of course, we are talking about Disneyland. It doesn’t matter how old you are Disneyland is a definite on your list of things to do in California. July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened his original Disneyland theme park and is now divided into 8 separate magical lands. This includes Tommorwland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, Adventureland, Main Street, U.S.A, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, and Fantasyland.
6. Hot air Balloon over Napa Valley
If you are in Napa Valley get ready to be blown away with some of the best-tasting wine in the US. Take it a step further and soar through the hills and beautiful scenery of Napa Valley in a hot air balloon while sipping on some of the finest wine in the world! Visit our Napa Valley page for more details on a one of a kind experience you won’t want to miss!
7. Alcatraz Island
If in the San Francisco area take the day to visit Alcatraz Island. Home to one of the most historic federal prisons in America. Just a simple ferry ride transports you over to the island where you can expect a day full of rich history and panoramic views from all over the island.
8. Venice Beach
Have you really been to California if you haven’t been to Venice Beach? With an endless amount of things to do, Venice beach is perfect for any age, even the little ones! Enjoy fine dining, shops, roller skating and of course the boardwalk. Home to celebrities like Julia Roberts and Kate Beckinsale, keep your eyes peeled because you’ll never know who you might run into! Venice Beach is very crowded on Sundays and less packed on weekdays so it is suggested to plan accordingly.
9. Hollywood Walk of Fame
In the heart of Los Angeles lies the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching 1.3 miles long you can find yourself engrossed in the history of hundreds of hall of famers while snapping pics with some of your favorites.
10. Pacific Coast Highway
If you are itching for another adventure, then you might want to consider road tripping down the Pacific Coast highway. From San Francisco to San Diego glide across different valleys and mountains while taking in all the views including the Pacific Ocean. Estimated 10 hours from start to finish, make a fun trip out of it while stopping at different locations or just soaking in all the scenery around you. Definitely a humbling experience to say the least.
California will always be one of those special places that will never leave you disappointed. Every day is a new journey leaving you with lasting memories. Whether it’s exploring the wilderness, submerging your toes in the sandy beaches, or channeling your inner Hollywood star. Tackling a place like California can be a little intimidating due to its size and abundance of amazing things to do.
With our help, we can customize the perfect itinerary to satisfy your every want and need. It’s important to have the balance between having a plan and letting the wanderlust inside you take charge.
Check out our other blog on Top National Parks in California if you are leaning towards an exhilarating, adventurous escape!
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