California is the all-time great place for your next vacation, many Great Places to Visit in California. Known as “the Golden State” it is one of the most interesting states in America because of its weather, people, bio-diversity and thousands of attractions.
It is in this state that you get to see the most fabulous desert scenery, and a few hours later enjoy the shady coolness of the redwood forests and mountain-top views.
Yes, California has it all from glamorous Hollywood to the beautiful national state parks. There is something here for everyone. The best way to enjoy the sights and sounds of California is by starting your trip in sunny Los Angeles, the city of Angels and working your way up along the coast.
Great Places to Visit in California
City of Angels
Start off in Los Angeles, as there are lots of things to see and do here. Explore Rodeo Drive and stroll through the country’s most expensive and eclectic shops. This can be fun even if you only window shop as you’ll see some of the strangest products for sale.
While here you must visit Venice Beach, a strange place full of LA’s weirdest and most entertaining people. Enjoy the street shows and the vendors. Once finished, with a day in the sun you’ll want to head over to Universal Studios and get a look at how moves are made.
End your day in one of the Santa Monica hotels so you can enjoy the beach, the Santa Monica Pier and the Palisades park the following day.
If you’re not much of a camper and want to stick closer to the LA area you might want to consider Long Beach as your next destination. Take a historic afternoon cruise on the Queen Mary, or visit the arts and cultural downtown area. You may even enjoy some time at the Aquarium.
If you’re traveling with kids, then you can’t miss out on Disneyland. Let your imagination go wild and discover the wonder of this magical world – the place where stories come to life. This trip makes for family memories of a life time, and Disneyland offers something for kids and adults alike.
San Simeon State Park
If your interested in nature and want to spend an inexpensive night on a camp-out drive up toward central California to the Hearst Castle and San simeon beach. Watch the beautiful sea elephants and sometimes even a whale or two from the bluffs.
17 Mile Drive
Take the most scenic 17 mile drive in America following along the Central Calfornia coast from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Stop along the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and the Cypress Point Lookout landmarks. Stop for lunch in Carmel Bay and you will have spent one of the most enjoyable and peaceful days in the Central California area.
Everyone flocks here for the amazing weather and awesome attractions. Visit San Diego in the off season and beat the crowds. We camped our last time there and enjoyed an amazing family vacation.
These are just a few of the interesting attractions of Southern and Central California, but there are many other places of interest to choose from. It’s all a matter of deciding how much time you plan to spend in this wonderfully diverse state.
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