Best Travel Destinations in California
California is a state that brims with adventure and fun. The 1,100-mile coastline features sandy beaches, and breathtaking views. Venture inland to the Mojave Desert, which stretches 25,000 square miles, and sights such as the colossal and steep Afton Canyon greet you. In the northern part of the state live the redwood trees, as tall as a football field is wide.
If mountains are your thing, there is Mount Whitney. Ascend it, and you’re at the highest peak in the 48 contiguous states. With all these things to see, it can be challenging to identify the best travel destinations in California. Here is a look at several fun places, some of which slip under the radar on common lists for best travel sites.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
The Pacific Coast Highway is not a destination per se but rather a journey. In fact, it’s a lot of destinations bundled into one trip. You can start in Monterey and end in Morro Bay, but what you do there and in the middle is entirely up to you.
One of the top travel destinations you should not miss: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, where you can take in an underwater preserve and go on redwood hikes.
La Jolla Cove
If you feel like entering a new world for a while, you can do that by snorkeling in La Jolla Cove. Hopefully, the underwater life forms you’ll get to see will include jellyfish, nurse sharks, and bat rays. After you’re finished, there are a number of area outdoor and cultural experiences to immerse yourself in.
Golden Acorn Casino
Sometimes, the best places to travel to are those where you can unwind, relax and not worry about missing an exquisite fish or
photographic opportunity.Golden Acorn Casino is in Campo, near San Diego, and it offers thrills of its own. Namely, the tantalizing possibility that you could win untold riches at any moment (California is nicknamed the Golden Statebecause of the Gold Rush, after all).
If you’re traveling via car, you can easily combine a Golden Acorn trip with the many pleasures of San Diego and, of course, the above-mentioned La Jolla Cove.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Speaking of entertainment, Madame Tussauds Hollywood delivers its own set of thrills. Examine your favorite celebrities up close, and pose for pictures with them. The famous folks in the museum include fictional characters from the Marvel lineup as well as pop icons such as Madonna. Sure, a few of the wax figures look less realistic than others, but giggling over imperfections is part of the fun. Overall, though, you’re likely to be impressed by the accurate and artistic quality of these celebrities.
The Palace of Fine Arts
When you’re in San Francisco, make time to see the Palace of Fine Arts. It shows up often in movies and TV shows, so you might even get to see a few celebrities. If nothing else, it is eye candy of the highest order, with its colonnades, lagoon, and swans. And if you’re looking for a wedding spot, this may be it.
While you’re in the area, check out The Wave Organ, a 15-minute walk away (six minutes by car). It’s a sculpture that combines with ocean waves to form subtle yet rewarding music.
Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout
What better place to end this list than one of the craziest hikes ever? The Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout hike, near Sierra City, requires you to climb 180 steps at the end, and despite the vertigo it may give you, it’s one of the most unique hikes in California and offers some of the best views of any hike.
There’s a lot to see and do in California. In fact, no matter where you go, it’s a safe bet you’ll find plenty to do.