If you think that the Golden State is all about Hollywood, celebrities, the beach, or tech, think again. But if you are a bit of an adventurer when it comes to your travel, then you need to rethink the way that you look at California. There are so many different things to do and see, which is why you should load up your backpack, pack your comfy shoes, and plan an adventure in California.
State Parks and Forests – California has some of the best State Parks in the country, and quite possibly, the world! The Redwoods in California are like no other as they are the tallest trees on the planet. So it is an unforgettable experience. The best location could be staying somewhere like the Best Western Plus Desert Poppy Inn in Lancaster, as it is equidistant between Angeles National Forest, Castaic Lake State Park, and the famous Sequoia National Park. Plus, it means you’re out of the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles city area.
Camping – Being one of the states with the best climate, all year round can be a good call when it comes to camping. There are so many different places that you could camp, with the abundance of state parks that are on offer. However, one of the best spots to stay at is just by the Wild Willy Hot Springs a little higher up the country nearer to Fresno and Yosemite National Park.
Surfing and Beaches – California can’t get away from its sea views and relaxed beach vibes. It is home to some world-class beaches after all. But if you’re looking for something a little different when it comes to a Californian beach, then the beach at San Elijo could be for you, rather than the bustle of the busier Santa Monica and Newport. Nestled in between Carlsbad and San Diego it is a much quieter spot, especially if you want to avoid tourists. But it still has some amazing surfing on offer, as well as camping available right nearby. So if falling asleep to the sound of the waves sounds like your kind of thing, then San Elijo needs to be on your bucket list.
Hiking – If you love to hike, then California, as you might imagine, has plenty of stunning locations for a hike. If you fancy something a little different from woods and National Parks, then hiking up to Burney Falls right at the top of the state, close to the Oregon border, is a must. The falls themselves were described as the eighth wonder of the world by former American President Theodore Roosevelt. Torrey Pines, down near San Diego, is a good hiking destination too, especially if you love seeing the stunning sea views over the pacific.
Have you ever been to California before? Are any of these things on your bucket list? It would be great to hear what you think and what some of your favorite things are to do in the Golden State.