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10 best things to do in California

California has much more than the beach and Hollywood to offer. Check out the 10 best things to do in the beautiful Golden State!

The Golden State, California has much to offer visitors, from beaches to movie stars to skiing and more! Let’s look at the 10 best things to do in California.

1. Explore the Hollywood Hills

The Hollywood Hills hold more than just the homes of the rich and the famous. Hiking areas like Runyon Canyon and the area around Griffith Observatory offer views of Los Angeles to absolutely die for. Try hiking the morning after a rain in particular offers spectacular views, and is highly recommensed! Don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated!

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2. Drive the PCH

The famed Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1, takes drivers up and down the coastline of California. If you have a few extra days of travel be sure to make the drive, staying at the beautiful cities of San Diego, Malibu, Monterrey, and San Fransisco while in transit!


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3. See Coronado

San Diego is home to incredible beaches, one of which is routinely voted one of the top in the world: Coronado. With soft sand (famously flecked with gold) stretching as far as the eye can see and friendly locals aplenty, it will be a beach day you won’t forget!

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4. Explore Catalina Island

The beautiful island of Catalina is located just off of the shores of Los Angeles, and is an absolute gem. A day trip or even an overnight is warranted on any trip to California!

5. Eat at the Wharf

San Fransisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has long been an icon for the city, offering incredible sea food for locals and tourists alike. Spending a half day at the Wharf and sampling some of the varied cuisine is a must, as the fish is some of the freshest in all of California!

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6. Surf Mavericks

Mavericks is a legendary surfing spot just outside of Half Moon Bay. If you’re a serious surfer give the waves there a crack, they are some of the most famous in all of the world. However, if you’re not a pro you would be best served watching from the sidelines. Luckily, Mavericks has amazing sand beaches and bluffs to enjoy the view!

7. Go to the Happiest Place On Earth

Yes, Disneyland! Go there! Though it definitely is for kids, if you haven’t made a trip to Anaheim to see the place that Walt built you absolutely should.

8. Ski or snowboard in Big Bear

The beautiful town of Big Bear is nestled in the hills of Southern California, just a few hours drive from LA or San Diego. Taking a trip to ski the powder will blow your mind, as Big Bear is one of the top skiing spots in all of the West Coast!

9. See the Redwoods

The amazing Redwood forests of Northern California hold the biggest and oldest trees on the planet, and it can be absolutely mind boggling to see them up close and personal! Dress in layers as the areas in which the Redwoods are located can vary in temperature throughout the day.

10. Shop Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive and the surrounding areas have some of the best boutiques in all of America, if not the world. As an additional bonus keep an eye out for movie stars spending their free time enjoying some retail therapy. You never know who you will see!

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