This page summarizes MANY trips to the Golden State. We’ve visited this diverse state many times and during different seasons of the year each time. Read on to see why we keep going back for more!
For my “OCD” brain, I’ll start in northern California and work our way south.
- Tahoe, California
Tahoe is known for it’s lake and surrounding mountains. By summer they’re a hikers’, campers’ and fisherman’s dream and by winter they beckon the amateur and avid skiers, snow boarders and snow enthusiasts.
The capital city is home to (duh!) government buildings, an NBA team and “Old Town”. We scoped out all three and agree that they’re all worth a visit.
- Napa Valley
Napa Valley is known for it’s renowned wineries and vino, and rightfully so! We’ve done the couples/romance/summertime trip and the off-season, limo-with-friends trip – BOTH are fantastic and a must-do when in California. However, there is more to the area than wine.
- San Francisco
We do not typically travel to big cities, but San Fran is an exception. This Florida girl loved the hills and fog as they are so different than flat, sunny Florida.
These quaint, seaside towns are full of charm, characters and delicious produce. You can stop by the Pebble Beach Golf Course, eat lunch at a side walk cafe or stop at a roadside market for strawberries the size of your fist! Don’t forget to check out the seals in Monterrey and the beach in Carmel.
- Big Sur National Park
The hype is real! Every turn is breathtaking, every cliff magnificent and every hiking path stunning! Check it out for yourself!
- Temecula (Southern California’s Wine Country)
The little sister (or brother) of Napa, is located east of San Diego. Temecula is not Napa, but it has a personality all of it’s own. The vineyards are smaller, but also less crowded. The wines might be less known, but not any less delicious! Wein’s Family Cellar is our favorite!
- La Jolla/Huntington Beach
The small coastal towns between Los Angeles and San Diego are known (rightfully so!) for their mansions and luxurious lifestyles. The drive down US 1 is full of beauty and grandeur – with the sprawling estates to one side and the sprawling Pacific to the other. Stop along the way to soak up the rays, watch a beach volleyball game and watch surfers battle the waves.
- San Diego
With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder we’ve visited California so much; and THERE IS STILL MORE TO SEE! I guess we should start planning another trip out there soon!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA? Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to help!