Dreaming or planning your big adventure across California? Thinking of heading to the West Coast for the blissful sun, breathtaking coastline and dramatic national parks? Well, look no further! We have decided to share an ultimate Californian road-tip that will hopefully help you master your very own trip!
1.) Sequoia National Park, South Sierra Nevada
Head to Sequoia National Park to experience the breathtaking beauty and dramatic landscapes that are present within Tulare County! See some of the largest Trees you can ever see! Truly spectacular!
…oh yes, keep an eye-open for General Sherman!
2.) Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Nestled on the side of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles, the Griffith Observatory is a great place to explore the extra terrestrial world that can be viewed within the observatory itself. This world-famous landmark has, since its opening, always been free – so there is no excuse to find a few free hours to explore the mighty wonders that await your eyes! The planetarium is “out-of-this-world” and the views of downtown Los Angeles are as equally spectacular!
3.) Pier 39, San Francisco
Take a stop at Pier 39 in San Francisco. This once working and trade pier has now been transformed into an open are of restaurants, shops and seals that bathe along the front! Take some time to eat some clam chowder from the markets on, and around the pier – it’s delicious!
4.) San Diego Old-Town
San Diego is an amazing place to experience some great Californian Wines and Mexican cuisine! when you visit, make sure you take a trip to the Old-Town ahistoric State Park, which dates back to the early 19th Century!
One of the best Mexican restaurants is, Oscar’s Mexican Sea-Food!
5.) Mono Lake & Mono County
Based in Mono County, this relatively shallow but dramatic lakes formed over hundreds of thousands of years. Mono Lake is a great place to stop for an hour or two! Take a picnic or just relax against the waters edge! Just don’t dare drink this lake water! Its high-salt content makes this lake a unique and very salty body of water!
6.) Route 66
No trip to California would be complete without a trip upon a portion of the infamous, Route 66! Take this historic road west from the ocean and head towards the Arizona and Nevada Border! There are many awesome places to eat (and sleep) along the way! Just make sure to pack lots of water , as the dry and arid dessert can be unforgiving!
7.) Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada
Visit Vikingsholm for an awesome look at a modern day castle, nestled within the hills surrounding Lake Tajoe!
8.) Asilomar State Beach, Monterey Peninsula
100km west of Hollister (no, not the shop… the town) is Asilomar State Beach! Situated in Pacific Grove, the beach is famed for its breathtaking sunsets and camping opportunities!
9.) Temecula, Riverside County
Temecula is an inland city that sits neatly between San diego and Los Angeles. This area is famed for its wine-region! Why not book something extra special like a hot-air ballon ride! Or take in the many award-winning wineries that blanket this region!
10.) Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County
Perched within the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake and town is one of the best places to go to see a different side of California. Its relaxed atmosphere, provides a perfect place to really be at one with nature – there are some great camping opportunities too, if you feel like!
11.) Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada Mountains
Yosemite. Is. Spectacular! Pack some comfortable hiking shoes and take a trek up the mountains.
Don’t forget to keep an eye-open for El-Capitan and some of the other famous landmarks while your in the park!
12.) Big Sur
Head south (or north) down the Big Sur – this coastline drive, which starts close to Monterey is a spectacular coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the ocean. Not only is it dramatic, but it makes for one of the most scenic drives.
13.) Santa Monica Pier & Pacific Park, Los Angeles
For some old-fashion fun in Santa Monica, why not head to the double-jointed pier that juts out into the Pacific Ocean! Best of all, you can explore the pier for free. Just make sure to take a few dollars to ride some of the most awesome rides in the city!
14.) Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County
Head to this state park in Humboldt County to see some of the tallest Redwoods in the world! Rising almost 100 metres high, these trees are an epic reminder of how awesome nature is! What is even more interesting is that these trees can live for over a 1000 years!
15.) Alcatraz, San Francisco
Ever wondered what it’s like to be marooned on an island within a high-security and infamous prison? Well, now is your chance! Take a short boat ride from Pier 39 straight to incarceration! Okay, that might be a little too dramatic, but its a significant site to visit in California, which housed some of the most infamous criminals in the country!
16.) San Francisco Cable Cars
No journey to San Francisco would be complete without a journey on the cities cable car network! Head up and down the hills of the city and enjoy a tour of the city! It’s a great way to explore many areas of the city… and it’s a fun ride too!
17.) Marin County, Muir Woods
Just over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Muir Woods is a spectacular place to explore the local habitat of many of northern California’s wildlife! Head here for a few hours on your way north or south along along the coastal roads!
18.) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
For a truly American sporting event! Submerse yourself within a baseball game at the Dodgers Stadium! There is so much passion in the stands!
19.) Death Valley National Park
Located in Eastern California, Death Valley is one of the driest and hottest areas in all of the United States! In the height of Summer, Temperatures can reach up to 45-50 degrees! Plan, prepare and be responsible when continuing your road-trip through Death Valley!