Travel to the Golden State
California, The Golden State, is simply full of amazing places to vacation. The USA’s third largest state (in terms of land area) offers so much to see and do from its iconic cities to the majestic mountains, the coast, to the desert, and everything in between, it’s easy to see why so many people come for their vacations in California every year.
Choosing the Best Vacation Spots in California
With so many wonderful places to visit how can you choose where to take your vacation? I guess it depends upon how much time you have, and what you’ve seen before because aside from some of the obvious places, like San Francisco, Disneyland, and Los Angeles, there are many smaller cities that offer equal charm and numerous attractions. Take Santa Monica as an example; it’s in Los Angeles County and it’s a famed beach resort, home to many Hollywood celebrities. Santa Monica offers so much more than your typical ocean-side resort with its revitalized downtown and great weather, and to top it all if you want to head into LA or Hollywood, it’s not too far to go.
Spend time on Santa Monica Pier, the 100+ year old historic landmark that’s home to the renowned amusement park, Pacific Park, with its roller coaster and Ferris wheel, and re-live some of the movies and TV shows that have been filmed here including The Lost Boys. Santa Monica is the place to go if you want to experience a typical beach resort, California style!
Live it Up in Palm Springs
Palm Springs is another great place to head for a California vacation. This city in the desert is like an oasis of green – full of golf courses, palm trees, and lush landscaping; it’s easy to forget you’ve headed inland from the coast except for the spectacular weather: it’s warm all year round in Palm Springs which is the main reason why this California vacation destination is so popular right throughout the year. It’s chosen by many as a place to own a second home, and particularly during the winter (when it can be cold in many destinations), you’ll find thousands of vacationers head to their Palm Springs vacation homes to spend a warm and sunny winter.
Spend Time in “America’s Finest City”
And then there’s San Diego; nicknamed “America’s Finest City” this southern California city is a great vacation spot. It too has warm weather throughout the year, and as well as the great boating and beaches there are numerous attractions for the whole family including the famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego, Old Town San Diego and more.
Get Away From the City
But if you’re looking for a great vacation spot in California that is not a large and bustling city, check out Big Bear Lake. There is a city here but with a permanent population of only around 5,000, this isn’t LA or San Diego! The main appeal here is the scenery, attractions, and activities of this year-round resort area nestled within the San Bernardino National Forest yet still within easy reach of Los Angeles.
These are just a few of our favorite vacation spots in California, of course, there are many more great places to explore.
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