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Did a road trip across California in the summer.



How to Make Your Trip to California Unforgettable

User submitted photo of California State Route 1 (Highway 1)

What state has been more immortalized in both film and song than California? From the sun-kissed beaches to the glamour of Hollywood, California offers something for everyone. Perhaps that’s why their motto is “Eureka,” the Greek word for “I found it.” Find your perfect vacation with this tour of some of the best California has to offer from the top of the state to its Southern border.

The Big Tomato

The history of this capital city harkens back to the days of the Gold Rush. Sacramento offers doses of history mixed with modern pleasures. This is the perfect place to start any California adventure. Whether setting out on a history tour or getting some well-deserved pampering with a massage Sacramento can get any vacation started on the right foot. Enjoy the blend of past and present at the Capitol Building or try river rafting down the Lower American River. Embrace the history and culture of Sacramento as a stepping off to the rest of your California tour.

The City by the Bay

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Haight Ashbury, San Francisco offers a wide variety of cultures and cuisines. Take the time to explore some of the culture in the museums. Learn science at the Exploratorium or the California Academy of Sciences. If looking to go off the beaten path, try some of the more unique San Francisco offerings, including Albion Castle or the Church of 8 Wheels. If looking for a break from the city, drive up to Napa and have a tasting of some of the finest wines in the world. No matter what you are looking for, San Francisco offers it. Be sure to check out one of the many world-class dining options, or check out Silicon Valley and see why many tech giants call it home.

The Salad Bowl of the World

When leaving San Francisco, catch the Pacific Coast Highway and stop in beautiful Monterey Bay. Relax on one of the many beaches that fill the area. Alternatively, take the time to hike some of the trails that line the coastline to soak up some of the unforgettable sights and sounds of the area. Finish the day off with some of the fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf while watching the sunset over the sea. No trip to the area is complete without checking out the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Learn about ocean life and see what everyone is talking about before you continue on your journey south through California.

The City of Angels

Nowhere calls forth the image of California more than Los Angeles. From Beverly Hills to Hollywood, the streets of LA have been immortalized in song, film and literature. There is something for everyone here; Griffith Observatory for the budding astronomer, Hollywood Tours for the star-struck, Rodeo Drive for the shopping enthusiast and Disneyland for the whole family. No matter what you desire, Los Angeles will rise to any occasion. Once you’ve soaked up enough sun for the day, be sure to go out and take advantage of some of the famous restaurants, bars and clubs throughout the city. Keep an eye out, you may see your favorite celebrity.

The City in Motion

As a final stop of your California tour, find your way down to San Diego. Start your day at the San Diego Zoo. Voted #1 zoo in the world, it boasts over 3,500 animals covering 100 acres. After exploring the zoo, take a break in Balboa Park. You can follow this up by enjoying a meal and shopping along the boardwalk. San Diego has plenty to offer, to meet even the pickiest of travelers. And, as always, enjoy the beach.

There is a reason so many people have chosen to call California home. From sun-kissed beaches to world-class eateries, whatever you are looking for, you’ll find it here. Just don’t be surprised if you never want to leave.