TOP 10 Things to Do in CALIFORNIA | Travel Guide


In this video, we’ll show you 10 best things
to do in California. And don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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suggestions in the comments below. Here are our top ten picks: NUMBER 10: San Diego San Diego is known as one of the most
laid-back cities in the US. Sunny beaches, beautiful parks, and warm climate
offer a relaxing experience. Visit Balboa Park which offers an array of
art galleries, museums, and gardens, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Drive to the beautiful Coronado, a peninsula
connected to San Diego with an impressive Coronado bridge or visit La Jolla Cove with
amazing ocean views. Charming downtown neighborhoods such
as Little Italy or the historic Gaslamp Quarter offer
great dining experience and endless nightlife possibilities. San Diego is also a great destination for
history buffs. The first settlement in California is located
in Old Town San Diego full of old-style buildings,
authentic restaurants, and museums. San Diego is the birthplace of naval
aviation and houses USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier
which is now a museum. Check out our Top 10 San Diego travel guide
for more information. NUMBER 9: Imperial Sand Dunes Located on the border with Arizona and Mexico,
California offers a very unique attraction: 45-mile long sand dune field. Something you would expect to see in Sahara,
not in North America, right? Imperial Sand Dunes also called Algodones
Dunes were formed by the sands of an ancient lake that, of course, doesn’t exist anymore. Dunes can reach heights of 300 feet or more,
creating an illusion of an endless landscape. The dunes are a popular spot for off-road
enthusiasts and over one million people visit
the dunes every year. You can simply drive through the dunes and
stop at the Osborne or plan a camping expedition, either way, visiting the dunes is
a one-of-a-kind experience. The Imperial Sand Dunes are also a common
filming location for famous Hollywood movies such as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Don’t miss the nearby Salton See, a unique
shrinking saline lake, a popular vacation spot in the 50s and 60s,
and now ghost town-like shoreline. NUMBER 8: Palm Springs Palm Springs is a desert resort city,
located in Coachella Valley. It is known for its year-round sunshine, boutique
hotels, festivals, great recreational possibilities and, of course, palm trees. The city became a popular gateway for Hollywood
stars in the 1930s and later developed into one of the best vacation spots in California. Palm Springs is home to numerous luxury resorts,
charming hotels, and over 100 golf courses and is often referred to as
the golf capital of the world. Downtown Palm Springs will impress you with
its mid-century modern architecture, impressive art scene, and great restaurants, although
you can expect to wait in line for a table for quite some time, especially over the weekends. Did you know that in Palm Springs, there are
over 50,000 pools, more pools per capita than
anywhere else in the US? Don’t forget to also visit Palm Springs
surroundings including Palm Springs Aerial which is the world’s
largest rotating tramcar, go to see the giant palm trees in
beautiful Thousand Palm Oasis or take an interesting
and unique windmill tour. Palm Springs is also located close to the
venue of world famous annual Coachella Festival. NUMBER 7: Orange County Orange County is a large metropolitan
area located south of Los Angeles and a popular tourist destination
known for beautiful beaches, high-end shopping and dining, and other attractions. Disneyland, the second most visited theme
park in the world is located in Anaheim, Orange County. Some of the best places to visit in Orange
County include Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, all great places for surfing
or spending a relaxing day at the beach. You’ll find many interesting and unique
shops and restaurants in Orange County such as handcrafted churros, ice cream made by
liquid nitrogen and many other places perfect for your next most-liked Instagram photo. Check the description for the list of
interesting places in OC. While Orange County is known for its relaxed
atmosphere, it is also home to many
Fortune 500 companies. NUMBER 6: Los Angeles Los Angeles is the biggest city in California known for good climate, ethnic diversity,
and, of course, the entertainment industry. Some of the best places in and around Los
Angeles include the famous Santa Monica Pier, free-spirited Venice Beach, Hollywood with
Universal Studios, Beverly Hills with the world’s most expensive shopping street Rodeo
Drive, as well as downtown Los Angeles with growing culinary scene and attraction such
as OUE Skyspace LA, a glass slide at the top of US Bank Tower. Los Angeles is also home to over 800
museums and art galleries, such as LACMA and the Getty Museum. LA has more museums per capita
than any other city in the world. Los Angeles is spread out and known for
its slow traffic. In fact, the average traveler experiences
over 72 hours of traffic delays per year so be prepared to be stuck
in traffic all the time. Speaking of roads, did you know that the famous
route 66 ends at Santa Monica Pier? If you have time, you can also visit the nearby
Channel Islands, a group of eight islands
just off the coast of Los Angeles. Check out our Top 10 Los Angeles travel guide
for more information. NUMBER 5: Santa Barbara Santa Barbara is a glamorous town with beautiful Spanish-style 18-century architecture, located
on the coast about a two-hour drive from LA. Apart from the regular activities typical
for Californian seaside such as fine-dining, hiking, sunbathing, and an array of other
activities, Santa Barbara also offers a unique atmosphere on its vibrant streets resembling
that of Italian coastal towns or the French Riviera. No wonder it is often referred to as the
American Riviera. Most Santa Barbara attractions are conveniently
located near each other, so you can easily explore the beautiful streets and amazing
beaches of Santa Barbara on foot. Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a magnificent
church built in 1820 or Sterns Wharf, a pier with numerous restaurants, specialty shops,
a Sea Center and Museum of natural history, and, of course, amazing views of the beaches
and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains. NUMBER 4: National Parks California is home to some of the most exceptional national parks and preserves in the US: Joshua Tree national park, located on the
crossroad of Mojave and Colorado desert features a surreal geologic landscape
and rich cultural history. Death Valley, one of the hottest places on
earth is located in the northern Mojave Desert. Don’t miss the Badwater Basin, the lowest
point in North America with the elevation of 282 feet below sea level. Mojave National Preserve is located between
Los Angeles and Las Vegas with breathtaking Kelso Dunes. Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra
Nevada mountains and offers amazing hikes through waterfalls, sequoia groves, streams,
meadows, and beautiful granite mountains. Redwood National Park is located on the coast
of Northern California is home to world’s tallest trees. If you don’t have the time to drive all
the way to the North and want to see big trees, you can also visit Sequoia National Forrest
located about 200 miles from Los Angeles. If you plan to visit more than one National
Park, make sure to collect your receipts and when you’ve spent over $80 you can redeem
the receipts for the annual pass which you can use in all US National Parks. We created a Google map with some of the most
fascinating outdoor places in California. Check the description. NUMBER 3: Pacific Coast Highway What better way to discover California than by taking a scenic drive
on Pacific Coast Highway. Of course, there are faster ways to travel
from one point to another in California but Pacific Coast Highway, also referred to as
California State Route 1 offers an amazing journey covering anything from hidden beaches
full of seals and seagulls to amazing views at Big Sur, jagged sea cliffs, and other surprises. You can take the epic Highway One between
San Francisco and Los Angeles and stop at one of the following places: Big Sur and McWay Falls, Ragged Point,
Elephant Seal Vista point, and Hearst Castle. Of course, there are other amazing attractions and hidden gems along Pacific Coast Highway. We created a Google map with additional suggestions,
check the description. NUMBER 2: San Francisco San Francisco is a cultural and financial
center of Northern California. The city is located on a peninsula between
the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is known for Golden Gate bridge,
one of the best-known bridges in the world, steep rolling hills with old-style cable cars,
Alcatraz island, home to infamous Alcatraz prison, the largest Chinatown outside Asia,
and many other world-famous landmarks. Don’t miss the nearby Silicon Valley, home
to world’s largest high-tech firms and a global innovation hub. Check out our Top 10 San Francisco travel
guide for more information. NUMBER 1: Napa Valley Napa Valley, located about an hour drive
from San Francisco, is one of the world’s premier wine regions. While massive wine production didn’t start
until the 1960s, Napa is now home to over 400 wineries. The experience goes far beyond wine and Napa
is a popular place for romantic escapes, amazing culinary experiences, concerts,
and, of course, wine tasting. The reason Napa Valley is becoming even more
popular in recent years is the abundance of exquisite accommodation and dining options
and its proximity to San Francisco, making it easily accessible to worldwide and domestic
travelers. Take the three-hour wine train, a 36-mile
round-trip journey from Downtown Napa to St. Helena and back or enjoy the bird’s-eye
view of beautiful rolling hills from a hot air balloon. You can also explore the nearby Sonoma Valley,
another beautiful wine region also known as the birthplace of California wine industry. Do you have your favorite destination or have you been to one of the places we
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