10 Best Things To Do In California

The biggest melting pot of the West, California melds both southern and northern flavors together with its borders along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The geography is just as diverse as its people, California is home to the deep valleys along its fault lines, lush forests filled with giant redwoods and sequoias, mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and flatlands that make up the Mojave Desert. Without further ado, here are 10 places you must check off your to-do list, if you want to do any extended visit to California justice.

1: Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Bruce Tuten

Yosemite is a wild and untamed park that has such a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes. It would take you years of camping to ever experience it all, but one place you should try to go out of your way to visit is Glacier Point. This scenic and fairytale atmosphere will make you forget about all the world’s ills, if just for a few hours, and you’ll never want to leave this serene example of peace with Mother Nature.

Website: www.nps.gov

2: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Nicolas Raymond

You can’t miss it, one of the best examples of American engineering with that iconic coat of paint. The Golden Gate is synonymous with San Francisco, meaning you haven’t been there unless you’ve crossed that bridge! The bridge is at its most vibrant during a sunny afternoon, but because of its golden-ness, it’s a sight to behold during any time of day and no amount of fog can hide its glory.

3: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

It may be an ugly remnant of the past, but the Alcatraz is worth the visit, just to see for yourself how ominous and grim the once deemed impenetrable, infamous prison island surrounded by sharks. The tour guides here are especially memorable and will teach you a lot about Alcatraz’s past. Fitting for scares, but also an important chapter of history to learn.

Website: www.nps.gov

4: The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Clinton Steeds

If you’re a fan of western societal history and art, this is one specially curated museum that you can’t miss out on. Set on the grounds of a magnificent pair of buildings that are worth gawking at for their own beauty, you will find numerous one-of-a-kind works of art by famous artists from Greco-Roman history, Italian, and American greats.

Website: www.getty.edu

5: Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Make a detour to the world’s famous vineyards or plan an entire adult getaway around being pampered and spoiled at the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This is food and beverage served to you in its most refined form. Make sure you reserve your place at the most popular wineries, you won’t be able to just show up with a glass and expect to get in, so plan ahead and start now.

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