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Making the Most of Your Trip to California

A cruise around the Golden State, whether you decide to opt for its sunny beaches, celeb-filled LA, or its more rural areas out in nature, will undoubtedly be a trip that you remember for the rest of your life. There are plenty of activities and local attractions to occupy your time with; you’ll find that you simply don’t have enough time to visit them all.

It should go without saying, but you will want to make the most of your vacation by optimizing your time and planning well. If you plan ahead of time, you’ll feel more relaxed on your vacation and able to lay back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Making the Most of Your Trip to California
Making the Most of Your Trip to California / Photo credit: Sasha

Book Your Activities Ahead of Time

Whether you want to take a trip to California’s answer to Disney, Disneyland, or you want to do a spot of surfing down on Venice Beach, you should always book in advance to avoid disappointment. There is nothing more disheartening than to look forward to activity only then to have your plans ruined because it’s too oversubscribed or out of season.

Rent an RV

If you want to truly appreciate the gorgeous Californian landscape, then look into hiring RV rentals. With an RV, you can drive around the state at your own pace and appreciate it on a much more personal level. Feel at home in your RV, blast out some of your favorite songs with your friends, and get closer to California than you ever could before.

Plan Your Visits

There’s surely an abundance of places that you’ll want to visit in California: Hollywood, Disney, and the stunning beaches to name a few. To truly make the most of your visits, you should plan ahead and decide which days you are going to visit them, and how long you will probably spend there. If you plan ahead like this, you can optimize your schedule to fit in as many places you want to hit as possible, without having to rely on guesswork when it comes down to it.

Planning your visits and booking ahead will help you to avoid any disappointment on your trip.

Making the most of your trip to California / Photo credit: Joseph Barrientos

Top Attractions to Visit

California is a tourist’s paradise. Everywhere you look, there will be something for a tourist like you to do. When it’s like this, though, it can be difficult to know where to start and know which attractions are worth your time and money. Here is a list of some of the best that California has to offer.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is well-known for its wine, and for good reason. This gorgeous vineyard is well worth a trip to drive around the rolling hills draped with vineyards and you can end the day with a wine tour and even some wine tasting to satisfy your taste buds. For a mature, sophisticated day out, the Napa Valley is the place to go.

Making the Most of Your Trip to California
Making the most of your trip to California / Photo credit: Robson Hatsukami Morgan

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is unlike any pier you have ever visited before. It is a hub of entertainment and fun activities, both during the day and the evening as well.

Pacific Park, located on the pier, boasts 12 rides for you to get your dose of adrenaline. You can even take a trip on the innovative solar-powered Ferris wheel and get a glimpse into the future of technology, all through the lens of fun. If you go after sundown, you can enjoy the thrill rides under their magnificent lights.

San Francisco

As a city, San Francisco is bustling with places to visit and you will probably want to spend at least a day or two taking in it all.

Of course, the city’s most iconic landmark is the Golden Gate bridge that you simply won’t want to miss.

For something a little different, take a boat trip to the island of Alcatraz. Now a stunning national park, this island used to be a prison. Learn all about the island’s fascinating history while you take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the island itself.

Another great thing to do while in San Francisco is to take a trip to the cable cars. San Francisco is home to the only manually operated cable car left in the world; you can take in the beautiful views of the city from up above, all from the city’s most iconic attraction.

Making the Most of Your Trip to California
Making the most of your trip to California / Photo credit: Vital Senkevich

Death Valley

Don’t let the name of this place put you off; it is truly a unique place to visit. Situated in Eastern California, this is a desert valley that is known for its high temperatures and dry environment. Despite this, it offers spectacular views that you would struggle to find anywhere else. Alternatively named Furnace Creek because of its high temperatures, it’s advised that you visit the valley during the early hours of the day or in the late afternoon/evening in order to avoid the hottest times of the day.

Located right in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, this magnificent national park is infamous for being the home of three of the world’s tallest waterfalls. Hike through this wonder of nature and take in the very best of what California has to offer. After a tiring day of walking among the waterfalls and through the granite walls, you can visit an array of restaurants in the area that serve delicious food to get you through to your next day.

Making the Most of Your Trip to California
Making the most of your trip to California / Photo credit: Paul Hanaoka

Take Time to Yourself

An action-packed vacation is wonderful for creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime, but these activities can be tiring day after day.

Your trip is supposed to be an enjoyable vacation, so make sure you take time out for yourself to relax, whether you take an afternoon to sunbathe on the golden sand beaches or book yourself an evening in the spa.

You want to be recharged and feeling your best for each and every day of your trip, so that you can truly make the most of California and look back on the time you spent there with only happiness and fond nostalgia.

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