Top Vacation Spots in California

May 30, 2013

The work piles up in the office as you gaze out the window, imagining sunshine and sandy beaches. You smile as you think of packing your bags, leaving all the worries and stress of life to enjoy a real vacation — not a “staycation” where you hang around the house watching movie marathons on television or doing chores during a time that is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

Vacation time. You’re off to visit the Golden State of California where movie stars hobnob and the Pacific waves splash along the sandy beaches. You want to see everything that the third largest state in the United States has to offer.


California sports recreational places, nightlife, amusement parks and nature scenes that will meet the needs of a variety of tourist types. Depending on what type of vacation you want — family adventure, couples’ getaway, or friends’ party-time — you can experience a bit of something great to leave everyone happy during the time spent there.

Sightseeing Tours

On arriving at California, you may want to just tour the city to see those famous sites that people gossip about. Whether you are a nature buff or into seeing the grand architecture that California has to offer, you can get your fill — and then some — on the many sightseeing tours available.

Some of the top outdoor spots are the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park and the Giant Redwood Forest. You can take an outdoor tour of those sites that are unique only to California. Enjoy a trolley ride to these areas and snap those pictures to take home so your friends and family can wish they had gone on vacation with you.

Family Fun

Don’t leave the kids out of your vacation plans. California sports the top child-friendly spots where the whole family can have fun. Top family vacation spots are Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. See those lovable Disney characters such as Sleeping Beauty and Mickey Mouse at the happiest place on earth, and seek the fun thrills on the many theme park rides.

Other places to take the kids include the San Diego Zoo and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit the animals and gaze at the large fish tanks where a child’s imagination can take them on safari rides or under the ocean blue. Kids will enjoy the fun experience and learn at the same time. Don’t forget to stop in at Sea World to see the killer whale shows.

Couples Time

Vacations shouldn’t be all about the kids. Take your special someone out to enjoy the many luxuries and romantic getaways in California.

Relax in the spas, health clinics and wellness centers that line the streets throughout California. If you’re looking for a bit of pampering, you and your significant other can bathe in the Big Caliente Hot Springs. Enjoy the relaxing hot waters that soothe your muscles and drains away the stress and worries.

After your time in the hot springs, get pampered to feel beautiful at the Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge. Receive a rejuvenating facial or relax with the many different types of massages found at the Ascent Spa. After such invigorating indulgence, have a bit of wine tasting hosted in Napa Valley as the ultimate romantic time with your special someone.

Outdoor Activities

For those sports enthusiasts, California has outdoor activities year-round. Surf bums can glide on the ocean blue while catching the most awesome waves on their surf boards. California has numerous beaches along its west coast. Newport Beach has monstrous waves for body surfers, while Northern California’s beaches are the best place to catch some waves. If you just want to sunbathe, relax on Pismo Beach or enjoy some volleyball on Big Sur.

But outdoor activities aren’t restricted to just beach life. When winter comes, switch your surfboard to a snowboard or skis and hit the slopes. California has several mountains and resorts for those who enjoy the winter weather. Mount Shasta is ideal for backcountry skiing while the famed Lake Tahoe has downhill runs through the deep powder.

Plan Your Vacation Getaway

Whatever vacation plans you choose, research the prices to fit into your budget and plan the time of year where you can experience the variety of entertainment and fun that can be found in California.

Post author Loren Pleet