California lays in the West part of the United States covering most of the country’s access to the sea. As we move away from the cost and we head to the mainland, dessert sceneries begin to appear. For this reason, you might want to travel along the coast, where all the nice places are. Starting from San Francisco you will take Root 1 all the way down to the borders with Mexico at San Diego. Due to its geography, the state has a big drought problem, but still, it remains the most expensive State of the USA. It is also supposed to be more sophisticated than other States, especially the ones being in the center of the United States. Below you may find some of the must-see places to go not only in California but also in the States.
- San Francisco
San Francisco is the northern city of interest in California. It is the second biggest city in Cali after Los Angeles. Due to its Victorian architecture and the uphills and downhills that provide a better view, the city is a pleasure to walk through.
The famous Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Asian Art Museum are only some of the cultural places of interest in the city. The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero is also a piece of true jewelry in the city providing restaurants, seafood bars, and amazing views. Here, European music is very popular and this is why they have the San Francisco Opera at the War Memorial Opera Hall and the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Ballet is also available by Alonzo King Lines Ballet and by San Francisco Ballet which is the oldest professional company.
- Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Park is close to San Francisco in central California at the west part of Sierra Nevada and it totally covers around 750,000 acres. In 1855 four ambitious entrepreneurs decided to convert the place into a tourist attraction which nowadays can reach four million per year. Most of the visitors spend their time around Yosemite Valley.
Moreover, Half Dome is the legendary dome suitable for climbing, while Glacier Point can give you an amazing view of both sunset and sunrise. Even though Yosemite is a National Park famous for its diversity in plants and animals and is mostly visited in order to get in touch with nature, the available accommodation is quite luxurious with prices not overcoming $600 per night.
- Santa Cruise
Santa Cruise is one of the beach cities located across Root 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Along with Santa Barbara, it is a great destination for surfers and beach lovers. Its accessibility to the ocean makes it a popular and attractive destination for people all over the United States. It is not a big place neither does it provide a variety of cultural events. Still, for those who want to ride the Pacific, it is a great opportunity. It is also quite close to San Carmelita, which is a peaceful touristic town to spend your weekend.
- Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a sunny place only two hours from Mexico. The city is huge and you can literally get lost among the things you can do here. Do not use for any reason public transportation unless you want to spend your day under the ground, thankfully there are big highways to avoid traffic and if you know where you want to go, you can plan a joyful weekend in the city.
Beverly Hills and Santa Monica are the two most spectacular neighborhoods in Los Angeles and they are both a must-see since they are two of the world’s most expensive real estate. Of course, the Hollywood street with the celebrities’ stars is what everyone will tell you about, but to be honest, is not that big a deal.
- San Diego
Ending your trip to the South part of Cali, in San Diego, you have a bunch of excellent choices to visit. For this beautiful city, we decided to provide some more elegant options for you to choose from. So, Balboa Park is a place to spend a whole day, since it has 17 museums and it covers an area of 1,200 acres. For shopping and dining, we have another recommendation. With more than 50 shops and 13 restaurants, Seaport Village is the perfect destination to spend a relaxing day.
As you may imagine, since we are in such a warm place beers are very popular here. There are many craft breweries and you can visit their Tasting Room to decide which kind best fits for you. Most of the breweries have also a restaurant in their facilities, so you will not find a hard time choosing your lunch.
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