They don’t call it California Dreamin’ for nothing! Here are some of my favorite places in California
- Huntington Beach. California has some of the most amazing beaches in the country, and probably in the whole world. My personal favorite is Huntington City Beach, also known as “Huntington Beach” located in the City of Huntington Beach. This breathtaking beach is less than an hour away from Los Angeles, right along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. The beach is clean, the water is near perfect, and the weather is amazing most of the time. My favorite thing to do is lay in the sand, and hop right into the waves for a whole afternoon. There are plenty of beach cafe’s nearby, so if you want some grub all you need to do is cross the street. There are plenty of beaches in California, but trust me, you don’t want to miss this one! There really is nothing like a southern California beach.
- Napa Valley. I’m no wine aficionado, but I enjoy a glass from time to time. Some of the best wines come from California’s Napa Valley, with over 400 local wineries you can be sure that you’ll find your perfect wine. What I love the most about Napa Valley is being able to visit wineries and taste different wines in their tasting rooms. I have been able to learn so much about wine tasting just by sampling different wines and getting schooled by the pro’s. Rows, and rows of lush vineyards surround you as you cruise into California’s popular wine country. You have to try wine tasting, Napa Valley Style (21 and over only!)
- Muir Woods National Monument. California offers something for everyone. Not only is California popular for it’s beaches, California boasts some of the best hiking trails in coastal redwood forests. One of the most popular destinations (and my favorite) is Muir Woods, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love the majestic vibe, with tall redwoods that resemble heights that of a skyscraper. Hike all morning, and end your day at a private beach. If you’re lucky, you might end your day at Muir Beach.
- Berkeley. I love Berkeley mostly because of the diverse cultural influence. I can get a taste (literally) of so many culture’s of the world. My favorite restaurant in Berkeley is the House of Curries near U.C. Berkeley, and I honestly think they have one of the best curries i’ve tasted! Aside from the vast array of culture, there is a lot of what I like to call “free entertainment” on telegraph avenue to experience on most weekends. No, not a full blown out rock concert. Just a bunch of humble souls trying to make it in life who have a tune to play, or two. The street vendors are kind of wacky sometimes, but you might find a few treasures. Berkeley is a mixed bag, but that’s exactly what I love about this city. You can never be too sure what you’ll encounter on your trip to Berkeley!
- San Francisco. Duh! I love San Francisco. As a Bay Area native, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the city, which seems to reveal its gems with each visit. There are so many people who flock here in hopes of scoring their dream job, or to see the Golden Gate bridge and how it seems to glow when the sun goes down. It isn’t hard to understand why this is a popular California Destination for many and myself.
Some of my most fondest memories happened in San Francisco, including my Husband (then boyfriend) and I going on our first date. What memories will you make in San Francisco?
Note: Some of the images (Huntington Beach Pier, Sather Tower, Golden Gate Bridge) where obtained from Pixabay.com (Thank you!)