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These Top 3 California Destinations Should Be on Your Travel List
California is large and diverse – there’s something for everyone and plenty more that will make you put the Golden State on your vacation destinations list. From sunny beaches to the Sierra peaks, shopping, dining, celebrities, and more, you’ll love what the state has to offer. Read on to discover the top three California destinations that will make you want to travel to California.
Top Three Popular California Destinations
Your California vacation wouldn’t be complete without seeing Hollywood and its famous sign. You can book a guided tour, or take a shuttle to particular view points. Visit the Chinese Theatre to see its famous cement courtyard with the hands and footprints of many actors and actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, and many others. If you enjoy museums, check out the Guinness Book of Records Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, and Hollywood Museum. Don’t forget to visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood to see your favorite celebrities immortalized in wax.
Los Angeles is known for its sprawling metropolis and bright lights, so don’t be surprised if you see A-list celebrities walking down the sidewalks. If you encounter them, try not to freak out because they’re people too. You’ll get a better response if you remain calm and polite. To round out your vacation, visit Beverly Hills (shop on Rodeo Drive), Santa Monica (check out the pier), Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach.
A California vacation would not be complete without visiting San Francisco. In the late 1960s, hippies called it their home and Beat Generation writers got their start in the city. It’s quirky, so it makes sense that you’d find upscale dining and gala balls along with street vendors and ‘fog-calling’ contests. Interesting neighborhoods await you at every turn from Union Square to North Beach to Japantown to Noe Valley. The latter is off the beaten path but offers eclectic shopping and unique restaurants. A trip to San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few of the 60-plus museums. You may want to check out the Asian Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Walt Disney Family Museum. See the “painted ladies” (Victorian houses) in Alamo Square at Hayes and Steiner Street and snap a picture to remember your trip.
California’s Napa Valley region offers a multitude of activities to please everyone. However, you may want to visit between September and October instead of the summer months because of the crowds. Start your vacation by channeling your inner sommelier at one of the many wineries such as Howell Mountain Wineries, Newton Vineyard, and Oakville Wineries. Each boasts a variety of aromatic wines that will entice your taste buds. To see the beauty of Napa Valley, it’s best to do it from the skies in a hot air balloon. Need to relax? If you’re staying at the Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort or The Spa at Silverado Resort and Spa (inspired by the classic Roman spa), book a massage. Or book one at the Emerald Day Spa. Adventure seekers will love outdoor activities such as a wine country bike tour, high water stand up paddle, and more. There’s no shortage of things to do in Napa Valley. To ensure you do everything on your list, you may have to visit several times.
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Dynamic cities, entertainment, sun and surf, parks, and fashionable clothing – California is a star destination that does not disappoint. Imagine touring a winery in Napa Valley or going to the Chinese Theatre and placing your hands on the cement hands of your favorite celebrity. Who knows? He or she may be walking down the sidewalk – you could get your picture taken. It would be a nice memento from your trip.
Got kids? Make sure you get a family travel package that may include one of the following theme parks: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland California, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Travel to California and you may be tempted to move there. Why? Because it’s one of the sunniest states in the U.S. Plus, it has everything from outdoor activities to museums, fine dining and unique eats and views that go on for miles.
Contact your Travel Planners International travel agent today and book your California vacation.
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer