Who doesn’t dream about a trip to California? It’s a must destination if you are a nature lover, you like to explore and visit big cities and if you enjoy road trips!
Let’s start with an important tip!
Consider the airports next to big cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco are the two main airports in California, and sometimes ticket flights are more expensive than other airports. For example, I took a direct flight from London to Oakland for 300£, both ways, while from London to San Francisco 420£! So do some research before booking the tickets.
If you ask what brings people to freedom, San Francisco is your answer! From psychedelics drugs to advantage technology, from rights for the LGBT community to freedom of speech, San Francisco covers them all. Full of beautiful neighborhoods to discover by walk, shopping, and some quality dinner and nightlife! All between the hills and the thick fog of the city.
Unmissable Spots in San Francisco:
Golden Gate: The view is outstanding! My favorite spot while you cross the bridge, or from baker beach or the Golden Gate vista point, easy to find on your google maps!
Pier 39: Have a nice walk around the pier, stop to have some food, and enjoy the view of seals, playing around, from here you can also see the Alcatraz Prison, highly recommended to visit.
The Haight Ashbury neighborhood: was the center of the hippie movement in the 1960s, nowadays is an area full of vintage shops and a cafeteria where you can still feel the hippie culture. The Haight is one of the few neighborhoods that were not hit too hard by the 1906 earthquake, that’s why it has the highest concentration of still-intact Victorian homes in the city.
Lombard Street: The road is famous for the famous stretch of Russian Hill consisting of steep switchbacks.
The Palace of Fine Arts: An impressive building located in the Marina District of San Francisco. Built to exhibit the works presented at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts was rebuilt in the 1960s. Today the Palace of Fine Arts hosts art exhibits, serves as a recreation area, and is a tourist attraction. Another museum worthy of attention the SFMOMA, and is the main museum entirely dedicated to modern art in the city of San Francisco.
A trip to California needs to start from a big city! Mine started in San Francisco and ended in Los Angeles. Those two cities, so different but both so beautiful!
“Road were made for journeys, not destinations.”
What to visit around California:
Big Sur is a region on the central coast of California that stretches for about 110 km between Carmel-by-the-Sea to the north and San Simeon to the south, all the highway 1. The Big Sur is a master road trip, depends on the time you have definitely to put on your to-do list! The best seaside you can find on the Californian coasts you would be able to see it from here! Some of my favorite spots on the Big Sur are Asilomar State Beach, Pfeiffer Beach, Bixby Creek Bridge, and McWay waterfall.
The Yosemite National Park. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, it is known for giant and ancient sequoia trees and Tunnel Views. Perfect for a day out in nature, you also have in the village the Yosemite Museum, shops, restaurants, and accommodations.
Don’t miss the old town of San Diego and the State Historic Park, also located in the Old Town neighborhood of San Diego. It commemorates the early days of the city of San Diego and includes many historic buildings from 1820 to 1870.
There are also different coves to explore, parks on Nevada’s mountains to discover, the famous route 66 to take, from Los Angeles to another incredible adventure. Based on the length of your journey, you will be able to visit most of them in a reasonable amount of days. Enjoy the ride and enjoy beautiful California.