Best Places to Visit in California

The state of California is certainly one of the top 10 states to visit in the US, which isn't surprising since California is a huge state that is home to great attractions and a ton of interesting places to visit.

If you’re looking for suggestions on places to visit, you may find our short list of best places to visit in California very useful indeed!

San Francisco Trolley

San Francisco is without a doubt, one of the most visited cities in California and with good reason as San Francisco is home to great attractions such as Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Exploratorium and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Best Places to Visit in California
However, what makes San Francisco such a great place to visit is San Francisco’s fantastic cable car system, which is a fun way to explore the city’s attractions and a great way to get around as you can easily hop on and off at different points.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is definitely one of the top US West Coast tourist attractions and one of the best places to visit in California to enjoy memorable and beautiful scenery.

There are lots of renowned and small wineries in Napa that you can visit to enjoy inexpensive tastings, and you can also do the fun activities such as hopping on-board the Napa Valley Wine Train, which takes you through California's breathtaking Wine Country.


Downtown Berkeley is certainly one of the best places to visit in California as it boasts such a great vibe and great points of interest such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley Art Museum and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Another great thing about Berkeley is that is home to great annual events such as the Kite Festival in July, the Arts Festival in May, and Berkeley’s “How Berkeley Can You Be!?” famous parade in September.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe isn’t just one of the top vacation destinations in the USA, but it’s also one of the best places to visit in California for a fun vacation.

There are lots of activities on offer throughout the year such as sleigh riding, dog sledding, ice skating tubing and snowmobiling in winter. While in the summer, you can enjoy river rafting, water skiing, sailing, fishing, and jet skiing.

California State Railroad Museum

California boasts great family attractions and museums throughout the state, but for me the California State Railroad Museum has to be one of the best places to visit in California with the family.

If you love trains, the great thing about the California State Railroad Museum is that kids and adults alike can have a fun time as all the exhibits are interactive, plus you get to ride on the model trains!

Yosemite National Park

If you’re looking for lots to do outdoors, Yosemite National Park would have to be one the best places to visit in California for outdoor and adventurous pursuits. Rock climbing is really popular in Yosemite as the park boasts any rock climbing areas such as Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows.
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You can also enjoy rock climbing lessons in Yosemite with companies such as the Mountaineering School in Curry Village. No matter what you do though, you’ll absolutely love spending time in Yosemite, as well as walking along the trails to marvel at the stunning waterfalls and rock formations such as El Capitan and Half Dome (see top 10 things to do in Yosemite National Park).

California Coast

A visit to California wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the breathtaking California Coast which is definitely on our list of best places to visit in California.
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Driving along the California coast and stopping along the way is the best way to visit the beaches and take in the stunning views of the California coast. One of the most popular stretches on the California Coast is to drive through Big Sur and stopping in Carmel and Monterrey where you can see the Sea Otters at Point Lobos and visit Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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