You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money this spring break – instead, plan to have a California staycation and visit a favorite or never-been-before city or sight in the state. Here are six ideas to consider for your California spring break staycation destination.
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- San Francisco. For your spring break California staycation, plan to visit San Francisco. There are tons to do such as viewing and walking the Golden Gate Bridge, ferrying to renowned prison Alcatraz, and checking out the Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square. You’ll also want to ride on the San Francisco cable car system, take in Golden Gate park, and snap a photo at Alamo Square Park of the historical and infamous row of Victorian houses called the Painted Ladies.
- If you love the great outdoors, head to Yosemite National Park. No matter the weather, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking on the trails and seeing the huge sequoia trees. Make sure to visit the Valley Visitor Center for information and directions to Tunnel View, which will give you one of the most iconic views of Yosemite Valley. From there you’ll see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background.
- Santa Cruz. There’s lots of activities and sights to fill your spring break in Santa Cruz. You’ll want to walk West Cliff Drive and spend some time at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Wharf. You’ll also have your pick of nearby beaches and parks to enjoy, like the Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, and Seabright State Beach.
- Los Angeles. You may see some celebrities if you choose to go to Los Angeles for your spring break. But even if you don’t see live famous people, you can still get some star power by visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum. For amusement park fans, you’ll want to hit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. Of course, no trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign and some time spent on Rodeo Drive.
- San Diego. This spring break, consider heading to sunny San Diego. There you can visit the historical downtown Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood with its plethora of bars and restaurants or visit the massive Balboa Park (which is bigger than Central Park in New York) that’s home to the San Diego zoo, 17 museums (including the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art), gardens, and more. You’ll also want to check out Seaport Village, Point Loma, and the Embarcadero Marina Park.
- Napa Valley. Because of wine. Not as fun a destination if you’re not over 21, but still beautiful nonetheless.
California is a big state – so there’s likely places you’ve never been before but can get to without needing a plane ticket or spending a lot of money. So this spring break plan a staycation at a cool California destination.