This is for the out-of-state people, the international kids, and the people who don’t know what’s out there/nearby in the Golden State! Forget about tourist traps like Disneyland for a minute and check out what’s to do in sunny California!
The City of Angels. There’s so much to do, so much to see, and so much to eat! Downtown LA is the place to be if you want to immerse yourself in the arts. With museums such as LACMA, MOCA, The Broad, the Getty, the Hammer, and more, you’ll be busy trying to soak it all in! If you spread out a little further from Downtown, there’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Griffith Observatory, and the Rose Bowl. And if you get hungry, there’s so much food to try and choose from that you’ll wish you had a second stomach! But if you want some places to start from, why not try the historic Grand Central Market? Want to eat by someplace with a view? Well, you can’t go wrong with the restaurant lineup at the Santa Monica Pier or at Venice! And if that won’t work for you, just remember that Yelp is at your fingertips!
Alright, so this is where Disneyland is, but you can bet that the happiest place on earth is also the place with the longest lines on earth. If everyone’s got a fast pass, then nobody’s got a fast pass. That being said, did you know that there’s a second theme park in Orange County? Knott’s Berry Farm’s got it all! Roller coasters, fun rides, great food, and only just a 30 minute drive by the 5 Freeway! If theme parks aren’t your game, then how about getting tickets to a concert at the Staples Stadium or to a baseball game at Angels Stadium? You also got beaches at Newport Beach (Corona Del Mar, Balboa Pier) and Huntington Beach! There’s also a ton of shopping malls, outlets, thrift shops, and cool boutique stores to check out if you’re feeling the urge to splurge! Treat yo’ self!
If you don’t live in San Diego, the first things you might think of are SeaWorld and the Aquarium of the Pacific. But let’s be real, you’re not going to want to go to either of those places (and if you are, maybe reconsider). If you were going there for an aquarium though, try Turtle Reef (see the sea turtles), Aquaria, and Shark Encounter! But if you were looking for a more quiet place to spend the day, check out Balboa Park! It’s 1,200 acres of museums, parks, and gardens! You got science, art, and cultural museums to choose from, a wide open space to just chill and take selfies at, and lush gardens to walk through and smell the flowers. In the mood for something spicy? Check out the Gaslamp Quarter! It’s a downtown neighborhood of young people, just like you, with bars, clubs and, lounges for that fun night out with friends (if you were looking for that). Feeling beachy? No worries, La Jolla is there for the surf and fun, and for a chill night at a bonfire with friends!
If you’re into historical sites and venues, then Riverside’s the place for you! Ever had brunch at the Mission Inn Hotel? Because their pancakes are to die for. They also have the Mission Inn Museum in the hotel that you can check out! And if you’re in the mood for a good hike, head to the parks at Riverside such as Mount Rubidoux and Box Springs Mountain Reserve Park, and get that fresh air and exercise! If you’re feeling hungry, use Yelp and check out some of the hidden gems in Riverside’s restaurant lineup. There’s KBBQ, boba, gyros, fried chicken, ice cream, sushi, and so much more! Your inner food will thank you for making the trip!
People from the Bay Area often say that they have the best food, and when that many people say the exact same thing, you can’t help but wonder if it’s true. For those of us who think that the Bay Area is just San Francisco, y’all missing out. The Bay Area encompasses not just San Francisco, but Napa, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, and etc. While this means that explaining the depth of the Bay Area in just a paragraph is not possible, that doesn’t mean we can’t try Y’all ever watch a Giants baseball game at the AT&T Park or embrace your inner foodie at the Soma SteEat Food Park in San Fran? How about taking a gondola cruise on Lake Merritt in Oakland? Or checking out the very cool Winchester Mystery House in San Jose or hiking at the Tilden Regional Park in Berkley? And of course, don’t forget about the famous wine tours in Napa! The point is that there’s so much to see and do up in the Bay Area, so you might want to plan accordingly if you’re planning to take a trip there!