Are you from a big city looking for some peace and quiet during your next vacation? Perhaps you’re a nature lover and simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of spending time outdoors? Whatever the case is, you’ll find that sunny California has exactly what you need. Sure you hear about the metropolitan cities, party scene, and beaches, but there’s a lot more to this state than meets the eye.
Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, or just want to try something new on your next vacation, here are a few beautiful areas in California worth checking out:
Situated in northern Cali in the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park you’ll find the breathtaking view of Burney Falls. Hike the various trails and get a glimpse of the magnificent waterfalls as they spray down cooling mist at onlookers. It really is a sight to see, just be sure you wear supportive footwear as the trails can be pretty bumpy. You can even go for a swim if you don’t mind the chilly temperatures.
South Carlsbad State Park
If you’ve never been camping on a beach you have to visit South Carlsbad State Park. With more than 212 campsites available for use, it’s the perfect destination for a family road trip. You can hitch your RV or tents and enjoy life with nature for a few days. The park has plenty of outdoor activities for everyone to try including paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, swimming, surfing, and more. You can go to visitcarlsbad.com to learn more about things to do in the state park.
You can’t have a list of beautiful outdoor places to visit in California without mentioning Lake Tahoe. Like something out of a movie the scenery is heaven. Gorgeous blue waters, stunning snow-capped mountains, and plenty of water spots to enjoy a plethora of activities. While Emerald Bay offers campgrounds and hiking trails, Sand Harbor offers crisp, clear, blue water and soothing sand. Go fishing, hiking, scuba diving, paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply walk around taking the best photos of wildlife, trees, sands, bodies of water, and all nature has to offer.
Yosemite National Park
You can’t be a lover of nature or outdoorsy type without visiting Yosemite National Park in California. This is a travel destination that you have to see to believe. There are literally miles of beautiful bodies of water including lakes and rivers, 3 of the tallest waterfalls on the planet, and some of the largest trees in the country, this is a natural destination you’ll want to revisit time and time again.
Channel Islands National Park
Another park worth visiting while you’re in California is the Channel Islands National park. Here, you’ll discover nature in ways you never have before. You can go whale-watching and spot some of the most amazing sea creatures alive. In the wintertime, you’ll love watching the elephant-seals come back to mate on the beaches. You can take a kayaking tour through exotic sea caves and even camp outdoors with wildlife like seabirds and island fox. If that’s not enough outdoor action try going for a swim, scuba diving, or snorkeling in tide pools.
You may have driven by this nature attraction if you were heading from Portland to San Francisco down the I-5 corridor, but Mount Shasta is a great place to visit in California if you love the outdoors. This volcanic peak is more than 14,000 feet wide and is situated just 50 miles from the Oregon border. You’ll find an array of slopes, volcanic buttes, lakes, and rivers to enjoy. It’s the perfect travel destination for the adventurists, artists, or those looking for a spiritual awakening. Whether you’re planning a road trip with your family, going away with your significant other, looking to spend quality time with your friends, or are planning a solo trip to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life, California could be the place for you. With all these beautiful attractions to see, you’ll certainly have the experience of a lifetime.