Top 40 Things to do in California

When people think of California, they think of either surfing and beaches or Hollywood but California is so much more than both of those things. This post is designed to show that there are many more things you can do in California:

  • Eat at In and Out burger
  • Walk down the Santa Monica Pier
  • Visit Huntington Beach, Venice Beach, Malibu Beach and Laguna Beach
  • Spend a day walking around the harbour at Dana Point
  • Visit Disneyland California
  • Take a tour of a movie set
  • Visit Seaworld San Diego
  • Take a photo at the Hollywood sign
  • Visit the Dolby Theatre
  • Watch the sunset at Newport Beach
  • Visit Sunset Boulevard at night
  • Take a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway One or Big Sur from LA to San Francisco
  • Walk up and down the hills in San Francisco
  • Take a photo at the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Explore a National Park – Redwood or Yosemite
  • Roller skate along Venice Beach
  • Go skiing in Lake Tahoe (summer – water skiing, winter – snow)
  • Take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island
  • Walk around Fishermans Wharf or Pier 39 in San Francisco
  • Spend a day in Universal Studios
  • Drink Wine in Napa Valley or Paso Robles
  • Visit Death Valley
  • Go shopping on Rodeo Drive
  • Spend a weekend relaxing in Palm Springs
  • Take a once in a lifetime photo at Yosemite National Park
  • See the Giant Redwoods (trees) at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Go hiking in Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Spend a weekend on Santa Catalina Island
  • See the wildlife on the Channel Islands National Park
  • Go Whale watching off Laguna Beach (year round)
  • See celebrities hand and footprints at the Chinese Theatre
  • Surf on Huntington Beach
  • Walk down Venice Beach Boardwalk
  • Watch a sports game – Dodgers Stadium (baseball) or Staples Centre (basketball),
  • Take a tour of Paramount Pictures
  • Ride up and down the hills in a tram in San Francisco
  • Experience Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (2 weekends in April)
  • Watch the stars arrive for the Oscars (February)
  • See the spectacular Rose Parade (New Years Day)
  • Watch a concert at Hollywood Bowl



5 thoughts on “Top 40 Things to do in California

  1. Native Californian and have been travelling in the Northwest and Alaska the past two years and am missing In-N-Out Burger and fries!! Missing the warmth too!


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