The Giant State of California
As an outsider, when you sit down to plan a trip to California, you might not know what an extensive undertaking it truly is. You can think of just the major cities, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco trips, but even those span a nine to ten hour drive being almost six hundred miles apart. That only takes you from the base of the state to about two-thirds the way up. That does not encompass the natural beauty of the coast and the famous highway 1 or the majesty of Easter Sierra Mountains with the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney. Couple that with Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, the Redwood Forest and surfing on the beach and you best be spending a month when you start your California trip planning.
The best place to start while planning is to choose what region you want to be in. No matter if you want to be north or south, there are plenty of things to do and see. You can hit up the famous sites of San Francisco and still experience nature out in Berkley or across the ferry on Angel Island, an island where no cars are allowed.
If you want to be in the Los Angeles area, consider taking a day trip up to the San Gabriel Mountains. You can look down on the city while hiking high above. Or you can hike over the beach in Malibu Canyon and watch the surfers as you poke in and out of the woods.
If you are a total nature person, consider Mammoth Lakes just outside of Yosemite. You can enjoy the beauty of Half Dome and then spend a day charging down the mountain on a mountain bike or fishing at one of the pristine lakes. For the desert naturalist, the winter is the time to hit up Palm Springs for golf or Death Valley and a visit to Scotty’s castle. The geothermic activity all over the state offers plenty of natural hot tubs almost anywhere you go and is something everyone should experience at least once in a life time.
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