Places Not to Miss on a Trip through Cali

23 May

1. The Golden Gate Bridge- San Francisco

Le Pont du Golden Gate

Make sure to walk across the bridge for the full experience.

Fun Fact: The bridge was not called the Golden Gate for its color. It actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance the the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

2. Pier 39

Theres some great touristy stores and restaurants here like the Hard Rock Café and Bubba Gumps.

3. Alcatraz

There is a really interesting audio tour that explains stories about famous inmates like Al Pacino. I’m not a huge museum person, but I found this place really interesting.

4. In-N-Out

Make sure to try the animal-style fries. There are also many other items on the secret menu. Check it out!

Fun Fact: All of the wrappers and cups have bible references on them because of the owners Christian beliefs. For example, under the cups, it quotes the bible, “John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

5. Yosemite

Make sure to camp if you go. It is such a great experience. Also, for those of you who aren’t fond of camping like me, there are bathrooms and showers available right in the campsites and bathrooms on every trail.

Fun Fact: The Native American people from Yosemite were the Ahwahneechee Indians.

6. Beaches on the Central Coast

My favorites are Pismo Beach and Avila.

7. The Madonna Inn

Each of the rooms and suites have a unique theme and design. Also, there is a waterfall urinal in the men’s bathroom which is part of the reason why we came here haha.

Fun Fact: The Madonna Inn was first built as a normal motel. About 8 years later, there was a fire and the motel was burned down. A year after that, it was rebuilt with each room having a unique design as it is today.

8. Santa Barbara

This is one of the most beautiful places in California in my opinion.

9. Hollywood

Make sure to stroll along the walk of fame and find all of your favorite celebrities stars.

10. Venice Beach

The Ocean Front Walk is a two and a half mile walk with performers, fortune tellers, artists, and vendors. It is the home for Los Angeles’ early poets and artists which made this place the cultural center that it is today.

Make sure to visit the Muscle Beach Gym where Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out.

Fun Fact: Venice was rated as one of the nations funkiest towns by the book, FunkyTowns USA by Mark Cramer.

11. Napa Valley

Take a little trip to Yountville and stroll around. There are so many cute little shops and restaurants to check out. Make a reservation at the restaurant “French Laundry” for the ultimate experience.

Also, two must-visit places not in california are:

12. Las Vegas- make sure to check out all of the casinos, the parties at the hotel pools, and the buffets. Best buffets are: the Mirage, Bellagio, and the village buffet in the Paris hotel.

13. Grand Canyon- make sure to camp. If you want to splurge, there are river rafting or helicopter tours available. Also, there is a donkey ride down and canyon which sounds fun!

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