California offers some of the most beautiful and impressive attractions and places you can visit. It’s pretty hard to argue with it being the finest State to visit on the West Coast of the USA with some stunning hiking trails to follow and incredible sights to see. Here are twenty of the very best locations to head to on your travels.
1. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
This waterfall was created by mother nature millions of years ago. It’s not for the faint of heart, being the fifth highest waterfall in the world. To see it at it’s best, head there in May or June.
2. Sturtevant Falls, Grand Canyon Santa Anita
This 50-foot high waterfall is located only a stone’s throw away from the Angeles National Forest. What makes this place special is the moss and algae that grow on the rocks there, which make it an unforgettable sight.
3. California State SR1
This highway runs along the bigger part of the coast of California and is well known around the world for its breathtaking landscape.
4. Santa Cruz, California
Are you a fan of surfing? Or maybe you just want to make a perfect dating profile picture? In any case, this is a great place to learn to surf. The city is pretty small, but it’s large expansive beaches and lively atmosphere attract tourists from all over the world.
5. Joshua Tree National Park
As you may have guessed, this park is named after the trees that grow there. This is a great place if you like camping, mountain climbing, and hiking.
6. San Francisco Cable Car System
This is one of the most famous attractions in San Francisco. Currently, there are only three working lines in the city, all of which give visitors perfect views of the city.
7. Pfeiffer Beach
This beach is a unique place for two reasons. The first is that it’s relatively unknown among tourists. The other reason is that there’s purple sand on that beach!
8. San Diego
This huge city is located right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Here you’ll find a host of lovely attractions and places to visit.
9. Big Sur
Big Sur is a huge mountain that abruptly rises from the ocean. The best way to see it is to take a helicopter tour around it.
10. McWay Waterfall
This waterfall of a dizzying 78-feet can be found in Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park. Before 1985 the water was falling directly into the ocean, but after it suffered a partial collapse, it started to fall right on the inaccessible beach.
11. San Francisco
This is a great city to spend your honeymoon in. Everyone will find something interesting in San Fran. From skyscrapers to colorful Victorian houses, from the bridges to the cable cars, it’s unique and filled with culture.
12. Vernal Falls
This waterfall is 315 feet high and located in Yosemite National Park. It’s best advised to only go there only in the summer months.
13. The beaches of Monterey
Here you can find seven absolutely unique and picturesque beaches. What more do you need?
14. Bay of Emerland
This is a tiny island located right in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Not long ago, this location became a National Natural Monument. It’s obvious to any visitors just why.
15. Muir forest
This forest is well-known because of the fog that comes from the shore and covers it with a humid blanket.
16. Napa Valley
Napa Valley in Northern California is best known for its magnificent landscapes and of course its wine production. What many don’t know is it’s also filled with rugged mountain ranges perfect for hikers.
17. Mount “Cathedral”
This mountain is a part of a huge ridge, and as you might have guessed it was named “Cathedral” because of the distinctive shape of its top.
18. Forest of Mariposa
This is the best place to visit if you want to find yourself in your own personal fairy tale, because of giant sequoias that grow there. The trees here are jaw-droppingly high, and they keep getting taller.
19. Jayant Rock
Do you like heights? If the answer is “yes,” then you definitely should visit the Jayant Rock, since this is the highest lone standing rock in the World. It’s as tall as a 7-floor building!
20. Glacier Point
Glacier Point, is an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country, with all its waterfalls and high mountain peaks.