From Long Beach, you can take the Catalina Express 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles to get to this island paradise in an hour.
Mammoth Lakes might change your mind about skiing in the Golden State. Located in the Eastern Sierra region, Mammoth Lakes is home to the highest ski resort in California.
Near San Francisco, this national park is one of the most popular. From fishing and birdwatching to rock climbing and rafting, Yosemite National Park offers every adventure activity you can imagine.
Natural beauty and small-town charm make Monterey a favorite destination. There are beautiful beaches and charming seaside neighborhoods in Monterey, located about 40 miles south of Santa Cruz.
When in California, Sequoia National Park is the best place to see its iconic, towering sequoias. Sierra Nevada trees are native to central California's western slopes.
Warm weather and surf-friendly shorelines make San Diego a great vacation destination. USS Midway Museum, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park (many museums).
Whatever you do in San Francisco, whether you ride a cable car, explore a culturally diverse neighborhood, admire towering redwoods near the Golden Gate Bridge, or eat, the energy is electric.
It's easy to enjoy scenic mountain vistas and plenty of outdoor adventures whenever you visit this rugged alpine town, about 80 miles northwest of Palm Springs.
After visiting Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, visit Kings Canyon National Park to see more sequoias. In terms of volume, the General Grant Tree is the second-largest tree in the world.