Things to do in California
California is one of the largest states geographically. It certainly has the biggest economy, which shouldn’t be surprising, with it being the center of both the film and tech industries.
California is not only about work, though, as, wherever you are in the state, there’s also plenty to see and do.
When you are in California, make sure to relax from work, stress, and take time to think about your trading online.
As California is such a vast state, let’s break it down into the three main regions.
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco brings to mind the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, cable cars,
Fisherman’s Wharf, and so much more. Whatever delights you choose to sample in San Francisco, to get you in the mood, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
- You can see restored ships ( and a submarine), charter a fishing trip, visit the local Madame Tussauds waxworks and Ripley’s, Believe it or not.
- The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park,
- The Museum of Modern Art
- The Exploratorium Science Museum with many hands-on exhibits, suitable for both adults and kids.
- The many parks have walking trails and picnic grounds if you’re looking for a little outdoor time.
- A visit to China Town is always enjoyable.
- You can take a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Island and tour the island, but it is advisable to book this.
- If music is your interest, the UC Davis Library has sheet music for songs featuring California that you can buy.
- And, of course, Haight Ashbury, the birthplace of the 60s counterculture, where you will find vintage clothing, record and book shops, and where restaurants and bars are plentiful. Here you will also see interesting Victorian architecture, including the Grateful Deadhouse.
- The Computer History Museum and NASA’s Ames Research Center are in Mountain View., close to San Francisco.
- The Tech Museum of Innovation is in San Jose. Both are short trips out of town.
Mainly known for its fertile farmland, this is where you’ll find the Napa Valley, home to some excellent wine producers, many of whom welcome visitors with a tour and wine-tasting.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a unique way to experience this area. The tour takes you on a round trip, stopping at selected wineries where you can sample the wines. The train offers a gourmet meal in the dining carriage as part of the tour.
You will also find Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, ski and nature reserves, and you can hunt for evidence of the California Gold Rush.
Greater Los Angeles Area
In central Los Angeles, you will find Hollywood, together with the Hall of Fame and all things to do with the film industry.
You could book to tour the Paramount studios.
- Mojave desert
- Silicon Valley
- Arguably some of the best beaches in the world
- The original farmers market
- Sunset Boulevard
- parks and gardens for hiking
- Griffith Observatory and Park
- The Getty Center - for art - entry is free.
- Santa Monica Pier and Beach is only 15miles from LA. You can travel there by tram, bus, taxi, or car, but taking the tram will be a more memorable experience.