California – the world’s fifth biggest economy if it were a country – and home to more than 40 million people, is the most populous state in the Union. Not only that, but it’s also home to some of the most stunning scenery and city life on the planet. This is why California remains one of the premier tourist destinations, anywhere in the world.
This is what all the fuss is about.
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
he Yosemite National Park is famously beautiful all over. But the real jewel in the crown is the Yosemite Falls, an enormous waterfall more than 2,425 feet high. The falls, which are the fifth tallest in the world, look best in May and June, thanks to the way the sun shines on them during the day and once the snow has melted.
According to this style blog, Santa Barbara is a great place for young couples to relax and unwind on holiday. There are all sorts of things to do in this city, like visit boutique shops and coffee houses. For photographers out there, Santa Barbara offers some pretty eclectic photo inspiration, thanks to the Spanish-style architecture and some very unusual backdrops.
Trails run through the city, allowing you to explore the area by bike and find amazing food and restaurants.
The Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita Canyon
The Sturtevant Falls might not be as impressive as the Yosemite Falls, but they’re still beautiful. And thanks to their location in the Angeles National Forest, they’re also a lot easier to get to. The 50 foot falls look magnificent in the Fall and the Spring, thanks to the layers of moss and algae the water runs over. If you catch it at the right time, the colors are mesmerizing.
Palm Springs, a town located in the California desert, has been a playground for the rich and the famous for decades. The sun shines more than 350 days a year, almost guaranteeing that you’ll get perfect weather. What’s more, it makes for a fine winter travel destination, since temperatures are still a balmy 16 degrees in December and January. There are a number of nearby golf courses as well as annual events, like the Stagecoach Music Festival.
If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, why not take a trip 22 miles out into the Pacific to Catalina Island, a famous vacation destination, and honeymoon hotspot?
Catalina has two main ports: Two Harbors and Avalon. Most tourists flock to Avalon, but if you want to escape to a quieter part of the island, Two Harbors is probably your best bet.
One of the most interesting things about the island is that it is home to a group of bison, brought there for the filming of a movie decades ago. Now bison roam the island just as they do the American prairies.
If you don’t fancy taking the ferry, you can reach the island by plane, private boat or helicopter. Most people get around the island itself by bike or golf cart.