Sometimes, we need to leave town and have some fun. Weekend getaways are perfect for de-stressing, enjoying a change of scenery, and discovering new locales. They’re also great if you don’t have the luxury of taking a week or two off for a full-on vacation.
California is the most visited state in the U.S., and seems to have something for everyone. The following destinations are known for being must-sees in California, and you can definitely get your fill of each in the course of a weekend.
San Francisco is a world class destination, that boasts thousands of tourists each year. You will have plenty of options for things to do, from visiting the fortune cookie factory in Chinatown, and riding on the cable cars, to taking a winding drive down Lombard Street, marveling at the Golden Gate Bridge, and seeing how prisoners lived on Alcatraz. There is something for everyone, and it’s a great place to learn about several different cultures at once.
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
Redwood National and State Parks
Sometimes we need to step outside of our egos, reconnect with nature, and realize we are but mere specks in the universe. The Redwood National and State Parks is a great place to marvel at the tallest trees on the planet, witness 37 miles of Pacific Northwest coastline and two major rivers, and spend a night (or two) under the stars.
L.A. and Disneyland
They don’t call Disneyland The Happiest place on Earth for no reason. Relive your childhood with Mickey and the gang in Anaheim, and/or visit LaLa Land, where you can immerse yourself in Hollywood culture and history (Hollywood Museum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, etc.). Not your speed? Spend a fun day at the Venice Beach or Santa Monica Pier.
San Diego is another great place to get in some relaxing beach time. It’s also home to one of the best zoos in the world–the San Diego Zoo. It’s so large, that an entire day is recommended to see the over 3,500 animals there.
Nothing is cuter than a town that looks like a portal into another place; Solvang is such a location. Located 128 miles north of Los Angeles, it allows visitors to get their fill of Danish culture, in SoCal. You have to try the Danish Aebleskivers (pancake balls)!
Whether it’s hiking, boating, or enjoying one of it’s 25 beaches in the summer, or snowboarding and skiing in the winter, Lake Tahoe is a popular weekend getaway destination. It’s also partly in Nevada, so it’s an easy way to knock out a trip to two states in one trip.