7 Iconic California Cities You Must Visit on Your Next Trip ...


Born and raised in the Golden State, I’m never short on recommendations for amazing California cities you must visit, from star-studded Los Angeles to sun-soaked Napa.2

Looking to plan a memorable trip?

Check out the following seven iconic California cities you must visit, and get ready to set off on the vacation of a lifetime.

1. San Francisco

San Francisco

Recognized by many as one of the ultimate California cities you must visit, San Francisco is unrivaled in its unique beauty and culture.

While there are many exciting things to do and see, no trip to the City by the Bay would be complete without driving, biking or walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, along with taking photos of the bridge as seen from the northeast and southeast sides.

Alcatraz Island, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is definitely worth a visit, as is Fisherman's Wharf, home to chocolate-lovers’ haven Ghirardelli Square, the Aquarium of the Bay and plenty of amazing seafood stands and restaurants.

2. Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Having grown up in a suburb of Los Angeles, I’m definitely no stranger to the many fun attractions this city and its surrounding region have to offer.

Kick back at Venice Beach, learn about ancient cultures at the J.

Paul Getty Museum and enjoy viewing the night sky at the Griffith Observatory.

Hoping to do a little star-gazing of another kind?

Head to Hollywood to explore such well-known landmarks as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For theme park excitement, plan to spend a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain.

3. San Diego

San Diego

San Diego, another of California’s most amazing cities, is a wonderful place for a family vacation.

Start your trip off with a visit to LEGOLAND California Resort, located north of the city in Carlsbad, and then move on to the always exciting SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo.

This area is also home to such historic San Diego neighborhoods as Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter, as well as plenty of spectacular beaches, including those located in beautiful La Jolla.

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