Ultimate California Bucket List

Planning a vacation during the holidays or in the new year? The wonderful state of California has many things to explore and almost everything can be reached within a comfortable day’s drive from San Diego. We’ve put together our bucket list of must-do activities in the Golden State that takes you off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps! Staying closer to home? Check out our Ultimate San Diego Bucket List!

Ultimate California Bucket List

  1. Tour Hearst Castle
  2. Visit Catalina Island
  3. Snowboard at Lake Tahoe
  4. Hike the John Muir Trail
  5. Explore Death Valley
  6. Visit a Winery in Sonoma Valley
  7. Camp Sequoia National Park
  8. Stargazing in Joshua Tree
  9. Visit the Getty Museum
  10. Bike the Length of the Golden Gate Bridge
  11. Climb Mt. Whitney
  12. Wine Tasting in Temecula
  13. Visit Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park
  14. Book a Stay at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo
  15. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  16. Go to a Show at One of LA’s Notable Venues: Hollywood Bowl, Roxy, or Troubadour
  17. Wine Tasting in Paso Robles
  18. Ride the Tram in Palm Springs
  19. Go to a Concert in the Oakland/Berkley Area
  20. See the Google Building in Mountain View
  21. Visit Lassen
  22. Camping in Yosemite
  23. Explore the East and West Sides of the Sierra Mountains
  24. Climb Mt. Shasta
  25. Visit Ojai
  26. Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway
  27. Visit Santa Cruz
  28. Ride the California Street Cable Car
  29. Visit Pfeiffer Beach
  30. Climb into the Lava Tube Caves Under Tuelake
  31. Travel to Big Sur
  32. See McWay Falls
  33. Shop on Rodeo Drive
  34. Hike to Vernal Falls
  35. Rock Climb to Cathedral Peak
  36. Explore Monterey Beach
  37. Camp at Emerald Bay
  38. Visit Muir Woods
  39. Eat at In-N-Out
  40. Wine Tasting in Napa Valley
  41. Stay in the Tree House Room at Post Ranch in Big Sur
  42. Travel to Mariposa Woods
  43. See the Giant Rock in Landers
  44. Take the Ferry to the Channel Islands
  45. Visit the Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside During the Holidays
  46. Enjoy the Scenery at Mendocino Coast
  47. Climb to Glacier Point
  48. Visit Pomponio Beach
  49. Drive the California One Highway From End to End
  50. Explore Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  51. Travel to Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  52. Enjoy Quiet Beaches at Oxnard Dunes
  53. Experience the Great Outdoors in Bishop, California
  54. Visit China Beach in San Francisco
  55. Hike to Sturtevant Falls in Big Santa Anita Canyon
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