As you begin to plan your California vacation, you should take into consideration:
* the amount of time you have available;
* your budget; and
* your interests.
You can then use the California Tourist Guide to design anything from a weekend getaway to a month-long trek from Mt. Whitney (the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states) to Death Valley (the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere) – two California locales that are amazingly only 136 miles apart.
Since it is such a vast state (158,693 square miles), planning California vacations can sometimes present a bit of a logistical challenge, and you’ll notice that the guide is divided into 11 geographic areas to assist your research. Given unlimited time and resources, you could visit all the state has to offer, of course, but you instead will quite likely need to prioritize and choose among the state’s various areas.
The good news is that it’s easy to plan fun California vacations for you and your traveling companions – even your family dog, if you so choose. In fact, it’s almost hard to plan an “un-fun” California trip!
While most visitors to the state rent a car and secure hotel or B&B reservations at their planned destination(s), some travelers prefer to rent recreational vehicles (RVs) to fill both their transportation and lodging needs. There are also several tour operators that offer organized, “leave the driving to us” transportation and accommodations packages for those who prefer to travel in that fashion.
Visitors often plan their California vacations around the activities that interest them. For example, some choose to golf in California, while others might choose visit California wineries or California amusement parks. Any particular interests you or your traveling companions have should be taken into account as you decide which California area(s) to visit.
For example, golfers will probably want to consider the Central Coast (home of the infamous Pebble Beach course and many others), San Diego and, especially if they’re visiting during the winter or spring, Palm Springs in the Deserts and Inland Empire region. (Palm Springs is too hot for many golfers during the summer.) On the other hand, there are lovely courses in virtually all of the state’s areas, so you shouldn’t limit yourself unnecessarily, either, if golf is not the only thing that interests you.
So, then, are you ready? You simply need to pick an area from the buttons at the top of the page to start planning your California vacations. Let’s go!
Note: Information in this article was accurate
when it was published, but hours, prices, etc.
change constantly. Please confirm details
with local contacts before traveling.