Popular Cities in California

Top cities in California, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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San Francisco #1 most popular location
From the Victorian architecture to the notoriously steep inclines to the Pacific coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the oldest, most beautiful, and amazing cities i…
4,693travelers 676reviews 343blogs
Los Angeles #2 most popular location
Thanks to Hollywood, perhaps no city anywhere on the planet will be so instantly familiar to first-time arrivals as Los Angeles. From its wide, sandy beaches to its mountain vistas, palm tre…
5,307travelers 546reviews 285blogs
San Diego #3 most popular location
The second largest city in California and the ninth largest in the entire US, San Diego is a melting pot of agriculture, tourism, telecommunications, ship-building, and more. Home to the worl…
2,428travelers 308reviews 132blogs
Anaheim #4 most popular location
Located in the Orange County region of Southern California, Anaheim is a city that is well known around the world not only for its various sports teams and convention center but for its colle…
132travelers 52reviews 20blogs
Santa Monica #5 most popular location
A Pacific Ocean beachside resort immortalized in the lyrics of countless music-loving beach bums and seemingly designed for the summer, Santa Monica is a holiday-focused corner of LA County t…
172travelers 110reviews 20blogs
Hollywood #6 most popular location
Check out the infamous 40ft sign propped up above it all. Check out the local burger bar and hang out with all the waiters – sorry, actors – at a pool party, talking celebrities between e…
201travelers 85reviews 29blogs
Santa Barbara #7 most popular location
A place that is often described as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a coastal city on one of the only east-west sections of coastline in the state, directly between the Santa Ynez Mount…
228travelers 64reviews 30blogs
Monterey #8 most popular location
A Californian town noted for it’s literary heritage and Mexican heritage as well as a beautifully rugged Pacific coastline, Monterey is an atypical Californian attraction, a far cry from th…
99travelers 36reviews 14blogs
Sacramento #9 most popular location
While Sacramento formed as long ago as the mid 19th century, it was the gold rush that sent the city in to a state of fervor, and propelled thousands of newcomers into town to pan and dig for…
540travelers 49reviews 34blogs
Palm Springs #10 most popular location
Palm Springs, CA has soemthing for everyone. Whether you are a person who likes to golf, shop, hike or just experience the culture you will find that here. As of the 2000 census, the city p…
77travelers 15reviews 7blogs
San Jose #11 most popular location
San Jose is located about an hour southeast of San Francisco, and about 5-6 hours north of Los Angeles. It is at the southern mouth of the San Francisco Bay. Unless you take the coastal route…
597travelers 22reviews 16blogs
Santa Cruz #12 most popular location
Santa Cruz is located at the northern end of the Monterey Bay on the coast of California. It's about 70 miles south of San Francisco, but San Jose and the Silicon Valley are only about 35 mil…
210travelers 23reviews 8blogs
Long Beach #13 most popular location
Just outside of Las Angeles and bordering Orange County, Long Beach is one of the more famous California beach cities in the southern region of the state. Technically part of the greater Los …
349travelers 38reviews 19blogs
Yosemite National Park #14 most popular location
Known for everything from the waterfalls and the sheer cliff faces of El Capitan to its appearance in a certain cartoon, Yosemite is one of those incredible, expansive national parks that jus…
208travelers 40reviews 39blogs
South Lake Tahoe #15 most popular location
South Lake Tahoe is a city in El Dorado County, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The population was 23,609 at the 2000 census. The east end of the city, on the California-Nevada st…
29travelers 10reviews 5blogs
Napa #16 most popular location
Located in the southern end of the wine country this town of about 75,000 population sits in the valley of Napa county of northern California. It is best known for the many wineries that d…
67travelers 38reviews 11blogs
Fresno #17 most popular location
Fresno is a city and county in central California also known as the San Joaquin Valley. It is about 3 hours south from San Francisco, 2 hours east of Monterey, and 3 hours from Los Angeles. …
145travelers 32reviews 8blogs
Bakersfield #18 most popular location
This large community with a population nearing 400,000 is located in the southern horseshoe end of the San Joaquin valley. It relies primarily on agriculture, oil extraction and the oil refi…
104travelers 11reviews 5blogs
Mammoth Lakes #19 most popular location
Mammoth Lakes is a town of less than 10,000 people in the eastern Sierras part of California, in the middle of the state, south of Lake Tahoe (about 2 hours drive), and north of Los Angeles (…
10travelers 15reviews 7blogs
Oakland #20 most popular location
Located on the Eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, Oakland is often known as "The Other City by the Bay". With a population of over 415,000, Oakland is the 8th largest city in California.…
229travelers 23reviews 8blogs
Berkeley #21 most popular location
Berkeley although begun well before, was incorporated back in 1878 and has grown along with the area, especially due to the University of California at Berkeley. It is widely known as a liber…
223travelers 60reviews 7blogs
Beverly Hills #22 most popular location
Beverly Hills is one of the most well known cities in Los Angeles, California. Home to many celebrities and affluent California residents, it has become the representation of sophistication a…
47travelers 28reviews 2blogs
Pasadena #23 most popular location
Located about 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, CA sits in a beautiful area at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. As of 2009, the population is 150,185. The Rose B…
108travelers 31reviews 11blogs
San Luis Obispo #24 most popular location
~San Luis Obispo is one of the Nicest places to live!~ SLO is one of the most well-known college towns on the west coast. Cal Poly has a reputation of being a party school. San Luis Ob…
74travelers 14reviews 9blogs
Laguna Beach #25 most popular location
Laguna Beach the Beach is a wonderful place to visit. It has a cool, laid back type of atmosphere. The main beach has chess tables and a volleyball net. Laguna has many coves that some peo…
65travelers 10reviews 5blogs
Carlsbad #26 most popular location
Carlsbad is a beautiful, mellow beachside community with many wonderful things to offer. It is a good place for those who are looking for a more relaxing beach trip, but yet want to be close …
36travelers 8reviews 1blogs
Irvine #27 most popular location
Orange County's biggest Metropolis. Once a farm town, now a busy downtownish office conglomerate finds syntegration with suburban living to create harmony and the safest community in the U…
168travelers 15reviews 9blogs
Ontario #28 most popular location
Ontario is a city with a population of over 150,000 that serves as one of the most important centers of the Inland Empire of Southern California. The city is notable for the LA/Ontario Inter…
35travelers 4reviews
Huntington Beach #29 most popular location
Huntington Beach, internationally known as "Surf City USA," is a relaxed beach town with a wide variety of entertainment and recreational activities serving all of Orange county. Along the…
193travelers 12reviews 7blogs
Disneyland #30 most popular location
Disneyland. The place has become renowned over the years as a haven for the child in all of us. Here you can visit the wonders of the silver screen and see your favorite characters brought to…
72travelers 56reviews 8blogs
Eureka #31 most popular location
Eureka is on old logging town on the northern coast of California. It is approximately 270 miles north of San Francisco. Eureka is along Humboldt Bay. It is the county seat of Humboldt county…
32travelers 17reviews 21blogs
Carmel By the Sea #32 most popular location
Beautiful little jewel, great for a getaway. Caters to the souvenir/art/ocean-themed-art buying crowd. Great place to get married or engaged. Pricey lodging; consider staying a little bit inl…
4travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Big Sur #33 most popular location
Big Sur refers to the mountainous region of California's central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, verdant coastal forests, and a multitude o…
33travelers 11reviews 7blogs
Cambria #34 most popular location
Quaint Cambria is sparking little pebbles and pristine blue beaches of Moonstone beach. An artsy little village tucked away between the mountains. The residents and visitors alike are laid ba…
2travelers 17reviews 3blogs
Big Bear Lake #35 most popular location
Outdoor enthusiast will love Big Bear Lake in any season. What started as an irrigation project became the worlds' largest man-made lake of its time in the late 19th century. The lake is …
12travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Redding #36 most popular location
71travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Morro Bay #37 most popular location
Between LA and San Francisco, Morro Bay is located along the coastline of California. It is in San Luis Obispo County which is known as California's Natural Escape for good reason. The natur…
10travelers 13reviews 1blogs
Santa Clara #38 most popular location
54travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Lake Tahoe #39 most popular location
A freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the United States, just along the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, and is one …
82travelers 5reviews 6blogs
Torrance #40 most popular location
73travelers 24reviews 7blogs
Barstow #41 most popular location
The city of Barstow was established in 1886 due to the silver (and later borax) boom from the nearby Calico mines. It became a busy center for rail cars and was eventually named after William…
11travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Santa Rosa #42 most popular location
Santa Rosa is the county seat for Sonoma County and located approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco. It has been touted as the city where "everything comes together". There is wine and…
108travelers 12reviews 5blogs
Visalia #43 most popular location
A smaller city in central California near the center of the San Joaquin Valley, Visalia is the throbbing heart of this part of the countryside, just under 200 miles north of Las Angeles and o…
44travelers 125reviews 31blogs
Palm Desert #44 most popular location
23travelers 5reviews
Newport Beach #45 most popular location
Newport Beach is a wonderful city which has magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful beaches, lots of great places to shop and great restaurants. The city is bisected by PCH (pacific…
133travelers 6reviews 11blogs
Inglewood #46 most popular location
interresting part of LA when you arrive or leave, during your stay in inglewood, you can drive in every direction of LA within 45 minutes
13travelers 8reviews 2blogs
Redondo Beach #47 most popular location
This is a beach community along the southern California coastline. The Pacific ocean is the western neighbor and thus there are many surfing beaches, even though the waves are not very big. …
68travelers 25reviews 2blogs
Ventura #48 most popular location
104travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Burbank #49 most popular location
Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of 2007, the city had a population of 107,921. Burbank is located in the eastern region of the San Fernando Valley, n…
51travelers 10reviews 4blogs
Sonoma #50 most popular location
The Town of Sonoma is the southern end of Sonoma Valley, aka "Valley of the Moon." Along scenic Highway 12 are beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, dozens of world class wineries, several …
27travelers 10reviews 2blogs
Mountain View #51 most popular location
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It is named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.The city shares its borders with the cities o…
65travelers 9reviews 1blogs
Palo Alto #52 most popular location
Palo Alto was named after a very tall tree El Palo Alto. This city is about 35 miles south of San Francisco and in just about 45 minutes you will be in this wonderful city. The city is beau…
81travelers 7reviews 2blogs
Venice #53 most popular location
Venice is the home to Muscle Beach, and famous for performers, fortune tellers, and venders. Great place to ride bikes and take walks down the boardwalk. The district of Venice includes th…
40travelers 19reviews 5blogs
San Simeon #54 most popular location
San Simeon is perhaps best known as the home of the famous Hearst Estate built by media mogul William R. Hearst. The Hearst Castle has been deeded to the California National Parks. Tours of t…
2travelers 12reviews 9blogs
Coronado #55 most popular location
16travelers 17reviews 2blogs
Temecula #56 most popular location
Less than 2 decades ago Temecula was a rural town just obtaining it's official cityhood; nowadays it has a thriving population of nearly 100,000 people. The city is rich with history, with i…
32travelers 10reviews 3blogs
Calistoga #57 most popular location
Calistoga is at the north end of the Napa Valley Calistoga AVA, part of California's Wine Country. Thus there are numerous wineries within a short drive, including Chateau Montelena Winery, S…
10travelers 9reviews 3blogs
Pismo Beach #58 most popular location
Pismo Beach is situated on the Central Coast of California and is a quaint beach town with lots of holiday accommodation and beautiful beaches. Pismo Beach is also one of the few places th…
10travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Crescent City #59 most popular location
13travelers 11reviews 4blogs
La Jolla #60 most popular location
La Jolla is a beautiful coastal community in San Diego County. It is known as an upscale, rather expensive community to live in, and is popular with tourists. The population was 46,781 as of…
35travelers 16reviews 3blogs
Pacific Grove #61 most popular location
5travelers 6reviews 1blogs
Santa Ana #62 most popular location
54travelers 7reviews 1blogs
South San Francisco #63 most popular location
12travelers 2reviews
San Bernardino #64 most popular location
46travelers 2reviews
West Hollywood #65 most popular location
Known as the gay capital of Los Angeles, West Hollywood contains the most famous area of Southern California nightlife, the Sunset Strip, as well as parts of Santa Monica and Melrose Blvds. F…
27travelers 16reviews 3blogs
Sunnyvale #66 most popular location
74travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Costa Mesa #67 most popular location
Costa Mesa is a great place to stay in Southern California if you want to go to the beach (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, etc.) or shopping (South Coast Plaza and Metro Poin…
59travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Oceanside #68 most popular location
Oceanside is located centrally between Orange County and San Diego County. What puts Oceanside on the map is a large MARINE base, Camp Pendleton. I write Marine in caps because if you mis…
85travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Solvang #69 most popular location
Solvang, California is a charming European-style town with a population of around 5,000 people. Who would have thought Denmark was so close to LA? Solvang is designed to resemble a small Da…
8travelers 11reviews 3blogs
Marina del Rey #70 most popular location
Located on the Pacific coast southwest of Los Angeles. It's between Venice beach and Playa del Rey. LAX is easy access to this city - located approximately 4-5 miles from it. This city has…
18travelers 9reviews 9blogs
Malibu #71 most popular location
32travelers 12reviews 7blogs
Paso Robles #72 most popular location
10travelers 9reviews 2blogs
Manhattan Beach #73 most popular location
Not too long ago, Manhattan Beach was a sleepy beach town with a laid back vibe. Now, it's a popular home base for celebrities, professional athletes and those who can afford the multi-millio…
36travelers 14reviews 3blogs
Stockton #74 most popular location
54travelers 1reviews
San Clemente #75 most popular location
44travelers 4reviews
Bishop #76 most popular location
Bishop lies in a high mountain valley east of the Sierras along the scenic 395 highway. The town of Bishop was originally founded in the late 1800's in the Owen's Valley. The town itself is…
3travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Riverside #77 most popular location
146travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Avalon #78 most popular location
Avalon is the only town on Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles California, and also the only town in the entire Channel Islands Chain. Founded in 1919 by the Wrigley family, the is…
6travelers 7reviews
Hermosa Beach #79 most popular location
The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and …
34travelers 14reviews 11blogs
Salinas #80 most popular location
Salinas is located on the Central California Coast and is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World." Salinas boasts an emerging arts scene led by the First Fridays Art Walk and the innovative u…
35travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Fort Bragg #81 most popular location
Fort Bragg is very foggy but has beautiful redwoods, wharf and typical grey pacific ocean know to Northern California.
9travelers 1blogs
Fairfield #82 most popular location
31travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Dana Point #83 most popular location
Dana Point is a city in Orange county, California, popular for its nice coastline and harbor. Dana Point is home to roughly 36,000 residents and is located between San Juan Capistrano and Lag…
38travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Milpitas #84 most popular location
19travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Joshua Tree #85 most popular location
13travelers 6reviews 7blogs
Sausalito #86 most popular location
Sausalito is a must stop if you are visiting San Francisco. Just 10 minutes north of San Francisco, and across the Golden Gate bridge, Sausalito is a tourist city that caters to visitors eve…
10travelers 7reviews
Culver City #87 most popular location
Downtown Culver City, which you have probably never heard of unless you live in LA (and even then, maybe not), is an up and coming area of LA that would be interesting to young people visitin…
13travelers 20reviews 4blogs
Fremont #88 most popular location
Fremont is a city in Sandusky County. It is the county seat. The community was named after John C. Fremont, explorer and presidential candidate. This city was also the birth place of 19th pre…
93travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Indio #89 most popular location
Back at the very beginnings of this area just prior to the turn of the 19th century the main land use here was agriculture. The growth of citrus trees and dates kept the economy alive and we…
10travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Vallejo #90 most popular location
Vallejo is a city in Solano County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 116,760. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area on the northern s…
23travelers 3reviews 1blogs
El Segundo #91 most popular location
5travelers 8reviews 1blogs
Mendocino #92 most popular location
The scenic village of Mendocino is located on California's rugged north coast. Mendocino is best known for its spectacular scenery, seaside victorian villages and distinctive wineries, altho…
8travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Burlingame #93 most popular location
Burlingame is a small suburb of San Francisco with a population barely hitting 30,000. It’s actually about 20 minutes south of the city on Highway 101. Normally you wouldn’t care about …
9travelers 9reviews
Twentynine Palms #94 most popular location
Located in close proximity to the Joshua Tree State Park in south central California, 29 Palms is in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Originally founded by the military so that General Patton…
16travelers 7reviews 1blogs
Buena Park #95 most popular location
Buena Park IS Knott's Berry Farm. OK...there are a few other attractions in Buena Park like Medieval Times, a wax museum, and some other lesser known attractions, but Knott's was there waaaa…
20travelers 5reviews 5blogs
Half Moon Bay #96 most popular location
Half Moon Bay is a beautiful city. Its coastal location is just 40-45 minutes outside of San Francisco. Beaches in this city include but are not limited to Half Moon Bay State Beach, Dunes B…
12travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Chico #97 most popular location
The City of Chico was founded in 1860 by John and Annie Bidwell. With a population of over 100,000, Chico is located in the Northern Sacramento Valley of California approximately ninety mile…
70travelers 2reviews 7blogs
Garden Grove #98 most popular location
27travelers 2reviews
El Centro #99 most popular location
9travelers 4reviews
Oakhurst #100 most popular location
3travelers 7reviews 1blogs