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From the beaches to the boardwalks, from Disneyland to Hollywood, from Los Angeles to San Francisco and celebrity obsessions, California is perhaps the ultimate US state when it comes to sheer diversity. Mountains, the beaches of Malibu, the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, rugged national parks, the panoramic Mojave desert, the world-famous vineyards of Napa Valley, the redwood forests…the state is a mixture of everything that makes America so amazing, both in terms of natural scenery and in terms of excessive standards of living. Home to thousands of celebrities and the center of the entertainment industry, the state has earned a reputation over the years as a hotspot for anyone who is anyone.

California isn't just about the beaches or the celebrities. The state is well-known for its fruits and vegetables, and has a wide range of geographical extremes, from the beaches along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, to the heights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its cities are known worldwide, from Sacramento and Los Angeles, to San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Cruz. Regardless of what you want to experience while visiting the state, you're guaranteed to find it.

Go celebrity-watching in LA, or head up to Lake Tahoe for some of the best water sports in the nation. Visit one of the dozens of state and national parks such as Big Basin Redwoods State Park or Channel Islands National Park, two extremely diverse environment, with the first offering a close-up look of the magnificent redwoods, and the latter offering a unique perspective on the ocean environment. Visit Death Valley National Park or Yosemite National Park, one of the first parks to ever be established in the US.

California is more than just a state; it's an experience of a lifetime. There's more here than you can fit into just one trip, and coming back for more than one trip would be worthwhile. Regardless if you enjoy the beaches and heat of southern California, or the cooler climate and mountains of the northern section of the state, you will find something so suit your tastes.

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…
5,649travelers 729reviews 359blogs
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…
6,393travelers 576reviews 317blogs
San Diego #3 most popular location
San Diego is one of my favorite special places. The second largest city in California and the ninth largest in the entire US, San Diego is a melting pot of agriculture, tourism, telecommunica…
2,820travelers 314reviews 139blogs
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…
162travelers 59reviews 23blogs
Hollywood #5 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…
212travelers 89reviews 32blogs
Santa Monica #6 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…
200travelers 107reviews 20blogs
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…
268travelers 68reviews 29blogs
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…
121travelers 42reviews 15blogs
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…
667travelers 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…
92travelers 18reviews 8blogs
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…
778travelers 26reviews 18blogs
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…
239travelers 24reviews 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 …
397travelers 40reviews 20blogs
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…
251travelers 40reviews 54blogs
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…
39travelers 12reviews 7blogs
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…
72travelers 42reviews 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. …
174travelers 37reviews 8blogs
Mammoth Lakes #18 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 (…
13travelers 17reviews 7blogs
Bakersfield #19 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…
121travelers 12reviews 5blogs
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.…
291travelers 23reviews 7blogs
Beverly Hills #21 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…
59travelers 33reviews 2blogs
Berkeley #22 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…
266travelers 60reviews 7blogs
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…
126travelers 33reviews 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…
91travelers 15reviews 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…
79travelers 11reviews 6blogs
Irvine #26 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…
216travelers 16reviews 9blogs
Carlsbad #27 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 …
43travelers 8reviews 1blogs
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…
40travelers 4reviews
Disneyland #29 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…
82travelers 57reviews 10blogs
Eureka #30 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…
39travelers 19reviews 21blogs
Big Sur #31 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…
40travelers 12reviews 8blogs
Huntington Beach #32 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…
220travelers 11reviews 7blogs
Carmel By the Sea #33 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…
7travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Big Bear Lake #34 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
Cambria #35 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…
3travelers 17reviews 3blogs
Morro Bay #36 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…
9travelers 13reviews 1blogs
Redding #37 most popular location
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Lake Tahoe #38 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 …
94travelers 5reviews 10blogs
Santa Clara #39 most popular location
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Torrance #40 most popular location
83travelers 28reviews 9blogs
Visalia #41 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…
49travelers 127reviews 33blogs
Palm Desert #42 most popular location
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Barstow #43 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…
12travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Santa Rosa #44 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…
119travelers 12reviews 5blogs
Inglewood #45 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
16travelers 10reviews 2blogs
Redondo Beach #46 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. …
82travelers 26reviews 2blogs
Newport Beach #47 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…
159travelers 6reviews 11blogs
Burbank #48 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…
61travelers 11reviews 4blogs
Ventura #49 most popular location
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Temecula #50 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…
40travelers 12reviews 3blogs