CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE

California is one of the most diverse states to travel through in the USA.

Perfect for road trips and lots of sunshine. In California you'll find surfing communities, desert landscapes, lush forests, snow covered mountains, and thriving cities.

It's full of fun adventures. We have spent a lot of time exploring California and here are some of our best tips.

We have a downloadable California Bucket List for you. Scroll to the bottom of the page for access.

CALIFORNIA HIGHLIGHTS

Death Valley National Park California
Zabriskie Point Death Valley NP

Here's where you'll find ideas for your California Bucket List moments and amazing road trip experiences and ideas for California.

Thank you very much for the itinerary.  The bucket list is amazing! My boyfriend loved the idea to have a selfie with Yoda!!

Elaine

LOS ANGELES TRAVEL IDEAS

Griffith Park, LA
Griffith Park, LA

While it's not our favorite city in the US, LA does have a lot of hidden secrets and cool experiences once you dig a little deeper.

We share some of the cool things to do in LA, including the funky Downtown LA, the magic of Anaheim, and a few hotels you want to consider.

LOS ANGELES FEATURED VIDEOS:

Check out the fun we had in Los Angeles, including scenic drives, LA beaches, Melrose selfie tours and Disneyland!

CALIFORNIA THEME PARKS

Walking along Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland
Walking along Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland

We get it - so many people visit California for the theme parks. While we recommend you travel further afield, we do agree it's a ton of fun and worth the adventure.

Plan for your theme park visits well. We love visiting in the month of October. The crowds are less, the weather still warm, and you can experience the fun of Halloween.

TOP NATIONAL PARKS IN CALIFORNIA

Tunnel View of Yosemite Valley
Tunnel View of Yosemite Valley

California is home to spectacular national parks - known and unknown. Here are five of the ones we love and have visited.

Plan your visit well as California National Parks can get very busy, particularly during the peak summer period (or winter for Death Valley)

CALIFORNIA NATIONAL PARK VIDEOS

Check out the beauty of California's best national parks

SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL IDEAS

Baker Beach, San Francisco

San Francisco is one of our favorite cities in the USA for it's unique vibe, fun tourist attractions, delicious food, and eclectic neighborhoods.

It reminds us a lot of our home city, Sydney. We spent 5 days there exploring with our kids and have visited previously as a couple.

Here are our tips:

SAN FRANCISCO VIDEOS

San Francisco is so much fun with kids. See the various tourist attractions and hidden secrets we discovered in San Francisco. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Things to do in Orange County with kids

Welcome to California beach lifestyle.

From San Diego to Santa Barbara, here are some of our favorite things to do in Southern California.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The quieter, wilder side of California offers lush forest, giant redwoods, riverside fun, and world class wineries.

Don't discount this region on your California Road Trip.

Lost Coast scenic drive

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VIDEOS

We almost didn't go to Death Valley - we're so glad we did. It's absolutely stunning and so unqiue.

WHAT OTHER PACIFIC COAST STATE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

FEATURED VIDEO: Death Valley National Park

We almost didn't go to Death Valley - we're so glad we did. It's absolutely stunning and so unqiue.

FOLLOW OUR CURRENT ADVENTURES

Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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CALIFORNIA BUCKET LIST

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