Welcome to our things to do in California bucket list.
This is your hub for all the best places to visit in California, including top California attractions, theme park secrets, cool cities, unique outdoor adventures and beautiful beaches.
In this post, you’ll find links to our content on each region of California that includes things to do, best tips, recommended hotels, tours and deals.
We’re adding to this the more we explore California, so keep checking back!
All of our content is based upon personal travel experience, not desk research. We walk our talk so can give you the most relevant and personal recommendations and stories.
- Our Best Things to do in California Content
- San Francisco Travel Tips
- San Francisco Videos
- Popular San Francisco Tours
- Popular San Francisco Day Trips
- Los Angeles Travel Tips
- Popular Los Angeles Tours
- Popular Los Angeles Day Trips
- Los Angeles Videos
- Southern California Travel Tips
- Northern California Travel Tips
- Northern California Playlist
- California National Parks
- California National Park videos
- Sightseeing Pass: Save Money on California Travel
- Car Rental for California
- G Adventures Tours
Our Best Things to do in California Content
Here are our California highlights and recommendations so far! Be sure to read this list of 30 places to visit in California
San Francisco Travel Tips
San Francisco is our favorite city in California. It’s an eclectic mix of neighborhoods, people, culture and beautiful scenery.
San Francisco Videos
Watch our videos from our trip to San Francisco
Popular San Francisco Tours
Popular San Francisco Day Trips
Los Angeles Travel Tips
Dive deep into LA beyond Hollywood and you’ll find a wonderful city with a vibrant, local feel.
- 20 Fun things to do in Los Angeles with kids
- 20 Funky Things to do in Downtown Los Angeles with Kids
- A Dream Disneyland Trip
- Ultimate guide on Best things to do in Los Angeles
- 8 Non-touristy things to do in LA
- Checking in: A Glamorous Boutique Stay in DTLA
- 28 Hotels in Los Angeles to stay
- 15 of the best hotels near Disneyland
Popular Los Angeles Tours
Popular Los Angeles Day Trips
Los Angeles Videos
Watch our playlist from our LA travels
Southern California Travel Tips
Beach lovers will enjoy the coastal lifestyle of Southern California. It’s where you’ll find our favorite beach in California: Huntington Beach.
Northern California Travel Tips
Northern California is vastly different to the rest of the Golden State. Here it is a lush, wild and rugged land full of adventures.
Northern California Playlist
Watch our videos from our Northern California road trip.
California National Parks
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California National Park videos
Check out the beauty and diversity of California’s national parks
Sightseeing Pass: Save Money on California Travel
Discount tourist cards are a great way to save money on popular attractions. With their skip-the-line tickets they can also save you a lot of time.
The Sightseeing Pass is our favorite discount attraction pass as it often includes quirky local attractions, walking tours, discounted food and shopping, and has a huge range of attractions and flexibility.
Car Rental for California
California is a fantastic road trip destination. If you have your own car, keep on reading.
If you don’t, Rentalcars.com is our most trusted source for car rental. (We’re affiliate partners with them as a result!)
Booking California Accommodation
Each of the posts below have accommodation recommendations specific to the destination and from our personal experiences + ones we have thoroughly reviewed.
We recommend the following two booking sites (it’s the ones we use the most)
G Adventures Tours
For those, who don’t want the hassle of organizing your own road trip of California, we highly recommend G Adventures guided tours.
- USA Road Trip: Pacific Coast to Las Vegas
- Sin, Surf and Sierras
- LA to New York
- California Sierras and the Coast
What are your favorite things to do in California?
We still plan on doing all the touristy stuff in California, but it’s about going deeper and finding out what Americans love about America? What makes America the beautiful?
This is where you can share in our journey.
We want to know your local favorites and the hidden gems in your backyard? What are the backroads to take and the mom and pop stores to visit?
And how do we get the best out of the touristy California attractions? Leave your tips in the comments below.
We’re looking forward to reading about your insider tips on things to do in California!