Your California Bucket List Planning Guide

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.

Laguna Beach in Orange County - one of the best places to visit in Southern California
Laguna Beach, Orange County

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.

Be sure to check all of our USA travel tips, as we’ve been exploring the country in-depth for the past year on short breaks, getaways, road trips, and a year long RV trip of the American West.


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 Videos

Watch our videos from our trip to San Francisco

Popular San Francisco Tours

Popular San Francisco Day Trips

Popular Los Angeles Tours

Popular Los Angeles Day Trips

Los Angeles Videos

Watch our playlist from our LA travels

Huntington Beach Pier, Orange County. One of the best places to visit in California

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.

Jebediah State Forest Northern california

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.

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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

Cable Cars, San Francisco

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.

Check out these California Sightseeing Passes:


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.

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!

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