The Ultimate California Travel Guide
California: Beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, bustling downtowns, several theme parks, quaint towns, National Parks, and year-round pleasant weather makes California a great destination no matter what time of the year! Here is my California travel guide outlining major California attractions!
To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my California travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to California, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major California attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, California Attractions.
History: The area, now known as the state of California, was ceded to the United States in 1847 after the Mexican–American War. Shortly after that, the discovery of gold in California drove a lot of people to California in search of fortune, and that is how California got its nickname – “The Golden State.” In the year 1850, California was added to the union as the 31st state and is the third-largest state after Alaska and Texas.
Geography: California is bordered by Oregon on the north, Nevada, and Arizona on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mexico on the south. California’s physical geography is very diverse. You will find tall standing mountain peaks, beaches, waterfalls, deserts, and volcanic lava beds, all in the same state of California.
Flight: While Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) are the major international airports, you can also choose to fly to other airports, depending on your destination in California. Burbank (BUR), Long Beach (LGB), Oakland (OAK), Sacramento (SMF) San Diego (SAN), San Jose (SJC) are your other choices of airports in California and are not very expensive either. I have lived in CA for five years, and I’m not too fond of the traffic, so given a chance, I always try to avoid flying to LAX.
Train: Amtrak offers quite a few long-distance services to/from California – California Zephyr: Daily service between Chicago and Emeryville via Denver, Salt Lake City, Reno, Truckee and Sacramento, Coast Starlight: Travels the West Coast daily from Seattle to LA via Portland, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, Southwest Chief: Daily departures from Chicago and LA via Kansas City, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Barstow. Sunset Limited: Thrice-weekly service between New Orleans and LA via Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, and Palm Springs.
Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you can even drive to California, but please be advised that you will have to drive a lot within California, to get to the main attractions, so please plan accordingly.