There is a lot more to California that the obvious destinations like LA, San Diego and San Francisco. There are many hidden California travel gems that are definitely worth discovering.
In summer we all want to enjoy some beach fun, but sometimes the most popular beaches can be too crowded. Luckily, California is blessed with many beaches. If you are in LA, try Torrance and Manhattan beach, which are much less busy than Santa Monica and Venice. Instead of visiting the famous beaches of San Diego, take a drive up north to there is a beautiful strip of beaches north of Encinitas. There are also numerous wonderful beaches along the Pacific Coast Highway, so take a drive and make your pick.
Yosemite national park is a huge attraction to tourists worldwide, which makes a lot people overlook other state parks with beautiful nature. After all California has more national parks than any other state in the US. For example very few think of visiting Channel Islands National Park, off Ventura, which is great for camping and it’s never crowded. Another not so famous place, tucked in the redwoods of Humboldt county is Arcata. The area has marshes and huge redwood trees, which offer great opportunities for observing wildlife. The town itself has a beautiful historic district with cafés, boutiques in pretty Victorian buildings.
If you are into history, among other hidden California travel gems, Placerville is a must see. Famous for it’s gold mines, it was a very important mining center in the days of the Gold Rush. The town has preserved a lot of its historic buildings, many of which were built in the eighteen hundreds. Boodie Ghost town is another great place for history lovers. It is located in the hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The town has been abandoned, but the old buildings have been preserved and together with everything in their interiors. You can explore its saloons and stores.