Go 4 Travel’s Best California Destinations Along the Pacific Ocean

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California is a playground for adults. Where else can you run past thousand-year-old trees, climb monoliths, ascend snowy peaks, and play in giant sand dunes all in one place? All these things make California an appealing destination. But what the Golden State might be best known for is its abundance of seductive shoreline. Here are some recommendations for your next coastal adventures.

The following post was originally published on Go 4 Travel on April 5, 2016

Let’s face it. There’s no denying the warmth, beauty, and good weather in California, especially the parts of this awesome state that overlook the Pacific Ocean. What draws so many eager tourists to California each year is that it’s fantastic as a vacation destination, simply because there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re planning your trip to Cali or you’ve just got the travel bug and want to know more, here are the best California destinations to visit along the Pacific Ocean.

Glendale

Situated between Pasadena and Los Angeles, Glendale is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination without the year-round crowds of Los Angeles and San Francisco. In fact, there are several fun things to do for all sorts of travelers. Head to the Glendale Galleria, a 3-storey mall with plenty of well-known shops and boutiques, or learn something at the Autry Museum of the American West. If you’re traveling with children, the Universal Studios Hollywood Park provides a fun-filled day out. Book a room at the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale for an affordable stay.

LA Glendale Galleria Trolley Tracks
LA Glendale Galleria Trolley Tracks by Ed on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Napa Valley

Napa Valley, or Napa County, is located north of San Pablo Bay in Northern California. Renowned for its vineyards and wine tasting, Napa Valley welcomes visitors to attractions like the Castello di Amorosa and the Napa Valley Wine Train. If wine isn’t really your thing, catch a show at the Napa Valley Opera House. When you stay in Napa Valley, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is the perfect choice of accommodation. Here, guests can sample the local food at the popular restaurant or take a dip in the pool after a long day exploring.

Dusk, Napa Valley
Dusk, Napa Valley by Deb Harkness / CC BY 2.0

Oakland

Although the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most expensive areas to visit in the U.S., it’s also one of the best. Without the hustle and bustle of nearby San Francisco, Oakland is a stunningly low-key destination that still offers plenty to see and do. Take the kids to the Oakland Zoo or Children’s Fairyland, and catch some live music at the Fox Theater. For accommodations in the center of the city, stay at the Oakland Marriott. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, the Rodeway Inn & Suites is a good option.

Oakland Skyline
Oakland Skyline by Jesse Richmond on Flickr CC BY 2.0

Roseville

It’s safe to say that Roseville is California’s hidden gem. Located 20 miles north of Sacramento, this small city offers numerous activities and attractions for visitors. Mix things up by visiting the eccentric Roseville Telephone Museum, or savor the area’s history at the fascinating Maidu Museum & Historic Site. The Courtyard by Marriott Roseville provides its guests with trendy rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool, and a convenient location in Roseville.

Trees in Roseville, California
Trees in Roseville, California by mitzume on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Sonoma

Also known as wine country, Sonoma attracts a steady number of tourists each year. Situated in Northern California, Sonoma not only has its own Museum of Art, but it also boasts beautiful Victorian architecture and a vast selection of vineyards. The El Dorado Hotel is just a 15-minute drive away from the stunning Quarryhill Botanical Garden.

 

Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Quarryhill Botanical Garden by Jessica S on Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.