As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve moved around quite a bit. Living in Canada then moving to California was a huge change. I lived in a rather normal town growing up and when we were set to move out to the West Coast, my parents told us it was going to be “like we were on vacation every day.” While that wasn’t necessarily true since vacation and relaxation are directly correlated and I for one was rarely relaxing, they weren’t entirely wrong. California is like a dream. You hear all about it and you probably don’t want to believe that it’s superior to other states or places and I didn’t even believe it when I lived there. Then I moved… And let me tell you, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. If you don’t have the privilege of living in California, it’s still a great travel destination with tons of activities to do, historic sights to see, and beautiful scenery.
The Best of California:
Northern California is mountainous with tons of incredible hiking and rock climbing opportunities. Yosemite national park is located in Northern California, which is a hotbed for camping, hiking, and incredible views. Santa Cruz is an awesome place with a great beach and boardwalk, along with historic Redwood forests, and a “Mystery House” where gravity is all out of whack. And take a trip just twenty minutes up the road and you’ll find Wilder Ranch State Park, which is a gorgeous path along high cliffs overlooking the sea. San Francisco, one of my personal favourite cities, is also located in Northern California. It holds tons of famous destinations such as the Golden Gate, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and many more.
The Other Half of the Best:
Take a long trip down South and you’ll meet all the dudes and dudettes of the state. There is a bit of a rivalry between the two halves, but it’s friendly (sort of). This is where you’ll find the places you read about it People magazine.The Hollywood sign and walk of fame, the gorgeous coastline along Highway 1 that you can drive down forever, and the beaches upon beaches each with their own special personality. Venice beach is full of life with bodybuilders showing off their abilities at the outdoor Gold’s Gym (it’s basically like you’re at a zoo watching the animals on display in their habitats), street performers, travelling shows and more! You can rent roller blades and bikes to ride along the beach path and hop in the water just to swim or take surfing lessons. This is just one unique beach that Southern California has to offer, but there are tons more. Newport, Laguna, El Matador, Coronado, Mission, Santa Monica and that’s just the start.
Bucket List Trip:
I’ve driven down Highway 5 to get from SF to LA countless times, but they’ve always been with a purpose in mind. It’s on my bucket list to road trip down the coast and take all the time in the world to fully appreciate the beauty of California and all it has to offer. My personal plan and suggestion to others would be to fly into Sacramento, rent a car, drive east to Yosemite and use this as a starting point. Eventually make your way to San Francisco and then take Highway 1 to drive down the coast, making as many stops along the way as you’d like. Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, San Diego. So before you get tied down into a job after graduation, before you start your summer internship, take time to yourself and time to explore. Any travel is great travel, but I would highly suggest the Golden State.
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