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Bucket List | California

As Spring rolls around the corner, many are preparing for their spring holidays. While we know travelling abroad to Europe and Asia is especially popular during this time, you don’t have to travel too far for beautiful beaches, cultural historic sites and hiking spots. That’s why we wanted to spotlight this particular bucket list article on the golden state of California!

California can be found on America’s west coast, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and nestled between Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico. The state has a diverse geography, with beautiful beaches, forests, mountains, and deserts. Because of this, there isn’t just one “best” time to visit California, there are multiple! Check below to see which seasons align with your destination of choice:

San Francisco: Fall

Napa Valley: Fall, Spring

Los Angeles: Summer, Fall

Santa Barbara: Summer

Beaches: Spring, Summer

Disneyland: Weekdays, Winter

We also compiled a bucket list for all the top spots you need to visit when visiting California. Check it out:


Visiting Disneyland is a must, which is why we had to mention it first. While the park in Florida is much bigger, Anaheim’s Disneyland is the original (it first opened in 1955), and has various activities for both adults and children. Because of this, the lines are relatively shorter and there is a magic of nostalgia in the air.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is located just north of San Francisco and is known for its wine, food and fantastic views. As a beautiful and relaxing countryside, Napa is perfect for the ultimate weekend r&r getaway. Be sure to check out the famous “Wine Castle” - it has over 100 rooms and hosts tours that take you through dungeons and ballrooms all while wine tasting.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous national parks in America - it’s also one of the most beautiful. The park is open year round, making it the perfect getaway for lots of outdoor activities. Hiking and mountain biking are extremely popular activities, but its beautiful geography also allows visitors to drive through if they’re not feeling too adventurous. In the winter, you can also go skiing and snowboarding at Badger Pass Ski Area, California’s oldest downhill skiing area.

Catalina Island

You can visit Catalina Island via ferry from mainland California (just southwest of LA!). The island is known for its biodiversity and its marine activities - like scuba diving and snorkeling. The island is only a mere 22 miles long, but it's jam packed with beautiful wildlife and culture. Because of its proximity to Los Angeles, Catalina was known as the celebrities' getaway during the golden age of Hollywood and hosted many movie sets!

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