"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
Just saying it creates a feeling of wonder, excitement and overall awe. I mean, there are countless songs written about it.
Cali, as many call it, is a geographical wonder. With sprawling mountains, Pacific Coast breezes and a diverse celebrity culture, it's home to some of the wealthiest (like the City of Calabasas) and tech-savvy people in the world.
Not to mention, it's a universal hub for celebs.
However, after a couple of our lvtrvl Team Members visited a few weeks ago, they came back with an amazing sense of accomplishment.
Having seen and visited some of the coolest places in the State, they've come back with 10 Amazing (Low Cost) Things to Do in California. So, as Dr. Dre would say:
"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west A state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness."
1. San Francisco - Take a Stroll on Pier 39
Simply put, Pier 39 is a beautiful 45-acre waterfront complex with more than 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions.
Walking around the area will showcase spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.
More Info: http://www.pier39.com/
2. San Francisco - Golden Gate Park
Cost: General Admission is Free | Tea Gardens $8 (for non-residents)
Golden Gate Park is the third most visited park in the US. There are several exhibits including the deYoung Museum, California Academy of Sciences and Conservatory of Flowers.
Filled to the brim with gorgeous gardens, museums, art, flowers, trees, lakes, birds and wildlife, it's the perfect place to visit. Don't forget to check out the beautiful Tea Gardens (in the picture above).
More Info: https://goldengatepark.com/
3. San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge
Need we say more? This famous bridge needs no introduction. It's a beautiful structure that can be seen from afar, up close or for a REAL experience, jogged across.
More Info: http://goldengatebridge.org/
4. Pacific Coast Road Trip
Cost: Free (Gas About $60)
This is by far the best way to see the Pacific Coastline.
It's a beautiful drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Driving up or down the coast includes several landmarks including quaint cities like Carmel, Big Sur, where waves are beaten to froth on ragged rocks and TONS of other amazing geological wonders.
It's a MUST DO if you have some time. Our lvtrvl team drove from San Francisco to San Diego in about 10 hours taking the scenic route (which is WELL worth it). Keep in mind, you will be reaching high altitudes so drive cautiously!
If you're planning a road trip, be sure to check out our recent blog on How to Plan Your First US Road Trip
5. Los Angeles - The Getty Center
The Getty Center is a large campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center is open to the public and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles.
The Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled hovertrain funicular. The location includes fine and modern art, sculptures, creative exhibits and more. Totally free.
More Info: http://www.getty.edu/
6. Hollywood - Walk of Fame / Hollywood Boulevard
A bit cheesy, but still, a must see if you're in the Los Angeles area. Enjoy exploring the world's most famous sidewalk and celebrities including Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Michael Jackson and many more.
The area is home to dozens of souvenir shops and quick celebrity home tours around the city. It's also home to the Chinese Theatre, Guided Tours and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!
7. San Diego - La Jolla Cove
Surrounded by cliffs is a small, picturesque cove and beach in La Jolla San Diego. With beautiful hues of blue, it is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. During summer, there's a small surf, making the location ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet and you can get within armslength of beautiful sea lions that inhabit the beach.
8. San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter
If you're looking for great eats, shopping or to catch a baseball game you can spend an entire day in the Gaslamp Quarter at one of the many trendy boutiques or in the multi-level outdoor mall, Horton Plaza.
With cool rooftop lounges, this dynamic district is home to countless young professionals out for a day or night of fun.
9. San Diego Zoo
Cost: $50 Per Person (Well worth the price of admission!)
According to Tripadvisor, the San Diego Zoo is the #1 zoo in the world. Home to more than 3,700 animals it houses the most diverse endangered species list, representing 800 species. The San Diego Zoo is home to a diverse collection of animals, many of which are rarely seen at other zoos. It's a MUST SEE if you're in the San Diego area.
More Info: http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/
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