If you are thinking about pursuing an adventurous vacation in the great state of California this summer, you are in luck because no matter where you go there is always something for everyone – especially if you’re on the more daring side. While they’re great places to make memories, there is so much more to the Golden State to explore beyond Disneyland and Hollywood. Here are just some of the top places to visit this year, along with the cool activities that they offer:
The Channel Islands National Park and Catalina Island
The eight Channel Islands are comprised of the Channel Islands National Park, made up of five of the islands, and three additional islands, including Catalina. The national park is dotted with gorgeous beaches, cliffs, and canyons with breathtaking views.
Catalina Island, meanwhile, is a beautiful respite off the California coast where you can go swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Would you rather enjoy some peace and quiet? The island also offers scenic areas for biking, fishing, hiking, and golfing, along with art galleries for your perusal.
Once a popular getaway destination for the Hollywood elite in the early twentieth century, Lake Elsinore is now a fabulous tourist spot, where you can peek inside the lavish homes of yore, such as the Moorish-style castle once owned by famed evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
In modern times, Lake Elsinore is open for swimming, boating, fishing, and water skiing. However, if these activities are a bit too laid back for you, the area is also a fairly well-known spot for learning to skydive! Make the jump and take in the awesome views of nearby Los Angeles and San Diego, each only one hour away!
The Redwood National Park
This national park is well-known for featuring some of the oldest and tallest trees in the entire world. Having the advantage of nearly 2000 years of growth, many of these marvels are up to 40 feet wide and nearly 400 feet high. Biking, horseback riding, or hiking through the thick forest, you will have the advantage of seeing these beauties in person. You can also take in the views from the mountain cliffs and even do a bit of whale watching.
Napa Valley is wine country, and you can go on tasting tours daily. The best way to do that is to take the famed wine train tour over to St. Helena, enjoying the sites in-between while traveling in vintage style. Of course, you can sip all day at the glamorous resorts and lounges in the area, such as the retro-themed Pullman, or you could take in an aerial view of the valley vineyards while touring them in a hot air balloon.
In conclusion, there are many ways to spend an adventurous summer in the Golden State. By looking at all options, and being open to new experiences, you are sure to experience a holiday that you will never forget.