Wanted! Advice for Travel: Exploring California's Best Destinations
As a northern Californian who spent several years studying in southern California, I got to experience a little bit of both worlds. Both regions have great places to visit, but my time to explore them all was limited. I'm no longer living in So-Cal, and there's a chance I might be moving out of state in a few years. So....
My goal is to do one last road trip around California to experience all the sites. This will most likely consist of destinations along the coast, national parks, and different mountain ranges to hike. I'll be traveling by car and the journey would start in Redding.
What I need is advice on pretty much anything pertaining to this adventure. Think destinations, travel routes, budgeting, hiking gear, hotels, restaurants, and literally anything else you could imagine I'd need to prepare for this. I'll also list a few places I'm considering so let me know if they're places worth going to.
I wanna hear your ideas below in the comment section!!!
Possible Travel Spots?
Heart Lake Trail: I've heard this is a moderate hike that leads to a beautiful view of the lake below and Mount Shasta, not to mention the Insta-worthy shots. This is the farthest north destination.
Mount Lassen: I've hiked around Lassen but never Lassen itself. This is one place I could travel around multiple times since there are several popular sites there.
Yosemite National Park: Obviously this a spot I can't miss, but I still want to know more about it and if there are any special activities to do there.
Pacific Coast Highway/California One: Just driving this route could be fun and the view would be great. I'm interested in any beaches along the way or towns with fun things to do.
Santa Cruz: I've been to the Boardwalk a few times as a kid but I'm sure there's more to enjoy as well.
Monterey: The Aquarium and surrounding city was great to see as a kid and I'd also like to learn about the history so if there's anyone with info on historic tours etc that would be cool.
Golden Gate Park: Maybe I'd like to go when there are music festivals. Or maybe it's better when it's not so crowded, but that's why I'm posting this here.
Pier 39: I've been here several times and it never disappoints, and I think there are more places to visit near it.
Joshua Tree: I know some people who've enjoyed it but I've never gone myself.
Tulelake Volcano: Volcanos are obviously on the list.
Big Sur: I think this is a city or a beach area? Either way I've heard it's super popular.
Pismo Beach: I spent a weekend at a CA wrestling tournament. I loved the area but only got to go out for a little while.
Napa Valley: Is this the place people call wine country? It's worth checking out at least once before I move elsewhere.
Cathedral Peak: I think I've seen this range from my flight and it looks like a fun hike.
Redwood National Forest: Been here once or twice when I was younger and would love to check it out again.
Death Valley: Can't be any hotter than Redding in the summer.
Lake Tahoe: Can't call myself a true Californian if I haven't gone here at least once.
Catalina Island: Dad used to go boar hunting here when it was still a thing. It'd be a fun trip.
Año Nuevo: Another cool state park I'd like to see. I should learn to surf..
Laguna Beach: I went to Crescent Bay and it was the clearest water I'd ever seen.
Venice Beach: Had a lot of fun at this cultural hub while at school. Would love to go there again.
Santa Monica: The pier was great and the city was fun. I'd like to explore the city more than I did the last time I was there.
Newport Beach: One of my favorite beaches in So-Cal. Again it'd be more fun if I could surf so I'll try to learn it.
La Jolla Cove: I went snorkeling here and the water was super murky but the beach was nice. Maybe there are clearer waters around the area with marine life I could see.