On tour through California's cities

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Discover California's cities

Diverse places turn a tour through California's cities into an experience. These include megacities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as small towns. In them, life takes place around the market place. However, if you are looking for vibrant life with restaurants and night clubs, California's megacities are the right place. Those who prefer small towns find what they are looking for in the country instead. Sea. Coast. Mountains. Desert. Wine. You experience all this and more on a California tour or a tour through California off the beaten track.

Megacities on a tour of California's cities

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles metropolitan area alone has a variety of cities. These are also worth a visit. Universal's CityWalk features over 60 restaurants, nightclubs, shops and entertainment venues. Just a few kilometers further, Hollywood is waiting for you with the famous logo. A walk along the Walk of Fame is also part of every tour of California's cities. But also a visit to the Chinese Theater with the hand and footprints of famous actors is part of it. A stroll along the Sunset Strip should also be part of a visit to Los Angeles. Also worth a swim at the beaches from Los Angeles.

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Painted Ladies San Francisco Tour through California's cities
The Painted Ladies San Francisco are part of every tour of California's Cities © Bernard Spragg, NZ Flickr


San Francisco

However, San Francisco is more manageable than LA. It surpasses the city in the south in beauty as well as in the number of its sights. You can also explore the city easily using public transport. The California Academy of Sciences and the ferry building from San Francisco are well worth seeing. There is also a farmers market there every Tuesday and Saturday. Golden Gate , Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Park, however, are the more popular attractions. Discover things to do in San Francisco here .

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There are buses connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. Find detailed information about the Bus service between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

San Diego

The smallest of the three major cities in California is San Diego. It also looks back on a varied history. That is why the Gaslamp Quarter with its Victorian buildings is particularly worthwhile. Wyatt Earp already operated three gambling halls here. These once boomed, as did the business for light girls in the red light district. San Diego is also worth seeing because of its beautiful location on the Pacific. Or do you need tips for a San Diego Staycation?

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Farm Cities - Roundtrip through California's cities


In the small towns of California you can experience country life. Just 26 kilometers from San Francisco lies the town of Burlingame. Because of its 1800 trees, the city is also referred to as the city of trees. There are also Victorian architecture, shops and weekly markets.

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Petaluma in Sonoma County, however, is located in an agricultural region. Lavender is grown at Lavender Bee Farm. In addition, bees are bred in 300 beehives.

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Laguna Beach round trip through California's cities
Laguna Beach © tdlucas5000, Flickr


Laguna Beach

But you can also experience country life in southern California. The town of Laguna Beach is on the coast. Here you can discover works by regional artists. Laguna Beach is located in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. In addition, the agricultural fair "OC Super Fair" comes up every year with top entertainers.

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Small Towns of California - Round trip through California's cities


If you like cycling then you should remember Davis in the Central Valley. In and around this city there are more than 150 kilometers of cycle paths. In addition, roads and paths can be easily explored by bike.

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The small town of Chico is located in the Shasta Cascade region. Here you will find antique shops, jewelery shops and art galleries. In addition, restaurants provide for your well-being. Worth seeing are also the murals in place.

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Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara © Damian Gadal, Flickr


Santa Barbara

One of the most famous small towns in California is definitely Santa Barbara. The architecture is one of the main attractions of the city. Spanish colonial buildings await you. Those who want to explore these can join a guided tour on the weekend. What you in two days in Santa Barbara can be found at California Crossroads.

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Not far away is Oxnard. There you will find buildings from the early years of the 20th Century.

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Palm Springs

Probably the most famous city in the California desert is Palm Springs. Palm trees line the streets of the city. In addition, Mount San Jacinto rises above the city. In the village you will also find galleries, restaurants and shops.

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Sacramento Franco Folini, Flickr


Sacramento - Round trip through California's cities

Old Sacramento is also attractive. There are over 50 buildings in this museum. These were created between 1850 and 1870. Here you get an impression of life in the early years of California. Wooden sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages, as well as the railway museum and the historical museum, bear witness to the city's past. However, those who want to get to know modern Sacramento will find restaurants, wine bars, shops, nightclubs and galleries in the center. Our tip: make one Excursion to Yosemite National Park.

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The megacities of California are well worth a visit. However, a tour of California's cities is particularly varied, if you take time for the small places.


Do you already know:

Organizing a tour of California's cities:

Getting there
United and other airlines fly to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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On tour through California's cities

11 thoughts too "On tour through California's cities"

  1. I have been 2004 on the west coast. The cities are beautiful and the people are unique. Thank you for the insights into the beautiful world of the West Coast! Greetings Patrick

    1. Gladly, Patrick. I already read your blog post. California is something special, both in terms of its nature, and its inhabitants.

      Best regards,

  2. Thanks for this nice compact summary! If ever I ever got to the USA, I'll definitely stop by here :)

    Kind regards

  3. Unfortunately, I have never been to California myself. According to your article and your pictures it is fantastic there. Especially Laguna Beach looks great!
    Lg from Ecuador

    1. Hello Michaela,

      California is very varied. In addition to beautiful coasts, there is also an impressive mountain world. However, the Californian mountains are not quite as high as the ones you are currently conquering in South America.

      Best regards,

  4. We were also about to fly spontaneously to LA / California at the end of March, unfortunately the vacation did not work out so quickly. Completely annoying and when I look at your great post, it annoys me a bit more ;-)

  5. Hello, a really great article! Since my son lives in Los Angeles I'm lucky to be in California at least once a year. I enjoy it every time anew. The warmth, the always friendly people, the sea just a dream. I also write reports about it regularly.
    Have a look at me.

    1. Thank you, Sigrid. Glad you like our article. I like to visit you.

      Best regards,

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