California – Travel guide and top destinations

A complete guide to planning your trip to California. Write down the tips and enjoy a lot!

California is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. Whether to discover the famous cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood or to enjoy the natural landscapes along the Big Sur road, where you can see mountains, beaches and valleys.

No matter what your age or the purpose of your trip, this North American state will fascinate you. Here are some of the top Californian cities and destinations:

In this post you will read:

what to do in california

The Californian state is the right destination for those who are looking for exciting nightlife, beautiful golden beaches, cultural activities and beautiful landscapes amidst the mountains.

For those who want to enjoy the North American summer with many beaches, we recommend the cities of Santa Monica, San Diego and Santa Bárbara. For adventure and nature lovers, we recommend destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and the Gold Country region.

And visitors who want to experience cultural cities and visit famous landmarks can chart their course to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Below you can check each destination in more detail:

Read all our tips:

  • Top attractions in California
  • Los Angeles – Complete City Guide
  • What to do in Los Angeles – 1 to 4 Day Itinerary
  • Santa Monica – Complete City Guide
  • San Diego – Complete City Guide
  • San Francisco – Complete City Guide
  • Things to Do in San Francisco – 22 Amazing Attractions
  • Museums in San Francisco – 6 Must-See Attractions
  • Where to Buy in San Francisco
  • Golden Gate Bridge – Best Spots to Take Pictures
  • Sports and Games in San Francisco
  • Gold Country – Complete Guide to the Golden Region
  • Tuolumne – Complete Guide to the Wild West
  • Lake Tahoe – Complete Lake Guide
  • Yosemite National Park – Complete Park Guide
  • Anaheim – Complete City Guide
  • Carmel – Complete City Guide
  • Santa Barbara – Complete City Guide

Book all California tickets and tours in advance and skip the lines with GetYourGuide

Where to stay in California – Our hotel recommendations

The US state has a vast hotel network throughout its territory. From simple facilities and cozy inns between the mountains to luxurious skyscrapers in the metropolises and grandiose all-inclusive resorts by the sea.

It is important, therefore, to spend a good amount of time researching, in advance, about the city you want to stay in so that you avoid possible future headaches close to your trip.

Read all our tips:

  • best hotels in california
  • Where to Stay in San Francisco – Best Regions to Stay
  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square – Nosso Review
  • San Remo in San Francisco – Our Review
  • Santa Barbara Inn in Santa Barbara – Our Review
  • Cheshire Cat Inn in Santa Barbara – Our Review
  • Cavallo Point in Sausalito – Our Review
  • L'Auberge Carmel, Relais & Chateaux – Nosso Review
  • Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo – Our Review

Find the best accommodations in California on

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Click on the photo and make your reservation at Hotel Fairmont Ghirardelli in San Francisco

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Make your reservation at Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton in San Diego by clicking on the photo

Where to eat in California – Restaurant Tips

California is a state with great Mexican influence, but it is also very globalized, receiving different gastronomic trends from all over the world, especially in large cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Check out some of the best restaurants in San Francisco below:

Read more:

  • Where to Eat in San Francisco – Top Restaurant Tips

California internet chip

It's getting easier and cheaper to have unlimited internet throughout your trip in California. Nowadays you can buy an international cell phone chip online while you're still here in España. We always use and love it!

You receive the sim card at your address and then just insert it into your cell phone to reach your destination with unlimited 4G internet working.

Also read more chip tips:

  • Cell Phone Chip in the USA – How Does It Work?
  • International Cell Phone Chip – Which is the Best and How Much Does It Cost?
  • America Chip Discount Coupon – 10% OFF on Travel Chip

Want to have unlimited internet throughout your trip?
Compare prices and buy your international travel chip in advance at America Chip.

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Pacific Park in Santa Monica

California travel insurance

Buying travel insurance for California is an excellent way to ensure a smooth trip and avoid worries. Having the assistance of insurance gives you the peace you need to enjoy your destination and know that you have support if you need it. Also enjoy our Insurance Promo discount coupon. - SEE PRICES

Read all about travel insurance:

  • California Travel Insurance – Tips for Buying a Good and Cheap
  • What is the Cheapest Travel Insurance – Tips on How to Save
  • Travel Insurance San Francisco – Is It Worth It?
  • How to Get Travel Insurance – 5 Easy Steps [DISCOUNT]
  • Los Angeles Travel Insurance – How Does It Work?
  • Which Travel Insurance to Choose – 3 Infallible Tips to Help
  • International Travel Insurance – Step-by-step How to Hire

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Hollywood sign

California car rental

Renting a car in California is a great idea. In addition to optimizing your time, you will be able to enjoy more of the state, passing through different cities and locations, without having to depend on public transport.

We really like Rent Cars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!

We made a super complete post with tips for car rental in usa. We explain how toll collection works in the country, roads, necessary documentation and much more. It is worth checking!

Read all our tips:

  • Car rental in San Francisco
  • Car rental in Los Angeles

Haven't rented a car for your trip yet?
Guarantee the best price, without IOF, and pay in up to 12 interest-free installments at RentCars.

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Big Sur Road

Flights to California

Looking for a good deal and flight prices? When buying tickets to California, it is worth taking a look at the website Promo Tickets.

It is quite common to find cheaper and better flight options than on other sites. We always use and is it worth it?

California – Travel guide and top destinations

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Read all our California tips and posts

  • San Diego – Complete City Guide
  • Where to stay in San Francisco – Top regions and hotels
  • Car Hire in Los Angeles – Check it all out in this guide
  • Los Angeles – Complete Guide to the City of Angels
  • Hotel Cavallo Point em Sausalito
  • Sports and Games in San Francisco – Everything You Need to Know
  • Where to Buy in San Francisco California
  • Car Hire in San Francisco – Find out how to get discounts
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – Where to take the best photos
  • San Francisco – Complete Travel Guide
add a comment of California – Travel guide and top destinations
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.