The post below first appeared on ‘The Restless Traveler‘ on ‘April 12, 2016’.
California remains one of my favourite destinations, especially for a road trip. There are so many different cities and places to visit that it’s hard to pick just a handful of cities to see. For those of you that have been to the more well-known cities, this California road trip is for you.
This road trip should be done in about a week, five days if you really pushed yourself. It’s a long drive between Big Bear Lake and Half Moon Bay, so there is flexibility to stop along the way if you need to. Make sure you take time to admire the beautiful landscapes!
Chula Vista, California
This city is the second-largest in the San Diego region, and is often overshadowed by downtown San Diego. Chula Vista has lots to offer when it comes to entertainment, shopping and dining. Chula Vista Bayside Park is a favourite for fishing. For those travelling with kids, be sure to check out the Living Coast Discovery Center or Aquatica Water Park. There are also lots of options for hotels with great prices, like The Good Nite Inn.
Big Bear Lake, California
Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake is definitely a destination for outdoor lovers. It doesn’t matter in what season you visit, with the rolling hills, the rugged rocks, and the clear blue water you’ll wonder why this place isn’t at the top of everyone’s list in California. There are lots of unique options when it comes to hotel stays as well, so make sure to do your research before heading down.
Half Moon Bay, California
Along the California coast, just south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is an area you don’t want to miss. The sandy cliffs spread for miles and make for gorgeous photographs, especially at sunset or sunrise. You’ll find quite a few luxury resorts in this posh area, with fine dining to match. The beaches are the main point of interest here, and are perfect for relaxing or taking advantage of the great surfing.
Not many consider Fairfield as a destination point, as it’s right in between San Francisco and Sacramento, but there are plenty of things to do here to keep you busy. Be sure to check out some of the boutique wineries in the area. For those travelling with kids, Scandia Family Center is always a good bet.
Napa Valley, California
One of the most popular places in the United States, if not the world for wine Napa Valley I’m sure is not a place to be missed (even though I did in my last trip). The region is also home to some of the more famous wineries like Robert Mondavi. From what I’ve seen in pictures, and I’m sure they don’t do it justice, the landscape around the wineries is picturesque at every twist and turn. To me it looks like a mini Tuscany.
So there you have it the idea road trip I would love to embark on for my next trip to California. I mean seriously, what’s not to love about beaches, beautiful landscapes and absolutely delicious wine?