Fun things to do in California CA: Tours, attractions, lodging & exciting places to visit

Looking for exciting places to visit & fun things to do in California CA?  There are numerous attractions and activities in the State of California from outdoor recreation at Santa Monica Mountains to fun family activities at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland of course! Go ahead and enjoy yourself at the State’s thousand miles of stunning coastline, or if you feel like some inspiration amongst a haven of creative minds go visit the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto.

Fun things to do in California? Meet real Giant Pandas at the San Diego Zoo, or swim with the dolphins at San Diego Sea World. Trek to the Los Padres National Forest for some outdoor action or walk among California’s Giant Red Woods in Redwood National Park (Northern California) or at the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park (southern Sierra Nevada). Taste world class wines at Napa Valley Wine Country or take snapshots of the beautiful scenery at the Yosemite National Park. Drive by the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and take an exciting tour of Alcatraz. Visit the enchanting Hearst Castle, now a National Historic Landmark owned by California State and originally built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. And if you are looking for a laid-back ambiance, let the charm of Catalina Island pull you in. California has the perfect weather for you to get the most out of your adventures. Welcome to California!

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Ideas for Lodging in California


If you are looking for ideas on where to stay in San Francisco then I can recommend the friendly and homely Inn At Union Square. The Golden Gate Bridge is 3 miles away and it’s just a short stroll to Powell Street cable cars and also some fantastic shopping and dinning opportunities. The hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast and the staff are very helpful and attentive.


1) Ask for a view of the city (not all the rooms have a city view).

2) They’re quite accommodating when it comes to requests for an upgrade, hint, hint…

If you are looking for lodging in Los Angeles then the friendly The Redbury At Hollywood and Vine is a beautiful and spacious hotel situated in the center of Hollywood. It’s only a very short stroll to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Capitol Records Tower and the Hollywood Sign. Nearby activities include hiking, biking, horse riding and yoga classes. The hotel also has some massage/treatments on offer.

Go Los Angeles Card (Save Time and Reserve Online for a Hotel in Los Angeles.)

This card allows you to visit over 45 top Los Angeles attractions, tours and activities for a 2 week period. This is excellent value for money, and a popular choice if you are traveling with kids. Best of all? The flexibility and the fact that you don’t wait in queues

Los Angeles Sightseeing Grand Tour

This is a comprehensive and fully narrated tour of Los Angeles that allows you the see the famous sights of Hollywood and LA. You’ll visit Olvera Street (the birthplace of LA) the famous Grauman’s Chinese theater and stop at La Brea Tar Pits.

Skip the Line: Front Line Pass to Universal Studios Hollywood

Avoid the long lines at Universal Studio Hollywood and have more time to visit the top attractions. You can enjoy a priority pass to the Simpson’s Ride, Shrek 4-D, Water World, Studio Tour, House of Horrors and many more.

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

This combined San Francisco visit and Alcatraz tour is a great introduction to the city. The city visits include Chinatown, Victorian Homes, Fisherman’s Wharf, Palace of Fine Arts, Presideo National park, North Beach and awe-inspiring views over Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean.

SeaWorld San Diego

Experience life under the sea and feed dolphins on this wonderful day exploring Marine life at San Diego SeaWorld. The Blue Horizon Dolphin Show is a mix of dolphins and birds of all kinds, and you’ll see some great diving and acrobatic maneuvers by animals and entertainers alike. Provides lots of laughs and was very exciting..

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Enjoy the sights and wild beauty of the Yosemite National Park with your well informed local guide. Some of the attractions and activities in this tour include a hike to one of Yosemite’s waterfalls, relaxing at the visitor’s center, and spotting a black bear.

Disney’s California Adventure with Transport from Los Angeles

(Fun things to do in California with kids.) You’ll be picked from selected LA Hotels and taken to the original Walt Disney Theme park, known as the “Happiest place on Earth”. You’ll gain access to rides like Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain and the Jungle Cruise. Read more 8 Steps to Make Planning Easier a holiday in Walt Disney Theme park

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

The Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour gives you a chance to appreciate North America’s Premium Wines. You’ll visit Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sutter Home and Madonna Estate, while your fun guide entertains you with interesting facts about the wines and winery owners. The tour will also stop for lunch in Yountville.

This California lodging is also an adventure…

 California lodging

California lodging

Petit Ermitage is a fun and friendly Bohemian boutique style hotel located only 5 minutes from Los Angeles Sunset strip’s nightlife and restaurants, and less than a mile from the famous Whiskey Go Go (arguably the birth place of LA’s rock and roll scene). The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, bar/lounge, and guests can enjoy a private rooftop breakfast, lunch or dinner. Tips: Ask for a corner suite as they are updated, spacious and large.

In San Diego City Center the Britt Scripps Inn is an elegant Victorian hotel located in the Historic Bankers Hill District. The hotel is a short stroll from the lovely Balboa Park gardens, museums and theaters, and the San Diego Zoo. There is free parking, Internet access and a complimentary cooked (to order) breakfast each morning.

The popular, gracious, unpretentious and very helpful Mosaic Hotel is an exclusive boutique hotel in Beverly Hills Los Angeles and just steps from Rodeo drive shopping district and the top Beverly Hills attractions. The Mosaic Hotel features an outdoor pool, modern fitness center, a free 3 mile shuttle service, and guests can enjoy top California cuisine at the restaurant.

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