California Vacation Ideas

California Vacation Ideas #1: The Wigwam Hotel - Have a little fun and get a bargain at the same time. Along the famous U.S. Route 66 in Southern California you will find The Wigwam Hotel.

This is one three Wigwam Hotels remaining from the original seven. Located in Rialto, California, the hotel features 30-foot-tall teepee-shaped cabins at reasonable rates. It is an icon of the golden age of roadside Americana. A stay here will take you back to the 1950’s before the age of the superhighway when travel and life were both slower.


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#2: Take the Arroyo Arts Collective Annual Tour. The Arroyo is a large concentration of artists, poets, musicians, and crafts persons in northeast Los Angeles. It was city's first cultural center at the turn of the century and during the Discovery Tour they open up their studios and homes to visitors.
#3: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve has 34 miles of trails ideal for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Located in Antioch, the preserve is an old mining area with remains of the coal mining communities and a historic cemetery that serves as a monument to the lives of the former residents.
#4: Tour the US Olympic Training Center, in Chula Vista and see, first-hand, Olympic athletes as they train. Be sure to stop in at The Copley Visitor Center and pick up some official Olympic memorabilia. At the center you can see a film in the theater and arrange for a free guided tour of the huge 150-acre facility; featuring the elevated visitor promenade known as the Conrad N. Hilton Olympic Path.
California Vacation Ideas #5: Huntington Beach - Of all the beaches in California, Huntington Beach has the longest continuous beach shoreline anywhere up and down the West Coast. These eight miles of beach have been home to professional sporting events like AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, Van's World Championship of Skateboarding and The U.S. Open of Surfing. With superb surf and numerous surfing competitions, Huntington Beach has become known internationally as "Surf City".
#6: The Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee is put on every year by the town of Mammoth Lakes. With a wide variety of over two dozen bands and some of the world's finest musicians, this Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors. With Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort nearby you will also find plenty of other activities to enjoy with this California vacation idea at Mammoth Lakes.
#7: San Diego, California began in 1769 with a small cluster of adobe buildings. They were the work of the Spanish missionary Father Junipero Serra. Old Town San Diego has some of the original structures plus other buildings that have been made to replicate the city as it was in the 1800s.
Old Town San Diego, California
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The whole area of Old Town is part of the city with a relaxed almost sedate atmosphere. You can explore on your own and there is a free guided walking tour. Costumed volunteers give demonstrations. In Old Town you can board the 3 hour limo tour of San Diego's haunted spots including "Americas Most Haunted Location".


#8: Endless Summer Surf Camp - Make your vacation surf dreams come true - whether you are a beginner or advanced, Endless Summer Surf Camp can improve your skills and have you enjoying the surf like never before. They have premiere surf locations in California and Costa Rica. Their professional personal instructors have been at it for a long time so they know what they are doing. Their all-inclusive surfing vacation packages may be just the vacation idea you are looking for.
#9: Skirball Cultural Center - If your vacation plans are taking you to Los Angeles, California, you may want to consider a visit to the Skirball Cultural Center. It is considered to be among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States. The archicture is stunning and was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

The Skirball Cultural Center is a museum with constantly changing exhibits that are of interest to people of every ethnic and cultural identity in America. You will find interactive computer stations, rare artifacts, photographs, music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs.


California Vacation Ideas #10: Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Transformation - Enjoy a vacation in beautiful California while getting that needed plastic surgery. That's right; it's The Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Transformation Vacation by Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery of Beverly Hills.

Their motto is "We treat everybody like a celebrity". They work with you to complete the surgery process so that you can have it done within the typical five to fourteen day period required. They also help you with the plans for hotels, restaurants, daytime activities, and shopping. Their aim is to make your California trip for surgery into an enjoyable vacation.


California Vacation Ideas #11: Channel Islands National Park is a marine sanctuary made up of five islands off the California coast near Santa Barbara. There is much to see here but a bit of planning is required due to the delicate highly protected ecosystem. Despite their proximity to crowded California, these islands remain relatively undeveloped. The islands in Channel Islands National Park are great for a hiking vacation as each has many miles of hiking trails.
Vacation Ideas #12: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is 1,200 acres of desert plant and animal life and one of the most successful zoological parks in the country. See the Wildlife Wonders Animal Show, Native American exhibits and the beautiful botanical gardens. Explore the wilderness hiking trails. With special events and programs throughout the year there is always something to do.
California Vacation Ideas #13: Southern California has seven major theme parks. This makes it a super location for a California family vacation. There's Six Flags Magic Mountain which is known for their incredible roller coasters. At Universal Studios Hollywood you can enjoy movie-themed rides and attractions. GhostRider, the world's best wooden roller coaster, is at Buena Park's Knott's Berry Farm.

There is the world's 2nd most-visited theme park - Disneyland Park. Disney's California Adventure features a magical festival of shows and parades. Legoland California; where the whole park playing with Legos is taken to the extreme. And then there's SeaWorld San Diego where Shamu the Killer Whale puts on his thrilling live show.


#14: Catalina Island is located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California near Long Beach. Try a little Buffalo Watching, the island has a herd of about 400 buffalos. Other activities include deep sea fishing, golf, glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling, diving, biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, shopping and more.
#15: Felicity, California has been declared The Center of the World and there is a 21-foot-tall pink marble pyramid there to prove it. It's recognized by Institut Geographique National of France, General Dynamics Corporation, and The People's Republic of China so how can anyone argue? The pyramid's interior is lined with mirrors and a plaque is embedded in the floor, marking the exact spot. Have your name inscribed on the "Wall For the Ages."
California Vacation Ideas #16: Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the best places to see a whale while keeping your feet firmly on the ground. Point Reyes runs for 30 miles along the coast and whales can be seen usually in February and March. Through April, elephant seals can be seen on the Chimney Rock beach. Trails may be used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Picnicking at beaches and trailheads is also a fun.

This is the only national seashore on the west coast and it is a favorite spot for locals. Bird watchers love the Point Reyes National Seashore as there are over 480 species of birds that can be found here. Whether you are whale and seal watching, birding, hiking or just seeking solitude in the rugged coastal wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore is a great California vacation destination.


California Vacation Ideas #17:
Legoland California
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The kids will love this California vacation spot. Plan a visit to Legoland of California. This theme park is full of wonderful creations all made out of Legos. There are over 5,000 Lego models in the park using over 30 million Lego blocks! Plus it's a theme park with rides, a 36,000 gallon kid-friendly aquarium and lots of other fun stuff. Both kids and adults will love this incredible one-of-a-kind experience. California Vacation Ideas #8:

The Computer History Museum is a cool place to go, especially on a vacation with teens. Located just north of San Francisco, the Computer History Museum is a great place to satisfy the inner geek in you as well as educate and inspire your budding geek teenagers. Learn how the computer was taught to master the chess board; how the internet came into being; how the microprocessor evolved. All the important artifacts and stories of the information age are on display for posterity.


California Vacation Ideas #18: Humboldt County, California is the place to go if you want to see the giant redwood trees. Head up along the coast of northern California to Redwood National Park and plunge into this fascinating redwood ecosystem - America's version of the rainforests.

At Redwood National Park you can explore by hiking, biking or automobile. The park has excellent camping facilities. This can be a fun and educational vacation destination. The redwood trees are among the oldest living things on the earth and can grow as tall as 300-400 feet. One of them, dubbed the "Tall Tree", is around 600 years old.

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