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California is a diverse and exciting state, and there’s always something to see and do. Whether you’re interested in museums, the outdoors, family fun or just some adventure, the Golden State is for you. While on your trip, make sure to stop at these top attractions.
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Malibu is a world apart from nearby LA. Golden sand, dramatic mountains, million-dollar houses and incredible attractions combine to make this an amazing destination in which to spend some time. You can learn to surf, complete some hikes with spectacular scenery, get some shopping done and eat some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste at Malibu Seafood. And don’t forget to head to the pier for some old-school fun.
One of the most famous streets on earth, you can’t truly say you’ve lived until you’ve driven down Sunset Boulevard – preferably with your sunroof open or top down. Sure, it’s touristy, but some places just have a certain magic about them. There’s every kind of entertainment you could wish for here – cinemas, theaters, comedy clubs, nightclubs, fancy hotel bars and dive bars – so as long as you can find some parking (good luck!) you’re all set.
Venice Beach and boardwalk is one of the hotspots of LA. Famous for its countercultural, slightly wacky sensibilities, you’ll find everything from tarot readers and tie-dye t-shirts, to weightlifters and skateboarders. In recent years, the area has become more chi-chi. There are plenty of cute boutiques, adorable vintage shops, renowned restaurants and markets galore; but the area has never lost its misfit charm. You’ll fall in love – guaranteed.
Found in San Simeon, the Piedras Blancas rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is accessible and free to access. Home to a huge number of elephant seals, you won’t believe your eyes when you look out across the sand. The best time to visit is in November, when the male seals arrive for mating season. You can watch them fight for their preferred female, which looks almost like a dance or a martial art. Make sure to bring your camera for this one – you’ll want to remember it.
Additional reporting by Alice Johnston