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California Travel Tips & Suggestions

Sausalito sits just over the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco. It's a wonderful port town with higher-end shops, good seafood, and pubs and bars. There are tons of sailboats in several marinas. There is a nice ferry to San Francisco. I'm a native of Marin County -- it is filled with mostly friendly people driving …
Don't miss the Haight Ashbury area (centered around the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street) to get a taste of what the San Francisco 60s was all about.
There is a Farmers Market festival every Thursday in Fullerton, with music and lots of food. Great location for Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm, California Adventure, and other scenic adventures.
Visit Sacramento -- it's a tranquil place. I suggest enjoying a delicious coffee in the naked lounge -- it's great!
Big Bear Lake is an awesome town hidden in the mountains. I felt like I was in the Alps! I stopped there on my way to Las Vegas and Joshua Tree. I stayed for three days when I only planned to stop for the night. I went kayaking and hiked to Castle Rock which has great views of the lake and alpine forest. I'd love to …
I've been to Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Los Angeles is good if you want to experience "Hollywood". Other than that, if you want to experience social beaches I would head to San Diego. If you want a really great city experience, nothing beats San Francisco. There is a lot to do in Los Angeles but be …
Pack a sweater! Because Santa Cruz is in California and a beach town, many people think it will be warm and sunny. Actually, it can get surprisingly cold. Also, don't count on swimming in the ocean, unless you wear a wetsuit. As with most of Northern California beaches, the water is freezing.
If you are going to visit San Diego make sure you stay in Pacific Beach. The beach is awesome with some great surf and the nightlife is impressive. Heaps of great bars with some really good drink specials.
Of course most visitors to Berkeley go to Telegraph to shop, but there are plenty of other areas that offer a completely different type of shopping experience, if the begging teenager/dirty hippie scene isn't your thing. Try College Ave (go several blocks past the dorms) and Fourth Street. Fourth Street is a bit …
Berkeley is an extremely politically liberal city that is home to the first established University of California, more affectionately known as "Cal". Berkeley is very friendly, diverse area that is rich in character. An organic and hippie lifestyle is definitely promoted and practiced by most of the people that live …
Outdoor adventurists should definitely plan to stop at Big Bear Lake on their next trip through California! You have a choice of hostels and this is the largest recreation lake in Southern California, which calls for plenty of fishing and boating. Even though the lake is the number one reason to visit Big Bear Lake …
Anaheim is located between the popular hosteler destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego. It is thirty minutes from the ocean and the coastal cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Anaheim is probably best known for being home to Disneyland, which opened in 1955, the only Disney park where Walt Disney himself …
Santa Barbara is located on the coast of California, north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara was named after Mission Santa Barbara, an eighteenth-century Spanish mission built to convert local Native Americans to Catholicism. The city is best known for its Spanish architecture and stunning beaches. And the hostels in …
Point Reyes has both a breathtaking landscape and a culturally rich community. The two meet to create one of the most rewarding destinations in California's Bay Area. The cape itself is home to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, a historically significant beacon balanced on the hills, from which visitors may see whales around …
There are plenty of great San Diego hostels to choose from. San Diego is located at the southern-most tip of California, not far from the Mexican border. Known both as a beach destination and as the home of the United States Navy, San Diego is situated right on the Mexican border and has a population of over 1.3 …
Welcome to the California coast -- Santa Cruz is known for its beaches, the surfing possibilities (many famous surfers have practiced in the beaches of Santa Cruz), a young vibe, and as a place where many different cultures and lifestyles come to mix, creating a rather alternative feel. Santa Cruz is the kind of town …
Yosemite, an Unesco World Heritage listed National Park, is located in the Nevada mountains of north-eastern California. Covering 1,200 square miles and with almost 4 million visitors every year, Yosemite is a majestic place with many outdoor activities and some good hostels. There are some airports close to …
The beach is typically the go-to place during summer; if you want a more relaxed, laidback summer outing to the beach and with some nature on the side, one place to check out is Pescadero, California. Pescadero has a number of popular beaches, so you’ll find a number of hostels in Pescadero situated near these beach …
San Francisco was built on 43 hills and is perhaps most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge. The central neighborhoods include the Tenderloin, Union Square, the Mission, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, and South of Market ("SoMa"). You will find San Francisco hostels in many of these districts. If you are visiting …
Monterey, located on the coast of California south of San Jose and San Francisco, is a port city characterized by many adobe, Spanish-Colonial-style buildings. Its main attractions are along the waterfront. That's also where you'll find hostel and hotel accommodations. There are so many things to do in Monterey, it …