California is such a great outdoor destination. One of my surprises was to wandered into a butterfly trail where there were thousands of Monarch butterflies wintering on a grove of trees.
Although I have seen them on documentary, it was something else to see these orange colored butterflies in their natural splendour.
Hike all or part of the John Trail. The Trail stretches from Yosemite south to Mt. Whitney (the highest spot in the lower 48 states) for 211 miles.
Fondest memory: We spent 3 weeks enjoying incomparable views of mountains and lakes in this series of pristine wilderness areas. I've included a TRAVELOGUE of this hike for those interested in the adventure.
Definately go to the ocean if you've never seen it! If you get a chance to drive along the coast on Highway 1 don't pass that up its a gorgeous view!.
Fondest memory: If you are like me, living most of your life in one place you will see so many things in California you love. Driving up the coast on highway one is the best memory I have. I had never seen the ocean or mountains like that, until I went on this roadtrip. If you have lived in a mostly flat state in the midwest your whole life you would love this area!
Sightsee around the island by golf cart. Following roads, sometimes dirt, was so fun, and a great way to find an out of the way picnic spot with a million dollar view!
Fondest memory: The beautiful blue turquoise waters. I've never seen water so blue in all my life.
This facsinating State would be an incredible place to visit... So much to see and do here, I can't wait to get started on my travel plans for California.
Unfortunately, I only had two single days here the last time... So, I will complete this, after my next visit :-)
Fondest memory: This picture was taken on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The colors in the sky were gorgeous, and the silhouette of the palm trees in the foreground really is quintessentially 'California.' A beautiful memory!
Visit Laguna Beach, if you're near Los Angeles. Although somewhat artificial (all the green plants would never survive during most of the year if they weren't watered heavily each day), it's a stunningly beautiful place to be. The shopping is also pretty good, and the downtown area is just a short walk from the beach.
Fondest memory: Getting off the plane, having come from Chicago with about 14 inches of snow, and going here on our first day of sightseeing. It was perfectly sunny and in the high 60's--it was hard to believe it wasn't a dream for a day or two. :)
See the coast, unfortunately, before it's too late... It's very sad how grand scale pollution is affecting certain beaches of the area and it is to be hoped that the efforts made to fight it will succeed.
Still, it's mindblowing how the coastline just goes on forever, all those cities and small towns so far apart are connected by the tides and by the sand.
Where I live, being on the same beach means you are neighbours so to see this expanse of sand neverending and waves crashing straight on the beach was a humbling experience
Favorite thing: One of the nicest places in California is Palm Springs. Although more a luxurious resort for older folks it is beautiful (with all the windmills that produce electricity the nice way), cheap (The nicest hotels come with Jacuzzis, Suites and Everything for under 35$) and has great casinos. Nature Trails and 10-15 minutes away and the weather year round is hot (although humid).
When you visit California, take some time to try to see as much of the state as possible. It's a big state, with so much cultural variety no one city really represents what California is as a whole. Make sure to go north and East and get away from the rat race of Southern California- the beach is nice, but it isn't everything!
Fondest memory: My fondest memories of California are all the times I have been able to enjoy being outdoors doing what is best about this place: living and loving the climate. The cool breezes of northern California, the muggy heat of the South, the flowers year-round, the cycling, hiking, running, swimming, and yes- the beaches too. It's all good.
If you have never been to California, you must visit the many beaches during the summer. There are thousands of people there everyday and it is absolutely GREAT!
Fondest memory: I miss the weather. After all my world travels, i have to say that Southern California has the best weather anywhere in the word. The temperatures are always mild. There are no extended extremes. In one day, it is possible to go skiing and go surfing. Where else on earth can you do that?
To the beaches, of course! Each time I visit the California coast it's as though it were my very first time! The Pacific Ocean in all it's
beautiful blueness for as far as the eye can see... the waves sweeping up to the sandy shoreline... the unique sounds of the water, and the seagulls flying overhead... there's not a more exciting experience!
Fondest memory: I live in the Mojave Desert. Just as extraordinary to the sharp contrast of the coastline, is the wide and vast desert terrain... what appears so desolate, is filled with nature and wildlife! The beauty of all it holds is a truly unbelievable variety of life
underneath a scorching sun in summer, and cold
windy winters... there are many places to explore. And lots of peaceful quiet to get lost in...
EAT AT BAHOOKA'S IN ROSEMEAD!
THIS IS THEE MOST UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL EATERY I HAVE EVER STEPPED INTO...
THE FOOD IS SO DARN GOOD! AND THE ATMOSPHERE
IS ONE YOU WILL TELL THE GRANDKIDS ABOUT!
Fondest memory: i can't say that it was too fond at the time, but being a native of new york, my biggest desire was to go to california. imagine my surprise, when, after driving for days and days across the country, we came upon the sign that read: WELCOME! YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA... and as far as the eye could see was this huge sandbox! and the temperature that day was a whopping 127*F!
WHERE'S THE BEACH?? AND PALM TREES??
i spent that summer indoors so i did'nt die of exposure!
twenty-plus years later, here i am, a desert rat, [true to my n.y. home forever] but rooted as deep as the tall and mighty palm!
see my motto! bye now!
Fondest memory: The Yucca Valley. Winds are commonly 70 mph, sun-lined clouds were moving at an astonishing rate, there are huge fields of electricity-generating windmills on tops of hills and upon leaving the valley (if heading for the coast) you will pass El Capitan, a snow-capped mountain and then enter the hills and canyons. A most surreal journey!
Favorite thing: Compared to the mountains of the north and the beachfront development to the south, central California is a flat, hot and desertlike environment. Just east of Visalia, where temperatures routinely soar above 100 degrees farenheit during the summer, lies the San Joaquin valley which stretches toward the base of the mountains.