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Versatile California: Travel tips for your California vacation

California is not just one of the largest states in the USA, California is an attitude towards life, a place of longing and a dream travel destination. Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Coast Highway and Sierra Nevada are just a few of the resounding names that stand for the numerous highlights of California. On an area that is considerably larger than Germany, extreme contrasts unite to form a scenic kaleidoscope, which in itself represents a small world. 

Over 1,350 kilometers of coastline stretch along the Pacific, sometimes with rugged cliffs, then again with extensive sand beaches. While the sun burns relentlessly on the parched earth in Death Valley, it makes the snow-capped peaks of Mount Whitney shine from afar. In the huge national parks, deep canyons have been dug into the rocks, while old grapevines cover the rolling hills in the Nappa Valley.

California simply offers everything your heart desires. Interesting cities as well as impressive nature, countless opportunities for sports enthusiasts, a huge range for those interested in culture and a variety of excursion options for the whole family.

In our vacation guide for California we give you tips for the most beautiful regions, the coolest cities and where the best places to go hiking, surfing or golfing are. You can also read which hotspots there are for children in our travel tips for California. Have fun with our California vacation guide!

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California Travel Tips: General Information

California is located in the western United States and borders the Pacific Ocean and the states of Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon. There are direct flights from Germany to Los Angeles and San Francisco (flight time approx. 12 hours). The time difference is usually minus eight hours, during daylight saving time minus seven hours. The national currency is the US dollar.

What do you need for entry?

You do not need a visa for a tourist stay of a maximum of 90 days, but you must show a so-called ESTA travel authorization. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. The permit can be applied for online and must be obtained prior to entry.

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What's the best way to get around?

California is huge, from south to north it is almost 1,300 km, from east to west a little more than 600 km. To travel through the third largest state in the USA, you have several options. On the one hand, there is a well-developed railway network, and on the other hand, there are intercity buses in large parts of California. Of course, you are most independent with a rental car. You can set your own routes and stop where you want.

When is the best time to travel?

In California, from the coast to the desert to the high mountains, there is a wide variety of landscapes with correspondingly different climates. The months June to September are suitable for a beach holiday, with daytime temperatures between 26-30 degrees, which warm up the generally rather cold Pacific to 19-20 degrees. Spring is the best time to travel to the national parks. Summer and autumn are also possible, but then many rivers have hardly any water. In winter, parts of the national parks can be closed due to snow. Any season except summer (over 40 degrees!) Is suitable for Death Valley. City trips are attractive all year round, but especially in spring and autumn when the temperatures are pleasantly mild.


In our travel tips for California, of course, this note should not be missing: As in the entire USA, tips between 15-20 percent are expected in California, not only from waiters, but also from taxi drivers and other service providers.

California vacation guide: the most beautiful regions

Roughly, California can be divided into three main regions: Southern California (South Coast), Central California (Central Coast) and Northern California (North Coast).


1. Southern California (South Coast)

The part of California known as the South Coast is pulling away los Angeles until after San Diego on the Mexican border. Life in sunny Southern California mainly takes place on the coast, where a total of over 70 kilometers of beaches await you. Near Los Angeles, for example, are the world-famous Malibu and Venice Beach, which have been the location of countless movies. No wonder, because the glittering world of Hollywood and Beverly Hills is only a few kilometers away. Southern California is also famous for its spectacular coastal roads and numerous surfing hotspots. There is also another attraction in Southern California: Disneyland!

A national park should of course not be missing here. In the barren hinterland is the Joshua Tree National Park with its bizarre rock formations and the "strange" Joshua trees.

2. Central California (Central Coast)

The Central Coast begins north of Los Angeles and extends all the way to San Francisco. Here, too, you will find a spectacular coastline, which is, however, much more pristine and untouched than the south coast. Is particularly impressive Big Sur, an approximately 100 kilometers long stretch of coast between San Simeon and Carmel, behind which the imposing rocks of the Santa Lucia Range tower up. Big Sur is not only one of the most famous postcard motifs of the California coast, but also an ideal place to watch sea lions and gray whales. They find ideal living conditions in the kelp forests of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Behind the coast, the Mojave Desert extends with the Death Valleythrough which the legendary Route 66 led. The ghost towns, which convey a bit of a Wild West feeling, are among the special attractions. After Death Valley, the contrast couldn't be greater if the skyline of San Francisco shows up with the impressive Golden Gate Bridge. But before that you could make a detour to the "Alps". You will be reminded of them immediately when you visit Yosemite National Park.

3. Northern California (North Coast)

The further you get to northern California, the more lonely and tranquil it becomes. Even Sacramento, the state capital of California, can hardly be compared to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Above all, the many Victorian houses exude cosiness. In recent years, however, more and more young people have settled in the center and opened hip cafes, restaurants and shops. Something is happening in Sacramento! A bit of a gold rush has returned, as it was at the time of the great gold rush, about which the historic district can still tell a lot today.

It's also cozy in the Nappa Valley zu, the largest wine region in California. A drive through the lovely and spacious landscape is a pleasure for the eye. But it doesn't have to stop there. Many of the sometimes beautifully situated wineries offer extensive tastings.

In the far northeast are the Shasta Cascades, an even lesser known but still beautiful part of California. Here there are endless forests through which trout-rich rivers move. Houseboats anchor at the lakes and hospitable farmers greet you on the fertile upper reaches of the Sacramento. There are eight national and state parks in this area alone. An ideal area for long hikes, bike tours, kayaking, fishing and “relaxing”.

Along Highway No 1 (Interstate # 1)

Our special tip in our vacation guide for California is the tour on California State Route 1 (CA 1), which is usually simply referred to as Highway 1. The panorama route runs between southern and northern California along the Pacific and passes many of the most beautiful stretches of coast that California has to offer. Due to the scenic beauty and variety of attractions, parts of Highway 1 are designated a National Scenic Byway. The total of 1,055 kilometers (655 miles) also includes the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The section between San Francisco and San Diego is referred to as PCH, whereby Highway No 1 does not go all the way to San Diego. In addition to Los Angeles and San Francisco, you will pass many other cities and places worth seeing. So be prepared for a lot!

1. San Diego to Los Angeles

In the south, the CA 1 starts in Dana Point south of Los Angeles. If you start in San Diego or want to drive there in the opposite direction, take Highway No 5 (Interstate # 5), which also runs right along the coast. It is always worthwhile. San Diego has a number of beautiful beaches in addition to Balboa Park and SeaWorld Center. On the way from San Diego to Los Angeles you will pass, among other things, the posh resort of Laguna Beach, which developed from an artists' colony and is definitely worth a stop.

2. Los Angeles to San Francisco

Shortly after you los Angeles left behind you, you will reach one of the most famous coastal towns on the Pacific: Malibu. The villas of countless Hollywood stars are located on the 50-kilometer-long coastline. It goes on in direction Santa Barbarathat spreads out against the impressive backdrop of the Santa Ynes Mountains. The coastal town not only has a spectacular location. Through the city and over the green hills there are picturesque houses with white stucco and red tile roofs, a legacy from the Spanish colonial era. Santa Barbara is also known for its good restaurants, which mainly bring regional products to the table in their “farm-to-table” kitchen. The wine for this comes, of course, directly from the surrounding vineyards.

Well strengthened, it can go on until after Morro Bay. Today's small town was originally founded as a transshipment port for meat and dairy products. Now mainly fishing boats and yachts cavort on the water and exude an idyllic harbor flair. You can see why Morro Bay is often referred to as the “Gibraltar of the Pacific” when you arrive at the port. There you will see the impressive Morro Rock, which rises out of the water off the coast. There are also plenty of sea lions and pelicans to watch.

Then you can first enjoy the drive along the varied coast, which becomes more and more spectacular, especially from Big Sur. At the latest in Monterey County you should stop again. The picturesque region offers great natural landscapes and pristine beaches, from which, with a little luck, you can even catch a glimpse of whales and sea otters. Monterey Country also includes twelve cities, most of which are Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea worth it.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a picturesque little town with a little more than 4,000 inhabitants and a dreamlike beach of almost white sand. Monterey, five kilometers away and idyllically situated in a bay, is best known through the writer John Steinbeck. The famous American author lived in Monterey for some time and immortalized the city in his novel "The Road of the Oil Sardinia" (English Cannery Row). In fact, Monterey was once a stronghold of sardine processing. The former fish halls (Fisherman's Wharf) have been completely renovated and, with their many shops, restaurants and cafés, are one of the city's greatest attractions.

From Monterey it's only two hours to go San Francisco and thus one of the most fascinating cities in California.

California Travel Tips: The Most Beautiful Cities

In our California vacation guide we want to introduce you to the coolest cities in California and give you tips on what to do there.

1. San Francisco: "The City"

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most popular regions in California and the city of San Francisco is its absolute main attraction. Your landmark, the mighty one Golden Gate Bridge, is just one of the many reasons this northern California city is so popular. In the hilly streets with the Victorian houses and the trams (cable car) you almost feel like you are in a cozy small town and yet you are surrounded by an international flair and a huge cultural and gastronomic offer.

"The City", as the San Franciscans lovingly call their city, is best explored with the Cable car Line F. It offers two attractions at once. Only historic trains from the 1950s are used on this line, and they do a lot of highlights. The total of 39 stops between the lively Castro district and the Fisherman’s Wharf (Waterfront, fish dinner, departure to Alcatraz prison island!) Give you ample opportunity to discover San Francisco. The route leads, among other things, over the shopping paradise Market Street, past the Financial District and along the San Francisco Bay.

Aside from cable cars, the best way to get around San Francisco is your feet. This city simply has to be “strolled through”. There is only one exception: rent a bike and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge! If you already have a bike, you can also ride up Filbert Street (the second steepest street in the world!). If you don't feel like heading to China Town, the Franciscans claim that it is the largest Chinese district outside of Asia.

At some point the sun sets over "The City" and you sit on a hill called Twin Peaks and watch the sunset, which bathes San Francisco in a wonderful light and makes it even more magical than it was during the day. The Painted Ladies are located near Twin Peaks - a group of houses that serve as the backdrop for the famous Full House series.

2. Sacramento: the state capital of California

Sacramento is a bit like Bonn when it was still the German capital: nobody knows it. In addition, Sacramento is also very far in the north of California, far behind San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco (seen from the south).

That was not always so. Between 1848 and 1854, Sacramento was the center of the world for many people: It was Gold rush! Where the Sacramento River and the American River meet, thousands have dreamed of great happiness. This great era can still be seen and felt today in Old Sacramento with its wooden sidewalks. There is also the California State Railroad Museum, which shows the building history of the Transcontinental Railroad. A bit of Western and Winnetou feeling are guaranteed here.

But there is also a new, up-and-coming Sacramento with many restaurants, pubs and music clubs. We would say: an insider tip!

3. Los Angeles: Stars, stars and you in the middle of it all

Los Angeles (Southern California) is not an insider tip, of course, but it's unique, unique and Los Angeles. It represents southern California like no other city: anything is possible here! HOLLYWOOD - the auspicious lettering on the barren mountains of the Hollywood Hills - this impression alone makes dreams arise and grow.

Michael Jackson, the Beatles, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and many more are immortalized with their stars on the Walk of Fame in the Hollywood district. In the studios of Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Universal you can see where and how legendary films and blockbusters were made on guided tours. The Hollywood Museum exhibits numerous original props from all epochs of the film.

Unlike in San Francisco, you definitely need a car in large Los Angeles. To get a first impression, take a drive along the 37 km long Sunset Boulevard. As you drive from Pueblo de Los Angeles to Pacific Palisades, you'll pass many interesting neighborhoods, including Hollywood, Westwood, and Brentwood. Noble Beverly Hills is also located on Sunset Boulevard. Beverly Hills is a city in its own right, but looks like a district of Los Angeles. Many stars have their villas in the palm-lined streets. No wonder then that the famous Rodeo Drive one of the most exclusive shopping streets in the USA is.

Beaches around Los Angeles: It's not far from Beverly Hills Santa Monica with its three kilometer long sandy beach. There is also a huge amusement park (Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier) and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. If you like to have a party atmosphere on the beach, you are on Venice Beach and on Hermosa Beach precisely. Long Beach is south of Los Angeles. Long Beach is not just a beach, but also a pretty big city that has almost merged with Los Angeles.In addition to an extensive sandy beach, there are a number of attractions in Long Beach. One of them is the luxury liner "Queen Mary", which has practically found its resting place off Long Beach. By the way, you can enjoy a real English tea time on the traditional ship. The "Aquarium of the Pacific", one of the largest aquariums in the USA, is also worth a visit.

4. San Diego: the colorful city

San Diego is located at the southernmost point of California, on the border with Mexico. It is the second largest city in California after Los Angeles. Above all, San Diego is pretty colorful and lively.

Given its proximity to the Mexican border, it's hardly surprising that San Diego is already a bit Mexican, especially in Old Town, where you can find the best tacos and burritos can eat. In San Diego there is also a Little Italy (best pizzas and pastas!), The hippie stronghold Ocean Beach, the alternative-artistic districts Northpark and The Hights, where many concerts take place, as well as Pacific Beach and many more, all of them have their own flair.

One of the famous sights of San Diego is the Zoo in Balboa Park, the most visited zoo in the United States. So you shouldn't miss it either. In addition to the zoo, there are also several museums and numerous restaurants in Balboa Park.

Beaches around San Diego: San Diego is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is one of the California's surfer paradise. The Coronado Beach on the peninsula of the same name has even been named the best beach in the USA. The Blacks Beach is one of the few nudist beaches in California. The centrally located Mission Beach with its amusement park, on the other hand, is particularly popular with families. In the San Diego area you can actually take any beach.

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The most beautiful national parks in California

The many national parks in California are some of the most impressive attractions in the state. In our California travel tips you can read which national parks are most worthwhile and what you can do there.

1. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is about 130 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles and stretches from the Mojave to the Colorado Desert. So you can imagine what you already have in abundance on the way there: width, width, width!

In fact, that's one of the special features of Joshua Tree National Park, this one infinite spacethat has an almost meditative effect. Of course, the bizarrely shaped Joshua trees, after which the park is named and which form a fascinating contrast to the sand-colored rocks, are also special.

Activities: If you only have one day planned for the park, the best thing to do is to drive to the Keys View lookout point, where you have a great view over the Coachella Valley. For hikes on the signposted hiking trails, you should spend at least one night in the park.

2. Channel Islands National Park

A very different type of national park is the Channel Islands National Park off the coast between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The national park, which is more than 1,000 square meters in size, consists of five islands. Over half of the park is below the surface of the water.

The Channel Islands National Park is not only impressive because of its rugged island landscape, but above all through his diverse wildlife. You will be accompanied by happy dolphins when you arrive by boat. Seals, sea lions, pelicans and a wide variety of sea lions live on the islands. From December to April / May you can watch gray whales overwinter in the Gulf of California and give birth in the Channel Islands National Park.

Activities: There is no means of transport on the islands, and bicycles are not allowed either. So you have to get around on foot or by kayak. Diving is also possible. Signposted hiking trails lead you to great vantage points, which often allow a view of breeding colonies.

Tip: Access to the national park is strictly regulated and you need a permit to enter (available e.g. at the visitor center in Santa Barbara). You also have to bring your own food and drinks, as there are virtually no food supplies on the islands.

3. Death Valley National Park

The famous Death Valley is located in eastern California between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Most of it belongs to California, a smaller part to Nevada. At over 12,000 square kilometers, Death Valley is that largest protected area in the USA. The lowest point is over 80 meters below sea level and is called Badwater Basin. The hottest and driest national park in the USA is surrounded by several mountain ranges. In summer it can get up to 50 degrees in the boiler.

Death Valley is so attractive and fascinating because of its extremes. The endless, flat desert landscape with snow-capped mountains in the background has been the backdrop for countless films. In Death Valley there are also sand dunes (e.g. Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Eureka Dunes), impressive mountain peaks (highest mountain: Telescope Peak, 3,478 m) and gorges dug deep into the rocks (e.g. Mosaic Canyon, Golden Canyon).

Activities: Along the main Highway No 190, which crosses Death Valley National Park from east to west, you will find a number of signposted hiking trails. The hikes through the dry canyons are spectacular. Climbing the sand dunes is of course also part of the program.

Tip: What is particularly important for Death Valley is what should be a matter of course for every visit to a national park. You have to prepare well (e.g. have enough petrol with you, know where the nearest petrol stations are, etc.) and, above all, bring enough water with you!

4. Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park, which is located in the very north of California, near the border with the state of Oregon, is also about sequoia trees. The 430,000 hectare national park is not only home to around half of all that occur worldwide Coast redwoods, but also some of the oldest and largest specimens in the world. Gigantic! The Redwood National Park has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980 and has been an international biosphere reserve since 1983. Another special feature distinguishes the national park: over a length of 90 kilometers it borders directly on the Pacific.

Activities: The many ecosystems of Redwood National Park are home to numerous endangered animals and plants. That is why you have to adhere to special rules here. Hiking is permitted on the marked trails, bicycles not everywhere. On coastal road 101, the "Avenue of the Giants", you can see the sequoias from your car for over 50 kilometers.

5. Yosemite National Park

The over 300 square kilometers large Yosemite National Park is located about 300 kilometers east of San Francisco in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Here you actually feel immediately reminded of the Alps. In the eight-mile-long Yosemite Valley, huge boulders tower thousands of meters high. The El Capitain is the highest at almost 2,300 meters. In addition, the highest waterfall in North America is located in the national park. The Yosemite Falls plunges over 700 meters into the depth. Between gorges, rivers, valleys and lakes, one of the impressive sequoias appears again and again.

Activities: Climbing, canyoning, horse riding, rafting and hiking. You should take several days to visit the park. The most spectacular hike leads to the summit of the 2,693-meter-high Half Dome, but you have to be a little trained for that. An alternative is the 20 kilometer long Valley Floor Loop, which has hardly any inclines and is easy to negotiate. For a short visit, the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and the Bridalveil Trail, both of which can be done quickly from the parking lot, are ideal.

6. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

While sequoia trees can only be seen every now and then in Yosemite National Park, in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park you can almost see the forest for nothing Sequoia trees Not. Of course, these giant trees, which can be up to 80 meters high, are the reason why you should definitely visit the two national parks. They are located in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada, about 140 kilometers from Yosemite National Park. The two parks are directly adjacent to each other and are managed as a single unit. In addition to the sequoia trees, there is a lot more on offer. The national park areas are between 400 and 4,000 meters above sea level. The landscape is correspondingly varied.

Activities: In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park you can go hiking, mountaineering, fishing and horse riding. Over 2,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails are available, from simple walks through the Giant Forest to the 100 kilometer long John Muir Trail, which crosses both national parks towards Yosemite National Park. A section of the 4,200-kilometer stretch also runs through both national parks Pacific Crest Trailswhich begins in southern California on the border with Mexico and ends in Canada.

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California for sports enthusiasts

California is a paradise for sports freaks. Here you can surf, golf and hike as much as you can. In our vacation guide for California we tell you where the hotspots are.

1. Surfing in California

First things first: In the USA, surfing does not mean windsurfing, but surfing. Surfing is practically good form in California. The Pacific offers the best conditions for this. The Salt Creek Beach at Dana Point between Los Angeles and San Diego was one of the main starting points of the global surfing movement in the 1960s and is still one of the many hotspots on the California coast today. The Surfrider's Beach near Malibu was even declared the world's first surf reserve. So you see, even if you can do other water sports in California, surfing is definitely the supreme discipline. If you're not already a pro, California is the best place to be! Surf schools are a dime a dozen.

You can actually surf on every beach, but in addition to the beaches already mentioned, there are of course a few others that are particularly popular. Near Los Angeles it belongs to Huntington Beach also known as Surf City. The beaches near San Diego are also some of the coolest surf spots in California.

2. Golfing in California

Some - probably golfers - refer to California as "Golf State Number One". Maybe not without good reason, because California is actually known for its excellent courses and also a little bit for the chance to be on the same golf course with a Hollywood star.

There are world class golf courses all over California. But nowhere are there as many as in and around Palm Springs, a town in the Sonoran Desert in southern California. Many of the over 100 courses were designed by top professionals. After golfing, thermal springs are waiting for you to visit, before heading to one of the many chic restaurants in Palm Springs.

Tip for golf fans: One of the most expensive and beautiful golf courses in the world is located on Highway 1: The Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here you hit your balls right on the coast and with a view of one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the USA! You can find even more beautiful golf courses worldwide here.

3. Hiking in California

We have already written quite a bit about hiking in California for the national parks. The national parks are also the best places for hiking. But maybe here is another one that we can particularly recommend.

This is in southern California near San Diego Torrey Pines State Reserve, a nature reserve right on the Pacific coast. Here there are still the last stocks of the original coastal forests, which consisted of a very rare species of pine. The trails through the rest of the pine forests lead straight to the steep cliffs on the Pacific. Great views are inevitable here!

California with children

Americans love children! They take them everywhere and take it for granted that they are welcome. It's no different in California. Hotels offer “kids-stay-for-free” offers and “menu-for-kids” as a matter of course. Special programs for children in the national parks, playgrounds on beaches and in shopping malls are also part of the self-image of the Californians. Disneyland, Legoland and the world-famous San Diego Zoo will delight your children, as will the many other attractions that are an experience for the whole family. In our travel tips for California we show you where there is the greatest family fun.

1. Universal Studios Hollywood

A tour of discovery through Universal Studios in Hollywood is a must on a vacation in California. Here you can take a look behind the scenes in an active film studio, visit original locations, stunt shows and the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" visit. There is also a large amusement park with animated adventure rides and much more. If you have the choice of which amusement park to visit in California, you should opt for Universal Studios, here you will get by far the most offer!

2. Disneyland

Disneyland is located in Anaheim about 25 miles south of Los Angeles. The famous amusement park is a huge complex of the two parks Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park as well as several hotels, shopping centers and numerous restaurants.

Of course, Disneyland has a lot to offer in terms of attractions. Horse carts drive through the historic street on Main Street, just beyond the entrance. In Mickey’s Toontown you will come across well-known Disney characters with whom you can have your picture taken. There are of course also numerous rides from roller coasters to wild water rides and submarine rides. In any case, it won't be boring in Disneyland. Note that Disneyland offers a lot of fun and excitement especially for smaller children, bigger ones are better off at Universal Studios!

3. San Diego Zoo

On the way from Disneyland to the San Diego Zoo you will come to Legoland in Carlsbad over, which also offers a whole range of attractions. In addition to theme and miniature parks, there is also an aquarium.

For the 40 acre San Diego Zoo but you should already take a whole day. More than 3,700 animals live in the zoo, which will not only delight your children. You can either take a leisurely stroll through the zoo, take the Kangaroo double-decker bus or take the cable car, which offers you fantastic views of the zoo's flora and fauna from above.

In San Diego there is also the opportunity to discover the underwater animal world. The SeaWorld San Diego is a huge animal park with an oceanarium, a marine mammal park and an outdoor aquarium.


4. Whale watching

California offers many opportunities to see animals in zoos and aquariums. But of course it is even more impressive to see animals in their natural environment. Whale watching is possible in many locations along the California coast between December and May. San Diego, Santa Barbara and the Big Sur coast belong to the hotspots. The whales come so close to the coast that you can watch them directly from the beach or the cliffs. It's best to take binoculars with you! Whale watching tours on a boat are also interesting.

5. Junior ranger programs in the national parks

Most national parks have junior ranger programs that have been specially developed for young visitors. With these programs, children and of course you yourself can experience the national park interactively. The instructions are available in the visitor centers of the national parks or as a download on the Internet.

What else we want to give you on your trip to California:“It never rains in California” (which is not true!), “California Dreaming”, “Going back to California”: There are countless songs that sing about the California lifestyle. Fantastic landscapes, mega-cool cities and the wide Pacific: You can't just look at California, you have to experience California. Let yourself drift, take your time. In California you don't have to do everything, in California you can just have a good time!