California brings to mind sunny beaches, Hollywood stars, and the famous Golden Gate Bridge, but there is a whole lot more to this Golden State. California is unique, and so are it’s residents. To really experience all that California has to offer, you need to vacation like a native Californian, and here are a few ideas for an unforgettable California adventure.
In sunny San Diego county there is a great tradition at Coronado Beach. Conveniently located across from the historic Hotel Coronado, visitors can join the residents on the beach to chase fish. No, this is not a joke pulled on unsuspecting vacationers, it is the great Coronado Beach Grunion Running. Between March and September each year, and for a few days during these months, the 5 inch long greenish, blueish silver fish come ashore to lay their eggs. So bring a bucket, and a fishing license, and get ready to chase down some fish.
A vacation in California is almost never complete without a visit to the famous Newport Beach. Volleyball, body builders, and even an occasional Hollywood star, are an everyday sight here. See what life is like as a local, and claim your own small section of beach-front property. Newport Beach has plenty of vendors renting everything from umbrellas to volleyball nets. So, pick a sunny spot and soak up the warmth. For fun in the water, Newport Beach Boat Rentals can handle all your water sport needs.
Thousand Island Lake
The Sierra is for tourists, and locals like to savor nature’s beauty at the Thousand Island Lake. High above sea level (10,000 ft) lies this beautiful lake with it’s thousands of tiny islands dotting the lake’s surface. Made famous by photographer Ansel Adams, you should not miss this sight.
What began in the 1960s as an utopian experiment has grown into a beautiful and relaxing retreat. Surrounded by California’s natural beauty, the ranch is a perfect place to simply unwind.
Little Petroglyph Canyon
While it is unclear who decorated the canyon with drawings of bighorn sheep, hunters, and other etchings, it is known that they are over 10,000 years old. Though they are part of a Navy Base, visitors can receive permission and spend the day visiting what is one of the largest Amerindian collections of rock art.
General Grant Tree
In 1925 a tiny town in California, Sanger, petitioned President Coolidge to make the 2,000 year old Sequoia the “Nation’s Christmas Tree”. In 1956, the nation’s Christmas Tree also became the only living shrine in the country. Visitors can join local Californians in paying their respects to this graceful tree. Visitors can also attend a meet and greet with the tree making their experience more personal.
A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica Oaks is a full-time freelance writer. She has already done articles for a variety of industries, ranging from technology to beauty to health. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related.