Top 6 Locations For California Dreaming
Greetings from Cali!
Since I’ve been living here for a long time by now, I traveled to many places, had some nice adventures in cities, villages, beaches, parks, forest and many more. I guess now, it’s time to list the sweet California dreaming locations. By going these places you’ll see how California dreaming would make you feel like. Before jumping to them I gotta say California made it so hard to choose. Here we go!
Alright, this is a dream place for road-trippers. A small piece from the heaven on California coastal trail. Get in your car and enjoy the best drive of your life! On your way, you will want to stop in many awesome places like Monterey, Carmel Highlands and much more. This is the BEST place to feel that warm breeze of California and live the dream! It is a 3 hour ride from San Francisco and you will have the best view during the whole trip. Almost every mile you’ll see a stopping point where you can take photos of the coastal view and also have some quick picnics with your travel buddies.
Yosemite National Park
I wasn’t sure whether to put Yosemite to the top or the bottom since it was my favorite destination. Then I thought about some lazy readers who don’t like to scroll down to the end and I don’t want anybody to miss this one. Regardless of where you’re visiting or living in California, this should be the first stop to smell the freshest air and get amazed by stunning views. Wherever you go inside the Yosemite Valley, you might wanna spend at least an hour or more.
Inside the valley, there are many refreshing views of waterfalls including Yosemite falls which is one of the highest waterfalls in the world. Glacier Point (For Sunset), Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Mist Trail, Tenaya Lake are some the best views and hiking areas that you shouldn’t miss. For seeing the lakes and waterfalls I’d recommend you to go before September ends otherwise you may face with the fact that California is Bone Dry ;).
Baker Beach, San Francisco
Let me warn you first, it is very hard to catch this lighting and sunshine in Baker Beach during some seasons. In most cases, you may face with foggy view, which is still nice to see. It has a refreshing view with the ocean and “Golden” Gate that’s for sure. So whether you visit SF or live there, take your time to enjoy one of the rare free attraction points of the city. Take your camera with you since it has one of the most Instagrammable view of San Francisco.
Spring, summer, fall, winter… Imagine a place that still keeps its charm in all of this season. I kept the following pictures from this place for a long time. This place will make your Instagram game really strong! For landscape photographers, there are so many spots where you can just get away from the crowd and take all the greatest shots peacefully. Emerald Bay for sunrise, Sand Harbor for sunset I would say. The lake is so beautiful at summertime for both visitors and campers. During winter it is way too cold, but the view becomes even better for many photographers.
If you are going with friends, find a cabin to share for a fun adventure, or stay in a nice hotel at the heart of the lake. The only trouble was for me the 4 hours drive to there from San Francisco just as I had for my trip to Yosemite.
Don’t worry it wasn’t that scary such as it sounds. However it should be one of the first things that comes up to our minds when somebody mentions California. It is bone dry. That was my favorite National Park Experience in California even that it was a dry desert. The cleanest air you can ever see, and a stunning sunset which is followed by a perfectly clear night sky. It is a photographers paradise. You may need to take 2 days to visit the whole valley since there are some nice spots which are far away from each other.
For Death Valley, you must rent a car or find some travel buddies with transportation. Finding good accommodation is quite easy right outside of the valley. Here are my top 5 picks in the valley of death:
- Zabriskie Point
- Badwater Basin (Sunsets here are something else!!)
- Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (Photographers must visit this place, a dreamy desert zone)
- Artist’s Palette (you’ll like the colorful rocks in there)
- Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge (Springs may have dried but still worth to see the view)
Wine, vineyards & more wine please! Being California’s wine paradise brings many of the wine lovers and tourist to Napa Valley for wine tastings and vinery tours. We have tasted best wines of California and see the infinitely large vineyards. Making tours in those has an average cost starting from 25$, but it gets more costly and more sophisticated based on your taste. Let me help you to get rid of a search for the best wineries in Napa. If you are going for a day trip to taste them all, here is your daily stops.
- Madonna Estate Vineyard (small family vineyard, good deals while buying bottles)
- Artesa Vineyard & Winery (An amazing spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine)
- Gloria Ferrer Wines (Large vineyards, professional tour experience and variety of offerings)
- Andretti Winery (Far from center but worth it)
End here we are at the end of this post. Those were the top 6 locations for California dreaming. Although, there are much more to see in California that I can mention as honorable mentions. Hope you’ll have time to see them all and enjoy California Dreaming!!
- Los Angeles (If I don’t mention LA I think people may leave the page for good)
- Sequoia National Park
- San Diego
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Mount Shasta
- Death Valley
Check these out for more stuff to do in California!