USA: Three Places to Have an Adventure in the Golden State

USA: Three Places to Have an Adventure in the Golden State

Located on the west coast of America, California is iconic. Home to the glitzy Tinseltown of Hollywood and with Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Golden Gate Bridge just a few of the attractions there, you’ll never be short of something to do when you visit the Golden State.

If you’re planning an adventure trip to California, here are our top three picks for places to go and things to see when you’re planning your itinerary.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

For lovers of the outdoors, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a stunning natural site that’s surrounded by majestic mountains, deep gorges, flowing rivers and forests filled with giant redwood trees. Whichever way you point your camera, you’re sure to be capturing the beauty of nature at its best.

Nature enthusiasts can marvel in the sheer size of the mighty redwoods, which the national park is known for. They can reach an impressive height of 300ft, with a diameter of 40ft and live up to 3,500 years!

Make sure you plan your hiking trail in these two national parks (which are administered as one) – it’s easy to get lost in the 900 miles of track available to explore!

Big Sur

The stunning stretch of coastline of Big Sur offers travellers gorgeous beaches and stunning hiking trails for any adventurer.

It’s a popular camping spot for travellers who might want to get back to nature by pitching up a tent during their road trip. Along Highway 1, they can pause to enjoy some incredibly picturesque views over the coastline.

For those who prefer a little more comfort, there are cosy lodges with comfortable beds that you can stay in after a day of exploring breath-taking natural sights of the Pfeiffer Falls, Santa Lucia Mountains and Ventana Forests.

Yosemite National Park

One of the most famous national parks in the USA, we couldn’t mention an adventure holiday to California without recommending the towering mountains, the valleys, rivers and huge waterfalls of Yosemite. It’s easy to see why it’s become popular with tourists who want to experience the breath-taking magnificence of Mother Nature. Some of the sights include:

  • Glacier Point
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Swinging Bridge
  • Half Dome

There’s enough to spend a full day at Yosemite, with hiking, biking, rafting, picnicking, watching the sunset… Perfect for couples, friends, families or even solo travellers. If you’re looking for a pre-arranged tour of the national park, with experienced guides, check out some of the packages available with Grand American Adventures to help you get started.

If you’re planning an adventure holiday in America, make sure California is at the top of your list. With so many iconic landmarks and beautiful natural wonders to see, we haven’t even touched the surface of how much adventure and exploration the state can offer to a visitor.

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  1. May 26, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Some day we will drive the big Sur and go to Yosemite too. Though not on the same journey! LOL

    • May 26, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Why not on the same journey? We’re heading to both next week, although looks like we’ll have to drive round Big Sur rather than through it because of the massive landslide at the beginning of the week 🙁

      • May 26, 2017 / 7:19 pm

        Heheh…not enough time!

        • May 26, 2017 / 7:20 pm

          Ok, we’re doing it over 4 weeks so hopefully plenty of time 🙂

  2. May 26, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Yosemite has to be one of my favourite places! The views from Glacier point are something else! Another great hike is sentinel dome 🙂

    • May 26, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      So, excited to visit next weekend! Just got the 12 hour fight standing between us and the views! I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t love Yosemite, it’s obviously very special 🙂

      • May 26, 2017 / 3:43 pm

        Think of the views to get you through the flight haha, so special! You’ll love it

  3. Victoria
    May 26, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed my home state! I’ve never even been to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and I’ve only been to Yosemite and Big Sur just once!