California is a land of dreams and bold adventures. Much of this is due to its varied geography where mountains meet the ocean and desserts meet forests. Hidden treasures abound just about everywhere in this giant playground. Here are a few to consider for your next trip to The Golden State:
This little-big port in the San Francisco Bay is impressive all on its own. Never mind that the Golden Gate City is just beyond the bay; Oakland is where it’s at. The visual and performing arts will inspire you while its culinary scene will piqué your palate. But the thriving culture isn’t the only reason to visit. Oakland is also a buffet for outdoor enthusiasts. The Redwoods are easily accessible, and the bay is ideal for water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Keep the iconic coastline in view by booking a room at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa.
Sacramento is often overshadowed by its more celebrated siblings. But California’s capital city has a lot more going for it than its unvaried skyline might suggest. The city’s rich history yields a variety of historic landmarks and points of interest that will satisfy any history buff. Make time to visit Old Sacramento, a charming historic district with plenty of restaurants, shops, and unique attractions. Stay within minutes of this idyllic neighborhood at Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.
Santa Ana is a darling destination in greater Orange County. Thoughtful architecture, well-groomed gardens, and a pleasant climate are some of the things that make this city an ideal escape. It has all the character of Los Angeles wrapped in a small, charming package. This quaint town is within minutes of the sparkling pacific. Grab a room at the Fairmont Newport Beach, a fine midpoint between the beach and Santa Ana.
Laid-back Sonoma is perfect for wine lovers, cheese lovers, nature lovers, and just about anyone hoping to wind down to the beat of the beautiful countryside. Soft, rolling hills provide an attractive backdrop to all the wine-related attractions this area offers. But don’t stop there. Sonoma offers much more than tastings and pairings. There are some excellent hiking trails as well as bike routes to challenge all skill levels. Wake up to the sweeping views of the valley by staying at The Carneros Inn, an elegant and intimate boutique resort.
Only a stone’s throw away from congested Los Angeles is the welcoming city of Glendale. A breath of fresh air and ample elbow room first greets you. A mixture of big name sights and local landmarks make up a healthy selection of this city’s attractions. Spend an afternoon strolling through Brand Park, an extensive 31-acre park and former estate of Glendale’s own Leslie C. Brand. Or catch an evening show at the Alex theater, an important historical landmark. Kick it retro with a stay at Safari Inn. This stylish hotel is central to all the must-see attractions.