Many people, when they think of California, think of Hollywood, never-ending beaches, unremitting sunshine, surfers, rock stars, movie moguls, and living the good life.
And it's all true, to an extent.
But California is so much more than Hollywood red carpets and SoCal surfer beaches. Try any of these insider secrets next time you're wondering what there is to see and do in the Golden State.
Inside Shasta Caverns
Visit Lake Shasta and take a tour of Shasta Caverns, the only California adventure that requires a catamaran trip across a lake and a bus ride up a hill before you even reach the caverns.
Mission San Juan Bautista
Follow the path of the padres, El Camino Real, and discover California's Spanish roots through the 21 California missions that played such an important role in the settlement of California.
A Central Valley Farmers Market
Ultimate Farmers Market
Take a road trip through America's real heartland, the Great Central Valley where one percent of U.S. farmland produces eight percent of the nation's agricultural product. Visit local farms and farmers markets to taste, shop, and participate in hands-on activities.
Approaching Avalon, Catalina Island
Travel 26 miles across the sea to Catalina Island for a walking tour of Avalon, parasailing, ziplining, wild bison, playing in the water, and golf-carting around the island.
Horseback riding in Yosemite
Saddle up in Yosemite National Park in the high Sierras at one of three stables inside the boundaries of the park for two-hour, four-hour, and all day rides to enjoy spine-tingling scenery and heavenly views.
Spend some time in Dunsmuir, along the Upper Sacramento River, where there are several easily reached fishing access points that are within the city limits.
San Diego's Gaslamp District
Looking for a little nightlife?
Discover 16 square blocks of restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and shops in San Diego's historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, where the party's just getting started.