Friday, January 17, 2014

Road Trip: 6 Things to see in California

We’ve road tripped to California several times the past few years. Year round sunshine and an endless list of attractions makes this state extremely desirable for us cold Canadians.

California is quite easy for us to get to. Once you cross the border, it’s a straight drive south down the I5 to California. Depending on our final destination, the drive down can take anywhere between 12-21 hours.

With so much to see and explore in California, we figured we would share our list of top things we’ve enjoyed seeing in California over the past few years. In no particular order, here is our list:

1. Alcatraz

This is a pretty unique yet creepy experience. Being able to walk through the old deteriorating prison is an experience like no other. You get to walk through the old prison with headphones and a Walkman, listening to some of the history of the old prison. You also have an opportunity to stand in the old prison cells, and see what it’s like to be behind bars.

Alcatraz itself sits atop a beautiful little island that offers amazing views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The ferry ride to and from the prison is also a beautiful experience, offering great views of San Francisco from the water.

2. Disneyland

This really is the most magical place on earth. If you’ve never been to Disneyland before, read our blog about Disneyland on a budget. We spent a full day in Disneyland, and then drove back to Canada after!

3. San Diego Padres

I’m not a baseball fan, but while on a road trip to San Diego we chose to see an outdoor baseball game. This is something you should experience at least once in your life, even if you’re not a baseball fan, at least for the experience of going to a baseball game and their huge hot dogs.

4. Historic Old Town San Diego

The birthplace of California, this historic little town has a lot to offer tourists. From restaurants, to historic attractions and a quaint Mexican atmosphere, there is so much to see and explore in this historic walking district. Many of the shops in Old Town also offer tons of uncommon gifts.

After several margaritas, we happened to stumble into one of the shops and found this fun little fart pen. Like 5 year old children, we spent a good half hour pulling the fart pen and laughing at the different noises it made. This was a must buy for our boyfriends back home.

5. Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a unique man made mountain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Leonard Knight spent the past 20 or so years constructing this man made mountain out of straw bales and donated material from locals. The mountain now stands several stories tall and is covered in bible verses, as a tribute to Knight’s faith. The middle of the mountain is painted with a large sign; God is Love. Religious or not, this is an awesome site to see. For photographers, this offers a unique backdrop that you won’t find anywhere else in America.

6. Death Valley - Badwater Basin

Death Valley is a great national park to drive through. Make sure you don’t drive through here during extreme heat, as it’s not recommended that you drive with your ac on due to the risk of overheating your vehicle.

Death Valley is described as the land of extreme, due to its record summer heat and steady drought. Deep in the valley, you’re surrounded by snowy mountains, beautiful wildflowers and a large lake of sea salt. If you make your way down to the Badwater Basin, you’ll notice a sign high up in the rockwall that says sea level. Badwater Basin is considered to be the lowest point in America below sea level.

We really could go on and on about the different things to see in California. Instead, we've provided you with our top 6 things to see in California.

Let's hear from you! Leave your comment below and tell us what's your favourite attractions are in California.


  1. My Home State !!!! - Death Valley is awesome right? I also love the Mono Lake area at the base of the Sierra Nevada. It's an old volcanic valley, with very cool other worldly formations rising out of it.

    1. We haven't been to Mono Lake yet, but thanks for the suggestion :) we'll out it on the bucket list. I can't help but love exploring old volcanic areas. We really enjoyed spelunking in Lava Beds National Monument as well.

  2. Fascinating blog! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!