California is a huge state and there are a ton of amazing and beautiful things to see there. There are several national parks and a lot of adventures to be had. So instead of heading to a big city like Los Angeles or San Francisco, travel around a bit and find yourself an adventure.
The top adventure spots in California can be found all over the state. You can go hiking, backpacking, camping, surfing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and more (the list goes on, and on). You can head to the beach, to the desert, to the mountains, or to the forest. California is home to Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and the Pacific Ocean (to name a few). There’s no wonder that Californians have chosen to take on a healthy lifestyle when there is just so much to do. There are so many activities to choose from, but for now, we’ll start with just four adventure spots in California!
1) Explore Yosemite Park
Yosemite Park is home to Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, the Half Dome, and the John Muir Trail. You can go hiking, climbing, and camping. Spending just a few days exploring Yosemite won’t be enough, especially for an adventure junkie!
Permits are required for hiking to Half Dome.
2) Hike To Burney Falls
Burney Falls, which is located in Northern California, is actually the second oldest state park in all of California. The trail, which is accessible all year round, is a moderate hike and loops around 3.3 miles. The great thing about this adventure, is that it’s for people of all levels of hiking ability. This makes it a great activity to share with the family or with people who might not be as into adventuring as you are!
3) Camp at Joshua Tree
Even though there are nearly 500 campsites in Joshua Tree National Park it can get quite crowded. And that’s because Joshua Tree is home to beautiful landscapes filled with massive boulders, twister Joshua Trees, starry night skies, and coyotes howling in the distance. Located in Southern California, Joshua Tree is the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the big city.
Remember that if you go camping, you need to bring all of your own supplies with you, including water.
4) Mountain Bike The Tahoe Rim Trail
Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous place for a vacation or adventure trip. It’s not too far from San Francisco and can be visited in both the summer and winter. If you’re big into mountain biking, then grab your bike and hit the Tahoe Rim Trail. The single track trail features some pretty epic views, some steep inclines, and bumpy descents. It’s not recommended for beginners as the trail includes both easy terrain and sections that require some skill.