Looking to plan some fun adventures in California. Here are some of my favorite California Bucket list ideas to plan your next adventure in California.
California Bucket List Ideas
1. Visit Burney Falls
Nicked name the “eight wonder of the world” Burney Falls is a must for your California bucket list. This 126ft tall waterfall falls down the fern covered face.
Located about 60 miles northeast of Redding, CA, the icy snow melt water is too cold to swim, but you will not be disappointed. It is only a short hike down a trail and some stair to the viewing deck. Don’t forget to take pictures, it is a sight you will want to remember.
2. Hike to The Hollywood Sign
The iconic Hollywood sign can be viewed from areas all over the LA area. Its even more amazing to hike up to it and see it up close. Only a short hike from LA there are a few different trail options.
The trail is about 3 miles and takes about 2-3 hours to hike. Once you get to the top you will not be disappointed when you are looking over the hollywood sign with the LA city area in the back ground.
3. Drive Big Sur Coastline
One of the most popular coastline drives in the world. If you are in California this is one road trip that you will not want to miss. Stretching 90 miles south of Carmel to Point Lobos.
You will enjoy weaving along costal cliffside with the amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Don’t forget to make some stops along the way to take in the experience.
4. Explore Fern Canyon
Another must add to your California Bucket List ideas. The Fern canyon hike in the northern California redwoods. is like no other destination. Located in Humboldt county.
Once you reach the narrow canyon you will enjoy the walls around you completely covered in ferns and mosses.
5. See the Rocks Move at Death Valley
Rocks moving by themselves! Is this really possible? Yes… located in Death Valley National park these rock are unlike any other.
The rare phenomenon causes these rocks to move across the dry lakebed leaving a trail behind. Each rock can move up to 100 feet in a day!
6. See the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point
If you have never been to the Golden Gate, you are in for a treat. The massive size and beauty of the bridge is breathtaking. Its an even more amazing view from Vista Point.
Just a short walk from a nearby parking lot, you will get a view of the Golden Gate like no other. It would be even more amazing to watch the sunset.
7. Go Wine Tasting in Napa Valley
If you haven’t gone wine tasting in Napa Valley you need plan a trip. There is over 400 wineries in Napa Valley so you can pick and choose what wineries to visit, or take a guided wine tasting tour to multiple locations.
Napa valley not only has the best wines, you will be surrounded by beautiful view of the wine county and cute hotels. This just might be the most relaxing adventure you add to your CA bucket list ideas.
8. Walk the Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes
Cypress Tree Tunnel of Point Reyes is located in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The row of cypress trees has literally grown over the road to create a tunnel.
You will want to go very early in the morning to get good pictures since it gets busy. It is also so beautiful at sunset. Its such a cool and unique spot that you might want to go both times.
9. Ski or Snowboard Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the most famed ski and snowboard destinations in the world. About 90 minutes from Sacramento Tahoe is known for beautiful scenic views of the lake.
There are many ski & snowboard resorts sprinkled around the Tahoe area. You can’t beat an adventured filled day plus a beautiful scenic view.
10. View Where Trash has Turned to Treasure at Glass Beach
Glass beach located in Fort Bragg is one of the most popular seaside attractions in the small little beach town. There are actually three glass beaches.
Each one of them were former dump sites where people pushed trashed over the cliff onto the beach. Through the years the beaches formed a beautiful sea glass now know as glass beach.
11. See The Largest Tree in The World
In the Sequoia National Park stands that tallest tree in the world. The tree, called General Sherman, stands 275 feet tall, and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base.
It is only about a half mile walk from the parking lot to the tree. While the trail is short and easy you will be amazed at the massive size of this tree. Getting to visit the tallest tree in the world, that is pretty cool!
12. Eat Seafood at Fishermans Warf
Right in the heart of San Fransisco, you can really enjoy the sea side experience and taste some of the best seafood around all while enjoying the beautiful view of the bay.
Locate within walking distance to pier 39 and other popular San Francisco attractions. You don’t want to leave the San Fransisco experience off your California bucket list.
13. Walk Up Salvation Mountain
Get inspired at Salvation Mountain. Located in southern California about an hour from palm springs. Created from the imagination of one man wanting to pass on the message of gods love.
It has been 28 years in the making and is a colorfull sight to see. There is a parking lot right next to the mountain, so it is very easily accessible.
14. Watch the sun set at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park area is a 68-acre park on the western edge of Point Loma. The cliffs overlook the pacific creating the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset.
Sunset cliffs is an amazing point that really makes you stop and think while enjoying the rugged cliffside views at sunset.
15. Visit Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
To really enjoy the California vibe you will not want to miss out on a trip to the Santa Monica Pier. Located right on the pacific ocean you can walk out onto the pier that offers, restaurants, an arcade, events, and a even an amusement park.
Whats better than riding your favorite rides right on the pacific! You can also explore the fun town of Santa Monica a popular beachside town.