Expert Travel Advice to California

Top Answers To California Travel Questions

  • Nathan answered:
    That's a broad question--around LA? You've got Channel Islands NP, which is off the coast, and then Joshua Tree to the east (but not far). Go for the former if you want aquatic environs, or head to J Tree for truly epic rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, and backpacking/climbing. To the north? Kings Canyon/Sequoia, which offers huge trees, big vistas, and really cool higher-altitude hiking. Further north? Yosemite (where I just visited), one of the country's most dramatic landscapes. Think a 3000-foot-plus-tall canyon with waterfalls gushing to the valley floor and miles of backcountry that's seldom seen by the typical tourist. Also, this year boasts the largest snowpack in recorded history, which as turned on every waterfall in the park into gushers. Of course, further east you've got Death Valley, and Grand Canyon. And I won't even start to talk about Utah. My advice? Think about what you want to do and plan from there. Each park has its advantages. But if you want to hike and backpack, I'd say hoof it up to Yosemite or Kings Canyon.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Visit http://www.examiner.com/x-9046-World-Beach-Examiner~y2009m7d8-Top-ten-California-beach-camping-sites--part-two for a list of beaches located in central California. Sonoma Coast Beach offers on-site camping and fire rings. Click on its link for a full list of amenities.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Your cheapest options will probably be the Greyhound bus from SF to Salinas, followed by a bus ride on the local Monterey-Salinas Transit bus (http://www.mst.org). The Greyhound ride will take you about four hours and costs $26.50 one-way. You could also try Amtrak's Coast Starlight service, which runs between SF and Salinas, taking just over three hours. Bear in mind, you'll still need to hop public transit to get from downtown SF to either Emeryville or Oakland stations, plus do the Salinas-Monterey bus at the other end. One-way Amtrak fare is about the same as the bus, though obviously is a tad more comfortable. If you're planning to hit Monterey straight from San Francisco or San Jose International airports, you could also look into the Monterey Salinas Airbus (http://www.montereyairbus.com), with one-way rates starting at $35.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Well Disney Land is always a fun thing to do in CA. Also, there is a fun outlet mall in San Diego very close to the border of Tijuana. I would also recommend going to Coronado beach.

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