From misty Northern California redwood forests to sun-kissed Southern California beaches, the Golden State will make you believe you're dreaming. But trust us, you aren't. Discover hundreds of places to visit and learn about our diverse regions and lively cities all in one place.
Over 800 Miles of Sand Between Your Toes
Whether you crave a classic SoCal sojourn, a Central Coast beach adventure, or the hidden world of Northern California beaches, the Golden State has a stretch of sand with your name on it.
The California coastline offers the allure of cranking (that means perfect) waves for every type of rider. So, if you want to catch a triple overhead in person, or just watch from shore, check out these unmissable surfing spots.Read More
Beaches You Will
California beaches rank among the best in the world. These 11 spectacular stretches of sand make it clear why. Discover what makes each one special, ranging from under-the-radar gems to famous spots loved by celebrities.Read More
California is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Each year, about 20,000 gray whales make an epic 6,000-mile journey between Alaska and Mexico—and back again.Read More
7 Cool Ways to Play in the
Plunge into a seaside sport—pedal a hydrobike, float on a paddleboard, snorkel with sea creatures, learn how to sail, or master your surfing pop-up. Your next great aquatic adventure awaits in the cool, soothing waves of California's Pacific Ocean.Dive In
Hundreds of breathtaking beaches line California's 840 miles of coastline. While some are world famous, like Venice Beach, there are also plenty of lesser-known spots that feel like you've got them all to yourself.Read More
Uniquely Global, California Cuisine
From its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to cutting-edge, vegetable-forward creations, there's a reason it's called “California cuisine.” The Golden State boasts 90 restaurants with at least one Michelin star—more than any other state.
Sample the flavors of the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and the Anderson Valley on this scenic drive past rolling hills and endless vineyards.
Perfection on a
Even if you don't know the celebrity chefs from the TV shows and appearances that have helped make them famous, you can still taste the delicious results of their unique cooking styles.Meet the Chefs
Thanks to the state's year-round fruit and vegetable harvests, a bountiful coastline, and innovative chefs championing cuisines from around the world, California is tough to beat when it's time to tuck into a meal.Dig In
Have you subscribed to the California Now Podcast? The biweekly show covers everything you need to know to plan a dream vacation in the Golden State. In this episode: three culinary insiders share unique aspects of an unparalleled culinary scene.Listen Here
The California Michelin Guide is back: There are 27 new Michelin star recipients recognized across California, including five new two-star restaurants and 22 new one-star awards.Read More
Unmatched Family Fun
Family Entertainment Beyond Belief
From Disneyland Resort to Universal Studios Hollywood to LEGOLAND California, best-in-class theme parks deliver something special for your whole family. Get insider tips on new rides, timeless favorites and amazing entertainment.
Create a custom road trip that takes you to an array of theme parks. Meet your favorite Disney characters, wander through wonder-filled lands, and ride on epic roller coasters that will get your heart racing.Plan Road Trip
13 Is Your
These classic attractions offer a more intimate view into a California fondly remembered. Many of them feature smaller crowds, and they're scaled down so they can be enjoyed in a single day—especially nice if you've got young children in tow.View All
San Diego Zoo &
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
With more than 3,700 animals on display, the San Diego Zoo allows visitors to learn about rare and endangered animals. And, just 32 miles northeast the San Diego Zoo Safari Park encompasses 1,800 acres representing environments of Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.Go Wild
Unleash family fun like never before at these 14 top-notch attractions that encourage kids' creativity, ingenuity, and dream-big optimism. The attractions showcased here are celebrated groundbreakers in entertainment, culture, and conservation.Let's Play