California Hot Spots: 3 Must Visit Cities + Cali Travel Guides

There is no shortage of place to visit and things to see when it comes to our Place of the Month, California. But, there are three major California cities that are must-visits. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego absolutely have to be on your California hit list. Let’s break these California cities down a bit more, and give you a couple of ideas what to do in each one! Starting with the one and only, LA.

After this, be sure to jump over and read about 4 Travel Guides California Trip.

Los Angeles


When traveling to LA, Hollywood is a must! A lot of talent is associated with the name Hollywood; including Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures.

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is filled with endless things to do. This includes an amusement park, a merry-go-round, an arcade, an aquarium, a trapeze school, street performers, souvenir shops, fishing spots, beach rental shops, etc.! You’re in for a full day of fun if you stop by the pier!

Desert Road Trip LA to Palm Springs to Joshua Tree by Kirstin Benish 

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out Kristin Benish’s guide to LA on Wild Bum!

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

This beautiful bridge connects the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This would be a great place to visit, especially considering that the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable hot spots of San Fran and California! This is also stated to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world- you don’t want to miss this!

Yosemite National Park

For those looking for a “shrine to human foresight,” Yosemite National Park is the place. This beautiful park is filled with waterfalls, deep valleys, meadows, wilderness, and so much more! This is a great place to experience the natural life of California, outside of the cities.

The Ultimate Guide to a Long Weekend or More in San Fran! by Mollie Krengel 

Last but definitely not least, Wild Bum’s founder, Mollie created an amazing Wild Bum guide to San Fran as well!

San Diego

Belmont Park

San Diego is home of Belmont Park! Belmont Park is an exciting and fun place to visit, filled with rides, attractions, restaurants, and San Diego’s Iconic Beachfront Boardwalk. This attraction is the perfect place to have a day of fun in the sun, with endless things to do!

Mission Bay

San Diego offers another beautiful attraction which is great for a day trip! Mission Bay has unlimited water activities! A few favorites include- sailing lessons, kite surfing, paddle-boarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding, and so much more. Another popular attraction is the famous moonlight cruise on Bahia Belle. On land, Mission Bay offers endless ways to spend your day from renting bikes, having a picnic or barbeque, sitting by a bonfire, and so much more. The last must see attraction would be the world-famous marine life adventure park, SeaWorld San Diego. This attraction offers inspiring shows, rides, and face-to-face animal encounters!

Ultimate Guide to San Diego by Emily Cocks 

Another great guide for San Diego, brought to you by one of our amazing Guide Architects, Emily Cocks!

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Now taking a look into some Cali travel adventures brought to you from Wild Bum Guide Architects!

Summer in Sacramento by Jess Pena

Highlights- best breweries and local hot spots of Sacramento!

The Ultimate Guide to SoCal ~ Orange County by Camille Apin

Highlights- greatest beaches and best food spots of OC!

Desert Retreat in Palm Springs by Laura Wilkens 

Highlights- top local attractions and outdoor destinations of Palm Springs!

Click here to check out all of Wild Bum’s California guides, and get to planning the ultimate trip. With so much to do and see, Cali has a little something for everyone!

Julia Bauer

Julia Bauer