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Things to do in California

It’s nearly impossible to run out of things to do in California. The state has so much going on, from its bustling urban centers -- most notably Los Angeles (which includes all the razzle-dazzle of Hollywood) and San Francisco (where tourists can visit Silicon Valley, widely considered the innovation epicenter of America) – to its rustic, rugged, sprawling national parks.

Nature-lovers wondering what to do in California have an extensive list of available options at their disposable. From skiing in Lake Tahoe, to surfing in Santa Barbara, to hiking in Yosemite, to touring Napa Valley, the option of outdoor things to do in California is truly endless.

Foodies should also rejoice: Anyone wondering what to do in California need look no farther than the state’s incredibly diverse, eclectic, authentic, adventurous, ambitious, and downright delicious culinary scene. From five-star, Michelin-reviewed establishments to corner delis, food carts and fast food joints, the golden state truly has something for every palate.

  • 14feet

    Vintage furnishings with an industrial-meets-schoolhouse bent (drafting tables, Thonet chairs) are arranged into photo-ready vignettes. More
  • 17-Mile Drive

    Tour the 17-Mile Drive—preferably in a convertible—around the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links, ogling fantasy mansions with ocean views. More
  • 21 Arrondissement

    The pea-sized 21 Arrondissement showcases interior designer Myra Hoefer's best French flea-market and estate-sale finds: a pair of gilt-and-velvet ... More
  • 4505 Meats

    Try their cereal bar with chicharrones—basically a Rice Krispies treat crammed with fried pork skin. More
  • 826 Valencia (Pirate Store)

    Located in the Mission district, this pirate supply shop was established in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and teacher Nínive Calegari to fund the adja... More
  • A. Rafanelli Winery

    With 85 acres of vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, this small production winery has been family owned and operated for four generations. In the ea... More
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    A+R Store

    Pop culture stylists Andy “A” Griffith and Rose “R” Apodaca source functional design objects from around the world at their glass-front Abbot Kinne... More
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    Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    The epicenter of boho-chic in Venice Beach, this one-mile boulevard is a colorful collage of independent boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, a... More
  • Acacia Winery

    Founded by Diageo Chateau & Estates—also the owner of notable Napa wineries BV and Provenance—Acacia is a relatively secluded facility specializing... More
  • Acme Fine Wine

    In downtown St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines was created as a destination for those looking to acquire hard-to-find wines sourced from vintners in the N... More
  • Adventure Out

    From the Big Sur coast to the Anza-Borrego Desert, this outdoor adventure school provides access to some of California’s most scenic and remote are... More
  • Adventures by the Sea

    Take a kayak tour ($50) of the bay from Cannery Row. More
  • Afterlife Boutique

    Siblings Danielle and Luke Teller helm the well-edited Afterlife Boutique, which carries reconstructed antique jewelry by the shop's Adoura Demode ... More
  • Air Conditioned

    Known locally as “The AC,” the Air Conditioned Lounge is located in a non-descript white stucco building with red tile roof. The interior, however,... More
  • Alabaster

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