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Things to do in California

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in California. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite California attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in California to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in California.

  • 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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