California

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.

The epicenter of boho-chic in Venice Beach, this one-mile boulevard is a colorful collage of independent boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, and sidewalk cafes.

Known for iconic tableware that’s a favorite with modern-design fans and magazine prop stylists.

You’ll find everything from collectables to fine jewelry at this shop, which specializes in Danish and European imports.

A favorite of both Oscar-night celebrities and everyday fashionistas, this airy, bi-level boutique specializes in fabulous vintage womenswear.

Known for its organic and biodynamic growing practices (the vintners here have forsworn all chemical pesticides and fertilizers), Benziger encompasses 85 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah vines.

In 1984, former garden designer and landscape design lecturer Alta Tingle opened her first shop, The Gardener, in Berkeley, California. She opened this second location in wine country in 1998 inside a corrugated metal barn that is surrounded by a large garden.

Jimmy Williams’ company, Hayground Organic Gardening, has become a mainstay among Los Angeles-area farmers markets. He and his son Logan sell more than 1,000 varieties of plants, and encourage patrons to grow their own produce.

Serious dairy lovers flock to the Mission's Bi-Rite Creamery for each day's soft-serve special (Monday, for instance, is coffee and salted caramel day), as well as hand-scooped ice creams showcasing local ingredients like Sonoma-sourced lavender and honey.

After 15 years under construction, Castello di Amorosa opened to guests in 2007.

Le Club's silk curtains and onyx-topped tables keep an old-school style that's not out of touch (check out the pool table with purple felt). Shoot billiards or play backgammon. Loser shells out for the $125 caviar.

This showcase for local, cutting-edge artists relocated in fall 2009 to a soaring 4,000-square-foot gallery.

Just around the corner from the Third Street Promenade, this cocktail lounge caters to a more mature crowd than its neighboring sports bars and pubs.

Baksheesh focuses on fair-trade, handcrafted gifts from the developing world, including carved beechwood bowls from Haiti and djembe drums from Burkina Faso.

Tour Hearst Castle, perched high on La Cuestra Encantada (“the enchanted hill”) nine miles north of Cambria.