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.

Miette translates to “crumb” in French, and is a small, boutique-style pastry shop with four California locations. At this Hayes Valley branch, the store is decorated with pink and yellow floral wallpaper, pastel-hued tables, and white shelves lined with glass candy jars and vintage cake stands.

John McCallum, the first permanent white settle of Palm Springs, had an adobe house built for him in 1884, and along with Miss Cornelia White’s “Little House,” it makes up the museums of this nonprofit started by Melba Berry Bennett in 1955.

The school runs full-day classes that introduce you to the fundamentals of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park.

Nightclub aficionados refer to this sultry club as a micro-lounge, but what’s truly microscopic here are your chances of getting in. There is a tight guest list at the heavy bronze door—either the bouncers know you, or you’re left to wander Hollywood Boulevard.

This venerable British line (now owned by American company Carnival Corp.) carries on the tradition of operating impressive ocean liners, including on transatlantic routes.

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

Those who have a ReadyMade sensibility—but lack the skills—gravitate toward this little store’s indie, locally designed clothing, accessories, jewelry, cards, and gifts.

The shopping area has a year-round farmers’ market and a dog park, complete with a drinking fountain for your pooch.

Try a yoga-basics class at this downtown studio.

The former owner of a construction company in the 1960’s, Joseph Phelps decided to start his own winery after being commissioned to build Souverain, leading to the first vintage of the now famous Insignia in 1974.

Launched spring 2005, trend forecaster Desiree Kohan brings handpicked, high fashion to her mid-city Los Angeles boutique near LACMA.

Try your hand at a game of Mystic Marvel or Daisy May, just two of the classic pinball games found here.

This organization, based in Catalina Island's south side town of Avalon since 1972, practices conservation, education, and recreation. They protect 50 miles of undeveloped beaches, help recover the Catalina Island fox population, and remove invasive plants.

Arty male style-setters frequent this tiny haberdashery (the antithesis of the Vegas-size Beverly Center mall a few blocks west) for its hip, idiosyncratic menswear. Owner Alessandro Tomassetti’s line of architecturally inspired dress shirts is popular with local designers.

This winery’s Mission-style visitors’ center (dominated by an adobe bell tower that rings on the hour) is a lovely place to while away an early afternoon.