This is a guest article by Ismail Khalid.

California is one of the United States’s most well-known states. It’s home to some of the world’s most iconic cities and sites as well as breathtaking parks, forests, deserts, islands, beaches, lakes, and trees. Let’s take a look at eight of the most incredible places to visit in California right now.

1. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Famed for its waterfalls, mountains, rivers, and valleys, Yosemite National Park is located in northern California. Attractions like Yosemite Falls, Mariposa Grove, and EL Capitan draw tourists here from all around the world. You can also camp and explore the park by following one of the many hiking trails.

2. Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Napa Valley can be found in California’s Bay Area. It’s the US’ leading wine-growing region and is home to first-class eateries and spas. This is one of the most luxurious places to visit in California and is noted for its Michelin starred restaurants. Napa Valley has more than 400 wineries so check out these tips for Napa wine tasting if you’re a real wine connoisseur. Napa Valley is also an ideal spot for hot air ballooning.

3. San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco is a picturesque city that’s home to a wealth of prestigious attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco bay. Known for its laid back feel, it plays host to spectacular hills, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and many more attractions.

4. Disneyland


Disneyland is one of the world’s most treasured destinations, for kids and adults alike. It’s home to world-class shows, games, rides, hotels, and restaurants that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Waiting times have fallen over recent years thanks to a new pass system, and you can also stock up on gifts at the Downtown Disney District.

5. Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and draws in visitors 12 months a year. It offers gorgeous blue waters, cosy coves, and epic mountain scenery. There are multiple hiking trails to explore, with the destination being a favourite of skiers, beach lovers, boating fans, and campers.

6. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

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Situated in the desert, the Joshua Tree National Park is home to 800,000 acres of not only the trees themselves but the Keys Ranch, Cholla Cactus Garden, and Keys View vista. A considerable number of people opt to stay in the campgrounds here so they can sleep under the stars.

7. Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina

The idyllic Santa Catalina is located just over 20 miles from LA. Ideal for boating lovers and tourists, it offers a wide range of watersports opportunities including kayaking, scuba diving, and more. To get to the island, simply take the ferry. The busiest and most high-profile part of the island is Avalon, but there is also a small village called Two Harbors.

8. Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is famed for its iconic boulevards, celebrity-spotting opportunities, and palm tree-lined streets. The Hollywood sign is an obvious place to visit while exploring the city, with other prestigious destinations including Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Beverly Hills, and Bel Air. LA has been one of the world’s most exciting and high-profile destinations since the 1920s.

Do you have any other favourite hot spots to add to this list?