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California Dreaming: 10 Cities To Visit This Summer

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The state of California is such a popular vacation destination in the United States, it currently holds the title for most visited. Known for its sunny beaches, theme parks, and pleasant weather, it’s no mystery as to why.

As restrictions are easing up throughout California and the state plans on fully reopening June 15th, many tourists are eager to return to the sunshine state this summer.

Here are 10 incredible cities to visit in California for an unforgettable vacation.

Top 10 Cities In California

1. Los Angeles

It might seem like a given, but Los Angeles is one of the most famous cities in California for a reason. LA is known for iconic attractions such as the Hollywood Sign and Beverly Hills, museums, beaches, shops, and star sightings. Shops, restaurants, and many entertainment venues are open, but with capacity limits.

Los Angeles

2. San Diego

Located in Southern California, San Diego is known for its gorgeous coasts as well as a variety of attractions. Many attractions in the city are currently operating under limited capacity. This city is also an excellent location for outdoor activities like hiking year-round, and those looking for outdoor and socially distanced activities will have plenty to choose from.

San Diego

3. Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a relaxing resort city in Riverside County. Located in one of the gorgeous Californian deserts, Palm Springs is not home to any beaches. However, the various resorts and shops more than makeup for that. Many attractions and lodging options in the area are currently open but may have some form of restrictions in place.

Palm Springs

4. San Francisco

Another notable city in California is San Francisco. Located in the northern end of the state, there’s something for everyone in this city. Visitors can view iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz. Additionally, one can also enjoy a variety of hotels, museums, and restaurants. Many attractions in the city are currently operating with restrictions in place.

San Francisco

5. Long Beach

Located near Los Angeles, Long Beach is known for – as the name might imply – its beaches and ocean-related attractions, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific. While the retired Queen Mary ship is currently closed due to the pandemic, tourists still have access to endless beach activities like swimming, kayaking, kitesurfing, and hydro-biking.

Long Beach

6. Santa Monica

Another notable city in Los Angeles County, Santa Monica sits on a gorgeous bay. Visitors can enjoy attractions such as the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Pier is home to Pacific Park, a beachside amusement park, as well as several shops. The Pier, along with many other attractions, is currently open and accepting visitors.

Santa Monica

7. Morro Bay

Another great option is Morro Bay. Morro Bay is a cozy beach town that is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including wildlife viewing and hiking. Morro Bay isn’t as well known as Los Angeles or San Diego, but is still a city worth visiting.

Morro Bay

8. Anaheim

Another notable city is Anaheim, which is located in Orange County. It is perhaps best known for being home to the world-famous Disneyland theme park. After a long period of closure due to the pandemic, Disneyland reopened on April 30, 2021.

disneyland reopens april 30 2021

9. South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a city on Lake Tahoe. Home to several resorts and restaurants, this is a great location for those looking to experience Lake Tahoe. Visitors can enjoy various activities year-round, including water skiing in the summer months or snow skiing in the winter months.

South Lake Tahoe

10. Solvang

A wholly unique destination, Solvang sets itself apart from other cities with its Danish theme. The city features European-inspired buildings, as well as a variety of Danish food and gifts. Solvang may not be as well known as Los Angeles but is still a memorable vacation destination thanks to its one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Solvang

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Christian

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

I was in San Francisco in January and I definitely don’t recommend going there unless you don’t mind everyone walking with a face mask around you. But on top of that, the city is dead and many businesses have closed permanently. Permanent damage.

Tom

Thursday 6th of May 2021

Go visit Trump in Florida, no face mask require

CaSafe

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

@Christian, face masks when required (in January) is why California has the lowest case rate in the country. We care about everyone’s safety. If you don’t, it’s good that you travel elsewhere.

PF

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

@Christian, I agree. It will be a long time coming before I return to CA. I miss Napa.