LIVING THE VIDA CALIFORNIA
It’s no question that California is a massive state. Running Almost 800 miles from north to south and about 840 miles on the coastline. Whatever type of landscape you’re looking for, California has it all; mountains, forests, beaches, desserts, valley’s and more.
The Lost Coast is 24.6 miles of undeveloped shoreline on the Northern California Coast. With little access to main roads, it is a backpacker’s paradise, full of beauty and solitude. To hike from start to finish will take about 3 days, but if you’re looking for a less-lengthy journey you can visit the Lost Trail’s northern terminus. According to VisitCalifornia.com, it is a three mile out-and-back trail south from Mattole River Beach where you’ll have amazing photo ops with the abandoned lighthouse at Punta Gorda.
Big and Tall, stands the Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. Here you can find the world’s tallest trees, many trails, elk and more. Plan your trip based on the amount of time you have to find the perfect exploration trail for you. Pets are allowed on some trails and service animals are welcome. The Redwoods are open 24/7 year round and the climate is typically cooler and damp, so be prepared for layers!
Calling all marine animal lovers is Farallon Island, about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. The Farallones host globally significant wildlife populations, including hundreds of thousands and seabirds and thousands of seals and sea lions according to California Academy of Sciences. This island is home to only the animals, as humans are not allowed, BUT can get close by boat tours on the bay.
Moving south, the solitude of the Mojave National Preserve is calling you. Treat your inner adventurer to 1.6 million acres of canyons, mountains, sand dunes, volcanoes and more. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this national preserve is located in between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Take a drive, hike, horseback ride, whatever through this majestic and beautiful piece of land.
The hottest, driest and lowest national park, Death Valley is the land of extremes. Temperatures ranging throughout the year from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees, this park holds the lowest point in the continental United States with the highest point less than 100 miles away. It’s beauty is incomparable and FUN FACT, a few Star Wars scenes were shot in Death Valley, hello Tatooine!
Visit the Danish Capital of America, Solvang, California. You will feel transported to the other side of the world in the CUTEST Danish-American city with so much charm and culture to share. The most prominent features are the Danish Icons including five windmills, a giant red clog and Little Mermaid Fountain which can be seen by strolling the village. Taste some of the best Danist Pastries at one of the many authentic bakeries, shop at over 100 boutiques and sample ALL THE WINE at 20 downtown tasting rooms. This town also holds annual events such as the Solvang Grape Stomp in October, Danish Days in September and Julefest in December.
Finally, our last notable feature is a quaint one-square mile village called Caramel-by-the-Sea. Nestled along California’s Central Coast, it may be small but it sure is mighty with character. There is lots to do and it’s all walkable! Caramel is a top-rated art town, has a renowned soft-white sand beach, and is PERFECT if you want to experience California quality without California craziness.
California has A LOT to offer no matter what part of the state you are in. Live the Cali life at least for a little while and apply for your NEXT assignment in California.