Let’s talk about California.
Here are the main places we visited
And here is the general map of where we drove and what cities we saw!
So if you're reading this blog post because you want to travel to this beautiful place then let me tell you now all the things you should do and be prepared for!
Be prepared to drive a lot. In total we drove 1,594 miles over the 10 or so days. On the bright side, driving in this state was some of the best parts of the whole trip. You never stop seeing beautiful landscapes no matter where you are driving to.
If you are coming to California in the winter months, plan on a full cold weather and warm weather outfit. You can have snow in the mountains and then warm weather in Palm Springs, all in the same day. Within 10 minutes of driving it can go from warm to freezing so be prepared for it all.
I put the video here at the start, but if you'd like, you could wait to the end to watch it!
San Francisco (Day 1 -3)
We arrived in this beautiful city on January 1st around 2pm. Our first stop was In-n-Out down by the water. If you didn't already know, San Francisco is a very hilly city... and these aren't just small hills, these are insane hills. So when you're maps says it's only a mile to walk to something that you want to see, just know it'll take you longer than usual. My family and I stayed 2 miles from the main hub of the city so we had to drive to see everything. Thankfully, everything downtown by the water isn’t super hilly so once you get down there you are pretty much good for the day to walk around. On our first full day in the city we went on a bike tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. I definitely recommend doing that, it was a great experience and there were only 2 hills that you had to bike up. The ride down to Sausalito was very sweet and it was nice to see a different side of the city. Make sure you get the ferry boat ride back to San Francisco unless you love biking up an insane hill. Another recommendation is going to Baker Beach. It has beautiful and iconic views of the bridge and the Pacific Ocean. On our last day in the city we went to Alcatraz. It was so interesting and definitely worth it. We didn't get to spend much time at Alcatraz but we did the audio tour which was amazing. Make sure you book your tickets way in advance because they are sold out weeks in advance. So don't think you can just walk up the day of and get a ticket.