Holidays in California – 5 of the Lesser Known Places You Must Visit


If you’ve been to California more than once, chances are you have explored most of its well-known tourist destinations. We are talking about the likes of San Francisco, Disneyland, Los Angeles and San Diego. But we all know there is a lot more to California!  We will take you through some of the ‘not-so well-known’ tourist gems of California that surely deserve a visit from you!

Hearst Castle

While the grand mansions in Malibu are the finest historical attractions in California to explore, there is Hearst Castle in Cambria that has its own historical significance that attracts travellers. Designed by architect Julian Morgan for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, it is a magnificent castle transformed into a sprawling estate of expansive gardens and three houses. History and architecture lovers should not miss a visit to this place to admire its different architectural influences. With its magnificent Neptune Pool designed in the Roman Style and mesmerising views of the Pacific Ocean, it is a must-visit attraction in California.

Pismo Beach

A city situated on the Central Californian Coast, Pismo Beach is beautiful town that has a warm, energetic vibe. This long, wide beach is often overlooked by the tourists visiting the San Francisco Bay Area or the Los Angeles Basin. Surrounded by cliffs and the expansive Pacific Ocean, this town has numerous attractions such as Dinosaur Caves Park, Elmer Ross Beach, Pismo Beach Pier Beach and more. It sure is an ideal place to have fun in the sun and indulge in a variety of adventures like hiking, fishing, horse riding, kayaking and more.

Fort Bragg

Three hours north of San Francisco off of Highway 1, Fort Bragg is the perfect getaway away from the busy city life, promising a memorable time to those seeking a peaceful retreat with a beautiful Northern California coastline and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. What makes this city a must-visit is its Glass Beach, a shore full of colourful glass stones! Built by a former army garrison during the American Civil War, Fort Bragg is where you can take a long walk along the Glass Beach, ride a horse along the beach, stroll along the coast at MacKerricher National Park and take a ride on the historic Skunk Train.

Sierra City

Situated an hour northwest of Truckee on Highway 49 in the canyon of the North Yuba River, Sierra City is a historical and picturesque location with a lot to impress the visitors. Established as a mining town in 1850, it is where miners used to retrieve gold from a number of tunnels in the nearby Sierra Buttes. While its numerous quaint lodging and dining options promise a relaxing stay amidst the charms of nature, an array of adventure opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, rafting, snow-mobiling and more around the lakes, thrills the senses of adventure seekers.

Redwoods in Arcata

Flaunting a laid-back lifestyle amidst its expansive forests, Arcata is a city located in Humboldt County adjacent to Arcata Bay. Home to Humboldt State University, the city enjoys a youthful, artistic and intellectual ambience. Redwood National Forest, in the proximity of Arcata, is the biggest attraction among the nature and adventure lovers. The bay presents stunning views of the Pacific Ocean whereas the imposing redwoods on the other side of the city are perfect for hiking.