There Was Such Variety In California Sights
We visited several times and were always amazed at the variety of California sights we found. Many people think of the big city sites. But we were delighted to find ocean, wildlife, mountain and desert views. And when we wanted to unwind, it was easy to find a tranquil winery view!
Ocean Views All Along The Coast
The California coastline is over 1,200 miles (almost 2,000 km). So we were not surprised when we found an amazing variety in the ocean views from north to south.
We loved the view of the pounding surf along the Cambria coast. And there was no better way to end a day than with a sunset view over the Pismo Beach pier.
As we headed south towards San Diego, we loved all the beach areas around Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Long stretches of white sand drew us down to the water. And funky beach towns kept us going back.
As water lovers, the ocean views offered our favourite variety in California sights.
Wildlife Was Always Found Everywhere
With such a long coast, we were not surprised that we found wildlife all along our coastal travels. The rafts of sea lions on the pier in San Francisco and in Monterey kept us entertained for hours. Day trips to visit La Jolla outside of San Diego brought us hours of fun as we watched the playful sea lions.
As we travelled along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), we always stopped at the beach close to the Hearst Castle and watched the large and lumbering elephant seals. We stayed upwind of the smelly guys. And we listened to them as they talked to each other.
We loved to do whale watching when we travelled. So no trip to the California coast was complete without a whale watching excursion in Monterey. We were lucky on many whale watching trips to be out when the whales played for us.
When we wanted to learn more about the sea life of California or to see the smaller creatures, we often visited the Monterey Aquarium. We never missed a chance to watch the mesmerizing jelly fish.
The chance to see wildlife was definitely one of the reasons we visited California. With a fun variety in California sights.
Rocky Views Provided Some Variety In Landscapes
When we travelled along the PCH, large portions of the highway hugged the steep shores. Stunning vistas were available all along the route.
When we visited Hollywood, the Hollywood hills were the backdrop for iconic sights. The Hollywood Bowl was a great spot to see entertainment in a natural setting. And the Hollywood Sign stood high on the hills for all to see.
If we wanted our hills in a wilder setting, we explored Yosemite National Park. The mountain peaks framed The Dome at Yosemite. Waterfalls cascaded down the sharp faces. And the hills were reflected in the rivers that ran through the park.
From Palm Desert, we crossed the mountains for a stay in Temecula wine country. The wine valleys were ringed with high mountains. And many days we chased those views. In the early mornings, the mountains were the perfect backdrop for hot air balloons.
When we drove inland from the Cambria coast, we were delighted to find verdant green rolling hills on our way to Paso Robles and Luis St Obispo. The views made us think for a minute that we really had moved to Ireland!
We found steep ocean cliffs, gentle rolling green hills, National Park wonders and snow covered peaks on our travels in California. Just one more example of the variety in California sights.
Wide Desert Vistas
But when we visited Palm Desert, we got a taste of desert landscape. Although we were sorry we missed the spring desert bloom.
When we visited California, we went from green lush fields to barren desert vistas. Such a huge variety in California sights.
Lush Winery Views
On our cruise along the California coast, we did a day trip from Santa Barbara to the Santa Ynez Valley. There we tasted some new wines. And even did a wine and cupcake tasting!
On a visit inland to Temecula, we enjoyed visiting with local friends. They showed us a good sample of the great wineries in Temecula.
There were so many wine regions in California to visit. We were sad we missed the wineries in Paso Robles when we stayed in the Cambria region. But wineries are always high on our list when we visited California. Great taste experiences and a huge variety in California sights.
On our travels in California, we enjoyed the cities too. San Francisco had a great range of architecture to enjoy. We toured at ground level, inside the buildings and caught the night skyline view. And we always found interesting architectural delights in San Francisco.
On a trip down the California coast, we got a real treat when we stopped and visited the Hearst Castle. This delightful sight of Hearst Castle was an architecture lovers dream inside and outside. And the views from the top of the hills were amazing.
San Diego had an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods and corresponding architectures. We loved to walk in the city and see the sights of San Diego.
California was well known for its large cities. We loved to explore and see the variety in California sights we found in the urban areas.
Discovering Variety In California Sights On Our Travels
We certainly found a variety in California sights. Whether we were out and enjoyed the natural beauty or explored the cities, there were so many different views to take in.
There was something for everywhere when we visited California. And this kept bringing us back!
Did you find a variety in California sights? Did you have a particular kind of sight you sought? Or did you like to sample the widely different sights?
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