The V&V California Travel Guide

California has long drawn the dreamers, the artists, those with stars in their eyes – and those with dreams of gold, from dust in the hills to stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Funnily enough, I never imagined I would be one of them! When I started visiting California, I didn’t think I would ever live here – and then in 2017, Mr. V and I relocated here from Seattle! (We ended up living there for four years!)

Since then I’ve been hard at work creating some of the best California travel guides I can, because I love discovering and sharing all the amazing places in this surprisingly huge and diverse state. Whether you’re dreaming of a Pacific Coast Highway road trip or visiting one of the booming urban areas or pristine national parks… I’ve got you covered!

General Travel Advice & Road Trip Tips

There is perhaps no better way to explore California than by hitting the open road; below you’ll find my most general advice for visiting as well as lots of resources for planning the ultimate road trip.

The Pacific Coast Highway

Arguably the best road trip route in America, the Pacific Coast Highway runs the entire length of the California coast. Below you’ll find a comprehensive set of guides to help you plan a PCH road trip in California – as well as Oregon and Washington, if you want to do the whole thing!

California National Parks

Home to 9 national parks, California boasts the biggest number in the country; these areas represent the incredible natural diversity of the Golden State and are top destinations – as well as ones I love visiting, too!

San Francisco Guides

As I called the San Francisco Bay Area home for four years, I’ve got some resources dedicated specifically to the “City by the Bay.”

Northern California Destination Guides

I prefer Northern California among the parts of the state to explore, and have lots of travel resources from the various trips I’ve made throughout the region.

Southern California Guides

Southern California’s pretty nice too, so I have a few travel resources if that’s the part of the state you want to visit.

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