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101 Things to do in Sacramento | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Sacramento, California | The Ultimate Bucket List

The best things to do in Sacramento! From popular attractions to historic sights, craft beer, and where to stay and eat, there’s a lot more to California’s capital than just politics and cows.

When deciding where to stop on a California road trip, it’s easy to pass over the state capital. Sacramento might not be as popular as San Francisco or Los Angeles with tourists, but that’s where its charm lies. You would be amiss to think there aren’t enough things to do in Sacramento, just because of its focus on politics and farming (weird combo, I know).

If you’re having a mental tug-of-war about whether it’s worth going so far inland for a visit, do it. There is so much to explore and experience in Sacramento, and it’s well worth the journey inland from the coast to check out everything that this sleepy big city has to offer.

At the very least, you’ll be able to see Arnold’s smiling portrait in the capitol building and look back on the time when California decided to elect the terminator to public office. 👀

In Sacramento, there are politicians everywhere and suits walking the streets as you would expect, but the city is edgier than most people think. There is endless street art, a delicious local craft beer scene, and history around every corner.

These are my picks for the top things to do in Sacramento, whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor.

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101 Things to do in San Diego (From a Local)

101 things to do in San Diego (from a Local) | The Ultimate Bucket List

From trying the world-renowned microbrewery scene to finding the best beaches and tacos, these are the best things to do in San Diego at least once.

San Diaaago, Ron Burgandy’s place of work and considered to be the sunniest place in America – okay I made that last one up, but it’s still a remarkable place, and very sunny. Plus, there are a ton of things to do in San Diego. Seriously, you will never be bored no matter how many times you visit.

I spent five years living in San Diego, going to school, working at internships and a myriad of jobs to stay afloat during my time at university. Over the half decade I lived there, I grew to love San Diego in all of its perfect weather, beaches, tequila, and delicious Mexican food glory.

San Diego will always have a soft spot for me, so I wanted to share that love with anyone else who plans to visit this amazing seaside city. I made this bucket list so all of my favorite local spots and hangouts can continue to be enjoyed, even when I’m not there.

From tourist attractions, to unique local experiences, the best tacos, and where to indulge in the microbrewery scene, these are my top 101 things to do in San Diego!

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20 Things to Do in Richmond, VA (From a Local)

20 things to do in Richmond VA

The best things to do in Richmond, VA from a local! Find out the best attractions and areas of the city to explore for your upcoming trip, all in one post.

We are Samantha and Chris and we run Boozing Abroad! We help connect travelers with local cultures through booze, which is why our mantra is always to “Drink Locally. Travel Globally”.  

While we love tasting and exploring all of the interesting local libations and cultures that this great world has to offer, our hometown of Richmond, Virginia has its fair share of local experiences (and drinks, of course) to keep us busy all by itself. 

Samantha was born and raised in Richmond and has lived here her whole life (except for college), while Chris has lived here since graduating college in 2010. 

We have literally watched Richmond evolve and grow up before our eyes, offering visitors many things to do, see, eat, and drink, and making it an ideal weekend (or longer) getaway. 

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100+ Things to do in LA | The Ultimate Bucket List

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The best things to do in LA! From the top attractions to favorite local experiences, best beaches, festivals, and recommendations for where to stay and eat.

There's no doubt that Los Angeles gets a bad rap, mostly from people who have spent a weekend in the city and spent the majority of their time in Hollywood.

Don't get me wrong, LA isn't perfect, but it has a lot more going on than what you might see on the surface (read: smog and traffic).

The city can be a headache to get around due to its lacks of efficient public transit and notorious traffic jams, but the City of Stars is magical in its own right. And not just because of the famous people.

You just have to know where to look for that magic.

Luckily, there are endless things to do in LA. It's a city where you would find it hard to be bored, there's a ton to do no matter what you're into.

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101 Things to Do in Montreal | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Montreal | The Atlas Heart

The best things to do in Montreal! These are the places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my favorite city in Canada.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Montreal? Is it poutine? Francophone culture? Maybe cold weather? The aspect that I love about Montreal is that it doesn't fit into one box.

Yes, the poutine is wonderful, but you can find authentic cuisine from all over the world throughout the city. Yes, it is very Francophone compared to other parts of Canada (outside of Quebec), but it's also a multilingual and multicultural cosmopolitan city.

Yes, the winters are freezing and the city goes into hibernation for a good part of the year, but as soon as spring and summer hit, it's one of the most vibrant cities in Canada. There's always something going on.

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101 Things to Do in Santa Cruz (From a Local)

Things to do in Santa Cruz

The best things to do in Santa Cruz from someone who grew up in the city! These are my favorite places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my hometown.

Having grown up in the city, my list for things to do in Santa Cruz could go on and on (especially in terms of places to eat!), but I tried my best to consolidate my recommendations to 101 things to experience in my hometown.

This list covers not just the city of Santa Cruz but the county as well, including places like Capitola, Aptos, and Felton. With around 276,000 residents these days, Santa Cruz County is becoming a bustling medium-sized hotspot in California. This also means that the city has gone through a ton of changes in the past decade or two.

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43 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe: The Ultimate Bucket List

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From the South to the North, these are the best things to do in Lake Tahoe, no matter what season you decide to visit.

Even though I grew up in California, only a few hours southwest of Tahoe, I didn’t visit Tahoe for the first time until I was 27. I had heard anecdotes about Tahoe trips throughout my childhood, but I somehow missed out on this California native rite of passage.

When I finally visited for the first time last year, I realized what all the hype was about. The lake was even more beautiful than the pictures made it seem, and the hushed natural scenery was an interesting juxtaposition with the casinos and busy streets of downtown South Lake Tahoe.

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101 Things to Do in California | The Ultimate Bucket List (From a Local)

101 Things to do in California

There are countless options for things to do in California. It’s a state that offers so much in terms of varied landscapes – from the desert to the beach, mountains, and redwood forests.

Having lived in California for 23 of my 28 years, there’s a lot I love about this place I most recently moved back to and now call home.

And I’m not alone. In the US, California has been the place to move to, a state of transfers and outsiders who come here for the high standard of living, the beautiful coastline, or maybe to make it big, either in Hollywood or the tech industry in Silicon Valley.

California is a place for laid back vibes, dreamers, and outdoorsy folk. Although there are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to California (and Californians), you can’t put the people or the landscape in a box, it’s much too varied.

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8 Things to do in Taupo for an Adventurous Weekend

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The best things to do in Taupo – from the Tongariro Crossing to natural hot springs, street art, and skydiving.

With a population of just over 20,000, there are a surprisingly large number of things to do in Taupo, a small mountain town surrounded by stunning landscapes in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.

Living on the Pacific Coast and in a very flat part of California for most of my life, I’m still getting used to the variety of terrain to be found around New Zealand.

I think the only thing missing in Taupo is a proper beach (which isn’t surprising, being that it’s smack dab in the middle of the North Island), but since I was visiting during the winter anyway, I was content to drool over the picturesque snowcapped mountains and bathe in the natural hot springs.

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The 10 Best Things to Do in Queenstown, New Zealand

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The best things to do Queenstown, New Zealand! From heart-racing adrenaline activities to local hotspots, you’ll find it all in this post.

Queenstown is the epitome of adventure. Kiwis seem to have a fondness for one-upping each other over the craziest inventions (and this includes the amount of popular things to do in Queenstown that involve heart palpitations).

Really, you just have to look at the facts. Taupo is the skydiving capital of THE world, and both bungee and zorbing – that thing where you roll down a hill in a big plastic ball – were invented in New Zealand.

I was surprised at how Queenstown still came off as a relatively small town, even with how popular it has become on a worldly scale. I appreciated this. That they’ve still kept it a special and unique place with the more than 2 million visitors that go there every year.

Because you hear so much about all the crazy antics you can get up to, you may be surprised that Queenstown has a lot more to offer than just adrenaline activities.

Still, you have to have at least one or two experiences in Queenstown that get your heart beating out of your chest for a proper visit to the adrenaline capital.

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