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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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The Best Things to do in San Francisco at Night (From a Local)

things to do in San Francisco at night

The best things to do in San Francisco at night, whether you’re looking for nightlife, romantic activities, or family-friendly options.

San Francisco is an interesting city at night. Depending on which neighborhood you’re in once the sun sets, you might think of the city as completely dead or a great place to party.

San Francisco isn’t like New York where you can go anywhere and find nightlife options or events going on in the majority of the city, no matter what day of the week it is. Sometimes you have to know where to look for fun things to do in San Francisco at night.

That’s one of the great things about the city though, there’s a little something for everyone around San Francisco.

With locals who are as equally into outdoor activities as they are with going out to trendy new bars on the weekends, there’s a good mix of options for things to do around the city.

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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

Things to do in lake Tahoe

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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Things to Do in Mendocino, California for a Weekend Getaway

Things to Do in Mendocino, California for a Weekend Getaway

Things to do in Mendocino. What you need to know to plan your own Mendocino getaway- the perfect hideaway on the northern California coast!

You might not know this, but most people’s dream California road trip is more or less a list of things to do in Mendocino.

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘California road trip’?

Perhaps it’s grand coastal views, world famous beaches, a day of cruising down Hwy 1 in a convertible with good company by your side.

You might add in a hike in a redwood forest, a sea lion colony, a night of camping in the desert, or a day of exploring one of the many national parks. In the right season, you might even add in a day of snowboarding at Mammoth after a couple days of surfing off the coast.

California has a wealth of options on hand for any traveler or local that’s adventurous at heart, and its northern city, Mendocino is home to most of those options. It’s a state that I continue to discover a little more of each time I come back.

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Where to Stay in Mendocino: The Brewery Gulch Inn

where to stay in mendocino: Brewery Gulch Inn | Northern California | USA Travel

Where to stay in Mendocino? The best cozy accommodation on the coast has to be the Brewery Gulch Inn.

When I asked one of my best friends if she was interested in doing a Mendocino getaway, she couldn’t say yes fast enough. There wasn’t even a question of where to stay in Mendocino once we looked at the pictures online and saw that the Brewery Gulch Inn had an ocean view of the beautiful Northern California Coast.

Mendocino is only about a 3.5 hour drive from San Francisco, and it’s one of the few places that is still relatively unknown to many Californians and tourists. I’m sure most people, even those who grew up in California, wouldn’t be able to place it on a map.

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What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz isn’t just a summer beach town, it’s also a great location to explore during the winter. Discover what to do in Santa Cruz in winter.

You can’t go wrong with the little beachside town of Santa Cruz. Up until now, I’ve mainly talked about what you can do in the warm months to soak up those lovely rays of sunshine. Today I’m here to tell you that Santa Cruz is fun all year long, by showing you about what to do in Santa Cruz in the winter.

Although it definitely gets a lot colder in the Monterey Bay than it does down in Southern California, the temperature in Santa Cruz, California stays fairly nice all year round.

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A Photo Essay through Northern California

Welcome to California

Those of us from California tend to specify which area of the state we’re from. We’re either from NorCal or SoCal, maybe even the Central Coast. Growing up in Santa Cruz, our location is always debatable as to whether we fit into Northern California or the Central Coast.

Personally, I’ve always thought my hometown leans much more towards Northern California, at least in terms of the culture and the people. Not to mention, when I think of Northern California, I have an overwhelming feeling of home.

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6 Things to do in San Jose, California in a Day

Things to do in San Jose California

The best things to do in San Jose, California in a day. This post will show you why it’s one of the most overlooked cities in the Bay Area.

Often neglected by its artsy sister, San Francisco, you may be surprised to know that San Jose actually has a bigger population than the Golden Gate City.

And although it may not have the underground artsy culture or as much going on as San Francisco does on any given day, there are a lot of fun and interesting things to do in San Jose, California.

So, if you’re asking yourself whether San Jose is worth visiting, the answer is a resounding yes.

These are my top recommendations for things to do in San Jose, California in one day or for a weekend itinerary in the South Bay.

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