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The Best Cities in California

Almost everyone in the world has heard of California before. Its iconic surfer culture, cosmopolitan Las Angeles, hip and “techy” San Francisco – Cali really has a bit of it all. With a population of almost 40 million people, its got more residents than most countries! Here are 3 cities in California you shouldn’t miss on your next trip there.

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1. Los Angeles

“The City of Angels” is the largest city in California with a population of 3.8 million people. It’s also the second largest city in the US after New York City. It makes a great place to visit with a myriad of activities to do like going to shop on Rodeo Drive, cruise the Hollywood Hills and keep and eye out for stars, hike in Runyon Canyon or hit the beach in Ventura. If you want to stay in style, then opt for private villa rentals in Los Angeles over a hotel, you won’t regret it!

2. San Francisco

Located in the mid to northern part of California, San Francisco is the largest city in the region. It was almost completely destroyed in the early 1900s due to an epic earthquake and ensuing fire, but it was rebuilt and now boasts beautiful Victorian architecture as well as a melange of other styles. San Francisco is a culture vulture’s heaven with its countless museums, historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous island-jail, Alcatraz, and one the oldest China Town in the USA. Here’s a travel tip, walk around China Town and when you find a restaurant that’s busy, it’s going to be worth the wait.

What’s also great about San Francisco is that you can be in pristine nature in about 20 minutes, and you get to cross over the famous Golden Gate Bridge to get there! Muir Woods is a truly magical place. It’s home to countless Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. There are currently trees living in Muir Woods that are over 350 feet tall!

3. San Diego

Just a few miles north of the Mexican border rests stunning San Diego. This cosmopolitan city has some of the best weather in the country with almost perpetual sunny skies and a pleasant temperature year round. Explore the historic Gas Lamp Quarter, climb aboard a massive Air Craft Carrier or enjoy the waves at Pacific Beach, a famous surfing beach.

San Diego is a great beer city and there are many independent brewers that you can take tours of. Ballast Point is a great brewer and they have daily tours and tastings.

3 Epic Road Trips in the USA

Route 66 is one of the most epic road trips in the USA... photo by CC user Vítězslav Válka on http://www.pixmac.com

Being a relatively young country compared with most other nations on Earth, much of the USA grew up around the automobile, creating a strong car culture that is hard to find elsewhere in the world. As such, there are many epic road trips in the USA, and if you are visiting this nation in 2015, the following three routes will make the best use of the rental car that you will be hiring.

1) Route 66

As sung about in the King Cole Trio’s late 1940’s hit (Get your kicks on) Route 66, this iconic American road trip will take you through the western two thirds of the United States from Chicago to LA.

Cutting through parts of America’s heartland, breadbaskets and its picturesque deserts on your way to the sanguine lands of California, this route (now discontinued in places due to freeway construction) may not be the most scenic at times, but it will put you in touch with some of its most real people.

Being separated from the often alienating nature of the USA’s biggest cities, the hospitality that you will shown in places like Amarillo, Texas and Flagstaff, Arizona will reflect very positively on this nation’s reputation for friendliness.

2) Boston to Washington DC

If you thrive off the energy of urban areas instead feeling drained by them, and don’t mind driving on busy interstate highways, following I-95 from Boston to Washington DC will put you in touch with many of America’s most prominent cities.

Start in Boston, where the first events that set the American Revolution in motion occurred, and after a side trip to enjoy the beach resorts of Cape Cod, head down the coast towards New York City. Spend several days wandering from borough to borough after seeing the essential attractions (Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Empire State Building, etc), as virtually every culture and nationality on the planet has an enclave within the bounds of NYC.

After this, work your way down the Jersey Shore and head straight into Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell and the home of the Declaration of Independence, as well as one of the yummiest sandwiches on Earth, the Philly Cheesesteak.

Finally, head through Delaware and Maryland to Baltimore, where the Inner Harbor holds many tourist attractions worth a day or two, and then onward to Washington DC, where tons of museums and monuments will keep you busy until you get to see the White House (reserve a tour spot through your nation’s embassy well in advance).

3) Pacific Coast Highway

Lauded in many travel publications as one of the best road trips in the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway takes you along Central California’s heartstoppingly scenic coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The Coast Range tumbles into the ocean through much of this road’s length, creating countless photo ops along the away, as well as numerous isolated beaches where nature lovers can recharge their mental batteries in an hour of aimless wandering along the high tide line.