Everyone knows about Hollywood, Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Santa Monica pier is fun, but there are SO MANY other incredibly unique things to do in California that you probably had no idea exists in this state.
I didn’t grow up here. I hail from Wisconsin and moved out to San Francisco over 6 years ago. And boy have I fallen head over heels for all the weird, magical, unique stuff here in California. I’ve been all over the state and have compiled my top 47 unique things to do for everyone looking to see the true California.
47 Unique Things To Do In California
Narrowing this list down was very hard! Heck, I feel like I could write a whole novel about all the fun, hidden gems in California. We’ve lived here for 6 years and I feel like I’ve done a good job at exploring the state, but I also know there are so many corners I haven’t touched yet.
And that’s coming from a local! I know when visitors come to California they really don’t know where to start. So I wanted to put together the ultimate list of unique things to do in California to help visitors (and locals!) discover all the magical parts of this state that truly make it special.
I mean, Disney is always magical but give me a snowball fight on the shores of Lake Tahoe any day.
Here’s how to use this list: I rounded up 47+ AWESOME things to do / places to visit in California. I have a blog post guide for every. single. thing. on this list, so if you are interested in learning more about a recommendation, just click “continue reading.”
I hope this helps you find amazing, fun, unique things to do in California. The Golden State is my favorite of all the United States and I’m so happy I get to call this place home. I’m also so excited to keep exploring. I’m sure there’s so many other fun hidden gems I have yet to discover!
There’s a few places on my California bucket list I just haven’t been able to hit up yet:
- Bodie State Historic Park (an abandoned ghost town in the mountains!)
- Death Valley National Park (tried to go in March 2020… well, you know what happened.)
- Trinidad (a cute coastal town in Northern California I drove through on my van trip but didn’t get a chance to explore!)
- Winchester Mystery House (a haunted house in San Jose).
- Catalina Island (off the coast of Southern California near San Diego)
- Paso Robles (a wine tasting region in Central California)
If you have suggestions to add to this list, leave a comment below so everyone can see!! If you have questions about any of the things on the list, leave a comment or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!
Looking for more California attractions and ideas cool things to see in California? Head over to my “California” category to find more posts!
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