Local tourism is not an oxymoron

A lot of my friends have been able to travel as of late, from the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Europe, Japan, the Galapagos Island [I KNOW! How awesome is that?!] and reading about their adventures really, really, REALLY aggravates my travel bug. And watching trailers for Eat, Love, Pray does not help the situation.

There are so many places I want to visit in my lifetime that I have no idea where to begin really. Well, I know where to begin: get a valid passport. I know I’ve been saying that for at least two years now, but I’m really going to get a passport. Seriously. For real.

Shut up and leave me alone!

While it may be a little bit before I’m able to pack my bags and gallivant across the globe, I forget that there are a ton of different places I can travel to within the great state of California. As much as I love this state, I don’t really get out and explore it the way I should; the way tourists come to the state and wander around. I need to get in touch with my inner tourist and get out and explore.

Here are just a few of the places I’d love to visit:

1) Yosemite National Park

I live like, 4-5 hours or so away from this place and have never set foot anywhere near the park. There’s plenty to do there, from hiking [yes, I’d hike. Maybe] to horseback riding [heck yeah I’d ride a horse!], or just enjoy the beautiful sights that inspired Ansel Adams.

I would also completely splurge and book a room at the famous Ahwahnee Hotel.

2) San Diego

I have an aunt who lives in San Diego but I haven’t gone to visit her. I also have a former boss and college buddy there too and, yep, I haven’t gone to visit them either. Sensing a trend? You should. Anywho, San Diego is a beautiful city with some awesome beaches and probably one of the best zoos in the nation. Plus they have Shamu! Oh, well, maybe not anymore but they had Shamu.

I’d love to wander around the Gas Lamp District and definitely catch a game at Petco Park. Gotta knock off another MLB stadium off my list.

3) Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a small island off the coast from Long Beach. I actually had planned a mini trip with the bf to visit here a few years ago but had to abandon the plan but I am still determined to visit it sometime soon. There’s plenty to do: parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, biking, eating and general wandering around.

It looks deliciously quaint and any town that utilizes golf carts as a method of transportation gets my attention all the way.

4) Drive the PCH

The PCH, or Pacific Coast Highway, hugs the coast of California and runs from Washington to about San Diego. Thankfully its easy to pick up along the way so I can easily start at Monterey and follow it along down to Los Angeles. There are plenty of places to stop off at along the way that are also places I’d love to visit like Carmel-by-the-Sea,
Big Sur, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve [where I can see the sea otters and sea lions], San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle, and eventually ending in Morro Bay.

And with killer postcard views like this:

Who wouldn’t want to make this drive?

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One thought on “Local tourism is not an oxymoron

  1. robelene says:

    if u do decide to drive the pch or stay anywhere along there, irm can recommend lots of places. he used to live in san luis obispo :)

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