Traveling through the state of California can be quite an experience because there are so many cities with different attractions, sights, and people. In fact, there are stark differences between many of California’s cities, so it is worth it to visit various parts of the state. One of the best ways to see plenty of California is to travel along the Interstate 5 Freeway. It will take you from San Diego all the way to the top of California. During this trip, there are plenty of cities worth visiting for various reasons, whether it is for sights, attractions, landmarks, or other features.
Of course, everyone knows about San Diego, California. It’s located in Southern California and is just a few minutes away from the U.S.-Mexico border. San Diego is also one of the largest cities in the state with over 1,000,000 people residing within its boundaries. Luckily, there are an endless number of different activities and places to visit in this city. Beaches, amusement parks, restaurants, and more await a person visiting San Diego.
To name a few attractions and well-known places:
* San Diego Zoo
* Balboa Park
* Downtown San Diego
* Knott’s Soak City
* Multiple Beaches
* Hiking Trails
* Old Town
Quite possibly the best known city on the west coast, Los Angeles is one of the busiest cities in the country. There is plenty to do for people of all tastes and fancies. Everyone knows that Hollywood lies within the city, but there’s even more than that to do here. In reality, Los Angeles is full of popular restaurants, sights, amusement parks, landmarks, and more. It’s nearly impossible to see the entire city over the course of a few days, so most people who visit end up coming back later.
* Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags
* Santa Monica Pier
* Famous Restaurants
* Griffith Observatory
Well, there aren’t actually a ton of things to do in Bakersfield because there isn’t much there. It is worth a quick visit, however, because of a couple of different sights there. Bakersfield is located north of Los Angeles and is slightly off the I-5 Freeway, but it’s close enough to not get in the way of anyone’s driving plans.
* The Thermometer (A stories-tall thermometer in the middle of town)
* California State University, Bakersfield
Merced is much like Bakersfield in that there isn’t a ton of things to do there, but the city is pretty attractive to look at with its greenery. You won’t find a ton of excitement here, but you’ll be able to enjoy a quick break in a green city with a sight or two.
* University of California, Merced
* Merced Theatre
Of course, Sacramento is the state’s capitol. Sacramento is a pretty large city, so there are quite a few things to do and see around there. Most of this area is nice to travel through, but there are a few areas to avoid like in any other city. If you should stop in Sacramento, then you may want to make it a one or two day stop because there is plenty to occupy yourself with here.
* Crocker Art Museum
* State Capitol
* Sacramento Zoo
* Crest Theatre
* Fine Dining
Other parts of California…
There’s plenty more to do in the state of California, even along the I-5. In fact, you can visit San Francisco to ride the MUNI or travel through China Town. Chico has California State University, Chico and Redding has the Sundial bridge. Obviously, there are too many cities to list here, but a quick look at a travel guide will show you how many options you have when visiting California. There is pretty much an unlimited number of things to do in the state, so you’ll want to visit it a few times – without a doubt.