Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day (on a winter's day)
I'd be safe and warm (I'd be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)                                            California Dreamin' (California Dreamin')                          On such a winter's day ~California Dreamin by AMP and The Mamas & the Papas

As I sat pondering on what to blog about this week, this song randomly came on…

The familiar tune, vibrant lyrics- a happy reminder of the carefree days! 

A song about longing to be in another place, the warmth of Southern California.

Have you EVER longed to be in another place? 

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit California

1. The Amazing Weather

Southern California is sunny almost year around. However, other parts of California are known for lower temperature ranges- colder and more crisp days towards Northern California.

2. The Beaches

Los Angeles has a beautiful 70-mile coastline, with more popular beaches in San Diego, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and Malibu.  There are 15 Beach Counties out of a total of 58 -California Counties.


 3. The Food

LA is home to some of the most exquisite and authentic cuisines from all over the world.  From Popups & Food Trucks to Celebrity renowned restaurants make up California’s broad culinary culture.

4. Shopping

There is no denial that California is one of the most popular destinations for shopping.  Luxurious shopping on the infamous Rodeo Drive or many of the outlets for bargains.   You will find whatever you’re in search of, whether it be in a boutique, consignment store, luxury retailer, or thrift shop.

5. Theme Parks

One of the main tourist attractions are California’s theme parks.  There are 25 amusement parks throughout California.  The most popular ones are Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farms, Sea World, Legoland, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

6.  Hollywood

The majority of tourism come to Hollywood to experience the glamour and thrill of Hollywood in hopes of running into a celebrity.  Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world.  It is the home to many studios and record labels.

7. National Parks

There are 9 national parks in California. Yosemite is not only the most visited national park in California- it is the most visited in the US.  Check out this guide to hit every national park in one road trip here:

8. Wine Country

If you are a wine lover, wine country in Northern California is a must! With the lush, green rolling hills and serene sunsets, two world famous wine regions have some of the most coveted grapes in the world.  Napa Valley & Sonoma both have hundreds of wineries, several highly rated and international recognition.

 9. Nightlife

There are only a few destinations around the world that can compare to California’s nightlife. Some seek exclusive nightclubs with the rich & famous, while others pursue laughter at a comedy club.  Whatever your desire, Los Angeles has an array of nightlife experiences.

10. Art Culture

The Golden State has 17 museums and cultural establishments.  The Getty Museum, Getty Villa, and Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) are all iconic for their artwork.  California is filled with an abundant amount of art galleries and live theaters- It is the home to many inspiring artists.

There are several more reasons beyond the Top 10 here to visit California. California has it all and more! Hopefully you are inspired to visit.  Bon Voyage!