California

California may be the most geographical diverse of all the United States. California has it all; ocean, beaches, rocky cliffs, mountains, forests, meadows, farmland and deserts. California is the most beautiful state in my opinion. California has some of the coolest National Parks in the country. I have been to Yosemite 3 times, Sequoia Once, Mojave once and Death Valley 3 times. My dad brought me out west when I was 13 on a two week camping trip all through California. One of my favorite memories was trout fishing in Sequoia National Park after driving through Death Valley from Las Vegas. Talk about temperature change; we went from 125 degrees in Death Valley at midday to just above freezing at night. That’s a 100 degree difference in temperature. In 2010 I drove out west from Kentucky with my son ending up in California visiting all the National Park I had been to 27 years earlier. California Cities are ethnically diverse and off some of the best food experiences.

Restaurants and Specialty Markets

Los Angeles

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles (Soul Food)

(562) 437-8355

Multiple Locations

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Price: $$$$

Dress: Casual

San Francisco

Seakor Deli (Eastern European)

(415) 387-8660

5957 Geary Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94121

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Parking: On Street

Yuet Lee (Chinese)

(415) 982-6020

1300 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA 94133

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Price: $$$$

Parking: On Street Metered

Parks & Recreation

Death Valley National Park

760) 786-3200

Furnace Creek, CA

Map Directions from Las Vegas

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Death Valley is an amazing place and just a couple of hours away from Las Vegas. Take a day off from gambling and visit one of the most spectacular places in the country. Visit the salt flats at Badwater Basin the lowest point in in the United States. Temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees in the summer. Then drive further west on highway 190 taking you up into the mountains where the temperature drops about 40 degrees in a matter of miles. Then down into Jayhawker Canyon and continue on to the western edge of the park to see the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fill your gas tank in Pahrump, Nevada as gas is ridiculous at Furnace Creek.

Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point

(415) 921-5858

U.S. 101 Sausalito, CA 94965

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Parking: Lot Free

Views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and Bridge.

Monterey Aquarium

(831) 648-4800

886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

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Website

Parking: Paid and On Street Metered

Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) US Highway 1

Without a doubt US Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is one of the most scenic drives in the world. From Cambria, Ca all the way up to Oregon the views just don’t stop. I’ve never made it past San Francisco but one day I will. Stop and visit the numerous state parks and beaches along the way. Some notable places along  the PCH are Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Everybody should drive it at least once in their life.

 

Sequoia National Park & Forest

(559) 565-3341

86724 Highway 180

Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633

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Website

Yosemite National Park

(209) 372-0200

Northside Dr Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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