California is rightly known as America’s sunshine state, thanks to its fine weather. The state also offers plenty of famous attractions in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. These cities can often be quite expensive and very busy with tourists, however. As such, if you are interested in visiting some of the lesser known gems that California has to offer, then the list of places below should  give you some inspiration for your next trip to this beautiful corner of the US.


Being so close to Los Angeles, Burbank is the perfect place for those who don’t want to pay the same price-tag as they would in LA, but who still want to enjoy the fantastic sights in the area. Film fans will also be pleased to hear that they can visit the local sets of some of the most famous films and television shows through the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Furthermore, Burbank offers many affordable hotels, so a visit here doesn’t need to break your bank.

Chula Vista

Chula Vista is near the better-known San Diego but also has a number of its own attractions worth visiting. The 500-plus acres Chula Vista Bayfront, for example, is currently being transformed into a world-class waterfront resort destination. There is also a great choice of budget hotels available in Chula Vista, with an average price of around $67 per night.


Roseville is the perfect place for culture and art lovers, with plenty of museums and galleries to choose from. For example, the Blue Line Arts non-profit membership organization has been featuring exhibits from local, regional, and national artists for more than 40 years. Travelers on a tight budget will be pleased to hear that there is also a wide array of budget-friendly hotels available in Roseville.



California State Capitol: Photo by Always Wanderlust (Adonis V.) via

Sacramento is one of the most historic cities in California, with interesting landmarks such as the Guy A. West Memorial Bridge, the California State Capitol, Sutter’s Fort, and the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, which is an outdoor museum recording California’s history from the Gold Rush Era through to today. Sacramento also boasts a wide range of hotels, from budget, through mid-range, to luxury hotels for those who wish to splash out a little more.

San Luis Obispo

Wine lovers will be in for a treat when visiting San Luis Obispo, as the area boasts more than two dozen wineries that produce delicious wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and other Rhône varietals in the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valley. Most of the wineries offer tasting sessions to try some of their best wines. If you need a good rest after all this wine-tasting then San Luis Obispo offers a wide variety of different hotel options too.

As you can see, there are plenty of great destinations in the West that are just waiting to be explored. So why not book your well-deserved summer break and soak up the atmosphere of this charming part of the U.S.?


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