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Millennial Bucket List of 10 Must-See Gems in California

For Millennials planning a trip to California, don’t book your stay in Los Angeles or San Francisco just yet.

Before solidifying your trip, take a look at this bucket list of must-visit locations around the state. Making your visit far more interesting and memorable is sure.

1) Mammoth Hot Springs

If you’re visiting Bridgeport or going skiing in Mammoth, don’t forget to make a stop at the Mammoth Hot Springs. This hidden gem is a paradise of hot, blue water. To top it off, there’s an amazing view of the mountains from Hilltop Tub.

2) Palm Springs

Everyone has heard of Palm Springs, but if you love golf or tennis, staying at palm springs resorts is a must. Many of the resorts are located just a stone’s throw away from some of the best golf courses and tennis facilities in the state. The views aren’t bad either.

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3) Nitwit Ridge

If you’re visiting Hearst Castle and don’t take the time to stop by Nitwit Ridge, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Located in Cambria, CA, this historic landmark castle was designed by artist Art Harold Beal. He lived in the castle on the hill for fifty years. Now you can tour it.

4) Cayucos

Beach lovers will thank me for sharing this hidden gem. Cayucos is a hidden beach town that only a few California natives even know exists.

You can find it off the main drag of 101. Located in central California is a smooth, flat beach you won’t be able to resist walking along. Get old-fashion ice cream, taste wine, shop for antiques and see Old Cayucos Tavern, an old cowboy hub.

5) Arcata

For a little bit of small-town charm, you will want to visit Arcata. It’s the perfect place to enjoy entertainment and boutique shopping nestled in the famous California Redwoods.

There’s a certain level of Victorian charm to the buildings and makes for the perfect place to stop for a night on a long Cali road trip.

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6) Placerville & El Dorado County

Formerly known as California’s Gold Country, Placerville was once home to the famous California Gold Rush. Now you can enjoy tours through the mines or a stroll through a vineyard when you stay.

And don’t forget to visit the Placerville Historic Museum, located in an old soda factory.

7) Guerneville

Enjoy food, redwoods, and the beach when you visit Guerneville. Located in Sonoma County, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular stop for the wine lovers. You can enjoy the nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and so much more.

Come at the right time of year, and you can also partake in the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival.

8) Point Reyes Station

If you enjoy small town charm a short drive from big-city life, Point Reyes Station is perfect.

It’s only one hour’s drive from San Francisco and offers rugged, beautiful coastline cliffs and waterfalls, redwoods, hiking, and whale watching. Visit Point Reyes Lighthouse for some of the best views of the area.

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9) Methuselah

This isn’t the mythological Methuselah, though it is a bristlecone pine almost 5,000 years old.

You can find this ancient tree in the heart of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, above the desert. Standing beside this tree will make you feel young again.

10) Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

When visiting the beautiful snow-topped Mt. Whitney, you only have a short distance to travel to stop by a charming European-themed estate.

The Fish Hatchery sits on beautiful, lush land and boasts a 1916 chateau with trout beds. Stop by for a picnic or a garden walk. Visit the gift shop. You won’t regret it.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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