Most Beautiful Places to Visit in California, 2023

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Planning a California vacation for 2023? Discover our top picks for the perfect trip!

Mountains, forests, beaches, and deserts; with so many beautiful places to visit in California, where do you start? We’ve put together a list of our favorite places in the Golden State, so you can start planning your California vacation today! Whether you want a beach vacation, to explore the Californian wine country, or enjoy the national parks in a cozy cabin we have the glamping rental for you!

LA, California: escape the big city

Los Angeles, California; the home of Hollywood, Venice Beach, and the hang out of the rich and the famous. The city is surrounded by incredible areas to enjoy a vacation in the great outdoors. Less than 90 minutes from downtown LA, you can be exploring the San Bernandino National Park or the Los Padres National Forest, and the Angeles National Forest. With some incredible cabins in California to rent you can head out on a glamping adventure, and escape into the great outdoors! Why not book a stay at this gorgeous trailer rental with views overlooking the stunning San Fernando Valley? Close to the beach and national parks, it is the perfect getaway rental to enjoy a California vacation in the great outdoors.

Glamping near LA is perfect for a California vacation

Explore the best national parks in California, some of the best places to vacation in California

When it comes to national parks, in California, beautiful spots aren’t hard to come by. In fact, you’re spoiled for choice. From forests to deserts, lakes to the coastline, Californian national parks have got it all. Yosemite, one of the most beautiful places in California, with the iconic El Capitan is a perfect spot for glamping! The Sierra National Forest with places like Shaver Lake, has luxury cabins, yurts, and unique glamping options for the perfect stay. We’ve picked a few of our favorites for a California vacation this year to help you plan your next California adventure!

Explore the best national parks in California

Lose yourself in Yosemite National Park, California: beautiful vacation destinations

In California, places to visit don’t come much more dramatic than Yosemite National Park. If you head to Yosemite, vacation rentals ranging from cabins, yurts, and even villas are available for an unforgettable family vacation. With so much incredible natural beauty to explore and so many things to do in Yosemite National Park, this is one of the best places to visit in California. There are plenty of hiking trails and wilderness to discover, and some of the best rock climbing in the world to try! This is an incredible destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Yosemite has climbing routes for all skill levels, whether you’re relatively new to the activity, or a pro like Alex Honnold. The fisherman in your group can enjoy some fly fishing in the river, and aspiring cowboys will love the horse riding tours through the park.

Spend your California vacation exploring Yosemite National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, California; vacation in the desert

Characterized by rugged rock formations, and stark desert landscapes, Joshua Tree is spectacular. The cactus-dotted Colorado and Mojave Deserts of Joshua Tree, are truly the ultimate California vacation. Things to do in Joshua Tree include rock climbing and hiking, but you’ll also be close to the Coachella Valley. If you time your vacation you can also enjoy the annual music festival that takes place in the desert. Spend days outdoors exploring Skull Rock, or taking in the sights from Keys View. Head back to your own luxury lodging and soak in a hot tub, the best way to relax after a wholesome day in this beautiful Californian national park.

rock climbing is one of many things to do in Joshua Tree

Point Reyes, California: vacation along the Californian coast

Point Reyes is a stunning national park in Northern California, just 30 miles north of San Francisco. With some incredible opportunities for luxury glamping and waterfront rentals. Dramatic hikes along the coastline, sea kayaking, and outdoor adventure activities are easy to find here. Point Reyes also gives you a great opportunity to enjoy some of the incredible seafood from the area or head to the Point Reyes vineyards for some fantastic California winetasting!

Visit Point Reyes National Park and enjoy stunning coastline.

Things to Do in San Bernardino National Forest

With some incredible cabins in San Bernardino to rent, including unique A-frames, there is no excuse not to book a vacation here. Depending on what time of year you plan your California vacation, you can enjoy a variety of things to do in the San Bernardino National Forest. During the summer, it is perfect for hiking and climbing, while the snowy months of the year are great for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. San Bernardino also boasts the Deep Creek Hot Springs, the perfect way to warm yourself in the fall while taking in stunning vistas of the surrounding park.

Things to do in San Bernardino National Forest

Explore the desert from Palm Springs, CA

On the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest and set in the Sonoran Desert, Palm Springs, CA is known for its hot springs, golf courses, and resorts. However, Palm Springs vacation rentals also offer you the perfect chance to explore the great outdoors while enjoying all the amenities of the city itself. With hiking, biking, and even horse-drawn wagon rides, there are numerous fun and exciting ways to explore the surrounding desert. You can also enjoy a horseriding tour, or for any of you petrolheads out there, there are also jeep tours through parts of the desert.

Stay in one of our unique Palm Springs vacation rentals

Enjoy the crystal clear water of the stunning Lake Tahoe

Bordering Nevada, a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and one of the most popular tourist places in California. Lake Tahoe is perfect for a family vacation all year round. In the summer a Lake Tahoe vacation can be spent enjoying the lake’s numerous, stunning beaches and clear blue waters. Enjoy days swimming, kayaking, and more, while in the winter, there are ski resorts in the surrounding area. With so many things to do in Lake Tahoe, cabin rentals are available throughout the year, finding the perfect place to stay is vital, and with vacation rentals such as this pet-friendly cabin rental, you’ll be perfectly situated to enjoy them all!

Lake Tahoe, California

For more fun, California getaways, don’t miss a visit to the California wine country! Love traveling with your pets, California has plenty of dog-friendly glamping sites.

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