Going to San Francisco for a day, or just have a long layover, and want to see as much as you can? For Free? No worries. I used to live in the Bay Area and have prepared a self-guided walking tour for you to see top sights in one day in San Francisco on foot. Yep, no car required.
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CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Hello, my name is Gwen, and here is my California travel guide for over 40 solo travel, including budget, safety/female and eco-travel tips, photographs and interesting posts for your California travel planning.
WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
INTERESTING CALIFORNIA FACTS
- Became the 31stU.S. state on September 9, 1850
- Capital: Sacramento
- Largest City: Los Angeles
- Area: 163,696 square miles / 3rdlargest U.S. state
- State Nickname: The Golden State
- State Motto: Eureka
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POPULAR CALIFORNIA DESTINATIONS
In addition to U.S. holidays, California may observe additional state or local holidays. It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your California destination! Take a few moments to see if there are holidays specific to California to better help you plan your trip.
TIPPING IN CALIFORNIA
Traveling in a new country is easier when you know the country’s tipping etiquette in advance as each country has its own rules. That said, for California, please see tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide.
SAFETY / FEMALE TRAVEL TIPS
CALIFORNIA TRAVEL SAFETY
Please see my U.S. travel tips. In addition, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel; let people know where are you going and provide them your itinerary; and, ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.
BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS
BEST TIME TO VISIT CALIFORNIA
Depending on where you go and when you go will greatly impact how much your California trip will be. Off season (winter) anywhere should cost less than shoulder (spring and autumn) and high season (summer). But let’s face it – this is California and it can be expensive. I suggest doing research and booking well in advance no matter where you go to cut down on travel costs.
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SUSTAINABILITY / ECO TRAVEL TIPS
It is very easy to do your part for the planet and implement environmental sustainability into your travel. If you would like to learn more about how you can implement environmentally sustainable, or eco-friendly, travel measures into your travel, please see my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and suggested Eco Travel Resources.
Additionally, if you are flying to, or within, the California consider purchasing carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are several ways to go about this to help reduce your impact to climate change through your travel. Check it out!
I was born in SoCal and lived in California for 15 years of my adult life, not to mention all of the summers I spent there visiting family. I absolutely love California. Sorry, but in my humble opinion, California is the best in the U.S.! It’s on the forefront of all trends and laws. It has amazing weather, great wine tasting, the San Francisco Giants, my friends and family, and TONS of things to do! If you haven’t been to California, go!