Summer Series: Must Do’s In My State, California Pt.1!

Because California is so big I have two authors that have given their Must Do’s! This will be part 1 and next Friday part 2.

Top Things to Do in California


by Laura Jafarkhani

Author of Lala To Mama


California is an amazing state! It is one of the largest in the United States with plenty to do and see all over. I have split it into Northern and Southern California since often these can be separate trips with how much there is to do! It is not possible to include everything, but these are some of my top recommendations.


Southern California

This is where I live! I live in sunny Orange County (Yes, the real housewives of Orange County was filmed only a few miles from where I live and I even go to the same grocery store as some of them). I was born in Northern California but moved to Southern California when I was 4. Here are the top places you should visit in Southern California:

For another fun activity to do in Southern California check out my post about the Newport Harbor Duffy Boats.

USS Midway

“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

Safari Park


Northern California

Northern and Southern California could be different states with how different they are, especially with the scenery and climate. Northern California is known for Silicon Valley where the big tech boom was and where settlers came in the mid 1800’s in search of gold, but it is so much more.

Here are the top must see places in Northern California:

For a little of both Southern and Northern California take an epic road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway. It stretches the entire length of California and is not a short trip but the views will not disappoint. There are plenty of beaches to stop at along the way. My absolute favorite place to take my kids in Northern California is the Jelly Belly Factory. Tours are free and there are free samples at the end!


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

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About the Author:

Hi! I am Laura and I have a parenting focused blog called https://LalaToMama.com. Before I had kids, I was Auntie LaLa and then I was blessed to have 3 boys of my own. My blog is focused on advice for moms, tips, family adventures and family-friendly recipes. Being a parent is hard so I try to provide content that can help answer questions and make life a little easier. It really does take a village.







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