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Things to Do in California

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Read about things to do in California, from the best-rated and most popular to the hidden gems and things worth planning ahead for.
  1. Top Things to Do in California: Most Popular Places
  2. Readers' Top-Rated Things to Do in California
  3. Things to Do in the Rest of California
  4. Best Beaches
  1. Free Things to Do in California
  2. Things for the Whole Family to Do in California
  3. California Activities by Month

Top Things to Do in California: Most Popular Places

Mad Tea Party Teacups Ride at Night, Disneyland

We've been there and done it, our readers have given their opinions in polls and we looked at what's most popular. It takes all of that to create a really useful list of the best things to do in California. Take a look at these lists of the top things to do in the state's most popular destinations.

Readers' Top-Rated Things to Do in California

Don't take our word for it. Thousands of readers have voted in our polls, rating these things to do in California for you, on a scale from "Just say no" to "Awesome." Every place on this list gets over two-thirds of its votes as "good" or "awesome." They're listed from the highest-rated down, with tying entries in alphabetical order.

Things to Do in the Rest of California

Maybe you've been to California before or live here. Maybe you're a contrarian vacationer who'd rather see things others miss. Or maybe you're looking for a specific place to see or thing to do in California. No matter what your motivation, there are plenty of things to see and do, no matter where you go. Check out these indexes to find some places besides the most popular ones listed above.

Best Beaches

California is famous for its beaches, but they're not all like the ones you see on television. Use these guides to find the best places to surf, stroll, play and stay, no matter where you go.

Free Things to Do in California

2004 Rose Parade Float

We don't know about you, but we think free is a pretty great price. Did you know you can watch the Rose Parade for free? Or that San Francisco has free things to do among its top sights than any other California city?

Things for the Whole Family to Do in California

If your trip includes children (or if you never grew up yourself), these are some of the really fun things you can do in California. Our family travel guides include the places where we've seen families having the most fun, places our readers vote tops for family travel.

California Activities by Month

This month-by-month guide includes all the most interesting and fun races, festivals, tours, celebrations and other fun events that happen every year. We even know when the meteors are going to fall and tell you where to see them.

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