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The Golden State  
With its diverse landscapes, from stunning coastlines and redwood forests to sun-drenched deserts and majestic mountains, California offers a dreamy escape for every traveler. Immerse yourself in its vibrant cities, indulge in world-class cuisine, and explore iconic attractions, making unforgettable memories in this enchanting destination.

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Scroll down to see some of our favorite things to do and places to see.

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Day Trips

Just 1-2 hours from campus, experience the magic of Disneyland in Anaheim, the vibrant culture and stunning beaches in San Diego, or escape to Catalina Island. There is so much to see and do!

California boasts world-famous amusement parks like Disneyland, where enchanting characters come to life, Universal Studios with immersive movie-themed rides, and Six Flags offering thrilling roller coasters, providing endless fun for all ages.

A vibrant coastal city, San Diego delights visitors with its stunning beaches, bustling waterfront, world-renowned zoo, and cultural gems like Balboa Park, making it a perfect blend of urban excitement and laid-back beach vibes.

Escape to Catalina Island's idyllic oasis, offering outdoor adventures like hiking, snorkeling, and zip-lining, coupled with charming shops, restaurants, and the chance to spot the island's native bison.

Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Arrowhead lures visitors with its serene beauty, offering boating, fishing, hiking, and a picturesque village for a relaxing mountain getaway.

Known for its desert retreats and mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs is a mecca for relaxation, offering hot springs, golf courses, art galleries, and a lively downtown scene.

A coastal paradise, Laguna Beach captivates with its stunning coves, art galleries, and beautiful hiking trails, creating a perfect haven for beach lovers and art enthusiasts.

Transport yourself to a charming Danish village in Solvang, featuring windmills, bakeries with delectable pastries, and unique shops offering a taste of Europe in California.

A hidden gem in Malibu, Point Dume boasts breathtaking coastal views, sea caves, and a chance to spot dolphins and whales, attracting hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in an underwater wonderland at the Long Beach Aquarium, where you can marvel at marine life exhibits and even touch sharks and rays.

Experience the beauty of coastal bluffs, hiking trails, and native flora and fauna at Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, offering a peaceful escape just outside Los Angeles.

Weekend Trips

3-5 hours from campus, experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, marvel at the majestic giants in Sequoia National Park, and unwind amidst the scenic beauty of Morro Bay's coastal charm.

A world-famous natural treasure, Yosemite captivates with its awe-inspiring waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and diverse wildlife, providing a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

The dazzling entertainment capital, Las Vegas offers a vibrant nightlife, iconic casinos, extravagant shows, and a chance to indulge in an array of dining and shopping experiences.

A winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders, Mammoth Mountain provides snowy slopes, while summer welcomes hikers and mountain bikers to explore its breathtaking landscapes.

Discover the beauty of the desert at Anza Borrego, where spring blooms bring a stunning wildflower spectacle, and year-round hiking opportunities abound.

A charming mountain village, Idyllwild is a haven for artists, hikers, and nature lovers, offering picturesque surroundings, boutique shops, and a serene atmosphere.

Marvel at the majestic giants, the world's largest trees, at Sequoia National Park, and explore its scenic wilderness, crystal-clear rivers, and awe-inspiring landscapes.

This picturesque coastal town allures with its iconic Morro Rock, waterfront attractions, and a chance to spot diverse marine life, making it a delightful destination for nature enthusiasts.

Experience the extremes of Death Valley, the hottest and driest place in North America, with its otherworldly landscapes, unique salt flats, and colorful canyons.

Long Weekend Trips

Just 6-8 hours from campus, discover the awe-inspiring wonders of the Grand Canyon National Park, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of San Francisco, and experience the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe.

A city of iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, San Francisco captivates with its hilly streets, diverse neighborhoods, and rich cultural scene.

Although located just outside California, this natural wonder is a must-visit, offering mind-blowing vistas, hiking opportunities, and an unforgettable experience of sheer grandeur.

Explore Monterey's stunning coastline, visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and indulge in fresh seafood in this charming coastal town.

A year-round paradise, Lake Tahoe entices with its crystal-clear waters, ski resorts, hiking trails, and casinos, providing an exciting mix of outdoor adventures and entertainment.

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