Top 4 Things for California Visitors to Keep in Mind

July 15, 2021

The Golden State is gorgeous, inviting, and big. In fact, it can take about 12 to 13 hours to drive from one end of California to the other. In between, you’ll find a wealth of beautiful scenery, lots of sunshine, charming beaches and local attractions, world-class wine, delicious cuisine, and so much more. If you’re already sold on a trip to Cali, here are four key things to know if you’ll be visiting California.

1. You Can Rent What You Need When You Get Here

When visiting California, you don’t need to pack a lot when it comes to things you’ll need for most of the common activities here. Save space and avoid the hassle of lugging a bunch of extra stuff back and forth by renting what you need once you arrive. The list of things you can rent after arriving here includes:

• A car if you have plans to visit multiple locations or go on day trips
• Surfboards, kayaks, boats, and other water-based accessories
• Gear for camping, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities

2. The Weather Isn’t Always Hot

Although the Golden State is famous for abundant sunshine, California isn’t all heat all the time. The state actually has several different climates and some surprising variations in weather. For instance, in the San Diego area, temperatures are generally mild even in the summer due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. If a visit to Cali takes you to the Eastern Sierras, though, it can be cold even during the warmer months of the year, and at higher elevations, evenings can get chilly. It’s important to be aware of the possibilities with weather variations so you can pack clothes that are appropriate for your destination.

3. Popular Spots Tend to Be Less Crowded on Weekdays

Popular beaches and attractions that tend to appeal to both locals and visitors are often crowded on weekends. Even so, if you do some research before you visit, you can find some fantastic places that are off the beaten path, such as the meditation gardens in the San Diego area that overlook the Pacific. But if you have your heart set on visiting more popular spots, consider a weekday visit instead. You’re also likely to find lower rates during the week at hotels near downtown San Diego.

On a related note, some places require reservations ahead of time due to COVID-related efforts to manage crowds. It can also be helpful to make reservations at local restaurants in advance.

4. There May Be Travel Restrictions

California’s website now officially declares the state’s economy is “fully open.” Restaurants, for the most part, are open again for dine-in options, although some eateries still have limitations, so check ahead of time. For travelers, the California Department of Public Health does recommend:

• Delaying traveling here until you’re fully vaccinated
• Getting tested before and after your visit if you’re not vaccinated
• Following state and local guidelines regarding masks and social distancing

Note: According to the CDC, self-quarantining is no longer required for travelers who are fully vaccinated.

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