If you are having Adventures In California, be sure to include Santa Barbara in your plans ... photo by CC user http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu

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There are plenty of reasons to visit California; not only does this western American state offer scenic Pacific beaches, but you’ll also find popular tourist attractions that bring people from all over the world. During your California dream vacation, be sure to visit top cities such as Ventura, Santa Barbara, Hawthorne, Burlingame, and Chula Vista. A stay in any of these destinations will satisfy your lust of adventures in California…

Ventura

One of California’s popular beachside towns, Ventura is a great place to kick back and relax. For a day by the water, head to McGrath State Beach, Emma Wood State Beach, Oxnard Beach Park, or San Buenaventura State Beach. For an intimate live entertainment experience, buy a ticket to a show at Olivas Adobe. If this isn’t enough for you, head to one of the city’s top historical sites, called Mission San Buenaventura. This Franciscan mission church was founded in 1782 and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. To start planning your stay in Ventura, consider booking a room in one of the city’s most affordable hotels.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a well-known Cali destinations for a good reason. The city offers a laid-back vibe that you will immediately find comforting. During your stay, visit the historic Stearns Wharf, where you’ll find tons of options for shopping, dining, and drinking. Traveling as a family? Spend a day at Santa Barbara Zoo or head to the beach to enjoy the Pacific sand and surf. Other popular tourist spots include Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Historical Museum. When deciding where to stay, consider one of these budget-friendly Santa Barbara hotels.

Hawthorne

A trip to Hawthorne may not mean beaches and tons of sightseeing, but it will certainly leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Take a helicopter ride over the city with Star Helicopters Company, or check out the popular Beach Boys Monument. For a tasty meal and cold beer, grab lunch or dinner at Coach’s Corner Bar and Grill. Another perk of Hawthorne? The city is jam-packed with affordable hotel options that will keep you more than comfortable during your stay here.

Burlingame

If you’re an art fanatic, history buff, or nature lover, be sure to make Burlingame your next stop. The top things to do here include the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, Shorebird Sanctuary, Peninsula Museum of Art, and Crystal Springs Golf Club. For the epitome of relaxation, book an appointment at Project Zen Massage and Bodywork or Tamika Nails and Spa. Before planning your itinerary, book a room in one of many Burlingame hotels that won’t break the bank.

Chula Vista

For a family fun vacation, there is no better place than Chula Vista. Take the kids to Aquatic Water Park for the day, or spend an educational day at Living Coast Discovery Center. Looking to enjoy the outdoors? Head to Chula Vista Bayside Park, Marina View Park, or Rice Canyon Trail. For tips on where to stay, look no further than these popular Chula Vista hotels.