Climbing in Yosemite - photo Myles McGuinness
California is an adventurer’s mecca. Whether you’re seeking thrills on land, sea, or sky, this state has an activity that will get your heart pumping.
California is home to more than 800 miles of Pacific coastline, not counting myriad bays and inlets. It is a paradise for ocean sports and activities. Still, travelers ought to note that the Pacific Ocean can be chilly, and wetsuits are the norm when in the water for any length of time.
In addition to its coast, California has 270 state parks, 19 national forests, more than a dozen major mountain ranges, 14 million acres of federal wilderness area, 32 million acres of forest, and 21 million acres of desert. Whether you’re hiking and backpacking, cycling, rock climbing, camping, or caving, California has plenty of space in which to do it.
And come winter, California’s mountains turn into winter playgrounds. Millions of skiers, snowboarders, and snow-lovers flock to alpine resort towns to have fun in all that winter white.