Anyone who has ever traveled to the West Coast knows there are vacation options for just about everyone. Those who have never been can choose from several cities and small towns that offer great local dining, accommodations in all price ranges, indoor and outdoor activities, and local flavor not found anywhere else. One of the most popular destinations on the coast is southern California. Those headed to the region can enjoy stops in LA, Hollywood, Temecula and LA. Hollywood is probably one of the first places you think of when considering this part of the country. Everyone should experience the contrast of silver screen actors and the local residents of affluent Beverly Hills. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the entire city while there, driving past a contract warehouse or a 3 PL. When you are finished in LA, head south to San Diego, a seaside town with charm and plenty to do.
Further north up the coast, visitors to California will enjoy visiting the city of San Francisco. Nothing like the southern part of the state, San Francisco is a combination of free and artistic thinking, blended with the charm of a sea-fairing community. Visitors to San Francisco will love sailing around Alcatraz, whale watching, and then enjoying a delicious seafood dinner. Strolling along the docks in San Francisco is a great way to spend a few hours in the city.
Offering a blend of southern and northern California charm, the Napa Valley is the destination for those who love wine and want a quiet, romantic getaway. The area is filled with bed and breakfast establishments that offer personalized accommodations in a quaint surrounding. Visitors to the Napa Valley can tour wineries and enjoy wine tastings, dine at some of the finest restaurants in the country, and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities through the California countryside.
Heading further north, visitors to the West Coast will want to make a stop in Portland. This city continues to grow and while there are more cosmopolitan options, few offer the character and quirkiness of Portland. The city is home to a variety of restaurants and galleries. Portland prides itself on being at the forefront of the environmental movement and in addition to spending time in the outdoors, many of the hotels and other establishments in the city do what they can to stay green.
Far from your final option on the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest town of Seattle grows in vacation popularity every year. The most popular attraction in Seattle is probably the public market, where locals and tourists enjoy the fish throwing show that happens all day. The market is filled with dining and retail shopping options and visitors can barely walk five steps without running into a gourmet coffee shop. Seattle has a thriving art scene and those headed to the city should plan to spend a few hours browsing galleries and shops for handcrafted items created by local artisans. Plan to enjoy a fresh seafood meal ocean side while in town.