Golden State for Less
The cost of living in California ranks among the highest in the country. But visitors don't need a movie star's net worth to enjoy the wealth of attractions the state has to offer, from redwood forests in the north to sunny weather in the south. Here are some of the best things in California to experience and explore on a budget. And if you're heading to L.A., be sure to order my guidebooks, "100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die" and "Secret Los Angeles: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure," which feature plenty of fun, free and cheap activities to explore in and around the city.