The Best of California on a Budget
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.
Big cities are often hyped among the best tourist destinations in California, but many of the state's small towns are gems. A trip to Pacific Grove combines beaches, history, and classic charm. Check out Point Pinos Lighthouse, have lunch at the Beach House restaurant, and enjoy an afternoon swimming or surfing at Lovers Point Park and Beach. The various small shops along Main Street invite leisurely shopping.
Pfeiffer Beach is known for a remarkable, one-of-a-kind feature -- purple sand. Beaches in Big Sur can be hard to find or access, due to the steep terrain, and many are on private property. But few regret making the effort to reach Pfeiffer Beach, and the drive through Big Sur is breathtaking. Entry is $10 a car.
Hosting more than 2,500 sellers and attracting more than 20,000 buyers each month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena has been delighting crowds for 45 years running. The flea market is open on the second Sunday of every month.