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4 Best Memorable California Road Trip Towns

by Staff

Discover the charm of 4 unforgettable California towns just a road trip away from Washington state. Start your adventure now!

I haven’t been on a road trip in a long time.

The last road trip I took was in Washington, from Yakima to Ellensburg.

This was during the tail end of the COVID pandemic, and I went on this quick road trip by myself.

I stopped in the Red Pickle for a black bean burger and fries, took a brisk walk downtown and peered inside a few shop windows, and then I parked my car and walked around the Central WA University Campus on a quest to find the Japanese Garden. (I never did find it, bummer!)

For my next road trip, I want to head to California, and I want to take my 13-year-old kiddo with me.

I can’t wait for us to hit the open road and take in all the fresh California air! (That was a sleek iCarly reference, if you caught it.)

Now, I will share with you some towns that I cannot wait to visit on my next road trip to California.

These are California towns less than a 12 hour drive or so from Central Washington, so give or take an hour depending on where you live in Washington state.

9 HR DRIVE TO CRESCENT CITY FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Crescent City

  • Battery Point Lighthouse
  • Check out the tide pools at Pebble Beach Trails

 

 

10 HOUR DRIVE TO EUREKA FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Eureka

Actually, Eureka is about a 10 1/2 drive from Central Washington.

Things you can do in Eureka:

  • Sequoia Park Zoo
  • Humboldt Botanical Garden

 

12 HOUR DRIVE TO SACRAMENTO, CA FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Sacramento

Take I-5 South to head to Sacramento. Here are some fun activities to do in California’s capitol city.

  • Have a treat at Vic’s Ice Cream Parlor
  • See the Johnny Cash Mural
  • Buy something at the Corti Brothers Grocery

 

12 HOUR DRIVE TO CHICO, CA FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Chico

It’s a college town, so there are plenty of fun things to do in Chico.

Gold Country Casino Resort in Oroville CA

Gold Country Casino Resort via Google Maps

Bidwell Mansion in Butte Valley CA

Google Street View

Rent a Baby Goat at Legendary Farms in Oroville, CA

Rent a Baby Goat Legendary Farms via Google Maps

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