California is a gorgeous state with activities galore even for those seeking a less strenuous itinerary. Due to its immense size and diverse landscapes, California offers something for everyone. Whatever you want – California has it, from 840 miles of stunning coastline to the majestic redwood forests, to one of its many mountain ranges, to its hot and dry desert regions and everything in between.
So, what can someone looking for non-strenuous activities do in the Golden State? Let’s take a look.
If you enjoy getting in the car and taking an afternoon drive, you won’t be disappointed with what the state has to offer. When driving, remember to take time to get out of the car and stretch every hour or so. You don’t want to be stiff and sore when you reach your destination.
There are many different scenic drives to choose from, but one of the most famous is Highway 1 along the coast. Before planning your trip along Highway 1, be sure to check the CalTrans site for road conditions. Parts of the highway have been closed down by due to weather conditions. Everyday Health offers great road trip tips to make your next road trip a success, including tips on eating right, staying awake while driving, being comfortable and avoiding stress.
If you enjoy wine and want to tour one of the state’s wine producing regions, here are amazing five-day road trips to inspire the wine lover in you. These trips are filled with activity suggestions giving you the option to pick and choose those that interest you and those you have the energy for. Here are a few upcoming events that may interest you, as you decide which wineries you might want to tour. Be sure to check the events page as these are but a few of the many that are scheduled.
- Kick off your holidays at Madera Wine Trail’s Holiday Spirit Weekend hosted by the Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries on November 11th and 12th. During the event, you can enjoy wine tasting, food, live music and specialty gift shopping.
- Take a light-hearted TED-talk style romp through The History of Wine on November 16th with world-renowned ethno-botanist and the world’s leading authority on ancient wine, Dr. Patrick McGovern, at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival which runs from the 12th through the 19th of November.
- Make a dent in your holiday shopping at an upcoming event in the area, the Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend, on December 1st through the 3rd at the Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville.
- On December 13th in Wente, you can enjoy an evening of wine pairing, bites and a gingerbread house decorating workshop at the Wente Gingerbread House Workshop & Wine Pairing during a tour of Livermore Valley.
- If touring the Sierra Foothills on December 1st through the 3rd, you might enjoy the Holiday Festival of Wines at the Calaveras Tasting Rooms – an entire weekend of tastings and holiday gift specials, plus food and wine pairings from more than twenty Calaveras wineries.
You don’t have to do a five-day road trip to enjoy a winery. Rather than visiting multiple wineries during an extended road trip, visiting just one every now and then might better suit you and your schedule. Once you determine your travel destination, you can then look for a winery in that area. Discover California Wines provides an interactive map featuring 715 wineries across the state that you can filter by region, varietal and amenities. With this handy tool you are sure to find a glass of wine that you’ll enjoy!
If you enjoy hiking, here are twelve of the easiest trails in the Golden State. Get ready to enjoy the great outdoors with a non-strenuous walk on one of these nature trails. Click on the links for more details and to make sure the trails are open at the time you intend to visit. Be sure to bring water with you as you enjoy one of these trails.
- Etiwanda Falls Trail, located near Rancho Cucamonga, is a 3.4-mile out and back trail featuring a waterfall.
- Temescal Canyon Trail, located near Pacific Palisades, is a 3-mile loop trail that also features a waterfall.
- Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail, near La Jolla, is a 2.3-mile loop trail with several activity options.
- Paradise Falls Trail, located near Thousand Oaks, is a 2.8-mile loop trail with a number of activity options.
- Escondido Fall Trail, located near Malibu, is a 3.7-mile out and back trail featuring a waterfall. Leashed dogs allowed.
- Mount Rubidoux Trail, near Riverside, is a 2.7-mile loop trail featuring wildflowers. Leashed dogs permitted.
- Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail, located near Mount Vernon, is a 3.1-mile out and back trail with several activity options. Leashed dogs permitted.
- Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail, near San Diego, is a 7-mile loop trail featuring a waterfall and a number of activity options. Leashed dogs permitted.
- Heart Rock Trail, located near Cedarpines Park, is a 1.7-mile out and back trail featuring a waterfall. Leashed dogs are permitted.
- Lower Yosemite Falls Trail, near Mariposa, is a 1.1-mile loop trail featuring a waterfall and a number of activity options. Leashed dogs are permitted.
- Michael D Antonovich Trail, located near San Dimas, is longer at 6 miles. It is an out and back trail that features a lake and also offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are allowed on the trail.
- Glacier Point Trail, near Mariposa, is a shorter .6-mile out and back trail featuring a waterfall and several activity options.
Cruises, Tours and Water Expeditions
With 840 miles of coastline, you’re sure to find a cruise, tour or water expedition that meets your interests.
- If you enjoy whale and dolphin watching, you’ll catch sight of these large mammals one of these tours. And you’re sure to spot a few water birds as well.
- How about a glass bottomed boat tour? In Avalon, you can enjoy a 45-minute cruise to the pristine waters of Lover’s Cove. Glide over undersea gardens and kelp forests. Lots of fish to see, even an occasional sea turtle is spotted, and you have the opportunity to feed the fish to attract more. Above water, enjoy the breathtaking views Catalina Island has to offer.
- Travel below the water’s surface where you come face-to-face with the ocean’s abundant marine life on a submarine tours.
- Enjoy a meal while experiencing all the ocean has to offer on a brunch cruise, lunch cruise or dinner cruise.
- Other cruises available up and down the coast include catamaran cruises, day cruises, gondola cruises or one of the many breathtaking sunset cruises.
- Dozens of additional sailing trips and expeditions are available, lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to all day. Experience the thrill as the sailboat slices through the water on one of these exhilarating sailboat trips.
Other Activities Around the State
The San Francisco Bay Area Older Adults group offers events for adults age 50+. Events include trips to museums, art classes, lectures, cultural activities, hikes, volunteer activities and much more. Check out their site to find something that might interest you.
In San Diego, you’ll enjoy the Duck Tour, a 90-minute fully-narrated tour that travels on land and sea in an amphibious vehicle.
When it’s time to return home, Lake Park is the ideal place to relax and enjoy life. Lake Park is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers an active, maintenance-free lifestyle you will love. Contact us today to learn more.