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These outdoor adventures have ranked as the top 2 experiences in California

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For those who like to get outdoors and discover the best things to do in California, you will love these adventures in your backyard. If you desire a getaway from all the craziness & traffic of the city yet still want to be in the Los Angeles vicinity, these are the perfect activities for you.

The "Top 25 Top Overall Experiences in the United States" TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2022 awards have just been announced. The awards rank the best activities you can do around the world, according to travelers. California has two entries in the Top 25. Keep reading to find out the top two California experiences.

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The top 2 things to do in California, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards

With travel in the last two years being all about socially distant activities, outdoor experiences reigned in the TripAdvisor travel awards. The top two California travel experiences ranked in the "Top 25 Top Overall Experiences in the United States." are loved by travelers and locals alike. The best thing of all for locals is that they are both within 1.5 hrs of Los Angeles. Treat yourself to these entertaining travel experiences and make 2022 an exciting and fun year.

Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Ranking in at No. 17 out of the top 25 experiences in the U.S., the Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour is a delightful way to explore the California coast.

The guided tour, run by Cal Coast Adventures, explores Santa Barbara city. You will pass the waterfront, Funk Zone, Santa Barbara Mission, and Santa Barbara County Courthouse before making your way out to the Pacific coastline.

Your guide will lead you on an educational and historical route around Santa Barbara. As you cruise on your electric bike, you will have many chances to stop along the way for photos.

The 2.5-hour tour includes electric bike rental, a helmet, an educational guide, and bottled water. Travel reviews of the tour show that travelers love the informative and picturesque ride and the knowledgeable local guides.

Of course, you can choose to travel to Santa Barbara, rent an electric bike and do the tour on your own. However, many travelers were happy to find that the tour is not much more expensive than renting e-bikes on your own and that with a guide, you discover the hidden gems of Santa Barbara.

"My family and I took a bike tour with Ally. She was a phenomenal tour guide who made our tour engaging and fun for everyone! Ally was extremely knowledgeable about Santa Barbara and its history, and we were able to see a lot of Santa Barbara in only a few hours. We would highly recommend a tour with Cal Coast Adventures and Ally!" sajnip29., TripAdvisor, December 2021.

Departure details

Cal Coast Adventures, 736 Carpinteria St, Santa Barbara, California.

Travel Times

1.5 hours travel time from Los Angeles.

For more information and bookings - Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour.

Laguna Beach Open Ocean Kayaking Tour with Sea Lion Sightings

Laguna Beach Open Ocean Kayaking Tour with Sea Lion Sightings is the best of the best travel experiences in California.

Whether you are visiting Los Angeles or a local looking for something to do away from the bustling city, this is an experience that will help you make some fun travel memories.

The tour includes brand new equipment, an experienced local guide, and a visit to some of the most picturesque areas of Laguna Beach. Your photos will be Instagram-worthy!

The 1.5-hour tour departs from Laguna Beach and offers the opportunity to explore a unique piece of Laguna Beach coastline, including the marine preserve. Additionally, you will sight sea lions and have a chance to see dolphins and whales.

With a maximum of 12 guests per tour, the equipment provided includes a kayak, paddles, and a life vest.

"Highly recommend. We had a blast with Justin on our kayaking tour. My husband & I booked short notice and worried overcast and rain might derail our activities, but Justin took the two of us out for a fantastic tour on the sea. You leave from a secluded private beach, he gives easy & clear instruction the entire time and has a wealth of knowledge about local history and wildlife. We will be back!" Jenna R., TripAdvisor, October 2021.

Departure details

631 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, California.

Travel Times

One-hour travel time from Los Angeles.

Book direct on TripAdvisor.

If you love outdoor adventures, you shouldn't miss the whale-watching season, which is on now! Read more - Starting this month, you can see thousands of gray whales traveling along the California Coast. Here's how to see them.

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