Virtual U.S. Road Trip- Day 5 - California

Welcome to day 5 of our road trip and today we are in sunny California with Stacee from Adventures of a book Junkie.

Don't Forgot to check out yesterday's post in Arkansas & giveaway here and our extra stop on Texas with author Rachel Caine & Giveaway here

 Check out what awaits us in California. Over to Stacee.

California is a huge state and there’s just so so so much to see. I’m going to break it up between the three main sections of the state that I go to.  I live in San Diego, but we’re in LA quite often.  We’ve been to San Francisco a few times and with every visit, I want more. 

Without further ado: 

San Diego:
Seals and sea lions at Children’s Pool in La Jolla

Los Angeles:

Disneyland {technically, it’s Orange County, but whatever}

San Francisco:

 Places to eat

Mexican food is a big deal in SoCal.  Much like Starbucks, you can find a taco shop on nearly every corner, and everyone has their favorite place to go. One of the staples is carne asada and a common item to order is a California Burrito.  Curious as to what it is? This article explains.  

Think I’m joking about how serious it is? Here’s a “12 best California Burrito list”, although I firmly believe Lolita’s needs to be higher on the list.

Quirky things about California

I found a few weird laws…

In Arcadia: “Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.”
In Baldwin Park: “Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.”
In Blythe: “You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.”
In Carmel: “Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk.”

And then there’s this website called Weird California which highlights some of the stranger things about the state and odd places to see.

Famous people from California

It used to be a big deal to be a California “native”. Now, not so much. When I did a search for celebrities born in Cali, there were a lot of names. Pages and pages and pages of names. When I started clicking on some of those names, it would change and say that the person was currently living in Cali, but was born somewhere else. 

So. Famous people from Cali?  Apparently everyone. 

I do know that Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge from the band Blink-182 are from San Diego, but I couldn't name anyone else. 

Authors or books set in California

Just some of the authors who live in Cali: Gretchen McNeil, Jennifer Niven, Robin Benway, Leigh Bardugo, Mary E. Pearson, Bethany Crandall, Kiersten White, Jandy Nelson, Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Margaret Stohl.

A couple of my favorite books set in Cali: 



Hopefully, this gave a bit of insight on my favorite state in the nation. Huge thanks to Megan for the invite! I learned a few things myself. :D

Thanks Stacee. I have learned a lot about California. What do you guys learn? Have you been to California, do you live in California? Leave me and Stacee a comment below.

Come out day six's Colorado post with author Devin O' Branagan 

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  1. Nice guest post. I've always wanted to go to the San Diego wild animal park, heard so many good things. And that peacock law in Arcadia- huh? Too funny.

    Liars Inc reminded me I want to read that book. I better write it down so I don't forget. :) great post.

  2. I am hoping to visit California many time in my life, there is so much to do and see in such a huge state!

  3. I would add to San Francisco, Golden Gate Park (especially the Japanese Tea Gardens), The Presidio, Japan Town and not forgetting Little Italy for fab eating places!