The Golden State of California offers more outdoor recreation and photo opportunities than most in the USA. The topography varies greatly - from uncrowded beaches, to lush valleys, mountains and deserts. One never runs out of free things to do in California. Many of the best places are free of charge, like Point Reyes, Lake Tahoe, Morro Rock, or the Golden Gate Bridge. But a trip up the very popular Coit Tower in San Francisco will set you back $8 (2017 prices). A visit to the usually crowded Muir Woods is $10.
Yosemite, San Francisco and the Pacific Coast should be at the top of your list of scenic California places.
Yosemite is regarded by many as the most scenic place in America. And if you ever saw the great works of famed photographer Ansel Adams, you would agree. San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast is considered by many to be the most scenic drive in America.
There are lesser-known beautiful places to discover in California and many on this site.