World travel may be limited right now, but there are still ways to feel like you've ventured thousands of miles away from home. These places in California will make you feel like you're on the other side of the globe, no passport required. Maybe it's time to gear up for that road trip and start knocking off some bucket-list items. 

California is a vast state with tons of different topographies, weather, and parks to experience.

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Between the mountains, deserts, lush forests, and miles of ocean shoreline, there is an abundance of places to explore. 

This list will take you on a trip around the world without leaving the Golden State.

From European-style towns to exotic beaches, it's easy to feel like you've left the U.S. behind and taken a quick vacation elsewhere. 

Pack your bags and tell your family bon voyage!


Address: Capitola, CA

Why You Need To Go: Taking a trip to this adorable coastal town feels like you've stumbled upon villas in Italy.


Forestiere Underground Gardens

Price: $19

Address: 5021 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA

Why You Need To Go: These subterranean gardens were built by a Sicilian man in the early 1900s. They feel like they're something out of a fairy tale.


Pfeiffer Beach 

Address: Big Sur, CA

Why You Need To Go: Not only does this stunning beach have purple sand, it's got breathtaking cliff and ocean views, too.



Address: Solvang, CA

Why You Need To Go: This charming Danish village will transport you to Europe.



Address: Santa Catalina Island, CA

Why You Need To Go: Visiting this historic seaside town on Catalina Island makes you feel like you've been transported to the Mediterranean.


Laguna Beach

Address: Laguna Beach, CA

Why You Need To Go: It has a pirate tower and tons of secret little nooks and crannies to explore.


Mono Lake

Address: Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA

Why You Need To Go: With crystal clear waters and tons of other-worldly "tufas" that extend out of the water, this ancient lake feels like a trip to another planet.


It's like taking a trip across the globe without needing to take a plane anywhere.

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