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California is a huge state, the third largest in the U.S.A. after Alaska and Texas, and very rich in diversity and unique attractions. When you travel to California, you just must try to see it all, or as much as possible; it has so much to offer visitors. Of course, to do so, you can hire a car and go where the wind takes you, or you can join a tour and allow yourself to be led by the tour guide. Both options are great but there are more options. The public transport system is among the best in the United States, so you can travel independently, without a car, to anywhere in the beautiful state that your desire takes you.
In California, one of the great things about public transport is the sheer variety of transport modes available. If you were to really make use of the wide offering, at the end of your trip you would have experienced rides on ferries, trains, buses, trams, cable-cars and airplane. With SouthWest Airlines you can fly between Oakland, Sacramento, or San Jose and Burbank, Los Angeles, Ontario, or San Diego easily and cheaply. This is a great way to travel if you want to get from one point to another quickly.
If you want to take it slowly and really see all that the countryside has to offer, the train system is wonderful. With California’s Amtrak trains, you can travel to and from any main city or town within the State, as well as to smaller, less known destinations. Choose from Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Park, Solana Beach, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Monterey or Santa Barbara. Go from San Jose to Berkeley to Sacramento, or San Diego to Anaheim to Los Angeles, or make up your own travel itinerary. The train system is inexpensive, so you can wander to your heart’s desire.
Most cities with a population of over 25,000 have their own intercity transit system, most operating daily. The larger cities have public transport that operates well into the night. If you want to travel in bus, Greyhound is the state’s main bus service provider, taking visitors all the way from northern California to the Mexican border, as well as the national parks such as Yosemite and Big Sur.
Finally, for those who are sportier, you can hop on a bike and explore the state that way. In every major city there are bike rental companies, or you can pick up a second hand bike and get around that way.
Get down to the nitty gritty and explore everything that California has to offer!