by Au Pair in America

Don’t worry guys, it doesn’t really matter if you end up matching with a Californian host family or not. Chances are, that you will find yourself in the ‘Golden State’ at some point during your au pair career one way or another; Whether for an Au Pair Weekend class, an organized group holiday or a well-deserved road trip along the west coast during your travel month, the options are endless, and more often than not, California is ranked up high one our au pairs’ bucket lists. So here’s a selection of the best travel tips your fellow au pairs have tested and can recommend for you. Enjoy!


๐ŸšŒ Hop on, Hop off LA. The easiest way to get around downtown!

โš“๏ธ The RMS Queen Mary

๐Ÿ› Selfie Museum. Hollywood
๐Ÿ› The Grammy Museum. Los Angeles
๐Ÿ› Alcatraz Island. San Francisco

โญ๏ธย Griffin Observatory. Los Angeles

๐Ÿ‘€ Hollywood Sign. Los Angeles
๐Ÿ‘€ย Hollywood Walk of Fame.ย Los Angeles
๐Ÿ‘€ย OUE Skyspace. Los Angeles
๐Ÿ‘€ Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco
๐Ÿ‘€ย Lombard Street. San Francisco
๐Ÿ‘€ The General Sherman Tree. Sequoia National Park

๐Ÿ“ย Beverly Hills 90210

๐Ÿ‘ ย The Grove. Los Angeles

๐ŸŽก Santa Monica Pier

๐Ÿ  Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey

๐Ÿ“ San Francisco
๐Ÿ“ Los Angeles
๐Ÿ“ San Diego
๐Ÿ“ San Jose
๐Ÿ“ Long Beach
๐Ÿ“ Malibu
๐Ÿ“ Sacramento
๐Ÿ“ Laguna Beach
๐Ÿ“ Newport Beach
๐Ÿ“ย Corona del Mar.ย Newport Beach

๐ŸŽก Disneyland. Anaheim
๐ŸŽก Universal Studios. Hollywood

๐ŸŒŠ Venice Beach
๐ŸŒŠ Huntington Beach
๐ŸŒŠย Balboa Island & Park. Newport Beach
๐ŸŒŠ Sunset Cliffs. San Diego

๐ŸŒณ Yosemite National Park
๐ŸŒณ Muir Woods National Monument
๐ŸŒณ Joshua Tree National Park
๐ŸŒณ Sequoia National Park

๐ŸŒ… Sunsets and the beach (& beach BBQs!)

๐Ÿš— 17-Mile-Drive. Through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove

๐ŸŒฎ Authentic Mexican Food

๐Ÿ—ป National Parks galore

๐ŸŽต Coachella. April
๐ŸŽต Grammy Awards. January
๐ŸŽต Snowglobe Music Festival. High Sierra, NYE
๐ŸŽต Monterey Jazz Fest. September
๐ŸŽต San Francisco Jazz Fest. September
๐ŸŽต Outside Lands Music & Arts Fest. August

๐ŸŽฅ Golden Globes. February
๐ŸŽฅ Academy Awards. February/March
๐ŸŽฅ Emmy Awards. September
๐ŸŽฅ Santa Barbara International Film Festival. January/February
๐ŸŽฅ Los Angelesย Film Festival. June
๐ŸŽฅ Palm Springs International Film Festival. January

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ Mavericks Challenge. San Francisco Bay, January
๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. July/August

๐Ÿค– Comic-Con International. San Diego, July
๐Ÿค– E3. June, Los Angeles

๐ŸŽก California State Fair. Sacramento, July
๐ŸŽก Wanderlust.ย High Sierra, July
๐ŸŽก Catalan Festival.ย San Francisco, July

๐ŸŒˆ Gay Pride Festival. San Francisco, June

๐Ÿ‘  Fashion Week. March, El Paso

๐Ÿ“ธ Rancho Palo Verde
๐Ÿ“ธย Melrose Avenue
๐Ÿ“ธย LACMA Museum lights
๐Ÿ“ธ OUE Skyspace. Los Angeles
๐Ÿ“ธ Lombard Street. San Francisco

โœ๏ธ CA, “The Golden State”

๐ŸšŒย Get a week-pass for only 25$! Youโ€™re good to use the metro and almost every bus with this card. Public transport is really convenient in Los Angeles, especially when you donโ€™t want to spend all your money on an Uber or a taxi!

๐Ÿ“Œ California is the USA’s most populous state. Almost 40,000,000 residents

๐ŸŒˆ Top Inventions. Include the Barbie doll and blue jeans!

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