4 Weekend Trips You Can Take When You Attend English School in California

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While studying in Berkeley, California, you might want to explore on your days off. When you have a free weekend, there are lots of adventures you can take nearby. Maybe you’d like to take some photographs of misty cliffs or enjoy a peaceful lake. You might want to hike past giant sequoia trees or put your toes in the sand by the ocean.
When you need a break from school, take a weekend trip and see what’s nearby. Read on for some great suggestions on where to go!

1. English School in California Puts You Close to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a world-famous destination and only 3 hours from Berkeley. There are many areas in Yosemite to explore, like Yosemite Valley, where you can see beautiful meadows, waterfalls and cliffs. Mariposa Grove is the best place to touch and see huge sequoia trees. It is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite, with over 500 of the big trees!

Hetch Hetchy is another valley in Yosemite, with wildflowers, lakes and canyons. This is a good spot for hiking. Crane Flat Area is full of forest and meadows, with more giant tree groves to visit. If you have the time, visit Yosemite and see all of its beauty.


Hiking in Yosemite National Park is a great way to see nature in California.

Hiking in Yosemite National Park is a great way to see nature in California.


2. Take a Break From Your English Training at Lake Tahoe

If you’re at English school in California, you might want to take a trip where you can enjoy music and art in the English language. Lake Tahoe is a great place for both nature and art. Many people go to Lake Tahoe to ski, hike and bike. There are also concerts, festivals and arts events. It is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest lake in the United States.

The water of Lake Tahoe is famous for its deep, blue color. The area is divided into North and South. North Lake Tahoe is quieter and Tahoe South is more energetic, with lots of art and music.

3. Don’t Miss Big Sur During Your Time Studying in California

Big Sur is along the Pacific coast of California by the Santa Lucia Mountains. You can see dramatic cliffs and redwood trees there, usually with a magical fog in the air. If you drive along California Highway 1, you can stop at lookouts and see beautiful canyons and ocean views.

There are shops and restaurants, or you can hike the trail to Partington Cove. Just remember that if you hike down, you will have to climb back up a 300-foot path to get back to the highway, so pack snacks and water!


Partington Cove is a rewarding hike—just beware that the way back is uphill!

Partington Cove is a rewarding hike—just beware that the way back is uphill!


4. Get Some Sun on the Weekend in Cayucos

If you want to see a coastal American town that could be in a movie, Cayucos is perfect. Sometimes Cayucos is called the last historic beach town in California. There you can find saloons and antique shops. The slower pace of the town could give you a chance to practice what you’ve learned in English training with some friendly, patient English speakers.

You can also go to the coast for a view of tide pools and rocky coves, or walk out onto the Cayucos Pier for some fresh, salty air. During December, January, March and April, the pier is a good place for whale watching. You might even see a dolphin swimming in the water!

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