Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 6/10
California offers the traveller a huge range of opportunities with beautiful beaches spread along its coast, National Parks strewn throughout and incredible cities like LA and San Francisco.
Of the beach towns Huntington Beach has to be near the top of the list. The slightly less famous neighbour of The OC’s Newport Beach, Huntington is the real star, with massive strips of gorgeous white sands populated by beautiful surfer folk going about their surreal daily lives as if it was the norm.
As with most places in America it’s hard to talk about a town centre, but the main strip along the beach offers as close as most US towns get with shops and restaurants scattered throughout. Huntington is closer to the feel of a UK town than most towns in America get, and it has an amazing stretch of coastline to tag on to this quality. It regularly hosts national and international surf competitions and you’ll find it hard to stay off a board if you spend any reasonable amount of time there.
With a climate to suit even the pickiest of backpackers it would be hard to find a better beach destination than Huntington Beach which isn’t on a paradise island. Certainly worthy of the short trip down from LA and a destination where even the most flight-footed traveller could get stuck.