The Golden State as California is known as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. One has only to think of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign or the two miles of Rodeo Drive – that shopping Mecca in Beverly Hills or the pleasures of fresh seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf to get some idea of why hordes of visitors flock to California each year.

However, there are corners of California that may not have the star pulling power of those iconic landmarks – but are still well worth exploring. One of these is Vista, California. The town which can be found about 7 miles inland from the Pacific Coast is fast building a great reputation as a destination for those who are looking for some of the finest craft beers in the state – but there is more to Vista than microbreweries. It is filled to the brim with opportunities to enjoy arts and culture, as well as natural attractions such as a fabulous botanical garden where artists often exhibit their works.

For a great family day out those who want to beat the summer heat can get wet at The Wave Waterpark in Vista Village. Rent a cabana and enjoy the day with an extended group of friends and family – or simply let the kids relax on the waters of the Lazy river, alternatively get the blood pumping by enjoying the slide tower or the Flow Rider.

Be fascinated with a trip to the ‘Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum’ where visitors can enjoy an immersive experience showcasing the ingenuity of the early settlers and farmers in rural communities across America. Set on 55 acres this is a treat that will reward careful exploration.

Vista is one of those destinations that oozes small-town charm and is the perfect antidote to the stresses of big city life. Make sure that you set aside some time to visit when next you are in California.

Learn about the history of Vista CA here.