The Best of California

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The Best of California

Karen DiDonato ⋅ December 10, 2019

California has something for everyone: sun, surf, mountains, deserts, forests, farmland, and more! With 840 miles of coastline, the Golden State is known for its warm Mediterranean climate, but it varies quite a bit. From moist temperate rain forest in the north to dry desert in the interior, as well as snow packs in the mountains. California has both the highest elevation (Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet) as well as the lowest elevation in the contiguous United States (Badwater Basin at -279 feet).

We currently have multiple laboratory jobs in the Golden State. From travel opportunities to permanent positions and everything in between, let us help you find a laboratory job in California that suits you perfectly.

Here are a few locations to check out:

Big Sur

An unforgettable section of the central coast of California with a rugged and beautiful coastline. This popular destination boats stunning views, redwood forests, hiking, beaches, and other recreational opportunities.

Dark green and steep mountainous terrain flowing into the blue ocean

Catalina Island

This destination is just 22 miles offshore from Long Beach and about an hour by boat from Long Beach. Get there quicker with only 15 minutes via helicopter. The island is only 22 miles in length and 8 miles across and is stunning. Enjoy its subtropical climate year round with a water temperature as high as 70 degrees in August. Take a Hummer or Segway tour, go scuba diving or parasailing. Consider hiking, ziplining, or paddleboarding, or take it easy by shopping, visiting spas, or lounging on its beaches.

Boats dot the blue water with brown hill rising on the left


This neighborhood of Los Angeles is an iconic symbol of the entertainment business. Visit the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Paramount Studios, and so much more.

White Hollywood sign with blue sky

Lake Tahoe

The largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada. It is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California with winter sports, summer outdoor recreation, and gorgeous scenery.

Blue sky, blue water, snow capped mountains in the background

Los Angeles

With their rich cultural heritage, take some time to visit art galleries and theater productions and enjoy the nightlife and eateries from food trucks to five star Michelin-rated restaurants. Stay active on 75 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails.

Sun shines through the hazy smog over skyscrapers of LA

Monterey & Carmel

This is an outdoor-lovers paradise. Rent bikes to ride along the coastline while gawking at homes worth in the millions of dollars, walk the many trails in Carmel Mission, or stroll the white sand beaches. Be sure to check out the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium (a must see for families).

Multicolored buildings built over a wooden pier reflecting on blue water on a cloudy day

Pacific Grove

Known for its traditional Main Street, USA feel, Pacific Grove is also a great area for kayaking, surfing, and fishing. Check out Point Pinos, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the West Coast. If you are visiting between October and February, you will be lucky enough to be in the most popular wintering-over spots for the Monarch butterfly.

A monarch butterfly feeds from a flower with orange petals

San Francisco

San Francisco is more than just its well-known year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses. It’s Fisherman’s Wharf with amazing views, sourdough bread, and sea lions abound; it’s the Marina District which includes the Palace of Fine Arts. For the best views, check out Crissy Field for prime Golden Gate Bridge views and Dolores Park for viewing downtown San Francisco. Day trip to Angel Island or Alcatraz.

The orange Golden Gate bridge in the foreground with sailboats dotting the blue waters of San Francisco Bay

San Diego

With 70 miles of coastline and warm temperatures, San Diego’s beaches are a top attraction. Go surfing, sport fishing, sailing, paddleboarding, scuba diving, or stay on land for hiking, rock climbing, golfing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Prefer a higher view? Try paragliding, hang gliding, or skydiving. If beaches aren’t on your to-do list, check out one of 17 museums and performing arts venues. Or spend the day shopping and the evening at Gaslamp Quarter with 16 blocks packed with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

Yachts slumber in a calm marina with skyscrapers in the background

Santa Barbara

With over 300 days of sunshine, the climate will call you outdoors. Enjoy the beaches, Channel Islands Marine Preserve, whale watching, biking, kayaking, and so much more. Or check out the urban wine scene with tasting rooms and working wineries, or travel 45 minutes to see rolling vineyards as far as the eye can see.

A brown restaurant sits on Stearns Wharf

Santa Cruz

Go to a wine tasting, view redwoods, visit a beach boardwalk, or walk some of the 29 miles of coastline. Delight the child in you at the amusement park at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk that overlooks the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. While you are there, walk the half mile on the Santa Cruz Wharf, the longest timber pile pier in the world. You may see whales, sea lions, dolphins, or sea otters, or surfers ripping the famous surfing location, Steamer Lane.

A timber pile pier wharf juts into the ocean with waves crashing on the beach

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Start your trek in the hot foothills and end in the cold alpine peaks, or anywhere in between. You’ll be amazed by the groves of giant sequoia trees.

A fenced-lined paved walking trail winds its way through huge brown sequoia trees

There is definitely something for everyone in California.

If you are looking for a permanent position, we’ve got it. Prefer a 13-week contract position? We’ve got that too. Check out our open California jobs using this link or give us a call at (954) 346-4475.

Get ready to pack your backs and start singing this tune on your way to the Golden State:

California Here I come

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Author: Karen DiDonatoKaren, our content marketing strategist, has worked with HCI since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in communications. In her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, running, and all things Peloton-related.