31 California Hidden Gems from TikTok

Like ancient global empires of the past, social media platforms are constantly rising and falling. We have the Myspace profile ruins, a booming Twitter population, and the buzzy new kid on the block — TikTok. More than just dance challenges and Starbucks drink hacks, TikTok offers a world of wonder, and you don’t even have to travel outside the country to view it. In honor of the 31st state in the union, here are 31 California hidden gems as seen on TikTok.

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1. A dreamy outdoor tequila bar in San Jose

@bui_basics

Here is a #tequilabar we discovered in the Bay Area, California. It has yummy #craftcocktails and the best #bohochic vibes. Highly recommend! ♬ Levitating - Dua Lipa

2. Narnia in Mill Valley

3. Ice cream tacos in Los Angeles

@losangeles_eats

FOLLOW to find out WHERE everything posted on this page is from! Revealing locations at 100k! 👅 #icecream LegendaryChallenge #GreentoPurple

♬ Seve - Tez Cadey

4. Surfing without getting in the water in Dana Point

5. Paragliding proposals in Santa Barbara

6. A gorgeous indoor/outdoor restaurant in Corte Madera

@localgetaways

The newest RH rooftop restaurant in Corte Madera — thanks for the tip @destroyeats! #rh #rhrooftop #cortemadera #marin #traveltiktok #bayareafoodies ♬ Sleepmode - Official Sound Studio

7. The epitome of the Southwest in Joshua Tree

8. Kayaking with seals and otters in Moss Landing

@localgetaways

Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough, tons of sea otters and seals!#kayakingadventures#seaotter#seals#weekendvibes#elkhornsloughmontereybay@elkhornslough.org ♬ Lazy Sunday - Official Sound Studio

9. A restaurant with a funicular in Capitola

10. The Taj Mahal floating home in Sausalito

@localgetaways

Sausalito’s Taj Mahal floating home at sunrise #sausalito #marincounty ♬ SO FAR AWAY - ZØYA

11. A hidden gem paradise in Laguna Beach

12. The best vegan wrap in the North Bay

13. Sunflower maze in Carlsbad

14. Self-serve boba in Irvine

@queenchristinnee

try it lol!! address is: 13252 Jamboree RdIrvine, CA 92602United States #boba #bobalove #orangecounty #socal #irvine #goodeats #explorecalifornia ♬ Mad at Disney - salem ilese

15. Drive-thru tree in Eureka

16. The dreamiest hotel in Cambria

17. An outdoor art wonderland at the Salton Sea

18. The best egg sandwiches in Cupertino

19. Independence Trail in Grass Valley

20. Stunning sunsets at June Lake

21. Railbikes in Sacramento

22. Clearwater kayaking in Tahoe

23. A secret garden restaurant in LA

24. Portside Pier in San Diego

25. A color-changing butterfly drink in San Francisco

26. Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve

27. The perfect beer garden date spot in Oakland

28. The historic Sutro Baths

@bossybrittany

1004 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121 for everyone asking where Sutro Baths are! ❤️📍 #sanfrancisco #sutrobaths #onestepcloser ♬ Runaway - AURORA

29. Big Sur Bakery

@millie.lai

Stopped by here for ☕️ & pastries while at Big Sur!💫 #bigsur #bigsurbakery #coffeeshop #bakery #sffoodie #norcal #bigsurca ♬ Night & Day - Instrumental

30. Año Nuevo State Park

31. And more amazing food in San Francisco

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