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California Tourist Attractions

The size, environmental diversity, and culture of California offer great fun for the many visitors that come to the state every year. From sprawling metropolises to peaceful countrysides; from dry deserts to shaded redwood forests and soaring mountain peaks; from archeological sites to horror museums, California offers just everything to an adventurer.

The World Heritage Site of Yosemite National Park is known for its amazing waterfalls, freshwater streams, Giant Sequoia groves, spectacular granite cliffs and wilderness. The scenic beauty attracts many visitors to the place (3.5 million people every year). Some of the popular national parks in the region are Angel Island State Park, California Citrus State Historic Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Emerald State Bay Park, and Grover Hot Springs State Park.

One of the most-famous icons of San Francisco, the Golden Bridge is acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful bridges. The tremendous towers and its sensory beauty (featuring color, sound, and light) make it a popular tourist destination.

Known as the cradle of surfing, Huntington Beach is a must-visit place. Surfing, sunbathing, birdwatching, skating, surf fishing and bonfires are famous. Do not miss to visit the other popular beaches in California, such as Sonoma Coast State Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Crescent Bay Beach, Doheny Beach, and Pearl Street Beach.

The world-famous Museum of Death houses the largest collection of crime scenes, paintings, drawings and sculptures; murders, body bag and coffins; and also videos of serial killers and autopsies. The long list of historical places in California include Alcatraz Island, Angelus Temple, Borax Lake Site, Fort Ross, Gonzalez House, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, etc.

Disneyland Resort and Theme Park, Big Shoe, Lake Tahoe, Bulldozer Building, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland Resort and Theme Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and Monterey Bay Aquarium, are some of the prime tourist destinations in California.

Mt San Jacinto, California

Get ready for a date with the mountains. Leave the monotony of your regular life, pick up your backpack and go! Mount San Jacinto is the second highest peak in California, a two-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Standing tall at a height of 10,834 feet above sea level, this mountain boasts of some of the varied flora and fauna found in North America. The mountain is a part of the Mount [...]Read More

Napa Valley, California

Around 4.7 million people visit Napa Valley every year. And it’s not just the delectable taste of its wines; Napa Valley is known for its mesmerizing landscape as well. What attracts all these visitors to the valley, however, is a centuries-old story of an underdog, that began by challenging and consequently besting the king of established wines. Before Napa, France was the undisputed champion of wines in the world. And no one dared to challenge [...]Read More

Carson Mansion

Call it Gothic, call it a fairy tale, the Carson Mansion is one of the few pieces of architecture in the world that manages to baffle its viewers about its style. With French, Italian and Gothic elements, this mansion located in Eureka, California showcases a peculiar American style of architecture. In fact, its curious style has managed to influence the architecture of its neighborhood buildings as well. Lumber tycoon William Carson is believed to have [...]Read More

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is a place of extremes, as both the hottest and driest place in the country, as well as the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Death Valley National Park is also home to the lowest point on the continent, Badwater Basin, measuring 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level. The park is made up of desert areas, salt flats, sand dunes, badlands, canyons, and mountains, and has a very [...]Read More

California State Railroad Museum

Opened in 1976 the California State Railroad Museum is a tribute to the role of the “iron horse”, which connected the state to the rest of the country. It features restored locomotives and vehicles dating back to 1862. This 100,000 square foot structure is solely dedicated to railroads, houses different kinds of steam engines and vehicles and the guides inside the museum have in-depth knowledge of the exhibits allowing for the visitors to ask all [...]Read More

Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the LA area’s major attractions, Universal Studios Hollywood offers a look behind the scenes of some of the biggest films ever made. Universal Studios Hollywood theme park’s main attractions is the studio tours with the sets of major motion pictures and television shows, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In addition to the movie sets and studios, Universal Studios Hollywood has several Hollywood movie themed rides, like Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy. [...]Read More

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Get ready to confront nature like no other. Get ready to experience your wildest dreams. So you do not want to be tied up behind a cubicle your whole life? Fear not, the Lassen Volcanic National Park offers you the journey of a lifetime. From auto-touring to bird watching to kayaking and boating, it is not just a park; it’s a complete adventure zone. But remember, all this is not for the faint-hearted. Do you [...]Read More

Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks are home to the tallest trees in the world, the coast redwood. The Redwood National and State Parks include parks operated by both the National Park Service and the California State Park Service. There are a total for four parks included in the group: Redwood National Park, and the state parks Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods. The state parks were established after years of logging in [...]Read More

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, completed in 1937 is a visitor attraction recognized around the world. The bridge’s two towers rise 746 feet. The towers that support the Golden Gate Bridge’s suspension cables are smaller at the top as compared to the base, emphasizing the tower height of 500 feet above the roadway. The Golden Gate Bridge crosses Golden Gate Strait which is about 400 feet, or 130 meters, deep. The Golden Gate Bridge’s 4,200-foot long [...]Read More

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is one of the treasures of North America. The park includes five California Channel Islands -Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Santa Barbara and Anacapa and their wealth of resources. It is interesting to note that two islands in the park namely, Anacapa and Santa Barbara had initially been designated as a national monument and used as a refuge for nesting threatened marine animals. Later on these two islands and the [...]Read More