Top Ten California Vacation Destinations
California is also known as the most populous, with an ethnically diverse population of nearly 34 million. In terms of entertainment and sights, California holds some of the best tourist spots in the country. It’s no wonder that thousands of tourists flock to this Western state every year.
You’re probably thinking of going to California for your next vacation, but you might not have an idea of which locations to visit. Don’t worry, because California is jam-packed with tourist attractions you can’t miss.
California also boasts desert areas, lush forests, snow-capped mountains and sandy and rocky bridges. Because of its diverse geography, California offers numerous scenic and interesting spots that will please any adventurous and fun-loving traveler.
Here are the top ten tourist sites in California that you certainly must visit during your vacation. Have fun!
10. Death Valley National Park
This national park has a desert-like appearance, with snow-capped mountains, streaming sand dunes and water-fluted canyons. It might seem dismal at first, but many eager and adventure-seeking campers love going to this site. If you have an RV, you can also stay in Death Valley for a longer period of time.
9. Venice, Los Angeles
Although the Venice in Italy is more famous, this district in west Los Angeles is still well-known and is one of the most popularly visited tourist areas in California. Venice is known for its beautiful beaches ideal for surfing and boardwalk entertainments.
Another popular attraction in Venice is the man-made canals. These imitate those found in Venice, Italy. Although these are only replicas, they are just as beautiful as the original ones. Seeing these attractions will make you feel as if you’re in Italy.
8. Beverly Hills
Remember that hit TV teen soap opera that aired back in the 1990s? Beverly Hills is often mentioned as a posh and glamorous area because of its trendy and large mansions owned by affluent people.
Of course, your Beverly Hills experience won’t be complete without a sightseeing tour along the city boulevards. Go cruising and visit Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshir Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
7. The San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo holds numerous animals, ranging from exotic birds to humongous gorillas and pandas. Mammals, reptiles and sea animals can also be viewed in this zoo. For an enjoyable, interesting and educational vacation, you should visit the San Diego Zoo.
6. Napa Valley
If you’re a wine fanatic, or if you just want to get a taste of a good Californian grape harvest, then the Napa Valley should be included in your travel itinerary. Napa valley is located in the Napa county and is known as an American Vitacultural Area.
Aside from wine tasting and visiting wineries, you can also enjoy scenic tours in the Napa Valley. There are also recreational sports (such as golf), relaxing services (such as spas) and good dining and gourmet sampling here.
5. The City of Malibu
Malibu is also famous because it’s the home of many famous celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox, Danny Devito, Whoopie Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.
4. Yosemite National Park
If you’re looking for a relaxing, green and scenic place in California, you should definitely visit this national park. Located in Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties, Yosemite covers a land area of 1,189 square miles that reaches the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Yosemite National Park is known for its biological diversity, its beautiful waterfalls, clear streams, marvelous granite cliffs and breathtaking Giant Sequoia groves. You can also do numerous activities in this place, such as hiking, horseback riding, swimming, rafting, fishing, camping, picnicking, skiing and ice skating.
3. The Golden Gate Bridge
Don’t be fooled by the name because this bridge isn’t made from precious gold. The name was derived from the “Golden Gate”, a North American strait connecting San Francisco bay to the Pacific.
You should pass by the Golden Gate Bridge while you’re in California, since this structure is definitely a sight to behold.
If you love cartoon characters and you’re looking for some thrilling fun and adventure, Disneyland is the place to be! The most famous and world-renowned of all theme parks today, this is an attraction that should always be included on your California travel itinerary.
Disneyland offers numerous fun attractions, such as the chilling Twilight Zone of Terror, the intergalactic and interactive Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and the bug-inspired Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. You should also pass by Mickey’s House and have your picture taken with the most lovable mouse on Earth.
For those who are young (and young at heart) Disneyland is definitely the “Happiest Place on Earth”! Make sure that you spend a fun-filled day (or two) in this exciting destination if you go to California.
Who isn’t familiar with Hollywood? Of the numerous places in the United States, this is probably one of the most popular all over the world. Located in the northwest area of Los Angeles, Hollywood is known as the center of the American movie industry and home of the most famous movie stars. If you’re interested in the glitz and glamor of the silver screen, then this is the number one place you should go to when you’re in California.
Other attractions that you should go to while you’re in Hollywood include the Hollywood Bowl, The Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
Touring and vacationing In California is always lots of fun, as long as you know where to go! Wherever you may plan on going, don’t forget to take take a camera with you to capture those Californian vacation memories! Enjoy!