Our California Travel Guide
This is a diverse state of landscapes that attracts many visitors and tourists. With nine National Parks, a gorgeous Pacific coast, and many rolling mountainsides with grapes growing in the bright sun, California is the place to be as a traveler.
The largest city is Los Angeles, known for its ethnic and cultural diversity, Mediterranean climate, and Hollywood film industry. But, California also has many small towns and ocean villages that are charming, too. Read our guides to get ideas for your vacation here.
First, a little history…
In the past, many Spanish settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries made California their home. They left their mark on the architecture and culture of the state. It is said that the name ‘California’ also derived from an early 16th-century Spanish novel, Las Sergas de Esplandián, which essentially described an island full of precious stones called California. In 1850, California became the 31st state to be admitted to the United States of America. By the early 1960s, it became the most populous U.S. state.
Travel Guides for this State
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Disneyland is the prime vacation destination for families in California. The amusement park in Anaheim has many rides, games, shows, and restaurants. You will find theme rides for both children and adults. The park is filled with tourists, especially during the holiday season, as families from across the country and abroad come to unwind and relax. Disneyland remains one of the top California attractions.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park consists of some of the most inhospitable regions in the United States. You will find dunes, salt fields, mountains, dry, arid land, and unique rock formations inside the valley. The valley also has a lake that lies below sea level and creates a unique landscape. If you want to head out to the remote areas in the desert, you will need a 4×4 vehicle. A day trip can be planned to the valley from Las Vegas. However, a day trip will not be enough if you want to explore the valley properly.
Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is a popular tourist spot all year round. The lake is filled with deep blue water and is surrounded by mountains. It is also a summer’s favorite picnic spot for beach lovers and campers. Popular points around Lake Tahoe include Kings Beach State Recreation Area and D.H. Bliss State Park. During winter, skiers also visit the area for its various ski resorts.
Channel Islands National Park
The park consists of five individual islands located off the Southern California coast. It is an ideal place to visit if you love wildlife and nature. Here, you can explore nature in its authentic form, as the park is isolated from the mainland and is also home to many endemic animals. However, access to the park is not easy as visitors need to book park concessionaire boats or a plane to get there.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is especially famous among movie lovers as some rides and sets are based on favorite films. You get a chance to explore huge sets and will have the most memorable experiences in parks, including Jurassic World, Fast and Furious – Supercharged, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and The Walking Dead. Various cinema-related events are also held here throughout the year.
Some other notable places and attractions:
Golden Gate Bridge
The Getty Center Los Angeles
Santa Catalina Island
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
National Parks in California
California’s parks were some of our very favorites! We would suggest starting here if trying to see many on one trip.
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