The state of California offers everything to its adventure-loving tourists from sunny surf beaches to foggy forests. Even only driving through the golden state of California gives you an unforgettable experience. The culture of the country is diverse; the same goes for its landscape. It is a known fact to everyone that California produces the best entertainment through Hollywood but little known that they are also a world leader in technology and art.
15 Best Things to Do in California
The golden state of California provides you with some of the life-changing experiences. Here is a list of 15 best things you can do while on your trip to California:
If you love rides and adventure than Palm Spring Aerial Tramway is the one you must visit to enjoy along with the company of your loved ones. It has the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Apart from tramcar, you can also enjoy hiking, nature walk with a guide, camping, or skiing if you are an adventurous person in their winter adventure center. If you are not interested in the campsite, you can also make your reservation at some of the best hotels and resorts according to your taste. You can also enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and camping in winters.
If you are more interested in visiting historical sites during your trip to California than Hearst Castle is your place. It is founded in 1954 and became a state park. Visit inside the museum can take its tourist back in time and provide them with an experience of how it looks like being a guest in the Enchanted Hill. You can take a tour to the upstairs suites and can also enjoy architectural wonders. Evening tour at night allows you to see the charm of the castle at night. You can also watch a movie at the Castle Theater.
One place you must visit if you’re on a trip with your family is Disneyland Park. It is a theme park and is a magical destination that takes you to the wonderland. In Disneyland, you can explore jungles, dive under the ocean, meet your favorite Disneyland fairytales, sail with pirates, and can even have an outer space experience. Disneyland is equally magical for children’s as well as for adults. There are eight sections or lands of the Disneyland which include USA, New Orleans, Square Mickeys Toontown, Main Street, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Critter Country, and Tomorrowland.
There is happy news for all the books lovers. It is not just a library, but it is a cultural, research, and educational center. Visitors, according to their tastes, can explore art collection, botanical gardens, excellent library from all around the globe. The library has a collection of some rare books and manuscripts. They have an art collection of different artist including Edward Hoppers, Mary Cassatt. They have more than a dozen botanical gardens for the public.
5. Venice Beach
If you are a beach person, you can visit stunning beaches of Los Angeles, the most famous of which is Venice Beach. Each summer beach holds many street performances, and it also includes cyclists, swimmers, roller skaters, and sunbathers. Beach contains an area called Muscle Beach where bodybuilders can show off their muscles in the open air and the beachside gym.
6. Death Valley
Apart from the deadly nature of the valley, it provides the most interesting and beautiful site to visit and explore. This most dangerous valley is one of the hottest places in North America. Due to the extreme weather and warm air temperature, it is advised to visit the valley in the early hours of the morning. The biggest attraction of the Death Valley is Dante’s View. This one spot can give the view of the entire valley on a clear day.
7. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the biggest lakes in the world and provides a very comforting view of the sight. Lake was created almost 2 million years ago. You can visit the lake in both summer and winter and can do plenty of things. Best activities to do in winter are snowmobiling and skiing. Whereas in winters you can enjoy sunbath, hiking, water sports jet skiing. The lake is located at the northern side of the state California with its border with the city Nevada.
On a visit to the state of California, one must not forget to visit the famous Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. It is the most recognizable landmark in the US, and it is better to visit the bridge on a beautiful day. You can start your memorable trip to the golden gate bridge from the Fisherman’s Wharf where it is easy to find a bike on rent. The length of the bridge is over a mile over the San Francisco bay. The tone of the bridge is red to make it visible on a foggy day. You can also choose a guided tour if you need one.
In the heart of Sierra Nevada Mountain, the famous Yosemite National Park is located. Park contains the world’s tallest three waterfalls. Park is also renowned for its most significant piece of exposed granite. You can find the world’s top rock climbing destinations here, and you can also go on hiking. Apart from climbing and hiking activities park is also famous among its customers due to its renowned quality restaurants and hotels. These restaurants and hotels give travelers a chance to enjoy their dinner in a fantastic sight.
10. San Diego Zoo
For a natural ecosystem and animal lovers, you can visit the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is located in Balboa Park and contains more than 3,700 animals. Zoo provides a botanical tour to its animal lovers visitors. It can also give many other unique experiences like an exhibition of animals in action, crazy about cats and great morning with the Pandas. The zoo has a facility of cart tour for its visitors and the sunrise strolls. There are also some VIP experiences and unforgettable dining events.Children can take part in different activities at the zoo.
11. Alcatraz Island
I am sure some travelers love waters and want to visit the islands. For all those on your trip to California, do not forget to visit Alcatraz Island. First US fort was built at Alcatraz Island. It also has a lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. From 1934 to 1963 island has a federal prison. No access is given to the jail to the public, but now it is open for visitors, and you can even pay a visit at night. You can use a ferry to visit the island. But before your appointment, always check the weather updates because the island weather is unpredictable.
Griffith Observatory is considered as a gateway to the wonders of the Milky Way. Visitors can observe cosmos by the help of telescopes, as for star lovers they can explore exhibits and can even enjoy the live shows in Oschin Planetarium. Colonel Griffith J left the building as an observatory in his will. Those who want to see the live view of planets and stars can come to the Griffith observatory and can enjoy different activities which the observatory offers to its customers. From the observatory, one can also enjoy the marvelous view of Los Angeles city and Hollywood sign.
The state of California has manually operated a system of cable cars that is one of its kind in the world. The cable car can provide the best view of the city of San Francisco. The cable car system is considered as the only historic site of the San Francisco city. There are three different routes of the cars from which two ends at the Fisherman’s Wharf. There is also a cable car system museum at the Nob Hill which provides a significant amount of information on the history of cable cars till date.
Manzanar National Historic Site contains the history of before and after World War II. Manzanar Historic Site can fill your vocations with the colors of history. Almost 110,000 Japanese Americans were held as a prisoner at the place of Manzanar, and it was one of ten camps for Japanese. Now a national park is built at Manzanar which allows the tourists to see visitor centers, experience outdoor activities, and many more things.
The Aquarium was founded in 1984 and is present at the site of Cannery Row. There is a wide range of marine animals like marine mammals, fish, invertebrates and even birds. Monetary Bay Aquarium is an activist when it comes to the protection of marine life. They also have activities for children’s in its Kelp Forest.
This list can help you a lot in planning your trip to California.