California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States with a wealth of wonders to offer every visitor – from stunning scenery to exciting places to explore, the diversity of this state is guaranteed to please every type of traveller. Home to San Francisco Bay Area and to 8 of the country’s 50 most populated cities including Los Angeles, Oaklands and San Diego, California boasts beautiful surroundings in every direction so it’s no surprise it’s known as “The Golden State”.
With so much to do, see and appreciate, if California was a country it would have the eighth biggest economy in the world. When you have the opportunity to travel to this state, make sure you find time to visit the following locations which jostle for your attention alongside so many other places.
Yosemite National Park
This place of natural wonder is situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and simply has to be seen to be believed. Views include dramatic waterfalls, streams and granite cliffs, as well as Yosemite Valley, a 7-mile-long canyon offering scenes of the highest waterfalls in the world.
Death Valley National Park
Located in the Mojave Desert, this park has more than 3 million acres of diverse landscapes that will inspire and amaze you. Make sure you pay a visit to Dantes View which offers a stunning viewpoint of the park from almost 5,500ft above Devils Golf Course and Badwater Basin.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
One is home to the biggest tree in the world and the other is home to stunning canyon walls and mountain scenery. The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia is so large that a 13-story building could sit below its first big branch.
Perfect all year round, this lake sits 6,000ft above sea level and is ideal for skiing or for taking a relaxing cruise across its waters.
A must-visit city, San Francisco has so much to offer including Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Joshua Tree National Park
This desert landscape is incredibly beautiful and worthy of an exploration, whether via foot, bike or rock climb.
Pacific Coast Highway
This route runs along the length of most of California’s coast, offering breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. There are also plenty of places to visit along the way, including Muir Woods National Monument which is home to some of the tallest trees in the world, and Point Reyes National Seashore which offers stunning views and the opportunity to spot orcas too.
This well-known wine producing region is sure to delight wine fans as well as those who appreciate a beautiful location. There are ample opportunities to tour vineyards and taste lots of wine at the likes of Pride Mountain Vineyards and Schweiger Vineyards.
At approximately 2.5million years old, Clear Lake is one of California’s most ancient lakes and with over 100 miles of shoreline it is also the biggest natural freshwater lake in the state, known as the “bass capital of the world”.
No trip to California would be complete without a visit to this glamorous city. Take in the Universal Studios Hollywood, the Getty Center and Griffith Observatory as well as enjoy a walk along gorgeous beaches in Santa Monica and Venice Beach.
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