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California Attractions and Sites of Interest

Updated on January 11, 2018
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California is a state full of natural wonders including many state & national parks. See sites in San Francisco & many other areas visited.

California State Flag
California State Flag | Source

Visiting California

Even people who have lived in California all of their lives have probably not seen every nook and cranny of this huge state which (except for Alaska and Texas) is the third largest by way of land.

No matter what type of scenery is a personal favorite practically everyone's idea of perfection can be found in California because the land is so varied. Having had the opportunity to visit this vast western state on several occasions, I thought that I would mention some interesting and beautiful places of interest that I found very much to my liking.

Adventurous mountain climbers might like ascending Mount Whitney which is the highest point in the contiguous United States at an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m). Although I have not attempted that feat I have driven in the mountains. A friend and I did go to the lowest point in the contiguous United States, a place called Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. It is an amazing 232 feet or 86 meters below sea level!

The colors of the mountains and sand dunes vary by the time of day and lighting in Death Valley National Park.
The colors of the mountains and sand dunes vary by the time of day and lighting in Death Valley National Park. | Source

From rocky Pacific Ocean shorelines to lush ancient forests, farmlands to cityscapes, desert lands and more, join me on this look at the most populated of our states which is bordered by Mexico to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, Oregon to the north and the states of Nevada and Arizona to the east. You will be in for an amazing journey!

Seacoast Picture from Famous 17 Mile Drive in California
Seacoast Picture from Famous 17 Mile Drive in California | Source

San Francisco Sites

Except for one vacation when a friend rode with me in my car from Houston to California and back, most of the time our California vacations have started with an airplane ride to San Francisco. After renting a car but before heading out in various directions we would always made it a point to see and do a few more things in that scenic city.

San Francisco is a beautiful tourist spot and for good reason. It has a very mild climate and therefore beautiful vegetation as can readily be seen in the gorgeous parks and surrounding areas.

It is a city comprised of hills...50 of them in fact! The buildings are constructed to blend into the topography of the land. My hubby and I have huffed and puffed our way up and over quite a few of those hills.

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San Francisco cable car with Alcatraz Island in backgroundPhoto of the Transamerica Pyramid and other buildings taken from the Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel.Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate ParkLooking down on Huntington Park across the street from the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.Looking down on the Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco
San Francisco cable car with Alcatraz Island in background
San Francisco cable car with Alcatraz Island in background | Source
Photo of the Transamerica Pyramid and other buildings taken from the Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel.
Photo of the Transamerica Pyramid and other buildings taken from the Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel. | Source
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park | Source
Looking down on Huntington Park across the street from the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco.
Looking down on Huntington Park across the street from the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. | Source
Looking down on the Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco
Looking down on the Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco | Source

Of course we have also ridden the famous cable cars of San Francisco fame and gone down the crookedest street (supposedly in the world) with hairpin turns called Lombard Street.

Lombard Street in San Francisco
Lombard Street in San Francisco | Source

There are marvelous San Francisco restaurants representing just about every ethnicity of cuisine and we have relished many a good meal there.

So many iconic sites exist in San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge, the large and most interesting Chinatown, the famed Alcatraz Island and so much more.

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Golden Gate BridgeSailboats and Golden Gate BridgeChinatown in San FranciscoArriving at Alcatraz by boat
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge | Source
Sailboats and Golden Gate Bridge
Sailboats and Golden Gate Bridge | Source
Chinatown in San Francisco
Chinatown in San Francisco | Source
Arriving at Alcatraz by boat
Arriving at Alcatraz by boat | Source

National Monument

Heading out of the city of San Francisco and to the north one can be whisked away into what feels like a primeval forest where one can hike and commune with nature. It is the fabulous Muir Woods National Monument named after naturalist and environmentalist John Muir. It is such a peaceful place to spend some time decompressing from the daily rigors of life.

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The Redwood Creek in Muir Woods National Monument ~ Old Growth Forest near San FranciscoMuir Woods National Monument
The Redwood Creek in Muir Woods National Monument ~ Old Growth Forest near San Francisco
The Redwood Creek in Muir Woods National Monument ~ Old Growth Forest near San Francisco | Source
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument | Source

California Wine Country

There are many notable wineries all throughout California and my hubby and I have visited quite a few of them. We actually got to stay as a guest in Lily Langtry's home one time as guests of Guenoc Winery. That was certainly a treat and an experience we will never forget.

Lillie Langtry's House now owned by Guenoc Winery
Lillie Langtry's House now owned by Guenoc Winery | Source

California Attractions

Do I have your attention yet as to some of the spectacular sites that can be enjoyed in this most populated of states in the U.S?

  • Los Angeles is the second largest of all cities in the United States and using the 2010 census just had shy of 3,800,000 people living there. Other populated cities in California include in descending order San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco the latter of which had a little over 800,000 people using the same census. The capitol city of Sacramento had 466,000+ people.

Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles as seen from Los Angeles City Hall.
Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles as seen from Los Angeles City Hall. | Source

Disneyland

  • The attractions in the various cities are many as one might expect. Is there anyone in the world who has not heard of Disneyland? Walt Disney made this theme park in Anaheim famous. The success of this park spawned Disney World on the other side of the U.S. continent in Orlando, Florida where more people can experience those thrilling rides and amusements.

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Walt DisneyThe Roy O.Disney pulling into Mickey's Toontown Fair stationWalt Disney World fireworks
Walt Disney
Walt Disney | Source
The Roy O.Disney pulling into Mickey's Toontown Fair station
The Roy O.Disney pulling into Mickey's Toontown Fair station | Source
Walt Disney World fireworks
Walt Disney World fireworks | Source

Mother Nature

Leaving the cities behind Mother Nature pulls out all the stops when it comes to what she has created in California. Around 45% of the state is forested some of which are those tallest redwood trees and the cypress trees of such massive dimensions which must be seen to be fully appreciated.And then there are the national parks each of which shares some of Mother Nature's beauty and wonder. They are the following as of this posting:

When my German girlfriend and I traveled to California we visited all the national parks as of that time which numbered 5. More have been added since that time and this list will probably continue to grow over time. It is wonderful that areas like this are set aside for everyone to enjoy.

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Yosemite National Park in CaliforniaIndian pictographs found at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park Giant sequoia tree as seen in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National ParksRoad through grove of Joshua Trees in the Joshua Tree National Park in California.Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park in California
Yosemite National Park in California | Source
Indian pictographs found at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park
Indian pictographs found at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park | Source
Giant sequoia tree as seen in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Giant sequoia tree as seen in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks | Source
Road through grove of Joshua Trees in the Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Road through grove of Joshua Trees in the Joshua Tree National Park in California. | Source
Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park
Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park | Source

Long Coastline

  • Did you know that California has the 3rd longest coastline after Alaska and Florida?

We have driven along different areas of it and it never fails to impress the senses with its wild power and beauty.

Sunset in Smith River, California
Sunset in Smith River, California | Source

Food Production

  • Did you realize that farmers in the Central Valley of California grow about 8% of all the food produced in the United States? Hundreds of crops in this fertile centrally located valley that is 450 miles (720km) long and about 40 to 60 miles (60 - 100km) wide can be viewed as the seemingly endless fields stretch out on all sides almost as far as the eye can see.

My friend and I purchased fresh picked strawberries from a roadside stand in the Central Valley and feasted upon them for days!

Central Valley of California pictured in Green.
Central Valley of California pictured in Green. | Source

If you have not yet visited California, just know that seemingly endless treats await your discovery. I know that I would enjoy seeing more of this wondrous state someday.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      I agree that San Francisco and Monterrey are both beautiful cities to visit. Like you, I have never gotten a chance to spend much time in L.A. I have been in their airport once and just driven through the outskirts of that city on my way elsewhere in the state another time.

      So glad you enjoyed this hub and are sharing it with others as a resource about the different areas in the state. Thanks!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Peggy, This is a great hub which I find very interesting and useful. I was fortunate to be able to live in California for almost 10 months during the 1967-1968 period. That is because the Navy sent me to the Presidio of Monterey to learn Chinese Mandarin. I have very fond memories of both Monterey and San Francisco which are both beautiful cities. I loved San Francisco because there was so much to see and do there during the late 60s. I wish I could have seen more of L.A., but I remember spending only a few hours in the downtown area before catching a flight to Chicago after a short layover coming from Taiwan. Your pictures are great and this hub is certainly a great resource about California. Voted up and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maria,

      I am not familiar with Jo Goldsmith or her May Gold Awards but if it led you to reading and sharing this hub with others, I am grateful. Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Peggy,

      I am grateful to Jo Goldsmith for her May Gold Awards, where I was led to this detailed and informative post from you.

      Sharing on FB and Twitter...you have a gift in your writing. Love, Maria

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I would enjoy seeing more of that scenic state also. One could probably spend a lifetime there and not see it all. Thanks!

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      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I lived in CA for 20 years and have actually been to most of these places. I'd love to visit again before the ocean rises! :) Voted up, awesome and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      I have never been to Lake Tahoe but have spent quite a bit of vacation time on the west coast. It is wondrous! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Nice that you have already seen some parts of California. Obviously there is so much more to see than just the things highlighted on this list. Were you there on business or pleasure? What areas of the state did you get to see? Thanks for your votes and shares.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have only been as far west as Lake Tahoe, it was a lone time ago, but I have never forgotten the beauty and vastness of the lake and the spectacular hills. Thanks for sharing the awesome photos!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a great list for a visitor. I've been to a few sites but will keep the rest in mind when I happen to visit California next.

      Voted up,useful,interesting. Shared and pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      People will have many decisions to make with regard to which parts of California they wish to visit on a vacation. The state is so large and has many different areas as you can tell from this hub. Of course...there is even more! Thanks for your comment and the pin.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      I'm going to pin this to my vacation board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      What a lovely area in which to live, that of northern California. Hope that you get back to see San Francisco someday and perhaps some of the other sites you missed seeing when you lived in that state. Understandable...California is a large state as is Texas. Hard to see it all. Thanks for the votes, 5 star rating and the share.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      I lived in Northern California for a year and my daughter was born there. Even though I was just 90 minutes or so from San Francisco, I never got there. I have seen several of the things you have listed, but I think there are more listed here that I haven't seen. Great photos as always, and a great guide for anyone who wants to visit/tour the state. Voted up, UI, gave you 5 more stars, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DDE,

      California is a huge state and while I have seen many areas of it, there are still many unexplored areas that I have not visited. I love all the national parks there that I have seen and of course, San Francisco is a city that is worth a visit as is the famous wine country. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely place to visit and you have explained perfectly.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Martie,

      If California is a lot like South Africa...then both places are indeed beautiful and have much to offer visitors. I also like seeing other places via the Internet that I will undoubtedly never get to visit in person. So glad that you enjoyed this virtual tour. Thanks for your comment and up votes.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely awesome! Wow! This is about the best holiday I will ever have in California. Thank you for this excellent guide, Peggy. According to this hub and pictures, California reminds me of our Cape Province (South Africa). Voted up and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Always enjoy reading about your travel adventures. Are you going to relocate and teach in central Europe or simply vacation there? Thanks for the votes and share regarding this hub about the many attractions in California.

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      Brett Caulton 

      5 years ago from Asia

      I've never made it over that way, but I enjoyed your hub ... very detailed. I prefer extremely different cultures to the British one, so spend most of my time in Asia, but plan to expand to central Europe too soon.

      Shared, up, interesting, tweeted.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mperrottet,

      So nice that you got to see some of the beautiful sites in northern California. For a more in depth look at the areas we have enjoyed, click on some of the links to see more. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Beautiful pictures and great hub. I visited California in 2010, and had such a great time touring SanFrancisco, the wine country, and Sequoia, Yosemite and Redwood National Parks. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vox vocis,

      Nice that you got to see the videos from your friend's trip to California. Hope you get to see some of the attractions for yourself someday. It would take some time to see all of the sites in that state as it is so large. I know that I would like to return and enjoy more someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jasmine 

      5 years ago

      My friends visited most of the sights you've written about in this hub last year and they loved it. They made a video of their trip and we enjoyed it so much. Loved this hub, the info, the pics, the links, everything! Hope to visit these places some day!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie1,

      Lombard street in San Francisco is certainly unique as it twists and turns its way from a higher elevation from the street above to a much lower elevation. It has also become quite a landmark feature just because it is so different. Glad that you liked all of these photos of attractions in California. Thanks for the vote up.

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      sweetie1 

      5 years ago from India

      Very Beautiful Pictures. I really loved the picture of Lombard Street in San Francisco. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      That is so true that we often don't take advantage of what is in our own locales where we live or even nearby. There are plenty of things right here in Houston much-less the state of Texas that I have yet to see. Get going girl! See more of California while you live there. I would love to read about some of the sites and places of interest in your area. Good hub material undoubtedly! :) Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I live in California and I really have barely touched the tip of the things to do here. One of these days I want to get to the north end since most of my sightseeing has been in the Southern half. It is funny though how living in California actually results in seeing less than if you were to plan a vacation here. We forget how many wonderful things are around us to explore!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      It is understandable that your mother wanted to have the love and support of relatives at that time. I am sorry to hear about your brother having had Alzheimer's Disease. That is an ugly monster! Will look forward to your hub about Bakersfield, California and learning about it.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy, I was only 16 at the time we went to California so nobody asked my opinion or told me theirs. Mother wanted to be with relatives in Minneapolis. My brother acquired Alzheimer's disease in the 1980's when he was quite young. He was in his fifties and dies in his sixties from complications. He was a supervisor of the an engineering dept for Los Angeles county. His widow is now living on the East Coast.

      My mind is on California because I have been planning to write a hub about Bakersfield which oddly. is named after a field.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Perhaps it was the higher prices of lodgings in California that kept your mother from seriously considering moving out there? Except for that, you are right about the nice weather and natural attractions. California seems to have it all. The northern part of the state has great beauty! Is your brother still living in California? Where? Thanks for your comment, votes + the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Did you see much of the state when you lived in Orange County or were you too busy working? We have only done some vacationing in California and still would like to see more as there are so many attractions from the natural to man-made ones. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jim,

      Fair warning! Haha! Thanks for your comment on this hub about California attractions.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy, my oldest brother moved to California after college. I thought and hoped that the family would follow after my father died. we took a trip out there with my brother when he returned there . I've always been disappointed that it never happened. It seemed like everything all wrapped up in a big package, sunny weather, the ocean nearby, go into the hill and you can have winter. Never saw the northern part of the state but I think it is probably nice. Up votes and sharing.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Loved California when we lived there. It got to crowded for us and we decided to come home. We lived in Orange Co. Enjoyed your hub full of good information for travelers. Voted up and shared.

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      JimDoyle 

      6 years ago from Primbee

      Hello Peggy

      I have started a landslide of comments coming to your Hub!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      Nice that you have gotten to see some of the cities in California and some of the attractions that they offer. If you like natural areas, California is filled with sites that are breathtakingly beautiful and interesting. Thanks for bookmarking this hub, voting it up and sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting learning about the varied tourist interest places in California. I've just visited a few cities in California and some attractions that they offer. Bookmarking this valuable resource, Peggy. I'll refer to it when I visit California next. Great links to your other travel attractions' hubs as well.

      Voted up, awesome and useful. Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      My parents visited San Diego when my brother was in the Navy and fell in love with that area. I have yet to visit there. You are correct in that California has so much diversity by way of attractions and spectacular scenery. Glad that this hub brought back memories of your time spent there. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kashmir56,

      So glad to know that you enjoyed this virtual look at California attractions and sites of interest. There are so many that this is merely a small sample of what you could find there on vacation. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      California is one of my favorite states because of its diversity. We love San Fran and wine country. We've also seen the sequoias, Yosemite and Disney Land, but my absolute favorite is San Diego and La Joya. I have great memories of surfing there when I was younger. Thanks so much for this walk down memory lane!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this very interesting hub on California, loved all the beautiful photos you used has well. Well done ! I enjoyed my travel there through your photos !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      That is just one photo of the giant sequoia tree that I took. It was not even one of the largest ones. They are amazing when seen in person. So glad that you enjoyed this hub about California attractions and sites of interest. There are so many in that state!!! Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Christy,

      In my mind I can still hear the clanging of those San Francisco trolleys. Nice to know that you have also enjoyed some of the sites in that fun and scenic city. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Yes...that entire experience of spending the night in Lillie Lantry's bed and being hosted by the folks at Guenoc Winery was a once in a lifetime experience...at least for us. California has so many unique and beautiful attractions. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      agusfanani 

      6 years ago from Indonesia

      California is very special place due to its world wide popularity. I'm amazed by the attractions it has including those great pictures which are depicted in your hub. One of the special views is that sequoia tree's really gigantic that the person under it looks tiny. I vote up this awesome, beautiful and interesting hub.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Peggy, I have actually been to one of the places in this hub! Woohoo! Generally I have not... I enjoyed my time in San Francisco when I went for a trip in my 20s. I liked riding the trolly :) Your hub brought back memories of the wonderful city. Voting up and sharing too.

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      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Another interesting and beautiful hub on the great state of

      California. As you mentioned each city has wonderful and amazing attractions. I bet spending the night in Lillie Langtry's bed was an experience. Great hub with beautiful photos and interesting information on the Attractions and Sites of California. Awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      We have visited California several times as you can probably tell. I could write even more hubs. Sounds like you should write some more hubs about Orange County! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You could certainly write many hubs on what California has to offer. For example, most people only know Orange County because of Disneyland. But we also have many beaches, shopping malls and tourist attractions that are worthy of visits by themselves. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      There is so much beauty in the U.S. and California surely has a good share of them. I know that you would like seeing many of the attractions found there. Thanks for your comment and all of your votes on this hub. Glad to know that you liked the photos. Many more in each hub featured...of course.

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub, Peggy. I really love reading this hub. I found many interesting places in California. I'll visit California if I have a chance to go to America. You also have beautiful pictures as well. Good job again. Voted up (useful, beautiful, awesome, interesting). Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jim Doyle,

      California is surely that...a nice place to visit. They have some stellar attractions unlike other places in the world. Appreciate your comment.

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      JimDoyle 

      6 years ago from Primbee

      Very nice photos Peggy. California certainly looks like a nice place to visit.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches,

      Nice to know that you appreciated the effort that went into compiling this hub. Joshua Tree National Park is an interesting place. The Skull Rock really looks like one...so aptly named. These Joshua trees look like giant yucca plants to me. Thanks for the votes and your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Peggy, I have been to California several times, but have not had the pleasure of seeing many of these places. I didn't know there was a Joshua Tree National Park. I would like to see it some day. Your opening was a great lead in to your content; well done! Voted up +++

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      It would probably take a lifetime to see all the interesting nooks and crannies in the State of California. So glad that you liked these photos. They are just a sampling of what you will find in each hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Lovely hub! I've been to a lot of these places, but there are also some California attractions that I have not yet visited. Love your photos of the Joshua Tree National Park and Sutro Bath ruins. Rated way up!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charles,

      I always was a good student! Haha! Thanks for leaving a comment on this hub about California and many of the attractions that can be found there. Appreciate it. :)

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      Charles Criner 

      6 years ago

      Very nice Peggy. Its amazing how much information you get about so many subjects. Thanks for sharing it with me........Charles.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      I'd also like to see more of California...but then the same could be said for just about any state if one likes to experience new and different things. There is just so much beauty to behold in California. Any place with a number of national parks is right up my alley! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      There are still many places in California that I would like to see, but I relish the memories of sites already visited...particularly the national parks. San Francisco has to be one of the most interesting cities in America. Nice that you have also been there. Fisherman's wharf is a lot of fun. You certainly have a serviceable souvenir from there! Thanks for your comment, vote and the share. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ignugent17,

      Happy to be able to share this information about various beautiful and interesting places in California with you. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bdegiulio,

      Nice that you got to live in California for a while back in the 1980's. Yes...there is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in that large and beautiful state! Thanks for your comment, votes and your share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Martin,

      Ah...so you live in San Francisco! My husband and I have truly loved our visits there and hope someday to return and see even more. As to showcasing some of California...I know that there is much more to the wonders that can be seen and enjoyed there. This did barely scratch the surface. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      You certainly live in a beautiful state! Yes...one could probably spend all of one's life there exploring all of the many scenic places in California. We have certainly enjoyed what we have gotten to see of it. There are many places in Texas that I have yet to see. We both live in such big states! Thanks for your comment.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      California is sucha beautiful and diverse state. I have been there twice and not seen near as much as I would have liked to. I would love to go back and spend more time there. You have high lighted some very interesting places here that I would love to visit. Great job Peggy! Voting up and more! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I visited California several years ago, and really enjoyed myself. I would like to go back when I have more time and see some of the places you wrote about in other Hubs. I have read some, but not all of your related Hubs. I really enjoyed San Francisco. When we were there, it was cold, and I bought a wonderful jacket at one of the many shop on the Wharf. I still wear that jacket.

      Great Hub highlighting your other Hubs on California.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suhail and my dog,

      If you have the time, road trips are fun and you can often discover other delights along the way. As to visiting your friend who lives near the Sierras...go for it! The national parks in California are amazing. I have never yet visited a national park anywhere that was not uniquely distinctive. Yosemite is amazing! Good place to start. Thanks for your comment.

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      ignugent17 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the information. :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy. I lived in California for a few years back in the 1980's and have been to many of these sites but not all of them. There certainly is no shortage of things to see and do in this wonderful state. Thanks for sharing, great job. VU, sharing, etc.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Doodlehead,

      The weather in California is certainly a draw as are the different sites and spectacular scenery. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Scribenet,

      This is the "tip of the iceberg" with regards to all of the many attractions in California. So glad that you liked this hub and thanks for the votes and the share.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great job in touching upon my state. Thank you. Martin of SF.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I agree! San Francisco is one of our favorite cities to visit when we are on vacation. We still have many more places in which we could happily spend time in that city and make further discoveries. So glad that you liked this hub about California attractions. I know that there are endless ones that could be featured. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      I love my home state-- and there is a lifetime worth of diverse vacations and attractions to visit here.

      I have been to all of those you noted (except Lily Langtree's house), but there are surprises and wonders in every corner.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      California has always been on my dream list. A friend living near Sierras keeps inviting me to visit Yosemite and stay at his place. I will gladly accept the offer, but the problem is I am scared of flights. So I have to drive, which I won't mind at all.

      It is going to be the national parks of California for me starting from Yosemite.

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      Doodlehead 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      I live in California and have traveled and lived other places. It is wonderful in many ways and very beautiful. The big draw for me is the weather.

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      Scribenet 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow...I always figured California was interesting and exotic...but I am amazed at all the attractions...even Lily Langtry's house!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting and sharing! Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great job Peggy! I have seen most of the sites listed here, and you did them justice with your review. I love northern California for sure, and San Francisco is one of the great cities in the country.

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