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Why you Should Visit California
Thinking about visiting the Golden State and wondering about nice places to visit in California?
Whether you're looking for a nice couple's weekend getaway, hanging out with friends or a family friendly vacation, California has lots of interesting, fun and historical places to visit.
Spend time at the ocean, visit an assortment of amusement parks, shop where the stars do or see where gold was discovered. Interested, yet?
California has a quite a diverse culture and is truly a melting pot. Oftentimes people come to visit and decide to stay. Let's take a journey and discover the many great destinations and attractions that await you when you come to California.
Beach image by Slipshod Photog at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Romantic Weekend Getaways in California
California is filled with locations that would be great for a romantic weekend getaway.
One place I love is Lake Tahoe. In the summer I enjoy hanging out at the beach and during the winter months, it's playtime in the snow. To get a rustic feel of the area, rent a cabin. If looking for some adult fun, cross the stateline into Nevada and enjoy the casinos
.If you adore the ocean, you might like a visit to Half Moon Bay located in San Mateo county, south of San Francisco. Ride a horse, stroll along the beach and enjoy this quaint ocean town filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. Looking for fine dining with a twist? Try the Haunted Moss Beach Distillary located nearby. If visiting, I would recommend staying at one of the great bed and breakfasts in the area.
Feel like a fairy tale weekend? If so, you'll love the Danish town of Solvang located in southern California's Santa Inez Valley. Hans Christian Andersen's influence is definitely felt here. Take a horse drawn wagon ride, visit the Hans Christian Andersen museum and be sure to try some of the delightful local Danish pastries.
One of the most romantic destinations in California is Napa Valley. This is wine country area in northern California. Spend the day visiting local wineries and partaking in wine tasting. For a real scenic thrill, take a hot air balloon ride. There are numerous charming places to stay in the area.
I like staying in Calistoga at one of the lodgings that features natural hot water springs. It is so relaxing!
Ever dreamed of a romantic island getaway? Then Catalina Island is for you. Enjoy water activities, take a glass bottom boat ride or casually walk along the beach hand in hand at sunset.
Stay in a cottage or a country inn. Don't forget to try one of the local spas. You won't be disappointed!
Palm Springs has always been a popular vacation destination, especially since in the past, as it was known for being a getaway for Hollywood stars. A must do here for a romantic weekend is to take a ride on the aerial tramway to enjoy spectacular views of the area. Staying here can be a bit costly. You can enjoy everything Palm Springs has to offer, but save money by staying in one of the surrounding areas.
I happen to like Palm Desert which is just as beautiful.As crazy and wild as California can be, it can also be a very romantic place to visit whether it be for a weekend, vacation or honeymoon.
Hot air balloon photo by acrylicartist at morgueFile.
Sunset at Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe sunset photo by prov31wmn at morgueFile. Doesn't it look beautiful?
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Interesting Places to Visit in California
California has a variety of interesting locations to suit everyone's tastes. Visit historic Coloma where gold was first discovered and have fun exploring this scenic state park.
Go underground and explore the California Caverns. I happen to like the ones in Calaveras County. There are many beautiful locations in the state for a scenic drive.
A really pretty one is the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach near Monterey.
Just outside of Los Angeles are the La Brea Tar Pits which are a series of tar pits that have produced numerous fossils from the days of the dinosaurs.
Looking to step back to the days of Vaudeville? The Palm Springs Follies will take you on that journey. What's really cool about this Broadway type prduction is that many of the performers are senior citizens.
For a bizarre experience, there's the museum of death in Hollywood which includes a coffin collection.
See what Bigfoot's been up to at the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek.
Gravity takes an odd turn at the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz. This is only the beginning of interesting attractions that can be visited in California.
The La Brea Tar Pits
La Brea Tar Pits photo by 3scandal0 at Wikimedia.
Cool California T-Shirts
Check out these great T-shirts that represent California.
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Famous Hollywood Sign
Hollywood sign photo by Jon Sullivan at Wikimedia.
Things to do in California for Kids
Throughtout California there are numerous attractions that kids will love. If your family likes to camp, there are endless possibilities. Some places kids will stay entertained at are Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Santa Cruz.
If possible, take kids for a trip to the ocean. Do keep in mind, though, that not all beaches are suited for swimming.
There are aquariums in different cities in the state, but if planning on visiting one, my recommendations are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco.
Of course California is known for it's theme parks. One of my favorite vacations to plan is one visiting different theme parks in southern California. Disneyland is always on my list as is California Adventure.
Other great attractions include Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and Sea World. For young kids, there's Legoland.
If you prefer hands on museums, there are plenty to choose from. A great one is the Tech Museum in San Jose. My family also has a fun time at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Want to visit the Old West? Explore Calico Ghost Town. Now, if you prefer something more low key, there are numerous hiking opportunities available along beautiful state parks.See anything your kids might like?
Small World ride in Disneyland photo by SolarSurfer at Wikimedia Commons.
Great California Travel Kid Book
If planning a trip to California with kids, I really recommend The Unofficial Guide to California with Kids. It's filled with family attractions, along with kid friendly lodgings and restaurants. I've used mine over and over again.
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Rodeo Drive Shopping
If you're going to be in southern California, treat yourself to some shopping, (even if only window shopping,) on Rodeo Drive. This famous street is home to some of the world's most famous designers including:CartierChanelFendiGucciRalph LaurenValentinoVersaceOf course, it wouldn't hurt to treat yourself to a little something while you're there.
The Famous Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge photo by seemann at morgueFile.
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Come to California
Why visit California? Because there are a vast amount of attractions and things to do. Whether it's a romantic dinner in Wine Country, a day of froliking in the ocean or screaming on roller coasters, there is plenty to keep people busy when they visit the Golden State.
San Diego Zoo photo by Norvy at Wikimedia.
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