10 best places to see in California
If you are on a tour to United States, then the one state where you would
spend most of your vacation days is none other then California. Whether you
are a school going kid, a working professional or have retired from
professional life, travel in California is undoubtedly the preferred trip in
the whole of USA.
Of the numerous exotic beautiful tourist spots, I am going to make an
attempt to pick the 10 best spots in the state. The list below is picked for
an average professional whose interests are like that of a common man. If
you are pursuing any special hooby or interest, then the below list may not
apply to you in entirety.
1. San Francisco
San Francisco is a major tourist spot no matter what age you are. The city
has one of the most unique landscapes in the entire world. The city streets
are not flat like a normal road. They are high slopes; driving on this
streets could be quiet a challenge. The most crookest street, probably in
the universe, lies in the city. Apart from this the 130 year old cable car
ride, the former island prison Alcatraz and above all the world famous
Golden Gate Bridge are a must see for any tourist. But if you travel from
San Francisco to these other great places you'll have a lot more excitement
on your travel.
2. Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a major commercial city of the state. If you like meeting
people of different cultures, try out diverse culinary or anything similar,
spend time in this big city on the west coast. The city is a shopperâ€™s
paradise and has one of the richest nightlife in the US.
3. Disneyland & Universal Studios
If you are with kids or you yourself like amusement parks, Disneyland and
Universal Studios are the best locations in the state. In near vicinity to
downtown LA (both are in near opposite directions from downtown), each of
these parks will take at least one day each. At the Universal Studios, take
a peek at the large studios where some of the most popular Hollywood films
are shot. Who know you may see a big star outside one of the many sets in
4. Napa County
Napa County also referred as Napa Valley has one of the finest wineries in
North America. It is about 80 kilometer from San Francisco. Many of the 250
wineries offer wine tasting tours. This is a must spot for all you wine
5. Santa Monica
If you are looking for a walk on a palm lined beach in California, donâ€™t
miss Santa Monica. About 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica
has the finest beaches of California. If you are lucky, you may catch a
yester year Hollywood star walking alongside you on the beach.
If you are into art galleries and museums, the capital of California,
Sacramento is a must visit destination. It has more then 30 museums and art
galleries. So if you travel Sacramento CA, you can get glimpse of the
glorious past of California here.
7. Palm Springs
If you opt to relax in a resort, swim in a pool or play golf, then drop
anchor at Palm Springs. Go horse riding, hiking, watch polo, visit art
galleries while you are in Palm Springs. The location is well connected by
road and also has its own international airport.
8. San Diego
San Diego has great amusement parks and one of the biggest zoos in USA - and
there are some great theme park discounts out there . About 4 hours road
ride from Los Angeles, takes you to one of the finest beaches offering great
views of the Pacific Ocean. Areas like Old Town in San Diego were the big
commercial hubs of the nineteenth century. Note that there are so many more
great options for San Diego California vacations that definately do not fit
into this article's limits.
The undisputed capital of glamour and the unofficial headquarters of
filmdom, Hollywood should be mandatory stop on your travel itinerary. The
Chinese Grumann theatre, the walk of fame on Hollywood Boulevard, the
nightlife around the boulevard should not be missed at any cost. Hollywood
transports you to the land of entertainment.
10. Lake Tahoe
Located at a height of 6000 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe is one of the
most picturesque spot in this part of the world. Free from the urban
pollution, you can see blue clear skies as you roam around the periphery of
the huge lake. Lake cruises are also available. If you like nature, keep
aside at least 2 days for this location. One great site to check out for
more info is the California Travel & Tourism Commission at