California is the biggest state in the United States by population, and it is also one of the top tourist destination in America. The climate of California is both unique and varied. From the sunlit beaches in the south to the central mountains on up to the Redwood Forest on the California-Oregon border Californian has something for everyone. Here we run down the best of the best destinations to see in California.
Los Angeles If you’re heading to California, especially by air, there’s a good chance you’ll be heading in to Los Angeles, and that’s a good thing. LA is the largest city in California and the second largest city in the United States.
With hundreds of great attractions including major movie studios, Disneyland, great beaches for surfing and swimming, Los Angeles is a vacation destination own its own. It’s also the top location you must see in California—you can’t go to Cali without spending a day or two in LA.
San Francisco If you don’t fly in to LAX you’re very likely to head into California through San Francisco. It’s also a great city, and you don’t want to waste an opportunity to visit another must see in California. With the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the famous Lombard Street (the most crooked street in America).
When you’re in San Francisco make sure you take a ride on the famous cable cars, they are a great and fun way to see the city. San Francisco is also famous for its sourdough bread. Sourdough bread uses what’s called a “starter” made from flour and water, when bread is baked a small portion of the starter is used to prepare the bread and more flour is added to the starter. The use of a starter gives sourdough bread a unique flavor and slightly denser texture than other breads.
Wine Country California has one of the top wine producing regions in the world. Wines from California routinely place among the best wines in the world. California’s Wine Country comprises sections of both Napa and Sonoma Counties north of San Francisco.
The Napa Valley in Napa County may be the most famous of the regions, but Sonoma County boasts five well respected areas as well; Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Bennett Valley. Many of the wineries offer tours and wine tastings.
Mammoth Mountain and Yosemite National Park Skiing in California? Absolutely! But there’s more to Mammoth Mountain that just skiing. In the winter months you can ski or snowboard as well as taking a scenic gondola ride. In the summer month visitors to Mammoth Mountain can enjoy biking, fishing, camping, hiking, and golf.
With Mammoth Mountain just a few miles south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park visitors to the area are assured of never getting board. Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautify natural areas in the United States, has inspired countless artists and photographers since the time of Ansel Adams, and ranks as a destination that is a must see in California.
The Great Redwood Forests Have you ever driven through a tree? You can if you visit the Great Redwood Forests, which contains 45% of all remaining, old growth redwood. Located along the coast of Northern California boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the state.
A trip to the Great Redwood Forests could yield a sighting of the Northern Spotted Owl or any of the other species of wildlife that call these forests home. Camping is both permitted and encouraged.
If you’re heading to California anytime soon these five destination should top your “must see” list.