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Welcome to California

From southern California’s beachy San Diego and star-studded Los Angeles to history-steeped San Francisco and quieter towns in the north, the Golden State serves up an endless array of destinations and activities. Cruise out to Alcatraz, the famed former prison in the San Francisco Bay, or visit Catalina Island on a boat trip from Long Beach or Dana Point. Outdoor adventures in Yosemite National Park, skiing in Lake Tahoe, or a stroll down the Santa Monica Pier give a glimpse of the state’s majestic natural features. Visit LA to stroll on the Walk of Fame, hit the theme parks in Anaheim, or hike up to snap a photo in front of the Hollywood sign. Monterey and Carmel are home to miles of coastline, a wealth of marine life, and world-class golf facilities. Both the San Diego Zoo and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are considered the top wildlife facilities in their categories, home to an incredible array of animals and opportunities to learn about our non-human neighbors. California’s miles of farm country mean dining opportunities include farm-fresh, high-quality meat and produce. Foodies can dig into fish tacos in SoCal, munch sourdough bread in San Francisco, or hit the wine trail in Napa and Sonoma.

Top 10 attractions in California

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

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A former federal prison that held notorious criminals Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Alcatraz is now a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highlights include touring what’s left of the maximum-security facility, hearing stories from former inmates, and sailing past the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the craggy isle.More
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Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

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One of Long Beach’s top attractions, the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to at least 11,000 aquatic animals across more than 50 exhibits that reflect the marine life of the Pacific Ocean. The nonprofit organization is the largest aquarium in Southern California and one of the most visited in the United States.More
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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

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The red-orange Golden Gate Bridge is a San Francisco icon, which spans 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) across and connects the city’s northernmost point to Marin County. While the suspension bridge is a major route for Bay Area commuters, the famous landmark also attracts visitors from around the world with its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, Alcatraz, and San Francisco.More
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, part of the larger San Diego Zoo, is an 1,800-acre (728-hectare) open-range park housing some 3,500 animals from about 430 species. The park’s open layout allows herds of giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and other animals indigenous to Africa to roam the re-created valley floor.More
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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

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One of LA's most distinguishing icons, the famous Hollywood Sign proudly stands on Mt. Lee (Mount Lee) in the Hollywood Hills, overlooking Los Angeles and the California movie industry it has come to symbolize. This LA landmark first appeared on its hillside perch in 1923 as an advertising gimmick for a real-estate development called Hollywoodland. Each letter stands 50 feet (15 meters) tall and is made of sheet metal painted white.More
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Muir Woods

Muir Woods

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Home to one of the world's last remaining coastal redwood forests, Muir Woods National Monument allows travelers to hike, relax, or picnic among giant Northern California trees only minutes from the city. This protected nature reserve is also part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, home to Stinson Beach—the park's only lifeguarded beach—and Fort Baker.More
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Santa Monica Beach and Pier

Santa Monica Beach and Pier

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Set along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica has two claims to fame: the Santa Monica Beach and pier. At Santa Monica Beach, miles of sand host playgrounds, parks, picnic areas, staffed lifeguard stations, and the original Muscle Beach. Nearly 8 million visitors frequent the area each year, most of whom follow the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier, whose neon-lit arch and ferris wheel are instantly recognizable from film and TV.More
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Only in Los Angeles are stars so common that they can even be found on the sidewalk. Studded with more than 2,600 brass stars across 18 city blocks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame features names of celebrities in mini monuments. See if you can spot the stars of your favorite motion pictures, TV shows, live theater, and more.More
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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

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Just an hour from one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train in California distills the essence of the wine country into a single day of wining, dining, and riding through the countryside on an antique train.More
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Coronado

Coronado

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Across the bay from downtown San Diego, the small resort town of Coronado is an idyllic escape from the city with a wide, sandy coastline and a tree-lined main drag that’s home to shops and restaurants. Visitors go to hang out on the beach, tour historical sites, and watch the sunset.More

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Top activities in California

Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

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San Diego Harbor Cruise

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

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Temecula Shared Hot Air Balloon Ride
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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GoCar San Francisco Tour

GoCar San Francisco Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in California

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Prepare for the lines
Robert_D, Jan 2022
Disneyland Resort Tickets - USA Residents
America came out to visit DisneyLand and California Adventures.
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Tour
Teresa_B, Oct 2021
Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz
Happy for all the tours 😎👍🛳⚓️⛩Experience was very nice to see San Francisco California.
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Swan On The Water
Kisha_W, Sep 2021
Swan Boat Rental in Echo Park
I just wish I was able to do it at night to see the swans lit up..!!
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California coast outing
MBB, Jul 2021
Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Watching the pods of dolphins and getting to see Patches, the dolphin, was an added kick.
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Best way to see and learn about LA
Colleen_B, Jan 2022
Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park
She had the best recommendations for food later that night and activities for the duration of our stay.
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Great way to see a lot if your time in LA is limited!
Jackie_D, Dec 2021
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
It was a great way to see as much as possible in the limited time we had in California!
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Fun-day, Sun-day in LA
Mercedes_M, Sep 2021
Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
We went on Labor day weekend and beaches (Venice and Santa Monica) were packed, but we had enough time to see the various places and enjoy a great lunch at the Farmer's market.
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Good times
Kierra_J, Sep 2021
Full-Day Snorkeling Rental Package
The water was beyond beautiful, the current was a little intense at times but we got to see a lot of fish and sea lions and one of the California state fish!
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Great Experience, Great Value
Paul_B, Aug 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
I thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the highlights of Yosemite and the associated region of California in a day.
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Great staff, nice one time experience
Dania_M, Aug 2021
Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two
The water is like 50° so make sure that you rent a wet suit, the staff is extremely nice which was awesome, the area is super safe super upscale, regarding the tour itself - we only went into one cave for like 2 minutes and there's really nothing special to see but the same rocks that you see around all California.
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Small Car BIG Fun!
Jeromy_R, Jul 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
There is so much to see and visit in just a small area and the GoCar gets you in an out of parking lots and to see the waterfront and Golden Gate park communities.
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Big truck adventure
Barbara_P, Jun 2021
2.5-Hour Safari Island Adventure Tour on Catalina Island
Good way to see Catalina island California.
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Great Tour
Frank_B, Mar 2021
Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bicycle Adventure
It is a place that might not be well known in California but you definitely need to see if.
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Amazing Views
Michael_B, Jan 2021
Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus
Without even having to spend money on Uber to see places i have always wanted to see i was able to do so by simply being on this tour.
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Muir Woods
Susan_P, Mar 2020
Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods (Entrance fee included)
Highly recommend this tour to see the great California Redwoods.
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Birthday trip
simonenieves1, Feb 2020
Hollywood to Beverly Hills Sightseeing Group Tour from Orange County
We got to see & experience California more than we could ever imagine.
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Wonderful!
IlianaMircheva, Nov 2019
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
It was a pleasure to visit such a wonderful place and to know more about the wonders of the nature in California.
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Good tour to do
Philippe_C, Jul 2019
San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch
It is a good tour to do if you want in the same day to see the famous redwoods from California and get a taste of the wine country.
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Long day but worth it!
P2mee, Jun 2019
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
We may never get another chance to see a national park so we were delighted we didnt let journey time put us off.
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Perfect escape
Harsh V, Jul 2018
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
They have good appetizers, live music, welcome drink and California summer coast line.

All about California

When to visit

Home to everything from cities, deserts, and mountains to beaches, national parks, and redwood groves, California caters to year-round actvities. During the warmer months, cool down in the Pacific Ocean or hike Yosemite. When winter arrives, hit the slopes of Lake Tahoe for top-notch skiing or enjoy winter sun in SoCal.

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