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Sightseeing in California - what to see. Complete travel guide

California is often called the Golden State due a gold rush and because of the sunny climate inherent to these places. California is popular among travelers and it is very simple to explain that; an abundance of natural and historical attractions, entertainment centers and important places make it a dream of every adventurer.
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ontario were always associated with luxury hotels, many of which resemble entertainment and business centers. In total, California has more than 4,500 hotels … Open
Among natural attractions, so-called Death Valley is the most famous. Not far from it there is the highest point in America, Mount Whitney. Across the state there are seven major national parks that are worth to visit, if you like hiking and outdoor recreation. Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Redwood Park, Sequoia Park and Kings Canyon - each of these reserves is amazing and unique.
It would be interesting to visit Los Angeles to enjoy its cultural life; in addition to luxurious hotels, restaurants and shopping complexes, the city has a lot of museums and exhibition centers. The Patersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to cars, and the Museum of Fine Arts shows beautiful paintings and sculptures. The most famous open-air museum is the Pitch Lake of La Brea located in Hancock Park. Here is a rich collection of fossils. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
California is considered the most luxurious state for a reason. It has long been synonymous with the modern style and high-end leisure. It’s simply impossible to imagine holidays in … Open
Going for a trip to California be sure to visit San Francisco. The city also represents a huge amount of entertainment and cultural venues. Don’t forget about San Diego and San Jose; they have a surprise for their guests too. For example, there is the famous Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose; the most visited cultural center in San Diego is the Maritime Museum. Fans of archeology would be interested in visiting a place called Gemet located in the vicinity of Riverside. Gemet is considered to be one of the largest archaeological centers in the country.
Vacations in California just can’t be imagined without a visit to Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Disneyland. It's amazing that so many different notable landmarks from unique natural attractions and fruit plantations to scenic architectural structures and world-famous cultural centers were collected at one area.
The state of gold towns began to attract travelers from distant lands in the 16th century. Many tourists come to California to visit historical sites and stroll along scenic boulevards, … Open
California is traditionally visited by fans of beach recreation. There are world-famous elite resorts. The most luxurious beach is Santa Barbara. There are villas of famous millionaires near the coast. When vacationing on the Malibu beach, you can meet film stars and other world celebrities. The crowded beach of Santa Monica has a more peaceful atmosphere. For the local people, beaches have long stopped being a place where they can part only in water entertainments. They are real leisure centers. At the coast, there are playgrounds and special courts for roller-skating and cycling. Here, you can visit popular restaurants and cafes. Different festivals and themed holidays are often held at the beaches.
At the coast, there are also top-rated hotels. Local beaches are perfect for water sports. Santa Catalina Island is very popular with diving fans. The entire territory of this island is declared a natural reserve. The island waters are rich with rare dwellers. After diving, everyone can walk along the island and admire its beauties.
California is famous for its unique museums and natural attractions, historical sites and large-scale cultural centers. There are different sights, but California has always been associated … Open
In California, there are several top-rated ski resorts located in the district of Sierra Nevada. Here, you can visit the world-famous resort of Heavenly and its main competitor, the resort of Mammoth. They are distinguished by a great variety of routes and an upscale infrastructure. There are the most luxurious hotels at the resort. The most attractive resorts for beginners and families is Badger Pass. It is located on the territory of the beautiful national park. It is interesting to walk here in summer too. The resort is very popular with hiking fans and mountaineers.
Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo California is a popular shopping center that attracts fashionistas from all over the world in the sale period. The most sophisticated boutiques and elite shopping malls are located in Beverly Hills. The main shopping street is called Rodeo Drive. In Los Angeles, there are shops in different price categories. Here, you can visit several big outlets. In the district of Costa Mesa, there is the biggest shopping mall at the Pacific coast. It is called South Coast Plaza.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks around California
♥   National Park 'Kings Canyon' , 77.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Recreation Area 'East Whitlock' , 97.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Mirror Lake' , 108.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Tamarack' , 111.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Yosemite National Park' , 121.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around California from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

San Andreas Fault

From the series “Dangerous Faults and Rifts of Earth Crust”
San Andreas Fault is the most dangerous in the world. The scientists claim that it can lead to a global catastrophe that will become a reason for a civilization destruction. Notwithstanding the destructive power of earthquakes, they help the fault to relieve the accumulated pressure and prevent a global disaster. It is quite hard to foresee the next earthquake. Not so far, the scientists begin to monitor the plates movements with GPS- coordinates. Today the most earthquake-prone area of the fault is the place near Los Angeles. This area didn’t have earthquakes for a long period of time and a new quake can be rather powerful. … Read further

Bodie

From the series “The Most Impressive Abandoned Cities on the Planet”
The town’s structure is maintained and interiors remain as they were left, they store a lot of priceless antique relics. There is also the old mine accessible for tourists to explore. The most attractive sights are the Methodist Church built in 1882 and James Kane’s haunted house. Unexplained silhouettes often appear in the windows of the mansion as well as sounds of music coming from the house in the evening. This is only a tiny part of the secrets that hides an inscrutable town of Bodie. … Read further
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