Top 50 Things to Do and to See in California


California is one of the choicest states among the tourists of the USA. There are plenty of world-wide popular tourist attractions in California. Cities of world importance such as San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco attract millions of tourists from across the globe every year. Hollywood, Disneyland, Sea World and San Diego Zoo are some of the most famous places the world over that are situated in the state of California. Add to this, plenty  of beautiful beaches, parks and theme parks and facilities of aquatic adventures make it one of the hottest places to visit in the USA. Fifty fun adventurous things that you can do in California are as follows:

1. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to MarinCounty in the north of California. It has been declared among the wonder of modern world. It is the largest suspension bridge in the world, it also one of the most prominent landmarks of California and the USA. The length of the bridge is 8,981 ftor 2.7 km (1.7 mi).You can also have panoramic views of Bay area when you cross a certain distance near the bright orange tower. The bridge is a modern architectural wonder with 746-foot tall towers, extensive main cables, International Orange color, and Art Deco styling. The bridge is a visual delight as well as an extraordinary sensory experience of light,color, and sound. An estimated 10 million people annual visit this place.

2. Dineyland

The second most famous land mark of California among aged to kids is the world famous park Disneyland. It is among most enchanting destinations of the world for kids. DisneylandPark most probably features most varied and unique rides of the world that are in hundreds. Along with rides, one can also experience a never before experience of variety of attractions, shops, and restaurants that will sweep you away to a different world full of magic and entertainment. Some of the great rides include Indiana Jones Adventure, SpaceMountain,Pirates of the Caribbean, Matterhorn, MagicKingdom and Epcot. Near Disneyland, there other adventures in California that attract visitors and celebrate California’s rich culture.

3. Hollywood

California is home to one more place that doesn’t require any introduction. The name itself explains everything to everybody across the globe. Our world of entertainment would not have been so entertaining had Hollywood not existed. Hollywood is the prime location for movie studios and stars that have unprecedented quality and grandeur. Hollywood is located in an enchanting environment of Los Angeles, California. Apart from the studios and stars, Hollywood also has other attractions such as wonderful nightlife and shopping streets. The major place of attraction in Hollywood include: Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Universal Studios Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theater and the iconic Hollywood insignia in the hills.

4. San Diego Zoo

is one of the most popular zoos on the planet earth; it is situated in BalboaPark. The zoo is home to attractions such as Polar Bear Plunge, the Giant Panda Mei Sheng, and IturiForest. The zoo also has a children’s Zoo, where children are allowed to feed the animals. The world-acclaimed San Diego Zoo in BalboaPark features over 4.000 6.500 animals and varieties of exotic plants. The most famous zoo on the planet features attractions like the Giant Panda May Sheng, IturiForest, Polar Bear Plunge and children zoo, where children can feed the animals. The zoo has more than 4,000 animals and 6,500 exotic plants.

5. Big Sur

Big Sur is a coast of Northern California it is one of the most spectacular coats with peaceful and inspiring surroundings. The coast line has mountains and redwoods, and beautiful beaches to enjoy aquatic adventures. Big Sur is among 50 Geographic Traveler Places of a Lifetime. You can drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to enthrall with the natural beauty of Big Sur where you can witness a unique natural show of cliffs melting into the ocean to beaches and coves. Hiking is another adventure that you can enjoy along tree-lined valleys. There are long beautiful hiking trails and horseback riding along the VentanaForest, the SantaLuciaMountains, and AndrewMoleraState Park.

6. Petrified Forests

The Petrified Forests are located west of Calistoga in the stunning Northern California wine country. This forest is one of the California’s most attractive tourist destinations. Move around the trail of majestic, petrified redwood trees and experience the volcanic activity that happened more than 3 million years ago and caused the petrifaction of this unusual yet attractive Northern California forest.

7. Pescadero beach

The pescadero beach is one of the scenic beaches of California. It has over a mile-long shoreline covered with rocky cliffs, sandy coves, and tide pools. Here you can also accompany your dog. The beach features beautiful inlets for fishing, hiking trails and family picnics. Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is located near the beach which is a famous place for bird and animal life watching. The beach has incredible and exceptional beauty because of varied colors of the water thus making it is a favorite place for tourists and photographers to capture the rare beauty in their cameras.

8. Muir beach

The Muir beach is situated in MarinCounty, on Highway 101, north of San Francisco. MuirBeach surrounds the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This attractive beach is a good place for surfing, swimming, fishing, boogie boarding, and scenic hiking and horseback riding trails. As the beach is situated over the last coastal ridge west of Mill Valley, it has rugged beach and bluffs that are full with California wildlife that include salmon in Redwood Creek, monarch butterflies in pine trees, and fox, deer, birds, and coyotes in pastures.

9. Carmel beach

One of the central beaches of Central California Carmel beach is famous for breathtaking seascapes and beaches in Carmel by the Sea. The Carmel beach is considered as one of the world’s most romantic places and most sought after wedding destinations. The scenic beauty is evident in cobblestone walkways and the splendid beach enclosed perfectly by nature and you would feel like you have arrived in a different world.

10. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is also called as SurfCity located on the sunny side of MontereyBay, some 74 miles south of San Francisco. It is a famous and happening beach town. Santa Cruz has an old-fashioned boardwalk and California’s oldest amusement park along with pristine beaches. The beaches are famous among surfers they ride their long boards. Santa Cruz is powered by the golden sun of Central California. SurfingMuseum, artists and music attract the tourists to this part of California.

11. Monterey

Monterey is spectacular and striking with ocean scenery, pine forests and historic charm that attract tourist of different interests. The Monterey has miles of breathtaking coastline considered as paradise for water sports and features festivals, dining, arts, and wine tasting. The other attractions of this area include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. You cab try tide-pooling along the rocky shore and horseback riding over meadows. Go for hiking on the towering cliffs in PinnaclesNational Monument or come close to beach beauty on PebbleBeach’s 17-Mile Drive.

12. Pismo beach

Pismo beach is home to some astounding views of high cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Swimming, surfing, digging for clams, basking in the sun, annual Clam and Jazz Festivals are some of activities that go on here. It has 12 miles long strip for camping, hiking and surf fishing. The area is also bubbling with shops, and restaurants to add to your travelling experience.

13. New Port Beach

The New Port Beach is located in Southern California it is a magical beach with over nine miles of incredible sand beach and shoreline favorite for surfing, swimming, body boarding, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, yachting, fishing, parasailing, and sunbathing, which means this beach offers you everything that you are looking for as an aquatic adventure lover. Experience “The Wedge” – a jetty where surfers challenge the waves. It also features Saddleback Mountains. You can also go for Balboa Ferry boat, harbor cruises, rollerblading, boat rentals, sand volleyball etc.

14. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach has a length of over eight miles and it is sandy as well. This beach is a perfect surf break and laid-back attitude for the tourists. Huntington is home to skateboarding, rollerblading, beach volleyball, basking in the sun, and swimming. It is also a popular place for skating, surfing, and surf fishing. Tandem surfing on the rolling waves gives a tourist and exceptional experience that can be experienced here.

15. Laguna Beach Town

Laguna Beach is a picturesque Southern California beach town that offers shops, art galleries, and a splendid coastline of attractive beaches and splendid ocean views. The town has the greatest number of localized beaches compared to any other city of California coast. Laguna Beach has over 7 miles of coastline with Southern California covesand most scenic beaches. Some of the adventures that you can enjoy here include scuba dive, paint colors of nature, and to enjoy its natural beauty.

16. Long Beach

Long Beach is famous among the aquatic adventures as a right destination for some amazing adventures such as sailing, water skiing, jetskiing, surfing, kayaking, fishing, and sunbathing. You can go on a walk on the expansive Pacific Ocean beach that shines in sun. It is over five miles of coastline that forms a large municipal marina counting on around 3,400 slips along with a pacific Aquarium, the high-speed boats to Catalina Island etc are some of the attractions of Long Beach.

 17. Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica is a world-famous beach as a tranquil destination for a seaside vacation. Here you can explore the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, and views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Santa Monica beach is around 3.5-mile and personify beach life of Southern California. On the beach along the sandy tress you can skate, jog, bike, build sandcastles, play volleyball, or ride the waves on to the shore.

18. Sunset Beach town

The Sunset Beach town is located in South of Los Angeles; it is a lovely and peaceful seaside town with soft white sandy beaches, great golden sunsets, and picture perfect views of the Long Beach skyline. Sunset Beach is a spot to love for water sports that include surfing, swimming, body-surfing, and kayaking. The Sunset beach is a favorite place for windsurfing, bird watching and volleyball. For many decades this beach has been a treasured oasis for visitors.

19. Venice beach

Venice beach is around three-mile long most happening beach during the weekends. This sandy beach is adorable during the summer and on weekends as colorful street entertainers such as musicians, artists, singers, acrobats, jugglers, comics, mimes, magicians, all gather along Ocean Front Walk. Venice’s Muscle Beach is also famous among bodybuilders who build their body. On the Boardwalk lie the funky shops and eateries. Courts for basketball, shuffleboard, handball, and paddle tennis is also available along the beach.

20. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is located off the coast of Los Angeles in Southern California. The adventures that you can perform here include ocean kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, snorkeling, rafting, boat cruises, eco tours, family fun and family picnic. It is a picturesque wilderness of cactus, oak, and sage, and home to amazing secluded beaches and coves that are surrounded by ocean, lush kelp forests and plentiful sea life.

21. Mission Beach

Mission Beach is located in San Diego and spread over two miles. The adventures that you can under take here include: body boarding, surfing, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming, volleyball, picnicking etc. The boardwalk of the beach would invite you for rollerblading, bicycling, running, and skateboarding. At Belmont Park you can also ride the Big Dipper for the thrill of a beachfront rollercoaster; it is a favorite place among kids for its beach arcade.

22. La Jolla Beach

One of the most scenic beaches of the world is La Jolla Beach. It is a favorite spot for surfers, swimmers, kayakers, scuba divers, and snorkelers. You can walk along the coast and dazzling emerald beaches and coves. La Jolla is full with eternal relaxation and beauty ranging from the crystal clear waters at La Jolla Cove to sandstone cliffs of about 300 feet height. It is wide, sandy and gentle offering you an intimate coastal retreat and tranquil family vacation.

23. Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach radiates the spirit of Southern California as it has is booming with the brilliant sunshine and blue ocean swelling that meets sand and boardwalks. It is colorful beach and attracts beach bums, surfers, students, and families alike. The beach has three miles of bike paths; and it is home to varied activities that include kayaking, sunbathing surfing, swimming, and body boarding. Among other activities include: Bicycling, skating, and jogging.

24. San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is a lively and a historic marketplace in San Francisco, California. This market is famous for shops, trendy restaurants, and also street performers. The Fisherman’s wharf provides you a captivating view of the San Francisco Bay. Walk along the Wharf to witness attractions that included Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39, an energetic marketplace with restaurants, shops, music and San Francisco Bay cruises.

25. Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe can be called as California’s year-round vacation resort as it is deep with sapphire waters, lakeside beaches, golf courses, and stunning Sierra Nevada mountain ski regions. Lake enthusiasts can enjoy snowboarding, skiing, fishing, water skiing, boating, and hiking.Lake Tahoe is famous among locals as well as foreign tourists. Children love to be here to witness boating.

26. Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is located about 20 miles south of San Francisco, California. A perfect place to gaze at the coast where beautiful plateaus are mounted on cliffs suspended on top of the glorious beaches in Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay is a coastal heaven for horseback riding, kite surfing, fishing, and whale watching cruises from Pillar Point Harbor, and weekend picnics.

27. Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the largest urban national parks in the world. The park is spread over 75,398 acres of land and water along with a coast line of 28 miles. The park is major attraction for polo players, joggers, roller-skaters, cyclists and strollers to its enchanting terrain and ocean panorama. The park is also witness to 200 years of California history including that of Native American culture, Golden Gate NRA comprises numerous sites, evolution of urban San Francisco, including Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Fort Point National Historic Site, Nike Missile Site, the Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Mason.

28. Pacifica

Pacifica is located about 20 minute long drive from San Francisco. It is an old-fashioned beach that has open space along with mesmerizing beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Pacifica is an amazing place to experience serenity. It is a great place for activities such as walking, hiking, or enjoying a day at the beach. However, surfing is popular in Pacifica, you can also enjoy running, bird watching, fishing at the municipal pier and promenade, rollerblading, paragliding, and skating on the beach front.

29. Paramount’s Great America Theme Park

Paramount’s Great America Theme Park is situated in Northern California; it is an extremely adventurous park for fun and frolic. The park is home to heart-racing coasters, exhilarating rides, stage shows, the world’s tallest double-decker carousel, and concerts. It is among the world famous theme parks and makes California is choices destination for theme parks along with Disney land.

30. Redwood National and State Parks

California is home to diverse landscapes in the form of Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) that include Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park located on the North Coast of California. The parks are also home to the tallest old-growth redwoods, breathtaking beaches, long pristine coastline, cascading waterfalls and picturesque hiking trails. You can also view earth’s most majestic forests of ancient redwoods that are around 300 feet tall and some 2000 years old. You can also take up biking, backpacking, bird watching, boating, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, nature walking, swimming, wildlife viewing and whitewater rafting.

31. California ski resorts

California is landscaped with some great snow-covered mountains and features world-caliber ski and snowboard resorts, cross-country trails, majestic mountains, and exciting terrain parks. There are plenty of places here to unwind here that include: volcanic peaks of Mt. Shasta, Sierra Nevada mountain range, the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. Some of the places here are blessed with alpine natural snowfall, Ski Mountains, and magical mountain scenery.

32. Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm are USA’ legendry theme parks that are home to six themed areas that include Wild Water Wilderness, Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Indian Trails, The Boardwalk and Camp Snoopy which all together lights up the surrounding of the Old West. Knott’s was once a real berry farm, and home to 160 acres of exciting family rides, attractions, and shows. The park also has Xcelerator, Supreme Scream, and GhostRider, the world’s best wooden roller coaster.

33. Six Flags Magic Mountain ( hurricane harbor )

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Southern California and it is a family adventure theme park with thrilling rides, world-class entertainment, and some of extreme roller coasters in the world. Hurricane Harbor features activity pools and wild slides for cooling out on hot LA summer. It is good place to chill out in a hot summer.

34. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

The new Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is situated in Northern California and it is home to amazing animals some of most thrilling rides and coasters. Plunge into waters with the dolphins or enjoy with sea lions in the marine environment. You can also watch animal performances, including that of a killer whale. Discovery Kingdom is home to 30 animal attractions that have more than 1,700 animals of land, sea and sky, such as dolphins, alligators, zebras, sharks, butterflies, penguins, elephants, and cheetahs.

35. Aquarium Bay

Aquarium Bay is the best place to discover the marine life of San Francisco Bay. It has a plenty of attractions that are preserved to save this natural resource. Get your sensory organs active with over 20,000 fascinating aquatic animals of the Bay and the surrounding waters. Touch and feel rays, sharks, and sea stars.

36. Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier is situated in Southern California; it is over century-old family attraction. Santa Monica is home to arcades, ocean-view restaurants, shops, amusements, the Santa Monica Aquarium, and the Santa Monica Carousel that was built in 1912. The Pacific Park here include amusement such as a 9-story Ferris wheel, bumper cars, arcade, a rollercoaster, a motion-simulator theater as well as al fresco dining. There are also oceanfront, children’s playground, muscle beach and international chess Park and volleyball courts.

37. SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is among the world’s largest marine life amusement parks. The park is home to wondrous creatures and inspirational marine exhibits. The park offers captivating views as well as splashing adventures. The SeaWorld’s rides offer extreme excitements and wonders. You can also watch the world-famous, high-flying dolphins, Shamu Whale etc.

38. Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is the second oldest national park; it has a varied alpine landscape with plenty of mountains, giant sequoia redwoods, deep canyons, high-country lakes, pristine wilderness, beautiful caverns, streams, hiking trails. There are peaks that go upto 14,494 feet. This park features unlimited outdoor recreation such as: biking, swimming, rafting, hiking, and climbing. Sequoia groves and the Giant Forest invite you to drive along them and also view the 275-foot-tall General Sherman sequoia.

39. Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada. It is a monument to nature’s beauty and diversity. This park offers immense mountains, deep gorges, vast caverns, rugged foothills, as well as the world’s largest sequoia trees. The wonderful park includes King’s Canyon and King River gorges that are deepest in the country. Kings Canyon is home to miles of winding trails, forests of giant sequoia etc.

40. Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore is located on the north of San Francisco and features 100 acres of unspoiled coastal wild lands, as well as beaches, crashing ocean breakers, hillsides, grasslands, and forested ridges. Outdoor adventures of the area include mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, whale watching, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding on long scenic trails and the national seashore. Also worth visiting are the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and the epicenter of the Great San Francisco Earthquake that occurred in 1906.

41. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is situated in the Eastern California in Sierra Nevadas. The park is home to majestic cascading waterfalls, rock formations, deep valleys and picturesque scenery. Yosemite National Park is spread over 1,200 square miles of scenic lands. To discover the Yosemite’s natural treasures go on hike or drive along miles of trails and roads enjoying breathtaking views. The granite face of Half Dome is a favorite place for rock climbers.

42. Lassen Volcanic National Park

It is a volcanic park created out of volcano is situated at the southern end of the Cascade Mountains. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a place of unimaginable beauty formed thousands of years back by volcanic fire and glaciers. Here you can also discover a landscape of geologic formations, peaceful forests, hydrothermal springs, painted dunes, crystal-clear lakes, mountain meadows, pristine wilderness, and active volcanoes. The other thing that can be enjoyed here included: Hiking, walking, driving, and cross-country skiing. You can also enjoy snowshoe over g trails and scenic highway and watch volcanic wonders such as mud pots, boiling pools, steam vents.

43. Tamalpais state Park

the Park is located adjoining Muir Woods National Redwood Monument above the Marin coast. The park is spread over 6,300 acres of redwood groves and woodlands. The park provides you panoramic ocean and bay views. It is one of the California’s most scenic mountains, with miles of biking and twisting hiking trails. Stinson Beach situated below, Mt. Tam is a heaven for mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and picnicking.

44. Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is located in Central California one of the favorite places on the planet, and a land of unexpected beauty is Death Valley National Park. It is spread over 3.3 million acres of stunning desert scenery, diverse wildlife, undisturbed wilderness, dunescapes, and complex geology. It has an 11,049-foot Telescope Peak and also the 5,475-foot Dante’s View, where as Badwater is the lowest point almost 282 feet below sea level in the western hemisphere. They provide you a wonderful sight seeing experience.

45. Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve is located around two miles from south of Carmel. It is a coastal treasure trove full with bold headlands, colorful skies, scenic meadows secluded coves, etc. Point Lobos is spread over 550 acres of picturesque trails, wonderful ocean views, and nearly 750 acres of underwater wonders that feature whales and dolphins. You can hear barking seals from the shore. The park offers you jogging, hiking, scuba diving, whale watching and birding.

46. Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is located along the Central California coast at the north of Los Angeles. It consists of five islands: Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. These are attractive islands. Almost one mile of kelp-forested ocean includes Channel Islands National Park which is a place for scuba diving, swimming, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching, sailing or boating, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing.

47. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park stretches out from the Big Sur coastline and spread over 3,000-foot ridges. The park has miles of rigged tall redwood and oak trees, coastline, picturesque hiking trails, along with an 80-foot waterfall that gush from granite cliffs into the ocean from Overlook Trail, and provies panoramic views of the Central California coast. This superb state park is a choices destination for hiking scuba diving, and whale watching.

48. Big Basin Redwoods state park

Big Basin is located in south of San Francisco, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful state parks in California. It features a large stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods, the park is home to old-growth and recovering redwood forest, picturesque hiking trails that are spread over 2,000 feet, and provides panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The park lies along the rocky Central California coast, and it is a perfect place to watch sunset across the ocean.

49. Raging waters

Raging waters is California’s biggest water park. It has more than 36 slides and attractions, along with a sand beach. Here you can experience a remarkable two-person bowl slide, the enthralling Dragon’s Den, or the 10-story high extreme. Go down the 1/4 mile Amazon River or chill out in the huge Wave Pool. It is also a favorite spot of kids as it has Splash Island.

50. Joshua Tree National Park

It is located in the Southern California; Joshua Tree National Park is spread over 794,000 acres of wonderful scenery and tranquility. The park is beautifully shaped by the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The park is an immense and fragile land that is home to extensive stands of fan palm oases and undisciplined Joshua Trees. A mosaic of immense beauty and complexity is created due to the rugged mountains of twisted rock along with granite monoliths against the trees and plants.

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