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    Tourist Attractions in California

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in California. Photos and a brief description.

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    About California

    California is an American state that stretches along the west coast. Access to the ocean and the border with Mexico give the territory additional tourist bonuses. Although without them, the state is full of amazing places for entertainment and travel. The main cities of the region are Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

    The state is also the birthplace of American cinema. Local studios open their doors to guests and build theme parks based on their films. The best minds of the world of modern technologies and software have settled in Silicon Valley. Sequoia National Park will allow you to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the huge trees that are more than a hundred years old. Even bridges and roads between the sights give vivid impressions and pleasure from the trip.

    Top Tourist Attractions in California

    Golden Gate Bridge

    One of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Crosses the Strait of the same name. Since its construction in 1937 and for almost 30 years it has been the largest suspension bridge. Its length is 2737 meters, and the height of the roadway above the water is 67 meters. Available for cars, cyclists and pedestrians. It has a total of 6 lanes and a width of 27.4 meters. For crossing the bridge in the south direction, car owners will have to pay $ 6.

    Golden Gate Bridge
    Alcatraz

    Alcatraz

    A small island in San Francisco Bay. In the past, a lighthouse and a fort were built here, and then the famous prison. Particularly dangerous prisoners and those who tried to escape from other places of detention were transferred to Alcatraz. In 1963, the prison was closed, and 10 years later it was made a tourist attraction. Visitors get to the island by ferry. The tour includes a tour of the cameras and a story about the famous "guests".

    Hollywood

    There are many film studios here, as well as many celebrities of the world of cinema. The inscription "Hollywood" on the hills is a business card not only of the district, but also of the city. The local Walk of Fame has spawned a tradition of creating similar streets in other cities around the world. And in the local Roosevelt Hotel, the first Oscar ceremony was held in 1929. Now she has moved to the Dolby Theater.

    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley

    She's Silicon Valley. It began to take shape in its current form and status since the middle of the last century. It is known all over the world because of the densely located offices of high-tech companies. Companies related to computers, mobile devices, and software are based here. Corporations are trying to make buildings visible from the outside and modern inside. There are 4 universities in the valley.

    Santa Monica Pier

    It traces its history back to 1909. The pier has changed a lot since then. The economic purpose has given way to entertainment. Its visit is free, the territory is always crowded. Each attraction is paid separately. Nearby there are many cafes, outdoor sports grounds, large Parking. In the summer, they play films in the open air, arrange concerts. Fishermen are standing with fishing rods right on the pier.

    Santa Monica Pier
    Fisherman Wharf

    Fisherman Wharf

    The port district of San Francisco has long been the main business card of the city. Marine National Historical Park, chocolate factory and cannery are located nearby. Shops, cafes and attractions are concentrated on Pier 39. People come here to see the California sea lions. They feel at ease, are not afraid of people and arrange real performances, begging for fish.

    Lombard Street

    Located in San Francisco. The serpentine road on one of the sections of the street has 8 curved turns. This somewhat smooths the slope of Rush Hill, equal to 27 percent. This segment is one-way, additional speed limits apply on it. Its length is 180 meters. At the top there is a parking lot for a cable tram, a special public transport of the city.

    Lombard Street
    The Getty

    The Getty

    The museum complex was created in Los Angeles by the foundation of oil magnate Paul Getty. It has been working since 1997. It is located on the top of a hill, you can go down by funicular. The basis of the museum collection is paintings by artists from Europe dating from the XX century and earlier periods. But it is not only the exhibits of the museum that are interesting in the center. The buildings of the complex and the central garden are full—fledged attractions.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Opened in 2003 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The name was received in honor of the famous animator, as his family allocated money for construction. The architect is Frank Owen Gehry, who stood at the origins of the deconstructivism style. The hall accommodates more than 2,200 spectators. In addition to classical concerts, other events are organized at the venue, including film premieres.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    USS-Midway Museum

    USS-Midway Museum

    Located at the San Diego Naval Pier. The foundation of the museum is the very first heavy American aircraft carrier. The complex is named after him. The territory has been open to tourists since 2004. There are several helicopters and airplanes for various purposes on display at the USS Midway site. The ship has been repeatedly used as a film set for TV shows and news releases, as well as for broadcasting a basketball match.

    Griffith Observatory

    It was built in 1935 in Los Angeles on the southern slope of the mountain. It is named after the patron, with whose money it was built. It offers a view of the city center. Foucault's pendulum became the first exhibit of the exhibition hall. The planetarium was renovated in 1964. The Observatory has always been not only a scientific center, but also a tourist attraction. Its primary purpose is to popularize science.

    Griffith Observatory
    Hearst Castle

    Hearst Castle

    It is located approximately in the middle between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The first buildings appeared on this plot of land in the second half of the century before last. Until the middle of the XX century, the estate was repeatedly rebuilt, and sometimes it was demolished completely in order to rebuild. Hearst Castle is now a national historic landmark. There is a cinema, swimming pools, courts and an airfield on the territory.

    Winchester Mystery House

    Built in 1884 in San Jose. It was rebuilt many times until 1922. Sarah Winchester believed that the house was inhabited by spirits killed from rifles that her family produced. She invested everything in this Victorian-style mansion. Sarah used her own projects for construction, without resorting to the services of architects. Currently, the house has four floors, before the earthquake there were seven.

    Winchester Mystery House
    San Francisco Cable Car Museum

    San Francisco Cable Car Museum

    An unusual form of public transport has been open in the city since 1873. The hybrid tram and funicular is listed on the U.S. Register of National Historic Places. The system is unprofitable, since the construction of other transport lines and maintaining their operability costs twice as much. However, cable trams are the face and symbol of San Francisco, so they are being upgraded, improved and left in business.

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    The world's largest cable car with rotating cabins. The trip lasts about 10 minutes and gives tourists the opportunity to explore the valley from different angles. There is a station at the top of the route. A couple of restaurants, an observation deck, a museum, a souvenir shop and two theaters are always open to visitors. From here, 50-mile-long hiking trails diverge in different directions.

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    17-mile road

    17-mile road

    The road belongs to a closed community, belongs to the Pebble Beach company, and non-residents must pay a fee of about $ 11 for travel. A highway has been laid along the coast. There are not only beaches and golf courses around, but also mansions. These places attract not only ordinary tourists, but also artists with their views. A lonely cypress is a symbol of the road. Controversy continues around the rights to his image.

    Pacific Highway

    It is laid mainly along the coast and stretches for more than 400 km . The road is two-lane most of the way. Fog descends in the morning. There are small settlements along the entire route. The local attraction is an extinct volcano with a height of 177 meters. Usually tourists make stops at roadside shops and on beaches in hot weather. Convenient exits have been made for this.

    Pacific Highway
    La Jolla Cove

    La Jolla Cove

    A small bay with a clean beach is surrounded by rocky ledges. It is part of the marine reserve. The underwater world in the vicinity is rich. For this reason, it is crowded here: divers and swimmers have occupied the shore. They are especially interested in the nearby caves. Services and infrastructure are located just above the bay itself. There are other beaches nearby, for example, Children's Pool Beach, because of its breakwater suitable for children.

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Located 10 km from San Diego. It was installed in 1939 according to the project of the Portuguese Alvaro de Bray. The monument is dedicated to the discoverer of these territories Juan Cabrillo. He first sailed here in 1542. A small museum was built nearby. The complex stands on a hill, not far from the coast, so there are spectacular views from here. One of the features is the migration of gray whales.

    Cabrillo National Monument
    Tourist Attractions in California

    Yosemite National Park

    It extends over 300 thousand hectares . It took shape within the current borders by 1890. The territory is rich in different reliefs and natural features. Waterfalls, rocky ledges, picturesque valleys, giant sequoias and even a semi–dome carved by a glacier - all this can be found in the national park. There are trails for climbers on the mountain slopes. They are suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers.

    Sequoia National Park Tunnel Log

    It was founded in 1890. It occupies an area of 163 thousand hectares . Subsequently, it also became a bio reserve. You can only move around the territory on foot, picnic areas are organized. There is a hotel and a museum near the administrative building. Among the exhibits is a scale of heights, which shows what huge sequoias are comparable to. For example, they are taller than the rocket and the Statue of Liberty. The souvenir shop also sells tree sprouts.

    Sequoia National Park Tunnel Log
    Death Valley National Park

    Death Valley National Park

    The Intermountain Basin extends over 3.3 million acres. Here, in 1913, the highest temperature on the planet was recorded for the entire observation period — +56.7 °C. The desert territories got their names during the "gold rush" period. The settlers tried to take a shortcut through these vast expanses, and not everyone got to the goal. The area is known for huge boulders that periodically move, leaving traces on the ground.

    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    Located on the coast. These lands were considered not too comfortable for living and were sold to private ownership to A. Alan. In 1933, the territory of the reserve was transferred to the state. The main attraction is the cypress groves. Some trees are hundreds of years old. In autumn and winter, views of whale migration routes open from here. The reserve has had its current protected status since the 70s.

    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    One of the largest aquariums in the world was opened in Monterey in 1984. It contains representatives of more than 600 species. Temporary exhibitions tell about marine animals that can be found in other countries, and they are also dedicated to individual subgroups, such as sharks or inhabitants of the depths. The aquarium is developing, including through donations. The Institute of Marine Research works under him.

    Disneyland Park

    The first of the Disney theme parks. It opened in 1955 and has changed many times. Additional thematic zones appeared with the release of new animated and feature films. The area of the park is about 200 hectares. There are more than 55 large attractions in total. The territory has its own transport systems. There are different types of tickets in the park, including VIP service.

    Disneyland Park
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    The amusement park of the film studio of the same name. Guests were allowed to visit the production areas almost immediately after the opening of Universal in 1915. Since 1964, a full-fledged sightseeing tour has been conducted. During the same period, the first attractions associated with the studio's films took shape. Especially popular are the "Magical World of Harry Potter" and a new format: a trip in the style of "Jurassic World".

    Balboa Park

    Named after the marine explorer Nunes de Balboa. The territory is recognized as a national historical monument. The area is approximately 1200 acres. The park has a mirror pond with fish, fountains, a zoo, a closed greenhouse, several theaters and museums. Landscape design is combined with small buildings built in different styles. Organized places for picnics and walks.

    Balboa Park
    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    It was opened in 1916. It was preceded by the great Panama-California Exhibition. The area is approximately 40 hectares. The number of inhabitants is more than 3,700. They represent approximately 650 species. A distinctive feature is the presence of a collection of plants. Bamboo is grown for feeding pandas, and eucalyptus for koalas. You can explore the zoo from a mini-tour bus or from a bird's-eye view from suspended gondolas.

    Napa Valley

    The main area of American wine tourism. It has existed in its current form since 1981, although winemaking was practiced here in the XIX century. The excursion to the valley is accompanied by a visit to the vineyards, observation of production processes, tasting. If desired, you can buy several bottles of the wine you like, order delivery or even sign a large contract for delivery right on the spot.

    Napa Valley
    Coronado Beach

    Coronado Beach

    It is among the best beaches in the USA, located in San Diego. The length is about 2.5 km with a width of up to 150 meters. The entire coastal strip is covered with clean, snow-white and fine sand. Entrance to the territory costs $ 10. The services include the use of changing rooms, toilets, sun loungers, large Parking. The lifeguard tower is working. There are many cafes, restaurants and clubs nearby.

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