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Things to do in  California

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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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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Carlsbad Village

Carlsbad Village

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Carlsbad Village is the downtown area at the heart—and waterfront—of Carlsbad, a fun-loving Southern California beach town. Visitors to Carlsbad spend most of their time in the village, as it’s where most of the shops, restaurants, and hotels are found, including the famous Carlsbad Inn: a Bavarian looking hotel on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Ocean Street. A visit the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa is a great way to relax with a massage or spa treatment using the local alkaline artisan mineral water. To mingle and pick up fresh local fruits, stop in at the Carlsbad Farmer’s Market, which happens every Wednesday. And of course the beaches and boardwalk that run along Carlsbad Village are the main draw. Tamarack Beach is a great, centrally located stretch that’s ideal for bike riding, surfing or sunbathing.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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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

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The highest measured waterfall in North America and the sixth-highest in the world, Yosemite Falls is the superstar attraction in Yosemite National Park. With a cumulative drop of 2,425 feet (739 meters), Yosemite Falls comprises three falls and is especially stunning in late spring when the snow melts and water flow is at its peak.More
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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

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Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour the remains of the maximum-security facility on small and windy Alcatraz Island, aptly nicknamed 'The Rock,' to scope out the grounds and cellhouse; hear stories from former inmates; and pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island on your 1.25-mile (2-km) ferry rides in and out.More
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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

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Cannery Row is a proudly tourist-friendly strip running along the atmospheric Monterey waterfront. Once home to a series of bustling commercial sardine canneries, the famous waterfront street changed its name of Ocean View Avenue to its longtime nickname, Cannery Row, in 1958 to honor the 1945 John Steinbeck novel of the same name.More
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, built in 1907, is a classic seaside amusement park complete with roller coasters, games, and rides. A colorful overhead gondola offers aerial beach views, and there are plenty of indoor activities and food options. One of the oldest amusement parks in California, it is designated as a historic landmark.More
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California State Capitol and Museum

California State Capitol and Museum

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Completed in 1874, the neoclassical California State Capitol building houses both a museum and the seat of California’s government. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and features artwork and monuments and artifacts from California’s history, both inside and on the surrounding grounds.More
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San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

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The world-famous San Diego Zoo presents a stunning variety of nature’s largest, smallest, exotic, and most endangered creatures. The epic zoo has more than 3,700 animals representing over 800 species in a beautifully landscaped 100 acres (40.5 hectares), typically in lush enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. San Diego Zoo is considered to be one of the best and well-known zoos in the world, and is a must-see attraction in sunny Southern California.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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Top activities in California

San Diego Harbor Cruise

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Private Sonoma and Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco

Private Sonoma and Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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Shared 3 Hours Los Angeles VIP Tour

Shared 3 Hours Los Angeles VIP Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in California

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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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Fun trip
Randy_H, Aug 2020
M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise
The California forest fires made it tough to see the views.
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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 Sightseeing 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
Phillegeek, 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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This was a very wonderful tour! Our...
Janelle J, Aug 2017
The Perfect Blend: Napa and Sonoma Combo Wine Tour from San Francisco
We had a wonderfully relaxing time getting to see California's beautiful wine country.
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This is absolutely the way to go...
Valerie T, Sep 2017
California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour
Not only do you get a behind the scenes tour, but you also get to skip the line for several attractions inside as well as skipping the line to enter the facility.
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Nice half day trip up and down the...
Dillonla, Jul 2017
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Its a worth it trip in my opinion to see some of California's most iconic beaches.
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Great Little places to visit, get to...
Gino C, Sep 2017
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Great Little places to visit, get to see a lot of the coastline and place that made California what it is today, heaps of history, great commentary
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All day trip to The park with 3...
Dillonla, Jul 2017
Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
All day trip to The park with 3 hours of exploring time at the Yosemite falls with plenty of outdoor places to explore and great scenes.
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Very convenient for public...
Sheila R, May 2015
San Francisco CityPASS
The activities included were also a great value.
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It's a wonderful trip with ample...
Selina C Y, Jul 2014
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
It's a wonderful trip with ample time to visit the wineries and lunch break.
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Very enjoyable and affordable. Great...
Neil S, Feb 2015
Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
Go for the experience and chance to see a lot and learn a lot about the history of California's most famous wine country.
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We have toured the California...
Robert M, Jun 2014
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
It is one of many interesting attractions in San Francisco.
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It was fun at Universal Studios...
Sandra P, Jun 2013
Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket
It was fun at Universal Studios - one day is find and be sure to see Universal Walk and Fly California - the grandkids loved it!
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California Academy of Sciences is an...
Kailash M, Jun 2013
California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
California Academy of Sciences is an amazing place to visit during San Francisco Visit..
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Great tour to get a glimpse of Yosemite but don't expect sequoias during winter time
Fanny E, Jan 2020
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
I would have given the tour a five, our tour guide is definitely worth it, but it is promoted as a tour also going to the sequoias during the winter (if it is not too dangerous).
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Wonderful Wine Tour of Sonoma
Jackie B, Nov 2019
San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch
Happy to see it along the way to the vineyards!

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