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30 Best Places to Visit in California
California is a state of the United States of America full of attractive tourist attractions for all walks of life. Are you traveling with your family and need fun tourist spots for your children? California has Disneyland, Universal Studios, and more. Are you traveling alone and want to visit natural attractions with beautiful scenery and fresh air? There are many national parks in the state to choose! The bottom line, California really has all kinds of sights for everyone!
1. Napa Valley
In the northern area of California, you will find Napa Valley, which is suitable for anyone looking to break from the city's hustle and bustle. This area is known for its beauty, its vineyards, and its peaceful and serene atmosphere. Apart from sightseeing and enjoying the view, you can also stay at luxury resorts, enjoy quality spa massages, and eat local food in classy restaurants.
2. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge is arguably the most famous icon of the city of San Francisco. This place is also a tourist spot that is most photographed, both by residents and tourists. This red bridge provides a beautiful backdrop and scenery as it is situated over clear blue water (or sometimes even over a fog that looks like a cloud). Both at night and during the day, the Golden Gate Bridge is still instagramable even with a different atmosphere.
3. Santa Cruz
The city of Santa Cruz itself is not big and has around 50,000 people. This city is often the main tourist destination for those who like to travel on the beach and dive. There are many spots like that that you can find in this city. There is even an outdoor playground near the beach that you can visit for family tours!
4. Pfeiffer Beach
This beach is a famous beach among local tourists. However, for foreign tourists, this beach is a tourist spot that is rarely known. Therefore, this beach is usually not too crowded and suitable for those who want to relax. Apart from just taking a stroll on the beach, one of its uniqueness is its purple sand. The color is the result of manganese garnet particles being swept off the slopes of neighboring hills.
5. The San Francisco Dungeon
Do you like tourist attractions that are challenging and creepy but are bored with ordinary haunted houses? Just head to The San Francisco Dungeon! Imagine stepping into an interactive haunted house that has been decorated and equipped with professional actors to scare off visitors. But this time, don't think of ordinary ghosts, but rather dark and dangerous characters and stories in the history of San Francisco. You get an adrenaline rush here while uniquely learning history!
6. Union Square
Union Square is arguably the center of San Francisco. This public plaza is equipped with a department store, gift shop, art gallery, restaurant and cafe, hotel, and theater. You and your family can visit here if you are looking for an all in one entertainment center!
7. Joshua Tree National Park
This tourist spot in California gets its name from the Joshua trees native to this national park. Not only is it popular domestically, but many foreign tourists also make this place a major tourist destination. Apart from the beauty of the scenery, which is also instagramable, visitors can go hiking, climbing, and camping.
8. Disneyland Park
When visiting California, of course, you shouldn't miss the happiest place on earth! Disneyland is arguably one of the premier and favorite in the world. Many fun areas and rides with different and unique themes, cool parades and scheduled events, delicious food and Disney signature shapes, and fireworks displays at night are just some of the things that make Disneyland Park in Anaheim so famous. You can try out some classic rides like "it's a small world", "Haunted Mansion", "Dumbo The Flying Elephant", and "Space Mountain" or new and special rides, like "Star Wars: The Rise of Resistance" and "Inside. Out Emotional Whirlwind".
9. The Walt Disney Family Museum
As the name suggests, this museum showcases the life and legacy of Walt Disney. In it, you can see the achievements and results of his life's work. Everything is packaged in interactive and attractive exhibits in rooms whose interior designs deserve thumbs up. After exploring this non-profit museum, you can stop by the gift shop and coffee shop to shop and relax.
10. Alcatraz Island
This island in San Francisco Bay is one of the most famous prisons in the United States. Operating for 30 years, it hosts many of the most notorious US criminals, such as Al Capone. After being closed in 1963, it reopened in 1973 as an attractive tourist spot.
11. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of California's most famous attractions. There are many areas in it that you can explore, and one of them is Yosemite Falls. This waterfall is the fifth highest in the world. The flowing water is from melted snow piles, so the best time to visit this place is between May and June.
12. Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park
Another famous waterfall in Yosemite National Park: Vernal Falls. Unlike Yosemite Falls, which only flows hard in certain months, Vernal Falls flows freely throughout the year so that you can visit anytime. Even so, in certain months and seasons, the water is indeed smoother and decreases in volume. This 317 feet high waterfall presents a stunning view and freshness for all visitors to the location.
13. Glacier Point
Located atop the Yosemite Cliffs, Glacier Point gives you access to stunning views of the best spots. At over 7,000 feet, you can get perfect access to views of Yosemite Valley, Vernal Falls, and more. If you visit at sunrise, the views are even more spectacular.
14. Universal Studios Hollywood
When traveling to Los Angeles, one theme park must be visited: Universal Studios Hollywood! As the name implies, this theme park features rides and areas with the theme of films and Universal Studios characters. Some of the rides and areas are "Fast & Furious - Supercharged", "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™", "Jurassic World", "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem", and "King Kong 360 3-D". You can also meet and take photos with Minions, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, Optimus Prime, and many more!
15. Lava Beds National Monument
The rugged and unique area of the Lava Beds National Monument was formed from volcanic eruptions at Medical Lake over the past half a million years. Apart from being steep, this area is also decorated with many volcanic features that make it both beautiful and different. There are more than 800 caves, historic battlefields, and campsites, as well as desert exploration. This place is perfect for those of you who like challenging and meaningful outdoor activities.
16. Baker Beach
Baker Beach is one of the best beaches you can visit in San Francisco. This pretty sandy beach is perfect for leisurely walks or picnics together while enjoying the views. You can also take pictures here with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
17. Children's Creativity Museum
Do you want to take your little ones to engaging, interactive, and educational tourist spots? Head straight to the Children's Creativity Museum! Children 2-12 years old can hone their skills through fun and interactive exhibitions and workshops. For example, art projects, stop motion animation, music video production, programming robots, etc.
18. California Street Cable Car
If you want to try a unique and historical tour, you can try going up the Street Cable Bar in San Francisco. This cable car is the world's last manual cable car system. Besides being the most famous city icon of San Francisco, you can go around the city and enjoy the scenery more relaxed if you use this transportation instead of walking.
19. Sequoia National Park
As the name implies, this national park's main attraction is the Sequoia trees, the largest trees in the world. However, apart from seeing and taking photos with these trees, there are many other areas and sights, such as massive mountains, steep foothills, deep canyons, and vast caves. Here, you can go hiking, rock climbing, horse riding, and fishing. In winter, you can also try skiing, snowshoeing, or just playing in the snow.
20. Madame Tussauds San Francisco
Meet your idol at Madame Tussauds San Francisco! Like other Madame Tussauds scattered around the world, this place contains wax figures of famous people throughout history. Some of what you'll find here are statues of actress Marilyn Monroe, basketball player Stephen Curry, musician Jimi Hendrix, and former US president Barack Obama. In addition, what makes this place different from other Madame Tussauds is Alcatraz: The Breakout Escape Room. This escape room is designed to resemble a prison on Alcatraz Island. The participants must solve the puzzle together for a particular duration to get out of the place.
21. Coit Tower
Coit Tower, also known as the Coit Memorial Tower, was built as a form of dedication for the volunteer firefighters who lost their lives in the five major fires in San Francisco. The 210-foot-high tower, built in 1932-1933, has also become one of the favorite historical tourist attractions to this day. From the peak, which is one of the best spots, you can see the beautiful city view.
22. Knott's Berry Farm
No, this place isn't a berry farm, but a theme park with cool rides and fun for the whole family! However, this place was originally just a family-owned farm only. Then, the family playground area began to be developed, which was getting bigger and more modern until it became like the existing theme park. In this first theme park in California, you can not only play together but also eat Knott's specialties, such as the famous fried chicken and boysenberries.
23. Muir Woods National Monument
For those of you who want to walk in a shady area full of tall trees and with cool air, this place is perfect for you! Muir Woods National Monument itself is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Filled with redwood trees and often covered in fog, this place will provide a beautiful view and maximum freshness.
24. TCL Chinese Theater
The TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, is one of the most famous cinema icons. There are many events, such as film premieres, renowned film festivals, and imprint ceremonies. The outer building also has a unique architecture, making it an Instagramable tourist location.
25. Golden Gate Park
This park is arguably the "heart" of the City of San Francisco. This open green complex presents a garden with a complete collection of plants and a museum, aquarium, and selected gardens with different themes. You and your family or partner can spend time together while taking a leisurely walk, taking pictures, and enjoying the fresh air here.
26. LEGOLAND California
True to its name and just like other LEGOLAND branches worldwide, it includes a theme park, water park, aquarium, and miniature garden with LEGO themes and decorations. There are lots of cool and fun rides for the whole family. There are also some educational exhibitions and activities. In addition, all areas in it are Instagramable.
27. The Pacific Coast Highway
Want to enjoy a beautiful view while driving? Traverse The Pacific Coast Highway! This trail provides panoramic views of the beach and the sea, especially when driving on a clear day.
28. The Painted Ladies
The Painted Ladies is a complex and row of houses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras that have been repainted with beautiful colors that make them unique and attractive. Many people visit here when looking for instagramable tourist attractions but also have historical value. After taking photos, you can also take a walk to a nearby park or just enjoy the view of San Francisco from that location.
29. The Palace Of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is the only building left from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. As its name implies, it now exhibits a collection of works of art and a venue for performing arts. This spacious building with a cool interior and exterior can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors. The outer area itself looks like a living painting with a lagoon with water so clear it casts a shadow (when cute ducks and geese aren't swimming past).
30. Lombard Street
Lombard Street is an east-west street in San Francisco, California, known for its steep blocks and eight lanes with sharp turns. Even a part of this path is often referred to as "the most crooked road in the world." You can drive a car to experience the steepness of the road and its unique turns. However, even if you don't drive, you can still visit this place and see its uniqueness. After all, one of the favorite tourists' favorite activities is photographing this attractive street from the best angles.