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Visit this state of many contrasts: mountains to oceans, fertile agricultural areas to modern cities and tall forests to deserts.

The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.

Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 meters) tall and over 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.

The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.

Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.

Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.

Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.

Popular cities in California

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Sports

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Reasons to visit
  • Melrose Avenue
  • Santa Monica Beach
  • San Fernando Valley
San Francisco which includes a bay or harbour and a bridge
San Francisco
Known for Chinatown, Theatres and Culture

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Reasons to visit
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Ocean Beach
  • Castro Street
San Diego
San Diego
Known for Beaches, Sea and Ports

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Reasons to visit
  • Mission Beach
  • Mission and Pacific Beaches
  • Old Town San Diego State Park
Sacramento featuring an administrative building and heritage architecture
Sacramento
Known for Historical Buildings, Sports and Theatres

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Reasons to visit
  • California State Capitol
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • K Street Mall
Palm Springs which includes landscape views and views as well as a small group of people
Palm Springs
Known for Relaxing, Deserts and Golf

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Reasons to visit
  • San Jacinto Mountains
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Santa Barbara which includes a city and a fountain
Santa Barbara
Known for Beaches, Walking and Shopping

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Reasons to visit
  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse