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Five Great Reasons to Visit California

Five Great Reasons to Visit California

California is one of the most visited states in the nation, and for good reason. With it’s great weather, and abundant natural and man-made attractions, it’s no wonder tourists flock to this west coast state.

One of the top reasons for visiting California is simply the land itself. Obviously, miles and miles of beautiful beaches draw thousands of visitors each year. Looking more inland, consider the Redwood State and National Parks. Who hasn’t seen pictures of people looking miniature when surrounded by super-sized ferns and trees of unreal size–up to 350 ft, and not wanted to go there? Beyond the Redwoods, Yosemite National Park is said to be unmatched anywhere in the world for natural beauty. With 3 of the highest waterfalls on earth, the biggest granite monolith anywhere, and acres and acres of vast wilderness, Yosemite is a big draw for visitors from around the world. Moving toward the Nevada border, visitors flock to Lake Tahoe, one of the most magnificent bodies of fresh water. It holds almost 40 trillion gallons of water, making it the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe’s water is 99.9 percent pure; it’s so clear that a white 10 inch dinner plate is visible even when submerged 75 feet.

California’s climate is another great reason so many people visit the state. With an average of 354 days of sunshine a year, the weather is generally warm and dry year round in California. Along the southern coast, sea breezes keep the temperature lower in the summer and warmer in the winter than places more inland where the climate is high desert. Along the central and northern coast, average temperatures range from low 40s to mid 50s for lows and mid 50s to low 70s for highs.

If you’re looking for something more high minded to do, California has over a thousand registered historical and art sites to visit. In San Diego, Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission built in California, still functions as an active Catholic parish and is a beautiful place to explore and learn about history. Other historic missions dot the state. The California State Railroad museum in Sacramento is a popular stop for visitors. At one point this station was the terminus for the Transcontinental Railroad, and today houses many restored locomotives and railway cars among other attractions. Another museum not to be missed is the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. Not only is the actual museum building an architectural landmark, but its permanent collection includes Van Gogh’s “Irises,” a spectacular piece of art.

Of course California is full of many man-made attractions as well. Southern California is dotted with theme parks such as Disney Land, Disney’s California Adventure, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, San Diego’s Wild Animal Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Six Flags, and Universal Studios Hollywood. These parks attract thousands of visitors each year and for good reason: they’re fun!

Finally, one of the biggest reasons people flock …

Vacation Ideas – 5 Great Places to Visit in Southern California

Vacation Ideas – 5 Great Places to Visit in Southern California

Are you looking for some great vacation ideas? Consider a trip to Southern California for your next family vacation. While Southern California covers a large area, and there are many fun things to do, here are some great vacation ideas that are definitely worth considering for your next trip.

The first three that I have listed are for those who love beautiful scenery, and enjoy outdoor activities. Big Bear Lake offers beautiful mountain scenery, while Santa Catalina Island and Pismo Beach treat visitors to some of Southern California’s finest beaches. Now, here is some information on each of these areas to wet your vacation appetite.

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake, California is a four seasons resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. It is approximately 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. The area offers a wide range of cabin rentals, and vacation rentals for year-round family fun. Activities include boating and water sports, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, skiing, snowboarding and many other fun family activities.

Santa Catalina Island
The island is located just off the coast of Los Angeles across the San Pedro Channel. Passenger ferries depart from Orange County in Newport Beach and Dana Point. Glass bottom boats tour the shipwrecks and reefs in the area, and scuba diving is popular in the clear water. Other activities include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, world-class golf, para-sailing or relaxing on the beach.

Pismo State Beach
Pismo Beach is located near San Luis Obispo. This park offers a wide variety of activities: hiking, swimming, clam digging, surf fishing, camping, and bird watching. Four restaurants are within 2 blocks of the campground. Pismo Beach has plenty of fun for the entire family.

Disneyland
What list of California vacation ideas could be complete without mentioning Disneyland? You could spend your entire trip at Disneyland and still probably not see everything. A trip to Disney is a vacation highlight for both young and old alike. Disneyland is located near Los Angeles. While visiting the area you may also want to visit Disney’s California Adventure Park, and nearby Universal Studios.

San Diego
Everyone that I have ever talked to that has visited San Diego has enjoyed it. It offers beautiful year-round weather, and there are many things to see and do while you are there. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the world. Be sure and visit Sea World while you are there for some fun and excitement. Also, visit a nearby beach, go shopping in Old Town San Diego, or take a stroll through Balboa Park.

Whether you visit Big Bear Lake, Disneyland, San Diego, or one of these other destinations, it will truly be a memorable trip. The main thing is to make time for these special outings with your family, have fun and relax, and create lasting memories. Start planning that special family trip – you deserve it. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

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Best Places to Visit on a California Family Vacation

Best Places to Visit on a California Family Vacation

California family vacations take on various guises. It could be a back to nature trip targeting nature parks and wildlife preserves. Or it could be a fun jaunt from one amusement park to another. It could even be a drive down history lane in search of elusive facts that the history books refuse to detail. Then again, it could be a momentous tour that incorporates all of this and more. The only things certain about a California family vacation would be the enormous element of fun and all pervading sunshine.

As long as there’s Disneyland in California and you have kids, the two shall meet, possibly more than once. This would be the unwritten law as far as California family vacations are concerned. Now add Pier 39, Yosemite National Park, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World Adventure Park to the equation and it tilts in favour of a tour of the whole State rather than just the South. With that beautiful year-round golden sunshine and silver beaches strewn all along the way, why would any one not consider a California family vacation?

You can take your California family vacation down a path less travelled into lesser known destinations like the Shasta Cascade region with its waterfalls and hypnotising rural charm. The Lake Shasta Caverns and Waterworks Park will be huge hits with the kids. Visit the ghost town in Shasta State Historic Park before you slip down to explore downtown Redding.

The northern region has plenty more to offer for a California family vacation. You should definitely visit the Redwood National Park along the coast to see the majestic red wood trees as old as time. Come down to Mount Lassen with its volcanic peaks, the Sacramento Valley, and move across to scenic Lake Tahoe.

Next stop on your California family vacation is the incredibly unique city of San Francisco. From its majestic Golden Gate Bridge to its famous twisted streets, this is one place that will surprise you with its diversity and sheer liveliness. Hop aboard a street car to visit China town or get aboard a boat cruise to explore Alcatraz. Catch the train to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is one town that is fun for the whole family.

Well, when the going gets tough, the kids start screaming. Your California family vacation now gathers momentum as it goes southward to Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego. It’s time for that second wind that adds a renewed zest and flavour to your California family vacation. Disneyland in Anaheim is what the kids where waiting for and here it is. This was the promise that kept them on their best behaviour as you took your time shopping and browsing boring museums. It is an absolute kid pleaser and has been entertaining families of all ages for a long time.

You can take your California family vacation down a path less travelled into lesser known destinations like the Shasta Cascade region with its waterfalls and hypnotising rural charm and of …