California is one of the most visited states in the nation. The Golden State is a stunning, sun-soaked land, rich in natural and constructed magnificence, and offers opportunities for everyone.
For tourist California is a heaven. There are countless things to see, visit and admire; one of them is the iconic coastline. The landscape of the state is very diverse and rich. It includes snow covered mountains, rolling hills, wavy ocean, hot and sandy or rocky deserts and active volcanoes. All those natural wonders create a heavenly land that we just love. California is home to a mountain wonderland, giant sandstones and the oldest, tallest and most massive living things such as the giant sequoia trees, coast redwood and the bristlecone pine. Besides the surprising nature, visitors enjoy here sandy beaches, charming harbor villages, golf clubs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and long wooden piers along the coast. In California tourists can find just about everything. To get everything your heart desires out of one fantastic trip, travel to California. This beautiful state is a photography wonderland. Feel free to check out the slideshow!
Big Sur: The Big Sur region, about 89 highway miles in length along California's picturesque coastal Highway lies between the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles. Big Sur is a natural wonder, a nature reserve where enormous and restless blue waves crash against the dramatic see rocks. It is a remote and mostly natural place in California.
Monterey: Relaxation and rest are some of the raisons people like to visit Monterey. The famous city was California’s first capital. It is an old place, rich in history and buildings which style reflects perfectly the city’s Spanish heritage. Nowadays Monterey is one of Northern California’s cultural hotspots with a beautiful vista. It is famous for its fisheries as well.
Carmel: Fun, artistic, inspiring, romantic and relaxed. This is Carmel, California, a tourist draw for over 100 years. Monterey Bay's tree-shaped village is a very charming destination. This cosmopolitan place is rich in culture and breathtaking scenery. Carmel invites tourists to indulge. To explore this beautiful, pristine coastline village, to walk on the striking white sandy beaches and admire the crashing waves, the silhouette of the local cypress trees, and the blazing sunset that tourist don't want to miss. Carmel by-the-Sea was rated a top-ten destination in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler.
Yosemite National Park: The incomparable Yosemite National Park is a place, where everyone is welcome. The park includes 263 miles of roads, 800 miles of hiking trails. Hiking is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Most of roads are open year-round. The public roadways are well-maintained. Elevations range from 2,000 feet to 13, 000 feet. There are thousands of waterfalls and countless streams, scenic rivers and lakes in the park. Each of them is beautiful. The Yosemite Falls area is definitely one of the most admired destinations of the valley. The park is best known for its amazing waterfalls, but visitors can explore and find here ancient giant sequoias, many plants, mammals, birds and much more. The park's most exclusive landmark is the Glacier Point. Glaciers carved the spectacular U-shaped valley 1 to 2 million years ago. From here the view is breathtaking.
Soda Lake: The main attraction of the spring season is the unique site of the colorful wildflowers. The plants that grow in the wild or on their own, without cultivation are called wildflowers. Carrizo Plain National Monument contains the largest native grassland in California. From mid-March to mid-April is the usual time frame for wildflower blooming season, but it is dependent on the weather and varies from season to season. The San Andreas Fault runs through the plain. The fault is the meeting point of the Continental and Pacific tectonic plates and the source of frequent earthquakes. The fault, with a length of more than 800 miles (1,200 kilometers), is the longest fault in California, and one of the longest in North America. The trace of the fault-which has not been significantly eroded- is visible on the surface near the lake.
The Antelope Valley in California is located in northern Los Angeles County, in the Mojave Desert. This popular place is home to a wide range of plants. The California poppy is one of California’s most beautiful flowers which adapted well to the area’s climate. Usually the Poppies are in full bloom in March. It is a delicate, bright flower, and a majestic, inspiring beauty. It has a relatively short bloom cycle. The blooming of this orange colored flower attracts numerous visitors from the nearby states.
Death Valley National Park is located in Eastern California. The park is more than 3.3 million acres. It is big, vast, magical and very adventurous. The desert valley features the driest, the lowest and hottest locations in North America. This quiet and surreal place is home to gorgeous sandstone canyons, scenic hiking trails, multicolored rock layers, deserted roads and many beautiful natural wonders. Recommended places to explore: Sand Dunes, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, Artists Drive, Scotty’s Castle, and Natural Bridge Canyon.
Leona Valley is located in the mountains approximately 10 miles west of Palmdale, California. The beautiful orchards here are family owned and they are all open in June. Grab a bucket, pick your own delicious cherries and don't forget to bring your kids!
The Huntington Garden: Los Angeles has many spectacular places, parks, botanical gardens. The Huntington Garden is located in the heart of San Marino, just minutes away from Pasadena. It is one of the top rated botanical gardens of the nation and a top destination for families. This popular place is home to a wide range of plants. It is a must-see attraction which educates and entertains countless people each year. Relaxation and rest are some of the reasons visitors like to discover this gorgeous garden. In addition to the famous library, there is a beautiful botanical garden and art collection. The Huntington Garden is a magical place where art, culture, nature and beauty meet. It is a nice place to go with your family.
Santa Monica: Throughout the summer months there is no better place to be than Santa Monica. This time of the year, there is always a great variety of events happening in this vibrant and creative city by the see. It is nice to be part of numerous family-friendly summer activities all summer long. Here the attractions are numerous. Santa Monica offers fun events for young and old. From biking or walking to swimming or surfing, everyone can have a great time here. The city is a safe heaven for those seeking an eventful, active, unforgettable summer vacation.
El Matador beach is a great place on the strip of Malibu past Point Dume on the way to Ventura. Lots of visitors believe that this is one of the prettiest shorelines of Los Angeles County. If you want to spend a few hours in a quiet hidden beach that is breathtakingly beautiful then El Matador is the place to go. It is a picturesque, quiet and clean place where the landscape is full of geological wonders such as sea caves and many unusual rock formations. Although the beach itself is not too big and the coastline is narrow, there is plenty of sand for sunbathers. It is a gorgeous place for beach lovers, photographers, boarders and bodysurfers or for those how wants to relax in a gorgeous environment.
Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city has a vibrant city center full of life and lights and contrasts. This is a place where we all can enjoy world-class art and discover really great things. There is always something happening here and tourists can see and find here just about everything. Downtown LA is filled with bars of all kinds. Cutting-edge restaurants sprout here overnight. The dynamic and colorful city center is home to famous sports arenas, museums, theatres, fine arts buildings and the modern Walt Disney Concert Hall. Its dramatically carved exterior fascinates everyone. It is one of the buildings that tourist should see and explore.
Napa Valley is North America's legendary wine destination. The area’s natural beauty is breathtaking. Some wineries look like chateaux. The historic Castello di Amorosa provides the perfect location to experience the very best Napa Valley has to offer. This beautiful castle winery is located in Calistoga, in a charming town, 5.5 miles north of St. Helena, CA. The picturesque 12th century Tuscan castle winery produces Italian style wines and showcases some of Napa Valley's best wines. The wines are sold only in the winery: directly to consumers. The Italian owner, Dario Sattui began his building project in 1993. Castello di Amorosa includes 8 levels (4 below ground), five towers, a moat and drawbridge, hand-painted walls, a frescoed chapel, 900 feet caves, a torture chamber and a dungeon. A 90- minutes tour includes a five-wine tasting. Visitors can taste world-class Napa valley wines. Tasting is offered daily.
Temecula Valley is home to over 30 wineries, many award-winning premium wines and beautiful estates. The valley has built a reputation for being the wine country of Southern California. It a nice and sunny place with gorgeous rolling hills covered with vineyards resembling the landscape in Tuscany. With well-drained soil and warm days Temecula Valley is a perfect spot for growing wine grapes. This picturesque wine region with clear azure skies offers something for everyone. It has all the excitement you could ask for.
San Diego: Magnificent beaches, all free to the public, near-perfect weather year-round, and a variety of gorgeous settings, San Diego offers a fun getaway during all seasons of the year.
Visit the Golden State, revel in the power of nature, treasure nice moments here and see why people love this beautiful state so much.