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California

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries. To personalize your trip to California, create itinerary details specific to you using our United States trip itinerary builder tool.
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Places to visit in California

San Francisco Trip planner BEST FOR: Island, Bridge, Pier / Boardwalk Los Angeles Trip planner BEST FOR: Theme Park, Specialty Museum, Historic Walking Area San Diego Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Zoo, Beach Yosemite National Park Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Geologic Formation, Hiking Trail Anaheim Trip planner BEST FOR: Disney Park / Activity, Ride / Activity, Room Escape Game

Popular things to do in California

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Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Island
Alcatraz Island San Francisco
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ski Area
Badger Pass Ski Area Yosemite National Park
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Park Anaheim
4.2
Duration: 5h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in California

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Zoo
San Diego Zoo San Diego
4.5
Duration: 5 hours
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center Los Angeles
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Science Museum
Exploratorium San Francisco
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Playground
Balboa Park San Diego
4.8
Duration: 4h 30 min

Nature in California

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State Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve San Diego
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Waterfall
Vernal Fall Yosemite National Park
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Redwood National Park Redwood National Park
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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National Park
Bridalveil Fall Yosemite National Park
4.5
Duration: 8 hours

Museums in California

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Specialty Museum
USS Midway Museum San Diego
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego San Diego
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
Parsons Memorial Yosemite National Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in California

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Geologic Formation
El Capitan Yosemite National Park
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Yosemite, Tunnel View Yosemite National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings San Francisco
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Scenic Drive
Redwood Highway Eureka
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in California

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Winery / Vineyard
Sapphire Hill Winery Healdsburg
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Napa
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Santa Barbara
4.9
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery Oakville
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Ventura Bike Depot Ventura
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Theater
Santa Monica Playhouse Santa Monica
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Taxi / Shuttle
Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo Santa Barbara
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min