5 Must Do Activities in California

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As the highest populated state in America and the third largest in size, with a standalone economy equal to that of the United Kingdom, it is clear why more and more people are taking holidays to California.

Boasting diverse geography, sprawling metropolitan cities, mountain towns and desert resorts not to mention numerous landmarks and attractions, tourists are never short of an activity or two. Or 5 to be more precise – as I’ve outlined here the five must do activities when vacationing in California.

1. Visit Yosemite National Park
With some of the most stunning scenery in America, Yosemite is a must. The 761,000 acre National Park boasts awe inspiring granite cliffs, waterfalls, streams and biological diversity. In addition the the natural features of the park, visitors can also discover the natural and cultural history of the Yosemite Valley and the development of National Parks. Over 3.7m visitors a year can’t be wrong.

2. Go to Disneyland
It’s the Godfather of amusement parks and the one everyone talks about. The world famous resort in Orange County holds the Disneyland theme park, Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. Offering visitors a myriad of attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels Disneyland has it all.

3. Visit San Diego
Located on the Pacific Coast south west of LA, San Diego is a must for any California tourist. Stunning beaches and a consistent mild climate attracts tourists to their numerous attractions. San Diego is home to the famous San Diego Zoo which houses over 4000 animals including the elusive Giant Panda as well as offering numerous other shows and events. Further attractions include the marine based theme park Sea World San Diego, the Belmont Amusement Park, San Diego Safari Park and Balboa Park.

4. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Nothing quite says California like Hollywood and nothing quite says Hollywood better than the Walk of Fame. Consisting of over 2400

Walk of Fame by Mot the barber, on Flickr

stars embedded into the sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame acts as a permanent monument to the achievements of actors, musicians, directors and producers within the entertainment industry. 10 million people make the 2 mile walk each year. Also located within the Boluevard is the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – made famous due to the numerous movie star’s hand and footprints located at its entrance as well as the Kodak Theatre home to the annual Academy Awards ceremony. The attractions at Hollywood Boulevard truly highlight California’s position as the showbiz state.

5. See the Santa Monica Pier
Having featured in such films as Titanic, Forrest Gump and Iron Man, the Santa Monica pier is possibly the most famous Pier in the world. The 100 year old landmark is far more than just a pier. The Pier is home to Pacific Park, the family amusement park with 12 different rides, and it’s iconic Ferris Wheel. Other attractions include a vintage 1920s Carousel, aquarium and arcade as well as several entertainers and various shops and restaurants.
The author, Graham Urquhart, is a travel enthusiast and writer for Riviera Travel – a UK escorted tours specialist.

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