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What to see in California


California is home to a wealth of attractions, boasting some of the most scenic drives and national parks in the US, and indeed the world, as well as some stupendously fun man-made diversions, including dozens of celebrated theme parks. The Golden State is more than just the thrill of Hollywood and its resident celebrities, and holidaymakers may panic when choosing from the myriad options; many travellers craft their itineraries around one of the three great cities of California - Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego - but these urban playgrounds are just one aspect of the state's diverse appeal.

The most renowned attractions of California include Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park, home to some of the tallest trees in the world, including the mammoth General Sherman, and the world-famous theme parks like Disneyland, SeaWorld San Diego, Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The remarkable, barren landscapes of Death Valley National Park, the beautiful Big Sur coastline, Lake Tahoe, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge spanning San Francisco Bay, and the unparalleled Yosemite National Park, are all major drawcards.

Golden Gate Bridge

The rust-coloured towers, graceful suspension and supportive cables of the Golden Gate Bridge make this famous symbol of San Francisco the most photographed bridge in the world, and visible from almost…

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Los Angeles is the film and entertainment capital of the world and the name 'Hollywood' is the embodiment of glamour, success and money; the place where films are made, television shows are recorded…

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Disneyland Resort

Claiming to be 'The Happiest Place on Earth', Disneyland is an integral part of an American childhood and was the world's first mega theme park designed for the family by Walt Disney in 1955. It is…

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SeaWorld is a leader in marine conservation and plays an important role in rescuing and rehabilitating animals found beached along the West Coast. It is also one of the world's largest marine entertainment…

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Redwood National and State Park

Redwood National and State Park is home to the world-famous redwood trees that tower up to 379 feet (115m) in the air. Home to 45 percent of the remaining old-growth redwood forests in the world, the…

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Hearst Castle

One of the most opulent mansions in the US, Hearst Castle was the residence of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Built between 1919 and 1947, the residence was originally envisioned as a modest…

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