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Visit this state of many contrasts: mountains to oceans, fertile agricultural areas to modern cities and tall forests to deserts.

The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.

Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 meters) tall and over 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.

The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.

Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.

Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.

Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.

Popular cities in California

Beverly Hills featuring signage
Los Angeles
Known for Entertainment, Theaters and Sports


Reasons to visit
  • The Grove
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Farmers Market
San Francisco which includes a bay or harbor and a bridge
San Francisco
Known for Chinatown, Theaters and Culture


Reasons to visit
  • Oracle Park
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Pier 39
Balboa Park showing landscape views, mist or fog and a park
San Diego
Known for Beaches, Sea and Ports


Reasons to visit
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Petco Park
Palm Springs
Palm Springs
Known for Relaxing, Deserts and Golf


Reasons to visit
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
  • Indian Canyon
Sacramento featuring heritage architecture and an administrative buidling
Known for Historical Buildings, Sports and Theaters


Reasons to visit
  • California State Capitol
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • K Street Mall
Lake Tahoe showing a beach and landscape views
Lake Tahoe
Known for Lakes, Casinos and Skiing


Reasons to visit
  • Heavenly Ski Resort
  • Squaw Valley Resort
  • Northstar California Resort