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Planning for a vacation in California this Year? Looking for fun things to do? We have been asked many times: What are the top places to see in California? So here is our list of top 10 "Must-See" attractions in California:

1: The Hollywood Sign

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Interesting facts:
- The Hollywood Sign is almost 90 years old, the sign is an international symbol that can be recognized all over the world because of the movie industry.
- The letters are 45ft tall, and the characters are outlined by 4,000 light bulbs to make it flash in segments — HOLLY, then WOOD, then LAND, before lighting up entirely.
- It was originally an advertisement and read "Hollywoodland," but later the "land" has been removed. It measures about 140 metres long and 14 metres tall.

Things to do:
View Hollywood sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood strip helicopter tour, Hollywood movie location tour.

Website:

www.hollywoodsign.org

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2: Golden Gate Bridge

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Interesting facts:
- When it was completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the world and became the global symbol of San Francisco and California.
- Its total length is 1.7 miles (8,981 feet), middle span is 4,200 feet and width is 90 feet. It is built at a height (average) of 220 feet above water, it weighs 887,000 tons.
- On an average, about 40 million vehicles cross the bridge every year, including both north and southbound crossings.

Things to do:
Hike, walk, bike, shop, learn about the science and engineering behind the bridge's construction, bridge photo experience at the round house, refresh and enjoy at the Bridge cafe.

Website:

www.goldengatebridge.org

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3: Disneyland

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Interesting facts:
- Disneyland was first opened in July 17, 1955, and was the world's first Disney Park.
- It is the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.
- Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with close to 600 million guests since it opened.

Things to do:
Watch a parade, watch the fireworks, meet Disney characters, enjoy rides, see singing, dancing shows, Go Shopping.

Website:

www.disneyland.disney.go.com

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4: Napa Valley

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Interesting facts:
- The first wine grapes were planted in Napa Valley in 1838, and since then the gorgeous region in northern California has grown into a premier tourist destination and a great place to get high quality wine.
- There are around 400 wineries in Napa Valley, 300 of which have been built since 1966, more than 4 million tourists each year.

Things to do:
Wine tasting, taste the grapes - plain and simple, a Wine train gourmet lunch, a night at the River Terrace Inn, and a full day Wine Tasting Tour by Beau Wine Tours.

Website:

www.napavalley.com

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5: Universal Studios Hollywood

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Interesting facts:
- Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use.
- Every few years, Universal Studios Hollywood adds another feature ride or attraction based on a blockbuster film.
- Universal Studios Hollywood's backlot has been damaged by fire 8 times throughout its history.

Things to do:
Dining, shopping, rides, shows, concerts, cinemas, movie-themed activities, house of horrors, water world, studio tour.

Website:

www.universalstudioshollywood.com

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6: Badwater, Death Valley

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Interesting facts:
- Death Valley holds the record for the highest recorded air temperature on Earth. The hottest ground temperature recorded in Death Valley was 201° F, with the air temperature that day reaching 128° F.
- Death Valley officially became a National Park in 1994, but has been federally protected as a national monument since 1933.
- Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in North America.

Things to do:
Hike Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch, see the unique salt formations at Devil's Hole Golf Course, Mushroom Rock, enjoy the bird's eye view of Death Valley from Dante's View, Walk out onto the Badwater Salt Flats, See the Pupfish and other natural wonders at Ash Meadows.

Website:

www.nps.gov/deva

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7: SeaWorld San Diego

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Interesting facts:
- SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Although their original idea of an underwater restaurant was not feasible at the time, the idea was expanded into a 22-acre marine zoological park along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego.
- After an investment of about $1.5 million, the park opened with 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two seawater aquariums, and hosted more than 400,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

Things to do:
Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic, rides such as Journey to Atlantis, Bayside Skyride,Rocky Point Preserve, SeaWorld Sky Tower, Sesame Street's Bay of Play, Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic, Riptide Rescue, Animal exhibits, several big aquariums; shark and penguin exhibits; a dolphin feeding pool.

Website:

SeaWorld San Diego

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8: Coronado Beach San Diego

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Interesting facts:
- Coronado beach has been identified as the No. 1 beach by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University.
- This beach stretches 1.5 miles in front of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado with its pointed red roof and classic Victorian architecture.

Things to do:
Swimming, bodysurfing, sunbathing and making sand sculptors. The beach is very flat, making it perfect for taking a romantic walk and the sand gives a silver shine because of the presence of mica. Shops, galleries and restaurants, enjoy the beauty of Hotel del Coronado.

Website:

Coronado Beach San Diego

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9: Catalina Island

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Interesting facts:
- Catalina Island is 21 miles long and eight miles wide at its widest point.
- It was discovered by Sebastian Vizcaino on Nov. 24, 1602. He named it Santa Catalina Island because it was St. Catherine's Day.
- There are two huge mountains. Mt. Orizaba is 2097 feet, and is the island's highest point. Mt. Blackjack is the second highest point, and is a silver mine site.

Things to do:
Jet ski rentals, charter yachts, sailing, ocean rafting, kayaking, sea-trekking, scuba and para-sailing, Golf cart rentals, bicycle rentals, interior tours, walking and hiking trails, camping, zip lining, shopping, Scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing, sport fishing, glass bottom boat tours, submarine tours, swimming, ocean rafting.

Website:

www.catalinachamber.com

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10: Pier 39

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Interesting facts:
- Pier 39 is a 45 acre complex located at the waterfront just a few blocks from famous Fisherman's Wharf.
- Pier 39 was originally built in 1905 as a cargo pier; the views from the pier are wonderful.
- the area has been dubbed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the "Best Place to Watch People in San Francisco".

Things to do:
Have a ride at historic San Francisco carousel, handcrafted in Italy, jump on the bungee trampoline, or explore the mirror maze, watch fascinating marine life at aquarium of the bay, including some 20,000 aquatic animals, watch Pier 39's famous sea lions.

Website:

www.pier39.com

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