With nearly 40 million inhabitants, the most populous state in the United States is located on the West Coast of the country. California is world-famous for being the home of the film industry and a booming economy. 4 of the 10 largest companies in the world are headquartered here.
The state has such a huge economy that it would have the fifth-largest economy in the world if it were a country. The sheer size of the state, covering an area of 423,970 square kilometers (163,696 square miles), also means it’s home to a diverse range of tourist attractions.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best things to do in California, attractions you simply have to put on your bucket list when you plan to visit the state.
1. Yosemite Falls
California is home to one of the most popular National parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park. One of the highlights inside this park is one of the most stunning waterfalls you’ll ever come across, fittingly called “Yosemite Falls.” The waterfall is located in a famous mountain range in California called the Sierra Nevada.
This huge waterfall consists of 3 separate tiers and drops a total of 739 meters (2,425 feet) with the largest drop being at the top, a section referred to as the Upper Yosemite Falls. The best time of the year to admire this wonder of nature is during the Spring because then the flow of the water is at its strongest.
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Official website: Yosemite Falls
2. Golden Gate Bridge
If we need to pick one landmark in California that has become a symbol of the state, then it’s definitely the Golden Gate Bridge. This enormous suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate, a strait just north of San Francisco that connects San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and iconic bridges in the world.
The bridge was initially designed in the year 1917 but was only completed in 1937. It has a total length of 2,737.1 meters (8,980 feet), a total height of 227.4 meters (746 feet), and the longest span has a length of 1,280.2 meters (4,200 feet). This made it both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world upon completion. Today, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and one of the most photographed bridges in the world.
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Official website: Golden Gate
3. Griffith Observatory
If you want to combine an education trip with one of the most amazing spots to get amazing views of the city of Los Angeles, then you have to head to the Griffith Observatory. This facility is located in Griffith Park, one of the most famous public parks in the city, and was built on the southern-facing slope of Mount Hollywood. This means that you can get clear views of Downtown Los Angeles and its surroundings from this amazing location.
To make things even better, the numerous exhibitions inside the complex are free to access and have been since its opening in the 1930s. Millions of people have visited this observatory and looked through the popular 12-inch Zeiss refractor. This in combination with daily Planetarium shows makes the Griffith Observatory a must-visit attraction when you make it to the West Coast of the United States.
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Official website: Griffith Observatory
4. Redwood National And State Park
The Redwood National and State Parks consist of multiple state and national parks located along the coast of northern California. All the parks combined cover an area of about 562.51 square kilometers (138,999 acres), of which large parts are old-growth forests. The main attraction of this amazing forest is the “Coast redwood” (Sequoia sempervirens), a huge tree species.
The Redwood National Park is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world, and it features the tallest known living tree in the world known as “Hyperion.” This tree stands 115.5 meters (379.1 feet) tall, an enormous tree that is believed to be anywhere between 600 and 800 years old. This alone makes visiting this amazing National Park an amazing experience.
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Official website: Redwood National and State Parks
5. Coit Tower
Even though the Coit Tower only stands 64 meters (210 feet) tall, it provides one of the most amazing views of San Francisco and the entire San Francisco Bay area you can get. That’s because it’s located on Telegraph Hill, an elevated position situated within San Francisco’s Pioneer Park in the utmost northeastern part of the city.
This remarkable tower was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit’s bequest, a patroness of the San Francisco’s volunteer firefighters. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 as well and lights up in different colors during special events. The interior of the tower is painted with fascinating murals and the tower’s observation deck is something you simply have to visit once in your life!
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Official website: Coit Tower
6. Universal Studios Hollywood
The city of Los Angeles in Southern California is world-famous for being the home of the film industry and more specifically Hollywood. One of the oldest film studios in Los Angeles is located in the San Fernando Valley area, even though some parts of it are situated within an unofficial part of the city known as “Universal City.”
The entertainment industry wouldn’t be what it is today if this amazing film studio wasn’t turned into a popular tourist attraction, and that’s exactly what happened. One of the most famous Hollywood film studios was opened to the public and eventually transformed into the Universal Studios Theme Parks. This is now a chain of theme parks that can be found all across the world. If you want to get a first-hand experience as to how movies are shot, then this is a must-visit attraction in California!
Official website: Universal Studios Hollywood