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California is home to some of the world's best-known theme parks, the movie industry, ghost towns, dude ranches and shopping districts. It's also home to Napa and several other wine-making regions. The Pacific Coast Highway, California's route 1, runs through some of America's most scenic landscape and most influential cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Get a real taste of California visit Santa Monica where Route 66 meets the sea and California dreamin' takes shape.

Take a walk along the near-legendary pier, a sunny mecca not just for Angelenos, but for anyone with an interest in pop culture, beach life or California history. It's been a SoCal destination since 1909, drawing beach babes and weathered fishermen alike. The pier is now best known for its TV and film appearances. Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run here. 'The Sting' took a turn on the carousel. And Santa Monica put the 'bay' in 'Baywatch'. thanks to executive producer David Hasselhoff.

Must See in California

Experience the magic and romance of the movies in Los Angeles, spend the day at Universal Studios, take a tour of the star's homes, visit Disney's Magical Kingdom, or take a shopping trip to Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

San Francisco also offers many wonderful attractions, including Golden Gate Park, Old Faithful Geyser, or a tour of Alcatraz Island.

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range boasts some of the nation's most famous and beautiful parks and wilderness areas -Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Desolation Wilderness. Activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, boating, fishing, backpacking, biking, white-water rafting, hiking and camping.

San Diego's Festival of Lights is glorious, whilst Big Sur has some of California's most stunning beaches. Other things to do in California! Take a drive down the legendary Route 66, or drive through a redwood tree on Highway 101.

Visit Catalina Island, and see the herds of buffalo! Venture into Death Valley, which boasts a spring-fed swimming pool and the lowest grass golf course in the world! Modoc County's Lava Beds National Monument contains almost 300 caves.

The Delta, near Rio Vista, is one of the top windsurfing areas in the world. For a taste of gold rush history, Cerro Gordo Mines Ghost Town, near Keeler is a must. For winter sports, The Gold Mountain Ski Area is fantastic!

Eating out

California has a wealth of some of the best restaurants in the world. A couple that may be fun to visit are: Musso & Frank's Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant and Ballard Inn, Ballard, chosen by American Historic Inns as one of the top 10 'most romantic inns' in the U.S. One of the most compelling attractions for visitors to Año Nuevo State Reserve is the large colony of northern elephant seals that assembles here each winter. So named because of their large size and long pendulous noses on the males. These large animals spend most of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to molt, give birth, and mate.

Dates for Your Diary

The California Strawberry Festival is fun for all the family! Go whale-spotting from the comfort of your own car as grey whales pass along California's shore between December and April. And don't miss San Diego's glorious Festival of Lights.