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The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline

A popular view of Lake Tahoe is at Emerald Bay State Park

The fall vineyards turn golden at Burrell School Winery in Los Gatos

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El Capitan and Merced River at Yosemite National Park

The Lone Cypress is a landmark of the Monterey Peninsula

A skier hits the slopes at North Lake Tahoe

Visitors walk through Hendy Woods State Park in Mendocino County

The Hollywood sign on Mount Lee in Griffith Park, Los Angeles

San Diego skyline

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Cycling the California northern coast

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Huntington Beach is one of the state’s most popular surfing spots

Golfing in Monterey

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Oakland, Bay Area

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Visit California, the state that offers a world of possibilities

California is called the golden state for some very good reasons. Stretching along the Pacific Ocean coastline from Oregon state on the north to the Mexico border on the south, California has towering redwoods, sandy beaches, pristine mountains, stunning deserts, shimmering lakes and rivers and lush valleys. In this natural beauty, visitors can enjoy a perfect romantic getaway, or choose an active vacation full of golfing, hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, water and snow skiing, river rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing or fishing.

 

This is coupled with world-famous cities that offer boundless shopping, fine dining and sight-seeing options.

 

The hallmark city of the northern state is San Francisco. Besides its famous five-star restaurants and fascinating museums, there are many sight-seeing opportunities. Must-do activities include strolling across the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a cable car, shopping at Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square, dining in Chinatown or the Italian quarter of North Beach, watching a symphony, opera or ballet performance and taking a boat ride to Alcatraz.

 

The Napa Valley is known world-wide as premier destination for wine lovers. It lies 50 miles north of San Francisco, with six distinct regions offering wine and food, natural beauty, and wellness experiences. From winery tours to volcanic mud baths, to hot air ballooning, the region is a must for lovers of luxury. No matter where you go, at the end of the day, you can relax with a glass of California wine. Varieties to please any palate can be found throughout the state. Some of the world’s best wine is found not only in the renowned Napa Valley, but also in the coastal regions, the central valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills.


With nearby world-renowned amusement parks like Disneyland and movie and television studio tours, the southern state’s largest metropolitan area of Los Angeles offers endless possibilities for visitors. Don’t miss the Kodak Theatre -- home of the Oscars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or L.A.’s most iconic building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Then take a drive down the Sunset Strip, lined with famous clubs and legendary hotels. Keep driving to see stunning mansions inhabited by the rich and famous.


The state’s southern-most metropolitan area is San Diego, which offers several amusement parks of its own, including the San Diego Zoo and Zoo Safari Park, Sea World and LEGOLAND. There’s also the nearby famous Del Mar Racetrack, and Hotel del Coronado, a national historic landmark.


One thing is certain: You will need to visit California several times to get even a glimpse of all it has to offer.