As one of the sunniest states in the US there is no denying that if you want a holiday filled with sun, sea and sand California is a destination to strongly consider. Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego are just some of the more popular places to visit and here are some of the top things to do in California.
San Diego Zoo
One of the few homes of the Giant Panda, The San Diego Zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the world with over 3700 animals at home in the zoo. The zoo is divided into different zones for each of the animal groups and continents and you will find forests filled with endangered monkeys, the Australian outback with koalas and kangaroos and of course the Panda discovery centre to name just a few.
De Young Museum
San Francisco can easily be considered to be one of the best destinations in the USA for art and cultural attractions with countless museums and thousands of pieces of art across a range of periods. The De Young Museum is one such recommended attraction with over 27000 pieces of art across collections covering American, International and Textiles and Costumes. You can print off De Young discount vouchers before you go to get a discount on the entrance fee.
Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California was the original Disneyland theme park and consists of eight different lands across 85 acres with plenty to explore for both adults and children! Rides to choose from include the thrilling California Screamin’ to the more child friendly Jumpin’ Jellyfish.
Universal Studios Hollywood
A must visit theme park especially for the movie fans! Offering a complete Hollywood Experience, Universal Studios is a combination of a tour of a real Hollywood movie tour and thrilling themed rides such as the Transformers 3D, Revenge of the Mummy, House of Horrors and WaterWorld. You can see how the movies are made, special effects are created and even get up close with some of the animal actors!
Larson Volcanic National Park
If you would prefer something outdoors then head to the Larson Volcanic National Park in the north of California. The park gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the natural environment caused by the effects of volcanos such as hydrothermal pools, steam vents and mud points. There are lots of different hiking trails and some of these lead to stunning views across the park, a photographer’s dream!
The main beaches across California regularly have a schedule of events held throughout the year such as craft fairs, farmer’s markets, whale watching, festivals and surfing events which are all worth checking out.