California: Trip Adviser Edition

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Over February break, I will be traveling the length of California with my parents. In anticipation of the trip, I have been researching some fun things to do in each of the big cities we will be visiting, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Below is a list of fun things to do in California (in no specific order).

 

1. The Muir Woods

According to numerous reviews, the Muir Woods are a great spot to take in nature and get some fresh air. The woods are most well-known for their magnificent coast redwood trees, massive trees that often stretch up to 300 feet, however, there are various other plants and bodies of water located in the woods as well. Many different companies offer tours of the woods, but tourists are also free to walk around as they please (as long as they pay an entrance fee).

 

2. The Golden Gate Bridge

As San Francisco’s most well- known attraction, the Golden Gate Bridge is something everyone visiting San Francisco must see. The 4,200 foot long suspension bridge is located just above the Bay and features a unique color called “international-orange,” which is more on the red side if you ask me. It is a gorgeous sight from all angles, whether that be from the beach, the water, or the bridge itself.

 

3. El Matador State Beach

Bring your camera because this beach in Malibu has some of the prettiest sunsets of all time. The beach itself is definitely more on the rocky side, however, the sights are spectacular. All in all, El Matador is a great place to relax and take some great pictures!

 

4. Griffith Park

Located in Los Angeles, California, the Griffith observatory sits on the south- facing side of Mount Hollywood. Its location allows for amazing views of Downtown LA, the Pacific Ocean, and the Hollywood sign.

 

5. The Coit Tower

Going along with the idea of great city views, Coit Tower in San Francisco also exhibits amazing views. The tower offers panoramic views of many of San Francisco’s world-renowned attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the financial district of the city.

 

6. Universal Studios Hollywood

For the very small percentage of you who do not know what Universal Studios is, it is a film studio and theme park located in Los Angeles, California. The park consists of lots of fun rides and also features various shows. Visitors are also given the opportunity to view the sets of many famous television shows and movies.

 

Other great attractions include:

Alcatraz Island (San Francisco)

Sea World (San Diego)

Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles)

San Diego Zoo (San Diego)

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California)

Disneyland Park (Anaheim, California)