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Top 10 Family Attractions in California

10. Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island is everything what a romantic desires for. It has seaside villages, beautiful islands and quiet secluded beaches. The largest town is Avalon and it offers a wide variety of accommodation options. This includes everything from modern resorts to historic hotels. For a quick sunbathing experience, you can escape to any of the beaches at Avalon. If you are more of an outdoor person, you can indulge in kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. If you just want to take in the local beauty, then you can head to Two Harbors. It’s a little village offering beautiful beaches and campsites. Santa Catalina is located just an hour from Los Angeles.

 

  1. Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur is beauty for the soul. It is not just a beautiful location, but is also an inspiring one. Since the 1940s, Big Sur has been inspiring writers and travelers alike. It provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy world. Big Sur is accessible only through a long winding road. This road which goes winding through steep cliffs consists of only two lanes. Sounds exciting? It gets even more exciting once you reach there. Big Sur is a stretch of coastline which feels like it is cut off from the world. You may not even receive cell phone signals at certain places! In spite of this, the area is filled with various resorts, restaurants and hotels.

 

  1. Death Valley
Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Death Valley is a desert situated in Eastern California. It often records long stretches of 100+ degree Fahrenheit temperatures, making it one of the hottest places on earth. Badwater Basin in Death Valley has an elevation of 282 feet below sea level, making it the point of lowest elevation in the whole of North America. In spite of such inhospitable terrain, Death Valley has a uniquely beautiful landscape that draws a large number of tourists every year. You can drive through parts of Death Valley, or even try short hikes.

 

  1. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are two national parks that are located in the Southern Sierra Nevada region of California. The whole region is renowned for its large groves of giant redwood trees. These trees can reach a height of up to 300 feet. Some of these trees are believed to be around 3000 years old, making it one of the oldest forest on the planet. The most famous resident of the parks is General Sherman, a giant redwood tree with a height of 276 feet and a base circumference of 103 feet. Both the parks has hundreds of miles of hiking trails which can be taken to explore the scenic beauty.

 

  1. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest lakes in the US, with a depth of 501 meters. It is also one of the oldest, having formed 2 million years ago. Numerous sandy beaches surround the lake and make for a great experience. The mountains which surround the lake on all sides provide a beautiful panoramic view. You can visit one of the many beaches surrounding Lake Tahoe and go for a swim. The beaches also offer a wide variety of water sports. During summer months, many sports matches are arranged on the beaches. In the winter months, all visitors can go for skiing on the mountains and hills which surround the lake.

 

  1. Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood Park

This is a large part of greenery located in the north western part of California. It was established in 1969 and presently covers an area of 139,000 acres. As the name suggests, these parks are home to a large number of redwood trees, one of the largest species of trees on the planet. The region is also home to other indigenous flora and fauna. There are numerous hiking and walking trails inside these parks which can be explored with the whole family. If you are there between April and October, do not forget your rain gear.

 

  1. Golden Gate Bridge
Sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized bridges in the world, thanks to it being featured in numerous movies and television shows over the decades. This 2.7 km long bridge joins the city of San Francisco with the Marin County across the San Francisco Bay. For 27 years since its opening in 1937, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge rises to a height of over 227 m and one of the most unique images of the bridge is when it is covered with fog with only the two towers peeking above it. The bridge has cycling path as well as a walkway for pedestrians. The Bridge Pavilion on the San Francisco side of the bridge has a café, visitor center, and a gift shop.

 

  1. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite

The Yosemite National Park is not only popular in the US, but also one of the best known national parks in the world. It is located in Northern California and covers an area of almost 748,000 acres. The park attracts nearly 5 million visitors every year, mostly around the Yosemite Valley region. The half dome at the Yosemite Valley is a very popular attraction because of its pristine nature. It draws in hikers, backpackers, climbers and regular tourists from all parts of America and beyond. The Half Dome is a rock formation with many hiking trails leading up to it. The Mist Trail route is known as the easiest trail to get to the dome. It is so easy that people are known to climb it without even using a rope. Other than climbing and hiking, other popular activities at the site include base jumping and camping.

 

  1. SeaWorld
SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego is a marine mammal park, animal theme park, and an oceanarium rolled into one. It is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. The theme park was opened in 1964 and presently covers an area of 190 acres. SeaWorld San Diego attracts nearly 4.5 million visitors every year. It is an attraction for the whole family, especially those with kids. It has 15 rides, with 2 roller coasters and 2 water rides. The attractions are divided into several sections in the park like the Dolphin Point, Sea Lion Point, Shark Encounter, Shipwreck Rapids, and Wild Arctic, to name a few. At SeaWorld you can get to see polar bears, walruses, dolphins, otters, and even killer whales.

 

  1. Disneyworld Park at Anaheim
Disneyworld Park at Anaheim

Located at Anaheim, California, the Disneyland Park has special emotional value to Disney lovers. It is the only Disneyland theme park that was made with direct supervision of Walt Disney. It opened in 1955 as Disneyland and was renamed to Disneyland Park in 1990. The 85 acres of the magical kingdom of Disney, transports visitors of every age to the world of fairytales and cartoons through the numerous attractions, rides, and tours.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:43:40.

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