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Top 10 Off-The-Beaten-Track Attractions in California

  1. Mammoth Lakes, Mono County
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes can be visited any time during the year. However, it is particularly popular as a winter destination. This is largely because you get to ski during the winter months. Other attractions like the cable car are available throughout the year. By taking the cable car, you get to see a full panoramic view from the top. The cable cars at Mammoth Lakes can be easily reached by going to the Devils Postpile National Monument. The monument is actually a high rock reaching up to 65 feet. Another popular attraction is the Rainbow Falls which falls from a massive height of 98 feet.

 

  1. Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area
Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area

Lake Mono is located about 14 miles from Yosemite National Park. It is a saltwater lake and is well over 6000 feet above sea level. Several other rivers empty into the lake but it has no outlet of its own. It was formed 700,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest lakes on the planet. The lake is known for the Tufa Towers which are limestone turrets (small towers) rising from the waters. The towers are actually columns that have some of the most curious shapes possible. Very few life forms are found inside the lake because of its saline nature.

 

  1. Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Hearst Castle

The Hearst Castle is a grand castle in California. It was not built by a king but by a newspaper magnate named William Randolph Hearst, the owner of Hearst Communications. It’s a gigantic residence with more than 100 rooms. The castle also houses all the artworks Hearst collected throughout his life. It is surrounded by a garden spread over 120 acres. A zoo used to be located on the garden premises. It was the world’s largest private zoo, consisting of animals like zebras, American Bison and Rocky Mountain elk. Other than the bedrooms, the castle consists of two libraries, a theater, 14 living rooms and 31 bathrooms!

 

  1. Bodie State Historic Park, Mono County
Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie used to be a large gold mining town filled with gold miners. Located 20 miles from Bridgeport, the town fell into decay after 1876. Now it’s a ghost town which has been turned into a state park. The town is still home to 170 houses which haven’t been restored. As an area which preserves a town of the 19th century, it is a very interesting attraction. Visitors flock to see the ghost town, especially during the winter months.

 

  1. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Lassen Peak is an active volcano that rises over 10,000 feet. It is surrounded by a unique landscape, which features everything from bubbling mud pots to hot springs. There are also forests, lakes and various hiking trails. These trails provide in-depth access to the park. The last eruption of Mount Lassen was in the year 1921. The lava rocks from that eruption can still be seen. A network of hiking trails connects this area to the famous PCT trail.

 

  1. Mission San Juan Capistrano, Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano was named after John of Capistrano, a Franciscan priest from the 14th century. Construction of this church started in the 17th century and was completed in the 19th century. Its 12 domes were badly damaged because of multiple earthquakes and were partially repaired over the decades. What stands today are actually the ruins of the church.  A new structure, the Mission Store, stands besides the old monument. The store is operated by Mission staff and features everything from food products to children’s clothes.

 

  1. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove
Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral is bound to change your idea about a church. It was created for the late Robert Schuller and his TV show. He was a pastor, a televangelist and a motivational speaker. Now the show Hour of Power is hosted by Bobby Schuller, his son. The church can seat 3000 people and is spread over 32 acres. Its campus is decorated with mosaics, pools, and fountains. There is also the Memorial Gardens, a cemetery for people from all religions.

 

  1. Carson Mansion, Eureka
Carson Mansion

Carson Mansion has its origins in the late 19th century. It is one of the most notable attractions in Eureka. It was built by William Carson, who was one of the richest people living in the city. It is made of red wood and is inspired by the Gothic style of architecture. The painted windows and the wood carvings give it a unique appearance. The house stands on a slightly elevated ground and can be seen from afar.  Today, it houses the Ingomar Club, which is dedicated toward preserving the mansion and its surroundings.

 

  1. Mount Shasta, Siskiyou County
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is an active volcanic mountain which towers over its surroundings. It is viewed as a sacred mountain and has a place on the National Register of Historic Places. According to historians, this mountain was the site of one of the longest settlements in America. The snow-covered peak can be seen from over 150 kilometers away. It offers many opportunities like hiking, sightseeing and skiing. The mountain is part of the Mount Shasta Ski Park. It is located 10 miles from the city of Mount Shasta. The mountain is crisscrossed with more than 15 kilometers of hiking trails. There is yet another peak with an almost similar sounding name, Mount Shastina. It stands towards the west of the bigger peak.

 

  1. Temecula, Riverside County
Temecula

Temecula is the destination for you if you like peaceful surroundings and the taste of good wine. Located a short distance from the city of Los Angeles, Temecula is steeped in western traditional culture. At Old Town Temecula, you will get to see cowboys the way you have seen them in the classic westerns of Hollywood. The old town is also home to The Bank Mexican Restaurant and Bar, which serves delicious American food. Further east, there are miles and miles of vineyards. These produce some of the best wines in California. Temecula is home to more than 30 wineries and all of them have their own distinctive taste. Stop by the Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard to taste one of the best sparkling wines in America.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:07:39.

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