Place of Interest
San Francisco : the Golden Gate Bridge, the fog, the beautiful wooden houses, the parks - there's no denying this is one of the world's most beautiful cities. It's easy to walk (if you don't mind the hills) and exceptionally friendly. From the restaurants of North Beach and China Town to the coffee shops of the Mission District, exploring this city of neighborhoods could fill weeks on end.
Immediately south of San Francisco, the city of San Jose is actually California's third largest city. It's the heart of the Silicon Valley, where technology reigns supreme. Northeast of San Francisco lies Sacramento, the state's capital and its seventh largest city. In terms of population, it's right behind Long Beach (just south of Los Angeles) and the city of Fresno, the cultural and economic heart of California's Central Valley.
The Golden State boasts more than 1,100 miles of breathtaking coastline, ranging from Hollywood-perfect expanses of smooth sand to dramatically windswept oceanside cliffs. If your idea of a perfect day involves beach volleyball, building sandcastles, hiking along picturesque seaside trails or catching a wave, you can find it all at California's many beaches.
Catalina is one of the most popular islands for divers - it's easily accessible via high speed ferries and filled with great dive spots like Bird Rock and Seafan Grotto. Rent your gear at Catalina Divers Supply or opt for a Discover Scuba dive--an intro for non-divers--or jump in head first and get your open water certification while visiting the isle.
Locals call it Main Beach, but you can just call it all-around fun. The wide spread of beach has volleyball and plenty of room for everyone, the water offers good surfing, and back from the beach the famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is home to, among other things, free beach concerts (in summer) and a wonderful old wooden roller coaster.
The town's beach fire pits let you light up the night like a local.Huntington Beach is celebrated as Surf City USAŽ but it may just be the world's bonfire capital too. With nearly 600 fire rings available on a first-come, first-served basis, bonfires are a city tradition right up there with surfing and volleyball.
Beach concessionaires and some hotels offer wood and the fixings for a cookout. Roast a few hot dogs, toast some s'mores, then strum a little guitar, and pretty soon you'll feel like you're living in one those classic beach movies from the 1960s that first put the SoCal beach scene on the map.
California's cities pulsate with energy long after the sun has set. In fact, it's not until streetlights blink on throughout the metropolitan areas that some of the state's most dynamic venues-blues bars, comedy clubs, dance halls, martini lounges-spring to life.
Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican pinata, you'll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers markets. Looking for a handmade ceramic bowl? Check out one of the many artist enclaves dotting the state.
Simply looking for a great bargain on shoes? California has some of the largest outlet centers in the country. Or are you looking to indulge in the latest designer wear? Then head to our high-end shopping districts or malls.
Visit Shop California , a proud partner of Shop America, to enjoy special VIP shopping and dining offers in each of California tourism region combined with the "best of" cultural experiences.Start in Healdsburg and learn about all things wine at the Sonoma County Wine Library.
Head south to Santa Rosa, Sonoma County's largest city; admire the Shasta daisies and Santa Rosa plums of a renowned horticulturalist at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens.
Continue on to the Sonoma Valley. Visit Jack London State Historic Park and hike the same trails the author and resident strode on the northeast flank of Sonoma Mountain. Relax, post hike, with a movie at the restored Sebastiani Theatre in downtown Sonoma. And don't ignore Sonoma's famous cheeses; try the Sonoma Cheese factory for starters.
In Napa, take a ride and enjoy a meal in restored historic Pullman Dining & Lounge Railcars of the Napa Valley Wine Train as you watch vineyards slowly pass by. Head north through the Napa Valley admiring the parade of wineries; Schramsberg Vinyards, just north of St. Helena, makes some of the world's finest champagne.
South of Calistoga, stop in at Castello di Amorosa, a brand-new winery ensconced in a perfect replica of a European castle.Finish with a heavenly drive through the Alexander Valley.
Disney California AdventureŽ Park : Discover the Disney stories and characters you love in ways you've never imagined! Supercharge your Disney experience in this engaging park where new adventures with familiar faces are constantly unfolding before you.
Glide through the skies of the Golden State on the majestic Soarin' Over California or dare to explore the creepier side of Hollywood with a plunge down The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Littler ones can visit the streets of Monstropolis on Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, play games with Woody and Buzz on Toy Story Mania!, or whirl above Paradise Bay with Mickey Mouse on Silly Symphony Swings. If you're looking for a big thrill, it doesn't get any better than rocketing around on California Screamin' or splashing down on Grizzly River Run. Plus, there is so much more for both kids and adults, it's hard to pick an attraction to start!