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Yosemite National Park
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#1 Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, giant sequoias, meadows, glaciers, mountains, and lakes. Nearly 95 percent of the park is a vast wilderness area. There are many different viewpoints in Yosemite: Tunnel View, Olmsted Point, Glacier Point. The park is also filled with historical museums and buildings. Yosemite Valley is world famous for its waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and rock formations.

San Francisco
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#2 San Francisco

San Francisco is 5th most visited city in the United States popular for both domestic and international tourists. San Francisco is worldwide recognizable for its landmarks. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco are Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Cable Cars, Museums, Lombard Street, Twin Peaks and more.
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Los Angeles
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#3 Los Angeles

Known by Hollywood, Los Angeles (L.A) is the 2nd largest city in the United States. The city is home to world famous attractions including Universal Studios, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park, Malibu, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Madame Tussauds wax museum and many more.
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Santa Monica
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#4 Santa Monica

Located west of Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a beachfront city and popular tourist destination. Popular attractions include 3.5 miles long Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier, and Palisades Park. Santa Monica Pier offers a wide range of activities for everyone including carousel, an arcade, an amusement park, and outdoor concerts.

Disneyland Park
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#5 Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park is one of the two theme parks located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The 100 acres theme park features nine theme lands including Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Mickey's Toon town, New Orleans Square, and Tomorrowland. Space Mountain, Small World, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean are few of Disneyland Park's best rides. Other attractions of Disneyland Park include main street, holiday lights, parades, and firework shows. The park also hosts festival celebration throughout year.

Disneyland Park Attractions

  • Adventureland
  • Critter Country
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Main Street
  • Downtown Disney District
  • Mickey's Toontown
  • New Orleans Square
  • Tomorrowland
  • Fireworks

Lake Tahoe
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#6 Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located between California and Nevada. Lying at 6,225 ft, Lake Tahoe is worldwide known for its high elevation. It is a popular tourist destination for recreation activities including skiing, boating, and hiking.

San Diego
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#7 San Diego

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and best family attractions. Top places to visit in San Diego are Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Beaches, and Museums. The city is also known for historic Spanish and Mexican landmarks and Missions.

Sequoia National Park
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#8 Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park; both parks are known together as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Mount Whitney located in the park is the tallest mountain in the United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet. The park is also known for its giant sequoia trees. Sequoia National Park is popular in tourist for its beauty, mountains, canyons, caverns, and the world's largest trees.

Big Sur
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#9 Big Sur

Big Sur is a rugged and mountainous seacoast along Scenic Highway One. It is a popular tourist destination and known worldwide for its wilderness area. The spectacular views, redwood forests, beaches, and other recreational opportunities have made Big Sur a must place to see.

Santa Barbara
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#10 Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a popular coastal city located on the West Coast of the United States. It is a popular tourist and resort destination. Santa Barbara's top tourist attractions include beaches, mountains, and vineyards.

California Places to Visit by Interest

  1. California Amusement Parks

Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in California

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Francisco
  3. San Diego
  4. Sacramento
  5. Anaheim
  6. Santa Monica
  7. Santa Barbara
  8. Long Beach
  9. Palm Springs
  10. Fresno

Best State Parks to Visit in California