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The mid-1800s California gold rush brought many adventurers to the Pacific Ocean shores. Their descendants have established fascinating cities and structures in the midst of amazing natural beauty.
Visit Sacramento to see the art and architecture of the state capital. The California State Railroad Museum tells the important story of building the railroads that enabled development of the California region.
In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, visit Sequoia National Forest. See giant redwood trees, up to 300 feet (91 meters) tall and over 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter, hundreds or thousands of years old. Enjoy the spectacular landscape of granite monoliths, limestone caves and whitewater streams.
The mountains offer a range of choices for outdoor activities. Visit the Lake Tahoe area to hike, boat, fish and swim in the chilly aquamarine waters in the summer. In winter ski at Squaw, site of the 1960 Olympics, Northstar, Alpine Meadows and others, with excellent skiing and views over the lake. See sparkling granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.
Take a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma. Stop in the fertile agricultural area of the Central Valley to sample strawberries, olives, garlic and much of the nation’s fresh produce.
Like Tony Bennett, you might leave your heart in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are unforgettable. Visit Chinatown, ride the trolley, climb the hills of the city, ferry to the former prison of Alcatraz and enjoy the exciting nightlife.
Moving south to Los Angeles, enjoy the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Watch seals, surfers and skaters. Go to Hollywood to see celebrities’ stars embedded in the sidewalk. Tour Universal Studios. Visit the original Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, the La Brea Tarpits and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Farther south, see even more California beaches in San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. Visit Palms Springs for desert heat and world-famous golf. Cross the border to Tijuana for a Mexican holiday.
This sleek high-rise is a quarter-mile from LAX, six miles from Manhattan Beach, 10 miles from Santa Monica, and 14 miles from Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles.
The Sheraton Gateway Hotel is just outside Los Angeles International Airport; downtown is 15 miles away, ocean beaches are 5 miles away, and Beverly Hills is within 9 miles.
Located in Wilshire, this apartment is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from MacArthur Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Microsoft Theater and Staples Center. Los Angeles Convention Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Heavenly Ski Resort. Heavenly Gondola and Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks from Union Square and within a mile of Moscone Center and SFMOMA.
Hotel Zoe San Francisco is 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Alcatraz Island ferry.
Rising 14 stories, this Anaheim hotel is 2 blocks from Disneyland® Resort and connected to the Anaheim Convention Center. Guests visiting Orange County for sports will find Angel Stadium and the Anaheim Ducks hockey team nearby.
Located in LAX Area, this motel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Loyola Marymount University, Sony Pictures Studios, and Venice Beach. Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits are also within 9 mi (15 km).