Yosemite National Park is situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It includes the largest piece of exposed granite and the three of the world’s ten tallest waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and dining at one of its restaurants.
The San Diego Zoo can be found in Balboa Park and contains more than 3,700 animals of 650 different species. It’s a non-profit organization covering almost 100 acres of land. The zoo’s educational exhibits and conservation programs are award-winning.
Alcatraz Island is the home of the first US-built lighthouse and fort on the west coast. It’s also where the first federal penitentiary is located. Once off limits, the prison–which was in use from 1934 to 1963–is open for tours and is accessible via a ferry ride.
The observatory, made famous in the classic James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, is situated in Los Angeles and faces Mount Hollywood. The self-styled “gateway to the cosmos”, it offers visitors the chance to use telescopes and enjoy live shows in the famous planetarium.
Hollywood has gone through changes but the sidewalk is iconic. There are over 2,500 stars embedded there bearing the names of numerous show biz legends. The walk runs along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard. You can search for your favorites and check out the sights along the way.
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s most thriving and popular landmarks. You can shop and admire seals enjoying the sunshine at Pier 39. There are also clubs, restaurants and a famous Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum too.
West of Hollywood is the Getty Centre. There at the GC, tourists will find the Getty Museum and its noteworthy collection of American and European art. Even the landscaping is artistic with its sculptures, gardens and panoramic views of the ocean and city.
This is the only remaining manually operated cable car system in the world and provides a fun way to see the city. It is the city’s only “moving historical landmark.” There are three different routes and the Cable Car Museum is on Nob Hill.