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California: Natural Attractions, Incredible Sites of Interest & Facts

California is a state full of natural wonders, including many state and national parks. See interesting sites in San Francisco and beyond.

California State Flag

California State Flag

Visiting California

Even people who live in California all their lives have probably not seen every nook and cranny of this enormous state, which (except for Alaska and Texas) is the third-largest landmass.

No matter what type of scenery is a personal favorite, practically everyone's idea of perfection is found in California because the land is so varied. Having had the opportunity to visit this vast western state on several occasions, I thought that I would mention some fascinating and beautiful places of interest that I found very much to my liking.

Adventurous mountain climbers might like ascending Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, at an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m). Although I have not attempted that feat, I have driven in the mountains. A friend and I did go to the lowest point in the contiguous United States. This place is called Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. It is an incredible 232 feet or 86 meters below sea level!

From rocky Pacific Ocean shorelines to lush ancient forests, farmlands to cityscapes, desert lands, and more, join me on this look at the most populated state. Mexico borders it to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, Oregon to the north, and Nevada and Arizona to the east. You will be in for a fantastic journey!

Seacoast Picture from Famous 17 Mile Drive in California

Seacoast Picture from Famous 17 Mile Drive in California

San Francisco Sites

Except for one vacation when a friend rode in my car with me from Houston to California and back, our California vacations started with an airplane ride to San Francisco. After renting a car but before heading out in various directions, we would always made it a point to see and do a few more things in that scenic city.

San Francisco is a beautiful tourist spot, and for a good reason. It has a very mild climate and beautiful vegetation, as can readily be seen in the gorgeous parks and surrounding areas.

It is a city comprised of hills...50 of them! The buildings blend into the topography of the land. My hubby and I have huffed and puffed our way up and over quite a few of those hills.

Of course, we have also ridden the famous cable cars of San Francisco fame and gone down the most crooked street (supposedly in the world) with hairpin turns, known as Lombard Street.

There are marvelous San Francisco restaurants representing just about every ethnicity of cuisine, and we have relished many a good meal there.

Many iconic sites exist in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the large and most interesting Chinatown, the famed Alcatraz Island, and so much more.

Muir Woods

Heading out of the city of San Francisco and to the north, one can be whisked away into what feels like an ancient forest where one can hike and commune with nature. It is the fabulous Muir Woods National Monument named after naturalist and environmentalist John Muir. It is such a peaceful place to spend some time decompressing from the daily rigors of life.

There are numerous other national monuments and sites of interest. Check out the National Park Service guide in the sources link at the bottom of this page for more information.

California Wine Country

There are many notable wineries throughout California, and my hubby and I have visited quite a few of them. We got to stay as a guest in Lily Langtry's home once as guests of Guenoc Winery. That was certainly a treat and an experience we will never forget.

Some Facts

Los Angeles is the second largest of all cities in the United States, and using the 2020 census, have 3,983,540 people living there. Other populated cities in California include, in descending order, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco, the latter of which have 883,255 people using the same census. The capital city of Sacramento has 525,398 people.

Is there anyone in the world who has not heard of Disneyland? Walt Disney made this theme park in Anaheim famous. The success spawned Disney World on the other side of the U.S. in Orlando, Florida. That is where more people can experience those thrilling rides and amusements.

Did you know that California has the 3rd longest coastline after Alaska and Florida? We have driven different areas of it, and it never fails to impress the senses with its wild power and beauty.

Did you realize that farmers in the Central Valley of California grow about 8% of all the food produced in the United States? Hundreds of crops in this fertile centrally-located valley, 450 miles (720km) long and about 40 to 60 miles (60 - 100km) wide, are seen as the seemingly endless fields stretch out on all sides far as the eye can see. My friend and I purchased freshly picked strawberries from a roadside stand in the Central Valley and feasted upon them for days!

Mother Nature

Leaving the cities behind, Mother Nature pulls out all the stops as to what she has created in California. Around 45% of the state is forested, including those tallest redwood trees and the cypress trees of such massive dimensions. A person must see them in person to fully appreciate them! And then there are the national parks, each of which shares some of Mother Nature's beauty and wonder. They are the following as of this posting:

  • Yosemite
  • Redwood
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon
  • Pinnacles
  • Lassen Volcanic
  • Joshua Tree
  • Death Valley
  • Channel Islands

When my German girlfriend and I traveled to California, we visited all the national parks at that time, which numbered five. There are more since our visit, and this list will probably continue to grow over time. It is terrific that areas like this exist for everyone to enjoy.

If you have not yet visited California, know that seemingly endless treats await your discovery. I know that I would enjoy seeing more of this scenic state someday.

Life in California is beautiful.

— Oscar Nunez

Sources:

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Looking forward to your comments!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2021:

Hi Denise,

I love what we have gotten to see of California through the years. When I drove out there with a friend many years ago, we went through the Central Valley. Those fields seem to be endless! We bought some fresh strawberries from a stand and ate them for many days. It is easy to see how those farms supply much of the food for the U.S. Thanks for your comment.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 16, 2021:

It's pretty cool to see a non-Californian describe and praise my state. I've seen a number of the parks and been to LA and San Francisco lots of times. But I live in the Central Valley where things grow like crazy. I love that we have 3 growing seasons because the winters are rather mild. This explains why we grow so much of the food for the US. I live near the dead center of the state. On Highway 99 at the center of the state, they planted a pine tree and a palm tree between the northbound and southbound pavement to signify the center.

The pine on the north side and the palm on the south side.

Wasn't that clever of someone? Thanks for such a nice write-up about us.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

California is a state filled to the brim with wonders! Yes, there are vast forested areas amidst many other wondrous sites of beauty. I hope you make it out there someday. Thanks for your comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 16, 2021:

Peggy,

You always make every place sound so amazing.

I have never made it that far out west.

I didn't realize that much of it was filled with forest trees. I guess that explains those wildfires each year.

I've always been skeptical about visiting there since they have alot of earthquakes, but another Hubber also tells me California is a great place.

Thanks for the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

It sounds as though you have a lovely first memory of visiting parts of California. Thanks for sharing it here.

Sandra on April 15, 2021:

My first visit to California consisted of a road trip from Las Vegas to Monterrey to Glendale near Los Angeles. It was a very memorable introduction to this beautiful State.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2021:

Hi Jack,

It is great that you have enjoyed your time spent in California. San Francisco and the wine country are fun places to visit!

Jack on April 11, 2021:

California has always been a great place to visit. I have spent much time in San Francisco and the wine country. Loved it all.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

You are correct in that California has numerous attractions. Many are natural, and some are human-made. I would someday enjoy seeing more of them.

Sandra on April 09, 2021:

The famous saying, "Go West Young Man", certainly applies to California. Such a bountiful selection of beautiful sites. Nice to know you have enjoyed so many of them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2015:

Hi Paul,

I agree that San Francisco and Monterrey are both beautiful cities to visit. Like you, I have never gotten a chance to spend much time in L.A. I have been in their airport once and just driven through the outskirts of that city on my way elsewhere in the state another time.

So glad you enjoyed this hub and are sharing it with others as a resource about the different areas in the state. Thanks!

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on February 18, 2015:

Peggy, This is a great hub which I find very interesting and useful. I was fortunate to be able to live in California for almost 10 months during the 1967-1968 period. That is because the Navy sent me to the Presidio of Monterey to learn Chinese Mandarin. I have very fond memories of both Monterey and San Francisco which are both beautiful cities. I loved San Francisco because there was so much to see and do there during the late 60s. I wish I could have seen more of L.A., but I remember spending only a few hours in the downtown area before catching a flight to Chicago after a short layover coming from Taiwan. Your pictures are great and this hub is certainly a great resource about California. Voted up and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2014:

Hi Maria,

I am not familiar with Jo Goldsmith or her May Gold Awards but if it led you to reading and sharing this hub with others, I am grateful. Thank you!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 25, 2014:

Dear Peggy,

I am grateful to Jo Goldsmith for her May Gold Awards, where I was led to this detailed and informative post from you.

Sharing on FB and Twitter...you have a gift in your writing. Love, Maria

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I would enjoy seeing more of that scenic state also. One could probably spend a lifetime there and not see it all. Thanks!

justmesuzanne from Texas on August 05, 2013:

I lived in CA for 20 years and have actually been to most of these places. I'd love to visit again before the ocean rises! :) Voted up, awesome and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

I have never been to Lake Tahoe but have spent quite a bit of vacation time on the west coast. It is wondrous! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Nice that you have already seen some parts of California. Obviously there is so much more to see than just the things highlighted on this list. Were you there on business or pleasure? What areas of the state did you get to see? Thanks for your votes and shares.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 01, 2013:

I have only been as far west as Lake Tahoe, it was a lone time ago, but I have never forgotten the beauty and vastness of the lake and the spectacular hills. Thanks for sharing the awesome photos!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2013:

This is a great list for a visitor. I've been to a few sites but will keep the rest in mind when I happen to visit California next.

Voted up,useful,interesting. Shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

People will have many decisions to make with regard to which parts of California they wish to visit on a vacation. The state is so large and has many different areas as you can tell from this hub. Of course...there is even more! Thanks for your comment and the pin.

moonlake from America on May 14, 2013:

I'm going to pin this to my vacation board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

What a lovely area in which to live, that of northern California. Hope that you get back to see San Francisco someday and perhaps some of the other sites you missed seeing when you lived in that state. Understandable...California is a large state as is Texas. Hard to see it all. Thanks for the votes, 5 star rating and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 17, 2013:

I lived in Northern California for a year and my daughter was born there. Even though I was just 90 minutes or so from San Francisco, I never got there. I have seen several of the things you have listed, but I think there are more listed here that I haven't seen. Great photos as always, and a great guide for anyone who wants to visit/tour the state. Voted up, UI, gave you 5 more stars, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Hi DDE,

California is a huge state and while I have seen many areas of it, there are still many unexplored areas that I have not visited. I love all the national parks there that I have seen and of course, San Francisco is a city that is worth a visit as is the famous wine country. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

A lovely place to visit and you have explained perfectly.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2012:

Hi Martie,

If California is a lot like South Africa...then both places are indeed beautiful and have much to offer visitors. I also like seeing other places via the Internet that I will undoubtedly never get to visit in person. So glad that you enjoyed this virtual tour. Thanks for your comment and up votes.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 22, 2012:

Absolutely awesome! Wow! This is about the best holiday I will ever have in California. Thank you for this excellent guide, Peggy. According to this hub and pictures, California reminds me of our Cape Province (South Africa). Voted up and awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Always enjoy reading about your travel adventures. Are you going to relocate and teach in central Europe or simply vacation there? Thanks for the votes and share regarding this hub about the many attractions in California.

Brett C from Asia on December 04, 2012:

I've never made it over that way, but I enjoyed your hub ... very detailed. I prefer extremely different cultures to the British one, so spend most of my time in Asia, but plan to expand to central Europe too soon.

Shared, up, interesting, tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2012:

Hello mperrottet,

So nice that you got to see some of the beautiful sites in northern California. For a more in depth look at the areas we have enjoyed, click on some of the links to see more. Thanks for the vote up.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on November 20, 2012:

Beautiful pictures and great hub. I visited California in 2010, and had such a great time touring SanFrancisco, the wine country, and Sequoia, Yosemite and Redwood National Parks. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2012:

Hi vox vocis,

Nice that you got to see the videos from your friend's trip to California. Hope you get to see some of the attractions for yourself someday. It would take some time to see all of the sites in that state as it is so large. I know that I would like to return and enjoy more someday. Thanks for your comment.

Jasmine on November 18, 2012:

My friends visited most of the sights you've written about in this hub last year and they loved it. They made a video of their trip and we enjoyed it so much. Loved this hub, the info, the pics, the links, everything! Hope to visit these places some day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2012:

Hi sweetie1,

Lombard street in San Francisco is certainly unique as it twists and turns its way from a higher elevation from the street above to a much lower elevation. It has also become quite a landmark feature just because it is so different. Glad that you liked all of these photos of attractions in California. Thanks for the vote up.

sweetie1 from India on November 15, 2012:

Very Beautiful Pictures. I really loved the picture of Lombard Street in San Francisco. Voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

That is so true that we often don't take advantage of what is in our own locales where we live or even nearby. There are plenty of things right here in Houston much-less the state of Texas that I have yet to see. Get going girl! See more of California while you live there. I would love to read about some of the sites and places of interest in your area. Good hub material undoubtedly! :) Thanks for your comment and the share.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 07, 2012:

I live in California and I really have barely touched the tip of the things to do here. One of these days I want to get to the north end since most of my sightseeing has been in the Southern half. It is funny though how living in California actually results in seeing less than if you were to plan a vacation here. We forget how many wonderful things are around us to explore!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2012:

Hi Don,

It is understandable that your mother wanted to have the love and support of relatives at that time. I am sorry to hear about your brother having had Alzheimer's Disease. That is an ugly monster! Will look forward to your hub about Bakersfield, California and learning about it.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 06, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I was only 16 at the time we went to California so nobody asked my opinion or told me theirs. Mother wanted to be with relatives in Minneapolis. My brother acquired Alzheimer's disease in the 1980's when he was quite young. He was in his fifties and dies in his sixties from complications. He was a supervisor of the an engineering dept for Los Angeles county. His widow is now living on the East Coast.

My mind is on California because I have been planning to write a hub about Bakersfield which oddly. is named after a field.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2012:

Hi Don,

Perhaps it was the higher prices of lodgings in California that kept your mother from seriously considering moving out there? Except for that, you are right about the nice weather and natural attractions. California seems to have it all. The northern part of the state has great beauty! Is your brother still living in California? Where? Thanks for your comment, votes + the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Did you see much of the state when you lived in Orange County or were you too busy working? We have only done some vacationing in California and still would like to see more as there are so many attractions from the natural to man-made ones. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2012:

Hi Jim,

Fair warning! Haha! Thanks for your comment on this hub about California attractions.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 06, 2012:

Hi Peggy, my oldest brother moved to California after college. I thought and hoped that the family would follow after my father died. we took a trip out there with my brother when he returned there . I've always been disappointed that it never happened. It seemed like everything all wrapped up in a big package, sunny weather, the ocean nearby, go into the hill and you can have winter. Never saw the northern part of the state but I think it is probably nice. Up votes and sharing.

moonlake from America on November 06, 2012:

Loved California when we lived there. It got to crowded for us and we decided to come home. We lived in Orange Co. Enjoyed your hub full of good information for travelers. Voted up and shared.

JimDoyle from Primbee on November 05, 2012:

Hello Peggy

I have started a landslide of comments coming to your Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

Nice that you have gotten to see some of the cities in California and some of the attractions that they offer. If you like natural areas, California is filled with sites that are breathtakingly beautiful and interesting. Thanks for bookmarking this hub, voting it up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 05, 2012:

Very interesting learning about the varied tourist interest places in California. I've just visited a few cities in California and some attractions that they offer. Bookmarking this valuable resource, Peggy. I'll refer to it when I visit California next. Great links to your other travel attractions' hubs as well.

Voted up, awesome and useful. Shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

My parents visited San Diego when my brother was in the Navy and fell in love with that area. I have yet to visit there. You are correct in that California has so much diversity by way of attractions and spectacular scenery. Glad that this hub brought back memories of your time spent there. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

So glad to know that you enjoyed this virtual look at California attractions and sites of interest. There are so many that this is merely a small sample of what you could find there on vacation. Appreciate your comment and votes.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 05, 2012:

California is one of my favorite states because of its diversity. We love San Fran and wine country. We've also seen the sequoias, Yosemite and Disney Land, but my absolute favorite is San Diego and La Joya. I have great memories of surfing there when I was younger. Thanks so much for this walk down memory lane!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 05, 2012:

Thanks for this very interesting hub on California, loved all the beautiful photos you used has well. Well done ! I enjoyed my travel there through your photos !

Vote up and more !!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi agusfanani,

That is just one photo of the giant sequoia tree that I took. It was not even one of the largest ones. They are amazing when seen in person. So glad that you enjoyed this hub about California attractions and sites of interest. There are so many in that state!!! Appreciate your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi Christy,

In my mind I can still hear the clanging of those San Francisco trolleys. Nice to know that you have also enjoyed some of the sites in that fun and scenic city. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

Yes...that entire experience of spending the night in Lillie Lantry's bed and being hosted by the folks at Guenoc Winery was a once in a lifetime experience...at least for us. California has so many unique and beautiful attractions. Thanks for your comment and vote.

agusfanani from Indonesia on November 04, 2012:

California is very special place due to its world wide popularity. I'm amazed by the attractions it has including those great pictures which are depicted in your hub. One of the special views is that sequoia tree's really gigantic that the person under it looks tiny. I vote up this awesome, beautiful and interesting hub.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2012:

Peggy, I have actually been to one of the places in this hub! Woohoo! Generally I have not... I enjoyed my time in San Francisco when I went for a trip in my 20s. I liked riding the trolly :) Your hub brought back memories of the wonderful city. Voting up and sharing too.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 04, 2012:

Another interesting and beautiful hub on the great state of

California. As you mentioned each city has wonderful and amazing attractions. I bet spending the night in Lillie Langtry's bed was an experience. Great hub with beautiful photos and interesting information on the Attractions and Sites of California. Awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

We have visited California several times as you can probably tell. I could write even more hubs. Sounds like you should write some more hubs about Orange County! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 04, 2012:

You could certainly write many hubs on what California has to offer. For example, most people only know Orange County because of Disneyland. But we also have many beaches, shopping malls and tourist attractions that are worthy of visits by themselves. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

There is so much beauty in the U.S. and California surely has a good share of them. I know that you would like seeing many of the attractions found there. Thanks for your comment and all of your votes on this hub. Glad to know that you liked the photos. Many more in each hub featured...of course.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 04, 2012:

Very informative hub, Peggy. I really love reading this hub. I found many interesting places in California. I'll visit California if I have a chance to go to America. You also have beautiful pictures as well. Good job again. Voted up (useful, beautiful, awesome, interesting). Cheers...

Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Jim Doyle,

California is surely that...a nice place to visit. They have some stellar attractions unlike other places in the world. Appreciate your comment.

JimDoyle from Primbee on November 03, 2012:

Very nice photos Peggy. California certainly looks like a nice place to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Nice to know that you appreciated the effort that went into compiling this hub. Joshua Tree National Park is an interesting place. The Skull Rock really looks like one...so aptly named. These Joshua trees look like giant yucca plants to me. Thanks for the votes and your comment.

Dianna Mendez on November 03, 2012:

Peggy, I have been to California several times, but have not had the pleasure of seeing many of these places. I didn't know there was a Joshua Tree National Park. I would like to see it some day. Your opening was a great lead in to your content; well done! Voted up +++

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Om,

It would probably take a lifetime to see all the interesting nooks and crannies in the State of California. So glad that you liked these photos. They are just a sampling of what you will find in each hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Om Paramapoonya on November 03, 2012:

Lovely hub! I've been to a lot of these places, but there are also some California attractions that I have not yet visited. Love your photos of the Joshua Tree National Park and Sutro Bath ruins. Rated way up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Charles,

I always was a good student! Haha! Thanks for leaving a comment on this hub about California and many of the attractions that can be found there. Appreciate it. :)

Charles Criner on November 03, 2012:

Very nice Peggy. Its amazing how much information you get about so many subjects. Thanks for sharing it with me........Charles.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

I'd also like to see more of California...but then the same could be said for just about any state if one likes to experience new and different things. There is just so much beauty to behold in California. Any place with a number of national parks is right up my alley! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Mary,

There are still many places in California that I would like to see, but I relish the memories of sites already visited...particularly the national parks. San Francisco has to be one of the most interesting cities in America. Nice that you have also been there. Fisherman's wharf is a lot of fun. You certainly have a serviceable souvenir from there! Thanks for your comment, vote and the share. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hello ignugent17,

Happy to be able to share this information about various beautiful and interesting places in California with you. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi bdegiulio,

Nice that you got to live in California for a while back in the 1980's. Yes...there is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in that large and beautiful state! Thanks for your comment, votes and your share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Martin,

Ah...so you live in San Francisco! My husband and I have truly loved our visits there and hope someday to return and see even more. As to showcasing some of California...I know that there is much more to the wonders that can be seen and enjoyed there. This did barely scratch the surface. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Rochelle,

You certainly live in a beautiful state! Yes...one could probably spend all of one's life there exploring all of the many scenic places in California. We have certainly enjoyed what we have gotten to see of it. There are many places in Texas that I have yet to see. We both live in such big states! Thanks for your comment.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 03, 2012:

California is sucha beautiful and diverse state. I have been there twice and not seen near as much as I would have liked to. I would love to go back and spend more time there. You have high lighted some very interesting places here that I would love to visit. Great job Peggy! Voting up and more! :)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 03, 2012:

I visited California several years ago, and really enjoyed myself. I would like to go back when I have more time and see some of the places you wrote about in other Hubs. I have read some, but not all of your related Hubs. I really enjoyed San Francisco. When we were there, it was cold, and I bought a wonderful jacket at one of the many shop on the Wharf. I still wear that jacket.

Great Hub highlighting your other Hubs on California.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi Suhail and my dog,

If you have the time, road trips are fun and you can often discover other delights along the way. As to visiting your friend who lives near the Sierras...go for it! The national parks in California are amazing. I have never yet visited a national park anywhere that was not uniquely distinctive. Yosemite is amazing! Good place to start. Thanks for your comment.

ignugent17 on November 03, 2012:

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the information. :-)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 03, 2012:

Hi Peggy. I lived in California for a few years back in the 1980's and have been to many of these sites but not all of them. There certainly is no shortage of things to see and do in this wonderful state. Thanks for sharing, great job. VU, sharing, etc.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hi Doodlehead,

The weather in California is certainly a draw as are the different sites and spectacular scenery. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hello Scribenet,

This is the "tip of the iceberg" with regards to all of the many attractions in California. So glad that you liked this hub and thanks for the votes and the share.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 02, 2012:

Great job in touching upon my state. Thank you. Martin of SF.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2012:

Hi Billy,

I agree! San Francisco is one of our favorite cities to visit when we are on vacation. We still have many more places in which we could happily spend time in that city and make further discoveries. So glad that you liked this hub about California attractions. I know that there are endless ones that could be featured. Thanks for your comment.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 02, 2012:

I love my home state-- and there is a lifetime worth of diverse vacations and attractions to visit here.

I have been to all of those you noted (except Lily Langtree's house), but there are surprises and wonders in every corner.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 02, 2012:

California has always been on my dream list. A friend living near Sierras keeps inviting me to visit Yosemite and stay at his place. I will gladly accept the offer, but the problem is I am scared of flights. So I have to drive, which I won't mind at all.

It is going to be the national parks of California for me starting from Yosemite.

Doodlehead from Northern California on November 02, 2012:

I live in California and have traveled and lived other places. It is wonderful in many ways and very beautiful. The big draw for me is the weather.

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on November 02, 2012:

Wow...I always figured California was interesting and exotic...but I am amazed at all the attractions...even Lily Langtry's house!

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting and sharing! Thanks!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 02, 2012:

Great job Peggy! I have seen most of the sites listed here, and you did them justice with your review. I love northern California for sure, and San Francisco is one of the great cities in the country.

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