7 Must-See Attractions in California

 7 Must-See Attractions in California to consider for your next family vacation. California is the perfect Family Travel Destination!

California is the home of many sights and attractions that you can’t miss! Because of this, any trip to California is sure to be a busy one! Not sure what to add to your travel itinerary while in this beautiful state?  Here are a few must-see attractions you need to visit while in California.

 

7 Must-See Attractions in California

Disneyland
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 Disneyland

If you’re visiting California, make sure you plan a trip to Disneyland while you’re there! Disneyland is definitely a magical place for everyone in the family, from young to old. This makes Disneyland an ideal attraction to see when in California!

San Diego Zoo
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San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is another attraction that’s perfect for the entire family. When visiting the San Diego Zoo, you’ll get the chance to see all of your favourite animals. This includes pandas, leopards, giraffes, and more!

Sequoia National Park
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Sequoia National Park

There are many natural wonders in California that you have to see, including the sights at Sequoia National Park. Not only can you wander trails and appreciate nature at this national park, you can also visit Crystal Cave or even go rock climbing. With all of this and more, Sequoia National Park should be on your California travel itinerary.

Golden Gate, San Francisco, California, USA.
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Golden Gate Bridge

Another great attraction you have to visit while in California is the Golden Gate Bridge. This popular Californian landmark is famous for its unique, red look. If you want to get a close look at the Golden Gate Bridge, you can book a ferry ride that takes you around the bridge.

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, USA.
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Alcatraz

After visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, don’t forget to swing by Alcatraz. This famous island used to be the home of the infamous and deadly Alcatraz penitentiary. Now that it’s been transformed into a museum, you can walk around and experience history for yourself.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience from theme park rides to studio tours to concerts. Kids will love posing with their favourite characters like Dora the Explorer and Scooby-Doo but the real highlight is the 45 minute studio tour which will take you right into working sets! Don’t forget to check out King Kong 360 3-D, the world’s largest 3-D experience.
 
Single sliding rock located on Racetrack Playa in a remote part of Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park

This national park is known for its inhospitable terrain and unique biosphere which has been transformed by extreme heat.  Don’t let the heat stop you though, the unique landscape, plants and animals, including bighorn sheep and coyotes make this an experience worth taking in.  Visitors are able to drive through the park and stop at various lookouts, hike short trails and more.

 

Of course there are more than just these attractions worth stopping in for.  Travelling alone or as a couple without children?  Napa Valley is a popular attraction with over 200 wineries open to tourists for tastings and tours.  There are also a number of National Parks with unique landscapes worth visiting including Redwood National Park, Yosemite National Park.  Lake Tahoe and Big Sur are also areas that are popular with tourists and for good reason.

 

What are your favourite attractions in California?

12 thoughts on “7 Must-See Attractions in California

  1. I’ve been to all of these except San Diego Zoo, which is surprising really since we had the kids with us.

  2. I’d combine Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, just call it San Francisco Bay.

    use the spot you cleared up to include Yosemite, which im surprised didn’t make it at all, it would be my number two thing to see after Disneyland, but i’m bias towards Disney

  3. Love the photos of Alcatraz and Death Valley. It is so cool that the penitentiary become a museum to preserve history, and that the Death Valley park is protected and respected for its interesting environmental features, despite it being inhabitable. – Emme @ Green Global Travel

  4. You HAVE to include Yosemite! It’s still, IMO, just about the greatest place on earth. And I’ve spent years in Europe. Disney and Universal can’t compare. Ugh, theme parks – waiting in lines, screaming kids, and talk about overpriced! Look, I get it some people love it, but how can you not include Yosemite. Just on another level. Best part of Cali, or perhaps Big Sur, wandering up the 101 – the beauty of nature is beyond compare. Can’t miss it.

    1. To be honest, Yosemite was only mentioned vs being part of the list because I’ve included it in two other lists this year and it felt repetitive. I’ve been thinking about doing a “7 More …” type post though to include the ones that didn’t get into this list. I just have a thing for the number 7. 😉

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