California, found on the west coast of the United States, is the most populous state in the country. California also has the third largest land area of any state in the US. The State is home to major attractions which are popular around the globe. In no particular order, we present a selection of the most beautiful places found in California.
10. Joshua Tree National Park
Found in the southeastern section of the state, Joshua Tree National Park is known for its specie of Joshua trees native to the park. It has been a national park since 1994, and covers over 700,000 acres - that's bigger than the land area of the entire state of Rhode Island!
9. Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is situated on the Californian coast. The city of Santa Barbara lies between the mountains of Santa Ynez and the Pacific Ocean. The climate of Santa Barbara experiences a Mediterranean climate. Santa Barbara is a great tourist and resort destination, and has a large service sector which includes education, healthcare, manufacturing, finance and local government. Due to its geographical location, Santa Barbara experiences warmer summers and colder winters compared to cities away from the ocean. Tourism is a major industry in Santa Barbara and generates more than 1 billion dollars every year as well as about 80 million dollars in taxes.
8. Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite National Park is managed by the National Park Management and has an area that covers 747,956 acres. The granite cliffs, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, giant sequoia groves are some of the attractions in the Yosemite National Park. About 95% of the park is a wilderness, and over five million tourists visited the park in 2016, which broke a world record.
7. McWay Falls
McWay Falls is a year-round waterfall which falls 80 feet before cascading directly into the ocean. It is located in the Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and Monterey County in California. Visitors get there through an underground tunnel which is half a mile. Below the McWay Falls is a sandy beach which was formed after a landslide which was brought about by floods from the winter storms.
6. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe strands the border of California and Nevada and is a large, deep, and clear freshwater lake. Lake Tahoe enjoys a massive number of visitors every year hence despite its small size. During the summer times, tourists flock here for boating and water sports, as well as golfing and hiking. When winter sets in, another kind of visitors come to enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding.
5. Bixby Creek Bridge
Located on the Big Sur coast of California, Bixby Creek Bridge is among the most photographed bridges due to its aesthetic design. The architecture is graceful and its setting is magnificent. It is an open-spandrel arch bridge made of reinforced concrete measuring 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel. It is also among the tallest and longest concrete arch bridges in the world. The Spanish colonialist exterminated the native Esselen people who lived in the region. Bixby Creek derives its name from a pioneering businessperson by the name Charles Henry Bixby who came from Livingstone County, New York. It is an interesting place to visit in California.
4. Mossbrae Falls
Mossbrae Falls flow into Sacramento River in the Shasta Cascade area. Access to the Moss Brae Falls is through hiking a mile-long trail - however, hiking near the falls is discouraged due to the hazard of nearby train tracks. However, a plan for a safe hiking train trail is currently in development.
3. Giant trees of the Sequoias
These giant trees of the Sequoias are evergreen with a reddish brown thick bark. The giant sequoia has a conical crown and a wide trunk base. The giant trees are said to be the biggest in the world owing to their voluminous trunk and are also the oldest living thing with an age bracket of (2000-2500) years. Many visitors flock the giant forest park which is home to some of the oldest trees in the world. It is one of the best places to pay a visit in California.
2. Marshall Beach
The beach that stretches from the south of the Golden Gate Bridge south to the North Baker Beach is called Marshall Beach. It is long, narrow and secluded. The Marshall Beach is accessed through trails along the bluff which descend long windy stairways. Marshall Beach experiences rip currents and cold temperatures, meaning it is not ideal for swimming. Marshall Beach is one of the most iconic sights in California.
1. Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Gray Whale Cove State Beach is located south of San Francisco, near the famous Highway 1. It is popular for its beautiful hiking trails and rugged landscape. Montara State Marine Reserve and Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area is found nearby.